By Allison Kamel
The next generation of Yankees are here.
When Jeter retired in 2014, Yankee fans were forced to acknowledge that the magic of the late 90s was gone. They unhappily accepted the fact that the team would need a few seasons to rebuild before bringing home a World Series win.
Now it’s 2017 and it’s the era of the Baby Bomber. Luis Severino, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes and Gary Sanchez all made their MLB debuts in 2015. Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge made their MLB debuts together on August 13, 2016, when they hit back-to-back home runs.
Both Austin and Sanchez have spent time on the DL this season, but the rest of the baby bombers have made important contributions to the Yankees lineup. After just 26 games, Judge has 27 RBIs and 13 home runs, including a two-run homer at Fenway on April 26 in celebration of his 25th birthday. Torreyes’ current batting average is .301, with 13 RBIs.
Severino has pitched five games since the start of the 2017 season. After 32 innings pitched, he has a 3.86 ERA and 36 strikeouts. In addition to Severino, Jordan Montgomery joined the Yankees’ starting rotation on April 12. The call-up marked his major league debut.
While the Baby Bombers are key elements of the 2017 Yankee roster, they are not the only ones contributing to the team’s 17-9 record. Matt Holliday joined the Yankees after becoming a free agent at the end of the 2016 season. Chase Headley has had a fantastic April this season. His .304 average comes as a surprise to all who remembers the slump Headley was in at the beginning of the 2016 season. Didi Gregorious was activated from the DL on April 28 and has since had a batting average of .333. Michael Pineda’s four games have resulted in 37 strikeouts, 11 of which were delivered during the Yankees’ home opener on April 10.
As of May 4, the Yankees are in first place in the AL East. With the 2017 roster full of veterans who are doing well and rookies who are surprising all of MLB, Yankee fans have a lot to look forward to for the rest of the 2017 season.