With all the buzz surrounding the Dodgers Yasiel Puig, and the Mets Zach Wheeler, the Yankees may have just found a super rookie of their own.
Zolio Almonte, who ironically had his first Major League at bat last Wednesday against Puig’s Dodgers, has provided a much needed lift to a Yankee offense that has struggled in recent weeks.
The rookie left fielder has not shown any signs of slowing down either, continuing his scorching start on Sunday, going 2-4 with two doubles in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Almonte, who was has not even spent a full week in the Major Leagues, has given Yankee fans a reason to be excited. Since appearing in his first Major League game last Wednesday in the second game of a double header against the Los Angelas Dodgers, Almonte is hitting .583 (7-12) in 5 games with the Yankees.
Almonte spoke about his hot start and the fans embrace of him with the NY Post’s David Satriano:
“It means a lot. This is a team with a lot of tradition so it feels good when I am up here able to do what I’ve been able to do so far,” Almonte said. “I feel very happy. [The fans] have welcomed me with open hearts and hopefully we move forward together in a positive way.”
Yankee fans are hoping that the hot hitting rookie can keep up the pace after hitting his first big league homerun Friday in a 6-2 Yankees win. Saturday was much of the same as Almonte drove in the first three runs in a 7-5 Yankees victory. In the win Almonte had a two-RBI single which he followed up with a bases loaded walk.
As we inch our way closer to the All Star break, Almonte has provided a breath of fresh air to an aging Yankees lineup that has struggled to stay healthy. The question is, Can the young outfielder keep this up? Ultimately only time will tell how much of Almonte’s early success will carry on throughout the remainder of the season, but at least for now, he is starting to get the attention of not only Yankee fans, but the entire American League East.