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Bronx Bombing Prospects

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Bronx Bombing Prospects

For the first time since 1989 the New York Yankees were sellers at the Trade Deadline.  They managed to bolster a farm system that was in dire need of rebuild.  On Saturday afternoon two prospects in the Yankee farm system got the chance to show that they deserve to be in the Big Leagues.

Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge  debuted in a way that sounds like a movie scene.  In the second inning of Saturdays game versus the Tampa bay Rays, the duo would boom their way into Yankee fans hearts.  Austin and Judge would step to the plate and hammer back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in the Major Leagues.  They became the first teammates to hit home runs in their first major League at-bats in the same game.  They also became the fourth and fifth Yankee players to hit home runs in their first Major League at-bat or plate appearance, joining John Miller, Andy Phillips and Yankees assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames.

Judge was able to carry out something with his home run that only two players had done before.  He boomed a 446-foot blast to centerfield, tying the Yankees record for the longest home run in the Statcast era.  He became just the third player to hit the ball over the glass panels that sit above Monument Park, joining Russell Branyon and Carlos Correa.

Austin may not have hit a monstrous shot like Judge, but in the end he accomplished the same feat with his 331-foot home run that just cleared the wall.  The bottom line is if you are a Yankees fan you may be disappointed with this seasons results, but you have to like the future of the franchise.



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