Coveted prospects Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin made their major league debuts on Saturday afternoon in a grand fashion. Judge and Austin became the first teammates to homer in their first major league at-bats back-to-back in the same game.
The 24-year-olds helped the New York Yankees win their fourth straight game in a row. The Yankees remain in the playoff race sitting only 3.5 games behind for a wild card spot and 5.5 games behind for the AL East.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi could not have been more thrilled with the debuts of his two young talents.
“You can’t draw it up any better when you call up two young players,” said Girardi.
Judge felt the nerves for his debut at-bat after watching his teammate slice a 331 foot home run to right field.
“I was ecstatic on deck. I was like, `Oh, man, I’ve just got to make contact now.’ What a day. That’s all I can really say.” said Judge.
Judge surely didn’t look like he had any nerves as he crushed a 446-foot blast into monument park in center field. Judge is only the third player to homer over the batter’s eye at new Yankee Stadium.
Judge and Austin have a chance to be everyday players for the Yankees for the rest of the season and beyond. The Yankees need production in the lineup and have holes in the outfield and first base and the two kids should continue to gain the experience and fill these voids in the lineup.
The Yankees are entering a new era of youth for its team with a very deep farm system after the team’s trades at the MLB Trade Deadline. Judge and Austin are just two of the many new faces Yankee fans should be excited to watch in the future with many more to come.