After a thrilling Friday night in the Bronx, the New York Yankees had everything going their way in both the majors and the minor leagues.
The New York Yankees pulled off an incredible comeback Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. It was, in a way, a perfect representation of this Yankees team.
Despite being down 9-1 early in the game, they fought back and persevered. They never gave up. They had the will to win.
Just like Gleyber Torres. The Yankees top prospect has been out of commission since April 17 with right shoulder tendonitis. Today, he was officially activated from the disabled list.
Finally I'm back ???
— Gleyber Torres (@TorresGleyber) April 28, 2017
Torres served as a designated hitter in Friday night’s match-up for the Trenton Thunder against the Erie SeaWolves. Torres ended the evening going 0-for-3 with one walk in his return to the lineup.
While he didn’t make an impact right away, having him back is a huge asset to the team. And as Twitter shows, he’s pumped to be back on track to making a run to the majors.
In the Bronx, Aaron Judge crushed two home runs. However, one of them might have just broken Statcast as we know it.
Aaron Judge just hit the hardest HR in the @Statcast era at 119.4 mph, breaking Giancarlo Stanton's record of 119.2 mph.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 29, 2017
We knew he was strong but, wow, is he REALLY strong. That power was on full display last night, with Judge slugging home runs number eight and nine on the season.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, Judge is the youngest player in Yankees history to slug nine home runs in the month of April.
The Yankees also made a minor roster move yesterday that was met with cheers from fans. Utility infielder Pete Kozma was officially designated for assignment Friday afternoon.
As expected, Yankees announce the return of Didi Gregorius and designate Pete Kozma for assignment
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 28, 2017
To make room for Gregorius, someone had to go. Unfortunately, the Yankees didn’t use Kozma as much as they anticipated with Ronald Torreyes performing incredibly at shortstop.
The DFA of Kozma was a move that was anticipated from the get-go but the announcement became official yesterday.
And, of course, the Buzz must end on a positive note. So how about a video of Matt Holliday’s walk-off home run?
The comeback is COMPLETE. #Yankees win off the bat of Matt Holliday. pic.twitter.com/M8oFIJlkvx
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) April 29, 2017
It’s not every day that your team comes back from a 9-1 deficit against a fierce division rival. Then again, there’s no other team quite like the New York Yankees right about now.
Tomorrow will be another test for the Yankees but from what we’ve seen from them so far, they’ll certainly be up to the challenge.