The young New York Yankees prospects made their debuts Saturday and made history. Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge became the first duo to hit back-to-back home runs in their first career plate appearances.
Austin’s first career home run was a wall-scraper, traveling just 331 feet along the right field line, according to Statcast. He deserved the call-up as he was slashing .323/.415/.637 with 13 home runs in 254 plate appearances at Triple-A Scranton, but he isn’t a highly rated prospect in the system. The 24-year-old was the Yankees’ 13th-round pick back in 2010 out of high school in Georgia.
Judge’s first career home run came as a former first-round pick out of Fresno State in 2013 and after he had over 1,500 plate appearances in the minor leagues. He spent the first part of 2016 in Triple-A Scranton, slashing .270/.366/.489 with 19 home runs before being promoted Saturday morning. MLB.com ranks him as the Yankees’ fourth-best prospect in the organization.
A day after Alex Rodriguez played his last game in pinstripes and the day he was released, two rookies represented the first act of club’s future in two plate appearances.