Aaron Judge, a top Yankees’ OF prospect, hit a 3-run HR in the 9th to salvage a 5-5 tie for the Yanks with the Phils in their spring training opener.
Judge, a 6’7″ RF, is hoped to be the RF of the future. He’ll turn 23 in April and will most likely start this year at AA Trenton. Last year, in 131 games split between low and high A, he hit .308-17-78 and drew 89 walks.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off and Brett Gardner batted second in what could be a hint of the Yankees leadoff order this year. They were the only two starters to see action. Backups Chris Young and Garrett Jones played, but the rest were prospects.
The Yanks scored a run in the first on a Jose Pirela single. They didn’t score again until the 9th when Jake Cave singled in a run before Judge’s HR.
Minor league OF prospect Slade Heathcott went 2 for 2. 1B prospect Greg Bird, a potential replacement at 1B for Teixeira in a couple of years, went 2 for 3.
The pitching line:
Adam Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K
Luis Severino 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Severino is a top pitching prospect. He had a great first inning, 1-2-3 with 2 K before faltering in his second inning of work. He is just 21 years old.
Diego Moreno 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Nick Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Goody is a RHP, 23. In 52 minor league games, he has 101 K in just 66 1/3 IP.
Jacob Lindgren 2/3 IP, 2 unearned runs (Pirela and Refsnyder made errors in this game), 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Lindgren is a 22 yr. old lefty reliever who struck out 48 in 24 1/3 IP in the minors after he was drafted by the Yanks last year.
Branden Pinder, 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 1 K. RHP, 26.
Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2K.
Shreve was a pickup in the Banuelos deal. LHP, relief, 24. 12 1/3 IP for the Braves last year, gave up 1 run, struck out 15.