Batting brilliance: Austin Wells’ show-stopping debut month with the Yankees

Austin Wells, player of the New York Yankees.
Amanda Paula
Tuesday September 26, 2023

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Austin Wells, a rising star of the New York Yankees, has been turning heads with his exceptional defensive skills during his debut month. However, it’s his prowess with the bat, his signature strength throughout his journey to the Yankees, that has recently taken the spotlight.

Austin Wells’ remarkable debut month

Austin Wells, player of the New York Yankees.

In a thrilling showdown against the Blue Jays, Wells exhibited his batting prowess by crushing a two-run home run off the formidable Jordan Romano in the ninth inning. This heroic act secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory for the Yankees at Rogers Centre. It was Wells’ second home run in as many days, marking his third in the last five games. These timely hits have not only showcased his talent but have also served as the Yankees’ sole offensive contributions in what had been a riveting pitching duel between Michael King and Kevin Gausman.

Although the Yankees find themselves outside the playoff picture this season with an 80-77 record, Wells’ performance for that night prevented the Blue Jays, with their 87-70 record, from edging closer to securing their postseason berth. Over his past eight games, Wells has displayed impressive consistency, going 8-for-29 with three home runs and three doubles, a remarkable turnaround after a subdued start to his big-league career at the plate.

Ironically, a day before, Wells said that one of the biggest challenges of adjusting to MLB pitching is seeing elite arms for the first time. His first AB against a two-time All-Star closer was this clutch, opposite-field home run.

After the game, in an interview with the Yes Network, Wells said that he’s trying to stay calm and make his hits, and luckily, he’s doing it.

Can Michael King be the future of the New York Yankees?

Michael King, player of the New York Yankees

Another name making a good impression in the final season is Michael King. The Yankees’ starting pitcher delivered another solid performance by limiting the Blue Jays to just one hit over six shutout innings, although he did issue a career-high five walks. Gausman, on the other hand, demonstrated even greater dominance, pitching seven shutout innings while conceding only three hits, none of which occurred in the initial five innings.

After the game, Aaron Boone, the manager of the Yankees, said that what stands out is how good King is and that he can navigate even when he’s not in his best form.

The Yankees’ best opportunity to score against Gausman arose in the seventh inning when Giancarlo Stanton’s rocket double and Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s single put runners on the corners with just one out. Oswaldo Cabrera then engaged in an epic 10-pitch at-bat that concluded with a chopper to shortstop Bo Bichette, who was positioned closer to the infield on the dirt.

Despite the challenging situation, Stanton decided to make a daring break for home but was ultimately thrown out, even after Bichette had to wait for a hop before launching a one-bounce throw to the plate. In the field, Oswald Peraza, temporarily filling in at shortstop for Anthony Volpe, showcased his defensive prowess by executing a superb play in the hole during the fifth inning. He cleanly backhanded a ground ball and promptly fired a strong throw to retire Alejandro Kirk at first.

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