Early Returns on the Youth Movement

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Severino looked great in his debut season of 2015 as a 21-year-old, but has been nothing short of abysmal in 2016. A pitcher’s record isn’t always an indication of how well they have pitched.  For instance, Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young Award with a record of 13-12.   But in Luis Severino’s case, the record is pretty representative of how he’s pitched.  He is 1-8 with an ERA that looks more like the cumulative score of a mediocre Olympic high dive (7.19).

He has looked good out of the bullpen, however.  He’s headed back to AAA to work things out, but it would not be surprising to see him break camp in 2017 as the setup man to Dellin Betances.

 

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Sanchez has been a Yankee prospect for several years now, mostly as a bat-first catcher. But in recent years, his glove has caught up to his bat and he seems to have finally have staying power in the Big Leagues.

He has looked great behind the plate, and in 10 games he has batted .275 with a pair of monster home runs.

 

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Austin burst onto the scene with a made-for-Yankee-Stadium home run on Saturday, just over the 314-foot sign.  He also lashed a line-drive single to right field, stole a base, and has made a few nice plays  at 1B.

Austin’s staying power might be in his versatility.  He played 1B and later moved to LF, and can also play 3B.  His bat will also allow him to DH when needed.

 

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Things have gone about as well as they could go so far for Judge.  His first at-bat brought back images of Mark McGwire when he blasted a 446-foot home run that cleared the CF restaurant at Yankee Stadium, and just missed becoming the first ball to land on top of the restaurant’s roof.   It was the longest home run hit by a Yankee in Yankee Stadium since A-Rod’s 460 foot blast in 2011.

Then, on Sunday, Judge followed it by hitting a wall-scraper over the right-center field auxiliary scoreboard.  Two games, two homers.  He’s also showed off a great arm and some strike zone discipline to go along with his power-bat.

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