Tuesday, September 1, 2015


An interesting story in the New York Post that basically suggests that the Yankees aren't too jazzed with Aaron Judge since coming up to Scranton, and that's why he wasn't part of the September call ups plan.  I guess that's why Tyler Austin was DFA'd as well. 

The Post writes:

"Absent from this list is top outfield prospect Aaron Judge, whose numbers have lagged since his promotion to Triple-A.

Since being bumped up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in late June, Judge is hitting .229 with eight home runs in 55 games...
To make room on the 40-man roster for the influx of depth talent, the Yankees... designated two players for assignment: infielder Cole Figueroa and outfielder Tyler Austin... (Austin) has struggled to make a dent at the plate since a breakthrough 2012 minor league campaign, when he posted a .322 average with 17 homers."

But what does it all mean? Well, for 1, it's speculation. Look, Austin's been handed a ton of bad luck along with his struggles, but nothing that he hasn't been able to work through. Sure, maybe it's slowly than normal, but he's doing it.  And sure, you can stare at Austin's .235 average and groan, and same with Judge and his .229 average. But are you really gonna sit here and make that argument when we have a guy named Stephen Drew on our roster batting .201?  Really?

Let's keep it real. Judge should be up with the Yankees this September.  Austin, well, he was a casualty along with Figueroa and probably unfairly too.  But none of these kids are no better than the other at this point.  What's important is they get up to the Bigs and learn alittle something. You know, get some at bats... get some confidence.

Whatever the case, trying to make an argument for low batting average being a defining factor for a September call-up is just ridiculous. Are you listening Mr. Drew?

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