The New York Yankees had two first-round picks in this years’ MLB Amateur Draft, one of them being 6-foot-7 phenom Aaron Judge with the 32nd overall pick.
Previously, the Yankees selected third baseman Eric Jagielo with the 26th overall pick. If I was a betting man, I would like to believe the Jagielo, assuming he develops and progresses well, will be the franchise third baseman for the years to come. With the recent steroid talks of Alex Rodriguez, you have to believe the Jagielo’s development and time in the minors might be sped up a bit. Should be interesting to see how the Notre Dame graduate adapts to playing for arguably the most popular franchise in sports.
With the 32nd overall pick the Yankees strengthened their outfield for the future, selecting a giant in Judge. The Fresno State graduate played center field in school, but with his frame, his strong arm, and good bat, a switch to right field is highly likely. Judge’s scouting report reads that he was a bit inconsistent with his play in college. However, he performed well in the Cape Cod League last summer. Judge has good patience at the plate and has considerable raw power from the right side of the plate. Combining his skills with his uncanny size, Judge has the potential to be something special.
With the good chance of Brett Gardner being in the pin stripes for many more years to come and Curtis Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells, all either in the prime of their careers or post-prime, Judge has a great chance to develop in the minors, become a more consistent hitter, right in time to join Gardner and Brennan Boesch, assuming he stays with the team. The Yankees are known to own a great farm system with many talented players going through the program, so Judge is put in a good position. The question is, will he prosper, and it should be extremely interesting to see what this monster is made of.