WATCH LIST: AARON JUDGE – YANKEES

MiLB: June 23 - Daytona Cubs at Tampa Yankees (LoMoglio)PARENT CLUB – New York Yankees
DRAFTED – Yankees, 2013, First Round, #32 overall
NOTES – First Team All-WAC 2011, 2012
First Team All-Mountain West 2013
2012 AmeriTrade College HomeRun Derby Champ

OF Aaron Judge was drafted by the Yankees out of Fresno State in the first round of the 2013 Draft (32nd overall). At 6’7″ and 230 lbs, it isn’t hard to see why Judge had the raw power to win the 2012 College HomeRun Derby. In his sophomore season, Judge posted a line of .308/.453/.458 with just four HRs, but two of those blasts came in one game against Stanford ace Mark Appel. As a junior in 2013, Judge showed more of his raw talent, hitting .369/.461/.655 with 12 HRs and 36 RBI in 56 games.

Now playing for the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions, Judge split the 2014 regular season between loA Charleston and hiA Tampa.

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

In 24 Arizona Fall League games, Judge batted .278/.377/.467 with four homers and 15 RBI in 90 ABs. In week 4, the slugging outfielder was name AFL Player of the Week and he participated in the Fall Stars game.

It completed Judge’s first professional season, one that can only be called highly successful. He split the minor league season between class A Charleston and advanced-A Tampa and, across two levels, batted .308/.419/.486 with 17 combined homers and 78 RBI. At this point MLB.com has Judge ranked as the Yankees’ #5 organizational prospect.

Judge talks about his first pro season in a story on MiLB.com HERE.

Ken Davidoff wrote a piece in the New York Daily news on Judge possibly being the Yankees’ next great slugger HERE.

NOVEMBER 4, 2014

In 16 AFL games, Judge has mashed: .310/.431/.569 with four homers. He was selected to play in the Fall Stars game and he got two hitless at-bats while playing RF. As Judge winds down a very successful 2014, MLB.com has him ranked as the Yankees’ #5 organizational prospect.

OCTOBER 17, 2014

The slow start alluded to previously didn’t last long as Judge earned a mid-season promotion from Charleston by hitting .333/.428/.530 with nine homers and 45 RBI over 65 games. After moving up to advanced-A Tampa, the numbers dipped a bit, but were still strong at .283/.411/.442 with another eight homers and 33 RBI over 66 games.

It was a successful pro debut for Aaron Judge and he was recognized by Jim Callis in a Pipeline Perspectives column as the best of the big men among prospects.

APRIL 11, 2014

In his first pro action, Judge is off to a slow start at Charleston in the South Atlantic League. After just eight games, Judge has a line of .214/.389/.214 with six singles and no XBH. He’s walked eight times and struck out six times.

Baseball America ranked Judge as the Yankees’ #6 overall prospect going into 2014.

JULY 11, 2013

Judge signed with the Yankees for a $1.8M bonus, slightly more than the allotted amount for the #32 pick, $1,677,100. It was one of the last first-round signings before the deadline.

DRAFT DAY, JUNE 6, 2013

Fresno State OF Aaron Judge had his name called near the end of the first round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft as the Yankees selected him with the #32 overall pick. Judge had his best season with the Bulldogs this past year, his junior year, as he posted a line of .373/.461/.663, all career highs. With 11 homeruns, the 6′ 7″, 255-lb Judge finally showed the power potential that scouts have long seen in his bat.

He displayed that power last year by winning the 2012 College Baseball Home Run Derby last July with an impressive display. But after having that power only translate to a total of 6 homers over 2 full seasons, Judge aired it out a bit during this college season.

FRESNO BEE DRAFT-DAY STORY

 

MAY 24, 2013

The Mountain West Conference has announced its All-Conference baseball team and Aaron Judge is honored as a First Team member. It is Judge’s 3rd straight All-Conference honor, following his two All-WAC honors in 2011 and 2012.

Today, Baseball America published Jim Callis’ Mock Draft 2.0, a revision to an earlier mock draft, and Judge remains a first-rounder. In this version, Callis has Judge going at #24 to the Oakland A’s. Judge is mentioned as a possibility in several spots and Callis’ 1.0 version had him going at #21 to Tampa Bay. It is all speculation in these mock drafts, but Judge’s stock continues to be that of a first-rounder anywhere you look.

MAY 22, 2013

As Fresno State opens the Mountain West Conference tournament at home tonight, Judge has a batting line of .373/.461/.663 with 11 HR and 35 RBI. All those numbers are career highs and his 41 runs scored are just 6 behind his high of 47 last season. On May 17, Judge launched 2 HR in a 10-4 win over Nevada while going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and 4 runs scored.

With the First Year Player Draft approaching, Judge’s name is showing up a lot as many have projected him to be a first-rounder. Baseball America came out with its Top 250 Draft Prospects list last week and Judge sits at #30 on that list. All that’s left for Judge in college this season is the conference tournament and what follows if Fresno State can win that. As you would expect, along with all the glowing praise there is criticism in the prospect rankings and the scouting reports. LookoutLanding.com notes a long swing and a couple of other negatives, but overall the report is consistent with the idea that Judge is an elite talent. He still looks like a first-rounder at this point.

APRIL 4, 2013

The Bulldogs are struggling this season at 7-18 but Judge doesn’t appear on the team’s list of woes. Against Pacific on April 2, Judge smacked an RBI double to help Fresno State to a much-needed 4-3 victory. Heading into a difficult stretch of Mountain West Conference games, Aaron Judge has a line of .343/.420/.556 with 4 HR and 15 RBI after 24 games and 99 ABs.

MARCH 8, 2013

Judge went 0-for-4 tonight in an 8-1 loss to Cal but his early season hot streak has his numbers at a lofty .340/.397/.547 with 2 homers, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. Prior to the Cal series, the Junior pre-season All American (Baseball America) had a four hit game against USC (4-for-6 with 4 RBI) and a 5-for-5 game against Stanford. Nothing the big OF has done in 2013 has disproved the high praise he has received from scouts.

MARCH 1, 2013

Through 6 games, Judge has been swinging a hot bat, posting a .423/.444/.692 line. He has belted out a double, 2 homers and 6 RBI so far. The homer total equals his freshman year output and is half of last year’s total. FSU is off to a rough start at 1-5, but Judge has held up his end in the OF and in the middle of the batting order.

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