New York Yankees prospect Estevan Florial hits first MLB home run
NEW YORK – Hours before the first pitch on Tuesday night, Estevan Florial stepped out of the Yankees dugout in the Bronx, hugging his teammates and warming up to make his third career appearance with the major league club.
Florial had been called to replace outfielder Trey Amburgey, a reinforcement who suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday night.
As much as his return to the show had excited Florial, flaunting his infectious smile while training at bat, the outfield prospect was also driven by feelings of past frustration.
“I’m not going to lie to you,” he said as he wrapped up his pre-game routine. “It’s frustrating. Nobody wants to go back to Triple-A.”
After his last two major league opportunities in the past 12 months, the former top prospect in the New York farming system was quickly fired into the minor leagues. It was a sobering reality check for Florial after tasting the majors, especially since he produced a hit in each of his previous two big-league games.
Starting Tuesday night in the middle of the pitch, Florial had another chance to take advantage of an opportunity. He did everything in his power to earn an extended stay.
Florial’s four at-bat in New York’s 6-4 win over the Phillies were productive. From his first career RBI – getting the job done by landing a ball on the right side with a runner in third – to adding an insurance point in eighth with his debut MLB homerun, Florial’s contributions have played a role. a decisive role in the victory of his club.
“For me, that’s all I dreamed of,” said Florial after the victory. “Come here, play in the major leagues and overall help the team.
The RBI in the third put the Yankees on the board, tying the game at one point apiece after Philadelphia jumped past Rhys Hoskins’ solo shot in the second. Fellow rookie Greg Allen, who returned home from his hat-trick in the previous strike at bat, said he was not at all surprised to see Florial come in force for his side.
“A lot of what I’ve seen of him, playing with him in Triple-A,” Allen said. “Started the year in Double-A I’m sure he had its ups and downs and not always where he wanted to be. But at the end of the day he was here today , and I think you saw a very focused player with a ton of skill that was able to help us win today. “
Florial was promoted to Triple-A after causing a stir with Double-A Somerset in nine games earlier this spring. He made a brief stoppage with the Bombers in May, called for a doubles program against the Blue Jays, before returning to Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone stressed the importance of giving Florial consistent playing time throughout the year, giving the prospect a chance to have reps at the plate day after day to start. develop. Surely that’s part of the reason why Florial hasn’t had her number called in the Bronx more often this year, so far. Obviously, the organization is comfortable giving him a full season in Triple-A rather than letting him sit on the bench in the big boys.
With players dropping like flies in the stripes, Florial’s services were needed and might be required a little longer than Tuesday night.
“He’s very talented and tonight he was really good. The hitting quality was there too,” Boone said after the game. “It wasn’t an accident. We know that’s what he’s capable of. And I hope he can continue to give us that punch.”
Once some regulars are ready to return from the COVID-19 injured list or regular IL, Florial could end up on the Scranton shuttle again. But for now, he’s focused on helping his team and growing as a baseball player every step of the way, showing why he deserves a place on this team going forward.
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