What a week it has been for five of the Yankees’ top 30 position player prospects. To make up for a multitude of injuries, the Yankees called on Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, Dustin Fowler, and Clint Frazier. With three first career hits, two home runs, one DL stint, and one season-ending injury, the last week was certainly eventful for the baby bombers. While the outfield may still be a logjam, third base may be up for grabs as Chase Headley has struggled to live up to the numbers demanded of the hot corner. In any case, in their short time in the big leagues, the baby bombers have proven that their talent has lived up to the hype.
The whirlwind week began with Tyler Austin on June 26. Upon returning to the big leagues, after recovering from a broken leg that had sidelined him since spring training, Tyler Austin reminded the Yankees why he received extended playing time late in the 2016 season. In Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, Austin helped the team with a solo shot in the three-run sixth inning that propelled the Yankees to a 6-5 victory.
On June 27, the Yankees called up utility man, Tyler Wade to the big leagues, and Wade was quick to impress. In his fourth at-bat with the club, Wade roped a double to deep right center scoring catcher, Austin Romine, on a play that sparked a 5-run rally in the sixth inning of the Yankees 12-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees see Wade as a Ben Zobrist type player with the ability to play a multitude of positions. Look for Wade to compete with Ronald Torreyes for playing time throughout the season.
Miguel Andujar was no slouch when it came to making his mark in his major league debut. The 22-year-old rookie was quick to strike in his first at-bat, plating two and giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. In his 2017 campaign, Andujar is three for four with four RBIs and a stolen base. Although Andujar was optioned to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders on Saturday, his future looks bright and Yankees fans should expect to see him in the big leagues soon.
On July 2, Clint Frazier made his major league debut for the Yankees in Right Field. Batting ninth, Frazier went two for four with a double and a wall-scraping home run to shallow left field. Frazier came over to the Yankees late in the 2016 season in the trade involving Yankees reliever Andrew Miller. Prior to being called up to the majors, Frazier had a slash line of .256/.344/.473 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs. Since the outfield is packed four deep with talent, expect Frazier to return to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when Aaron Hicks returns to the lineup.
Just four games after beginning his 2017 campaign, Tyler Austin returned to the DL with an injury to his hamstring. Before injuring his hamstring, Austin was two for thirteen with one home run and two RBIs. Expect to see Austin back with the club as soon as his hamstring is healed.
On June 29, Fowler joined the Yankees in Chicago for the last game of their series against the Chicago White Sox. However, Fowler’s 2017 campaign was cut short due to a horrific injury sustained in the bottom of the first inning on a play in which he chased a ball into the right-field corner, eventually slamming into the wall. The No. 8 organizational prospect was diagnosed with a ruptured patella tendon in his left knee, an injury which will keep him out for the remainder of the season. The Yankees expect Fowler to be ready for spring training.
All in all, last week was a great demonstration of what is to come from the Yankees in the not so distant future. Remember these names: Tyler Austin, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Dustin Fowler, and Clint Frazier, because you are likely to see one of these five sluggers in the big leagues to stay in the near future.
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