The New york Yankees called up their No. 1 prospect and Major League Baseball’s No. 5 overall prospect Gleyber Torres, on Sunday.
Torres had been lighting a fire through AAA batting .347 with 11 RBIs before being called up to make his Major League debut on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
While Torres, who started at second base, went hitless in his debut with the Yankees, no one is in panic mode yet. He made contact in all but one at-bat and doesn’t seem to be completely overmatched by big league pitching. There may be a learning curve as there is with most players but Torres is expected to be one of the faces of the new age of Yankees to be called up.
One of the other players who is included among Torres is third baseman Miguel Andujar. Andujar was the topic of discussion early in the season in regards to whether or not he should be the opening day third baseman. Brandon Drury was ultimately given the nod, but blurred vision and migraine mishaps for Drury have opened the way for Andujar to perform with his bat.
And perform he has. Andujar has a six-game extra base hit streak that continued on Sunday with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning, just one of his four hits on the afternoon.
Andujar is now batting over .300 for the season, and making it harder and harder for the Yankee front office to make a decision once Brandon Drury comes back from his injuries.
Those are just two of the names highlighted in a 5-1 win versus Toronto on Sunday. The youth was on full display as ace Luis Severino, 24, pitched seven innings of one-run baseball to improve his ERA to 2.32 on the year. Severino also has 34 strikeouts in 31 innings.
With the call of up of Torres to play second, Severino on the mound and Hicks starting in place of Gardner, the Yankees ran out their first all under-30 starting lineup since September of 1989 according to the Yankees.
This was also the first time they have had a career lineup age of 26 years, 46 days old since Sept. 1970, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Needless to say, the Baby Bombers are earning their nicknames. With so much youth in the lineup that produces and contributes, it is no wonder the Yankees are looked at as one of the top young teams in baseball.
One member of the group who was replaced at first by Tyler Austin is Greg Bird. Bird has been sidelined for the year after an ankle surgery that is expected to have him out 6-8 weeks. While Bird has had some trouble staying healthy, a bounce back post-injury campaign for him would be a welcome sight to the young bunch of stars for team in pinstripes.
One things for sure, even without Bird, these Yankees are young and they are talented. Their time is on the horizon, and it may come sooner rather than later.