Yankee prospects Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin will make their big league debuts Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced.
Austin will hit seventh in the lineup and play first base, while Judge will hit eighth and play right field.
Judge had a slash line of .270/.366/.489 with 19 homers and 65 RBIs in 93 games at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Austin was at .323/.415/.637 with 13 HRs and 49 RBIs in 57 games at Triple-A.
In corresponding roster moves, the Yankees have optioned RHP Ben Heller to Triple-A, moved RHP Conor Mullee to the 60-day disabled list and have released Alex Rodriguez, who played his final game with the Yankees on Friday.
Judge's promotion came a bit earlier than expected, but this goes to prove the Yankees are serious about the future.
Judge has long been considered one of the Yankees' top prospects and has delivered on the club's wishes to hone his swing and approach at the plate. He is going to be viewed as a big home run threat, but he is more. He won't be a drain in the batting average department and will draw some walks. Additionally, Judge handles himself quite well in right field.
Austin is a great story of perseverance. He was once a top-100 prospect and then suffered through injuries. After being designated for assignment, the Yankees were fortunate no one grabbed him. He has hit extremely well at Double-A and Triple-A this season. It can be argued that he has been the best hitter in the minors this season.
The Yankees said goodbye to Alex Rodriguez on Friday and have turned the page to the future. We'll see how the young prospects handle themselves and if they can help New York make an improbable run to a postseason berth.