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Aaron James Judge

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Outfielder Aaron Judge was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round of the 2010 amateur draft. He did not sign, opting to attend Fresno State University instead. He was then taken by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft. He signed shortly before the deadline for a $1.8 million bonus. He was an outstanding all-around athlete in high school, also starring in basketball, where he averaged almost 17 points and 11 rebounds per game as a center, and as a wide receiver in football, where he set a school records for touchdowns and receiving yards in a season.

Judge made his professional debut in 2014 with the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League, and before the year was out, he had been promoted to the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League. In 131 games between the two teams, he hit .308/.419/.486 with 24 doubles and 17 homers, 80 runs and 78 RBIs. He also drew 89 walks, showing an excellent eye at the plate. He continued his progression in 2015, starting off with the Trenton Thunder of the AA Eastern League and once again at the halfway point of the season he earned a promotion, this time the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the AAA International League. His numbers were not as glowing as in his first season, but were still good: a batting line of .255/.330/.448 in 124 games, 26 doubles and 20 homers, 63 runs and 72 RBIs. His numbers were brought down by a .224 average at Scranton, where pitchers began to pitch him off-speed pitches at the corner of the strike zone, after challenging him unsuccessfully with mostly fastballs until then.

Because of his large size and outstanding power, he has been compared to Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and to contemporary Giancarlo Stanton.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Bryan Hoch: "Judge makes adjustments to accelerate path: Yankees' top prospect hopes to make Major League debut in '16", mlb.com, February 15, 2016. [1]

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