Aaron Judge: Future star

James Kim, Staff Writer

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The first thing most people notice when they look at Aaron Judge is his size. The 6’7”, 282 lb rookie is not only intimidating with his size, but also with his skills. He has already hit 7 home runs so far this season, one of which traveled 457 feet against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Judge hasn’t played a full season in the bigs, but is it possible that he may become a future star for the Yanks?

In 2010, Judge was chosen in the MLB Draft in the 31st round by the Oakland Athletics. However, he decided to attend Fresno State, where he developed into a valuable prospect. He was chosen in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. Fans were definitely aware of the massive player that New York had just gotten. Being compared to star Giancarlo Stanton with his size and power, fans could not wait until he got called up. Throughout the minor leagues, Judge struggled with his high strikeout rate. However, he made adjustments and was finally called up on August 13, 2016.

In his 2016 campaign, he hit 4 home runs with 10 RBIs. However, he had struck out 42 times in 95 at bats before going down with an injury. His performance may not have been the best, but he knew what he had to work on. During the offseason, Judge worked to be more patient, control his bat, and drop the high strikeout rate. His work seems to have paid off, as he is currently hitting .279 with 6 home runs. In addition, he is hitting the ball very, very, very hard. He has hit some of the hardest balls in the entire league, reaching as fast as 116 miles an hour. His strikeout rate has dropped and he is comfortable and confident up at the plate.

Although it is still early in the season, fans can expect rookie Aaron Judge to put up some big numbers for the rest of the season, and possibly, for the rest of his career in the Bronx.

Picture from the NY Post

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