Yankees promote prospects Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin

ByMike Mazzeo ESPN logo
Saturday, August 13, 2016

A day after Alex Rodriguez played his final game for the New York Yankees, the team called up top prospect Aaron Judge, who will make his major league debut on Saturday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Judge, who Yankees GM Brian Cashman said will be the team's everyday right fielder going forward, will hit eighth.

Prospect Tyler Austin was also called up from Triple-A and will make his MLB debut. Austin will hit seventh and play first base.

While Rodriguez's release has yet to be officially announced, it is merely a formality. He was not on the active roster for Saturday's game.

Judge, 24, was hitting .270 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in 93 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 6-7 slugger is ranked 23rd overall in Keith Law's midseason MLB prospect rankings.

Austin was hitting .323 with 13 homers and 49 RBIs in 56 games for the RailRiders.