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Baby Bombers Ready for Their Shot

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Young Yankees Ready to Make an Impact in 2017

The New York Yankees have one of the best farm systems in baseball. The future is bright. The 2018 free agent class will be loaded, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. But Yankees fans don’t want to hear about the future, they want a 28th world championship in 2017. If that’s going to happen, they will need to do it with help from their young pool of talent. Enter the Baby Bombers.

It’s no secret that the Yankees have built a farm system that features some of the game’s best prospects. These “Baby Bombers” as they have come to be known have fans thinking of the good ol’ days when the “Core Four” (Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte, Posada) paved the way for a dynasty that collected five World Series rings from 1996 to 2009.

So which of these Baby Bombers are poised to help the Yankees in 2017? Let’s take a look at the young talent that manager Joe Girardi might call upon this season. We will start with players that are guaranteed playing time in 2017.

Gary Sanchez, C

“The Kraken.” “El Gary.” New York has gotten to know Gary Sanchez and embraced him more than any of the other Baby Bombers and rightfully so. After a late call-up last season, Sanchez made his presence known by hitting 20 home runs in just 53 games, slugging .657 and finishing runner-up in the AL ROY voting. Just in case you thought that performance was a fluke, Gary has continued his dominance in spring training, slugging .705 with 4 HR and 13 RBI over 16 games. Now with the starting catcher job all to himself, the world will find out what he can do over a full 162 game season. Gary is scary.

Greg Bird, 1B

In 2015, Bird began his MLB career with a strong performance, filling in for the injured Mark Teixeira and batting .261/.343/.529 with 11 HR and 31 RBI over 46 games. Unfortunately his 2016 season was over before it even began, as he suffered a labrum tear in his right shoulder that sidelined him for the entire season. Bird worked hard to get back to full strength, and it has showed this spring. Through 18 games Bird is slugging 1.045 including 6 homers and 7 doubles. It’s no wonder why Joe Girardi has named him as the starting first basemen.

Aaron Judge, OF

Another member of the Baby Bombers, but if you’ve seen Judge you know that he’s no baby. At 6’7” and 275lbs, this young man is a beast. As you might expect, his large frame and long swing caused some problems with strikeouts, but Judge spent the offseason working on shortening his swing and producing more contact. Which is a good thing because when he puts the bat on the ball, he crushes it. Judge has had a solid spring, hitting .300 with a pair of long home runs. The starting right field job is his to lose, as OF Aaron Hicks and DH/OF Matt Holiday will be there to take some at-bats from him if he fails to perform.

Luis Severino, P

After a quick rise through the minor leagues, Severino impressed in the majors quickly during a late call-up in 2015, where he posted a 2.89 ERA over 11 starts. That performance was good enough to earn him a rotation spot in 2016, but unfortunately the good times did not continue to roll for Severino as he posted an ugly 8.50 ERA over 11 starts. After being moved to the bullpen he began to show his dominant form again, posting a 0.39 ERA over 23.1 innings in relief. Now Severino finds himself competing for one of the final two rotation spots. This spring he has pitched to a 3.95 ERA with 16 Ks over 13.2 innings. The talent is there, and hopefully the Yanks will give him the opportunity to see if he can put it all together this season as a starter.

Some Baby Bombers In Waiting:

Gleyber Torres, SS

Clint Frazier, OF

Tyler Wade, 2B/SS

Jordan Montgomery, P

James Kaprielian, P

Chad Green, P

Chance Adams, P

Jorge Mateo, 2B/SS


If the yankees are going to make the postseason this year they will need help from the Baby Bombers. But perhaps just as important is the help they will need from the veterans. Brett Gardner says he’s ready to play the role of a leader. Matt Holiday and CC Sabathia have been mentoring their young teammates throughout the camp. The veteran leadership on this team is strong, and there’s plenty of talent. Don’t be surprised if the Yankees are in the playoff mix down the stretch.