Gary Sanchez is off to one of the best starts in Yankees history.
The rookie catcher has hit nine home runs since being called up to the majors on Aug. 3, including two multi-homer games and an upper-deck shot against the Mariners on Wednesday.
Sanchez was named AL Player of the Week for the period ending Aug. 21 after going 11-for-21 (.524) with four homers, six RBIs, two doubles, four runs and a steal. He became the second Yankees catcher to ever win the award — Thurman Munson won it on July 25, 1976.
Here’s a look at some other Yankees who got off to notably hot starts at the plate through their first 21 games in the majors:
Gary Sanchez (2015-16): nine home runs, 16 RBIs, 15 extra-base hits, .378 average, .450 on-base percentage, .824 slugging percentage, 1.263 OPS
Shane Spencer (1998): six home runs, 14 RBIs, 11 extra-base hits, .370 average, .412 on-base percentage, .870 slugging percentage, 1.281 OPS
Kevin Maas (1990): seven home runs, 14 RBIs, eight extra-base hits .250 average, .351 on-base percentage, .594 slugging percentage, .945 OPS
Shelley Duncan (2007): six home runs, 13 RBIs, six extra-base hits, .292 batting average, .358 on-base percentage, .667 slugging percentage, 1.025 OPS
Steve Whitaker (1966): six home runs, 12 RBIs, 11 extra-base hits, .260 batting average, .329 on-base percentage, .584 slugging percentage, .914 OPS
Oscar Azocar (1990): four home runs, 11 RBIs, eight extra-base hits, .345 batting average, .341 on-base percentage, .536 slugging percentage, .877 OPS