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Judge, who had made a nice running catch in right field in the first inning, came up next. Like Austin, he fell behind in the count, 0-2. After a ball, Andriese left a 87-mph breaking pitch over the heart of the plate and Judge crushed it to dead center. Unlike Austin’s home run, this one — a 446-foot stitch-popping blast — would have been out of every MLB stadium. “A monster home run,” Yankees play-by-play announcer Michael Kay screamed. “Back-to-back home runs by the Baby Bombers in their first big-league at-bats! Can you believe it?” It was the first — and still only — time teammates hit back-to-back home runs in their MLB debuts.
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It’s no secret to say that some MLB debuts are more highly anticipated than others. That’s not a knock on the Keith McDonalds of the world, it’s just to say that some prospects have more eyes on them for that first AB. These guys delivered in the biggest way possible.
This section has to start with Jason Heyward, of course. He was the No. 14 overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, and he excelled in his first couple years in the minors. By the time he earned the Opening Day start in 2010 — batting seventh in the lineup — Baseball America had ranked Heyward as the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball. His Braves were at home, and the Cubs had ace Carlos Zambrano on the mound. Atlanta jumped Zambrano early; five of the first six batters reached base safely, and Heyward stepped to the plate with two runners on base. Zambrano’s first two offerings were off the plate, and his third was a fastball on the inner half of the plate. The sound of the bat meeting the ball left zero doubt what would happen. The ball exited the playing field in a blink, going into the Braves bullpen — over the raised arms of the relief corps — and giving Atlanta a 5-0 lead. It was a magical moment.
Kaz Matsui was a bona fide superstar in Japan before he chose to play for the Mets in 2004, his Age 28 season. Matsui made his debut on Opening Day, batting leadoff and playing shortstop, and smoked the first pitch he saw from Russ Ortiz over the wall in center field. It was the start of a great day that included two doubles, two walks and three RBIs. Fun fact: Matsui homered in his first AB of 2005 and his first AB of 2006, too. Aside from the Heyward celebration at Turner Field, there might have been no bigger first-AB homer celebration than the one at Wrigley Field for Willson Contreras’ debut on June 19, 2016. He’d batted .333 at Double-A the previous year and was batting .353 for Triple-A Iowa when he got the call to the bigs. Cubs fans were excited. Contreras made his debut as a catcher in the ninth inning on June 17, then made his debut at the plate in the sixth inning two days later, pinch-hitting for starter Kyle Hendricks. The crowd at Wrigley gave him a standing ovation as he walked to the plate, and he drove the first pitch he saw over the ivy in center field.