In Spring opener Yankees kids take front and center

Sure, Didi Gregorius‘s first home run was a lot of fun, and it was also exciting to get a first glimpse of new Yankee Matt Holliday. We also learned Bryan Mitchell can still pitch and Brett Gardner can still field.

But in the Spring opener, it was the kids in the farm system that took front and center. Aaron Judge hit a towering home run that left the ballpark, Miguel Andujar showed off his base running skills, Kyle Higashioka hit his first home run of the Spring in his first at-bat, and Clint Frazier showed off his bat speed.

It was only February, and it will be awhile before most of these kids are ready to play in the Majors–obviously I’m not counting Judge since he’s in competition for a big-league job. But there was something special about watching the kids giving us a glimpse into the future.

It probably helped the kids were wearing Yankees pinstripes since it was the first game at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

This year the roster is going to consist of a mix of veterans and youngsters, ranging from longest tenured Yankee Brett Gardner to the kid expected to take Mark Teixeira‘s first base job, Greg Bird. Gone are the days where the kids would show up to camp knowing they won’t get a job, and it was only a matter of time before they were sent across the street to minor-league camp.

The kids are now at George M. Steinbrenner Field with something to prove. If they play well now, there’s a good chance they’ll reach the Major League’s at some capacity over the course of the season. Management is going to remember what they did and reward them when an injury hits or a veteran isn’t hitting.

We might be a season away from Frazier or a few months from James Kaprielian, but the kids are coming. And the Yankees are going to be a more dangerous ball club because of it.

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3 Responses to In Spring opener Yankees kids take front and center

  1. Terry says:

    I love ST!! I watched this game and Judge's homer was an absolute shot. I would have liked it better if it came off the rightie. But loved the fact that he was looking fastball, got it and didn't miss it. Boom!!! I was surprised that it's the same swing he came up with last year and eventually struggled with hard in, soft away. Maybe their strategy is simply looking for pitches and not missing them. That big leg kick on a big guy, we'll see. I'm a huge Judge fan, so I'm pulling for him.Mitchell and Cessa looked good. I think Mitchell has the stuff to be one of the starters right now. Higgie with a monster shot just like the one last ST that made us all say, " wait, who is this guy?".I want to see Andujar throw to first. Working with Alex and Co. has to help him. I'm excited for the next game already!! I want to see more of Frazier

  2. Howard says:

    We knew Higgy had power he had twenty bombs last year and the Yanks put him on the 40 man roster.
    He is the most crucial backup we have at catcher if Sanchez or Austin go down we, have no one to fill in.
    We have no one in the system close unless we get back Torrens from padres.
    I was totally expecting Higgy to come out hard, I hope he sustains.
    Judge all i can say is wow, the ball was still rising and would have hit the van on the street if it wasn't blocked by the wall.
    I am rooting for Mitchell to make the rotation, he has good command and is working on a 4th pitch, a splitter with help form Tanaka.
    I loved the way Cessa looked, totally in command of the zone, with great stuff.
    Seeing all the youngsters perform gives all of us hope for the future.

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