TAMPA, Fla.- The New York Yankees ended the 2016 season with a spark of young talent that helped them surge to a strong finish. Unfortunately the Yankees didn’t make the post-season for the third straight season, but they got a taste of the new wave of improvement.
Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin all were called up soon after long-time Yankee Alex Rodriguez decided to retire midway through the season. Sanchez stood out as he went on a hot streak at the plate, hitting 20 home runs and drove in 42 players in just 53 games. Sanchez also batted .299.
Judge came in at a staggering 6-foot-7 and a solid 275 pounds playing in right field. His arm was not the only thing the Yankees loved about him. He also could hit the ball just as well. Although he only batted .179 in 27 games with the team, anytime he would make connection with the ball you could tell, if he gets his timing right, he is going to be a great player.
Austin played in just 31 games with the team and gave, now retired Mark Teixeria a break, as he announced his retirement earlier that season. With the departure of a great first basemen in Texieria and with Greg Bird being injured the team turned to their young talent in Austin. He batted .241 with 20 hits, five home runs and 12 runs batted in (RBI).
With young talents like this and other greats such as Didi Gregorius returning at short stop, the team looks to be filling out well. An off season acquisition in veteran Matt Holiday brings experience and knowledge to help lead this young guys to show them the championship way.
The Yankees still need to do work in the bullpen and have for now a starting rotation that can win them games, but still need to be on the market for another couple pitchers to help out. With spring training coming closer and closer, the Yankees will be trying players at different positions but that is what spring training is about trial and error.
This team is on the uprise with a good balance of young talent and veteran players who will in the long run help this organization get back to the “Yankees standard.”