Yankees Continue To Cruise With Rookie Impact

By Rich Mancuso/ Sports Editor

Manager Aaron Boone said he has not been shocked about the impact two rookies, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have contributed to the Yankees success 32 games into the season. And when Andujar got his first career walk-off hit with a two out single in the ninth Friday night in the Bronx, there was nothing more to say with exception of the impact made by these Yankees rookies.

This era of Yankees and their youngsters are here also known as “Baby Bombers.” Andujar at 23 years of age, 63 days became the second youngest Yankee to record a walk of hit since 2010 as the Yankees continued to cruise with a 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.

It was the Yankees second walk off  win of the season which also extended their winning streak to four, 13-1 in their last 14 games since April 21st.

But the rookies, Andujar and Gleyber Torres are making that impact and they have quickly learned how to take a pitch and adjust. Torres, 2-for-4 in the win hit his first career Major League home run, a three-run shot to left in the fourth inning.

“First of all, happy for my first home run, for sure,,” Torres said. “Super excited for that.”

“He’s good,  does not play like a rookie,” said Boone about Torres.  Glad he got it out of the way, big home run Just a good player.” Then Boone said the contributions of the rookies is pretty special and it’s obvious as to why the manager said special.

Because the Yankees are getting contributions up and down the lineup, there are also times when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton strike out or hit the home run ball, so the rookies like Torres and Andujar have made it special when they contribute.

And at this early stage of their careers there can only be more good games at the plate that became big hits for the Yankees Friday night.  They grew up in the system and with Gary Sanchez, the other part of this Yankees youth movement of players from the Dominican Republic, 1-for-4 with his ninth home run in the fifth inning that contributed to this win.

The two out single to right field for the 23-year old  Andujar will be the first of many more. And the hit for this latest Yankees win came after after blowing two late leads.

Said Andujar, “They gave me he shot and my first walk-off.”   Boone said it was pretty special as the Yankees continue to cruise.

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