New York Yankees Select Outfielder Aaron Judge with 32nd Pick in 2013 MLB Draft

By Christopher Gamble
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The New York Yankees selected 6-foot-7, 255 lbs. outfielder Aaron Judge of Fresno State with the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Judge is a very interesting prospect and not because of his size. Judge has raw power but has a short swing which will result in a lot of contact and line drives. He could develop into 30+ home run power but if the power doesn’t develop he will still have an impact at the Major League level.

The Yankees will probably put Judge in right field but he could also play left field in Yankee Stadium. He possesses decent speed and should be able to steal a few bases in the Majors.

Judge might look like a linebacker but he is very fluid and takes good routes to fly balls. His swing, as I mentioned before is, a lot shorter than would be expected for someone of his size. That could be a very good thing given the size of the strike zone pitchers will have to work with.

The intriguing thing about Judge is his potential power. His right-handedness isn’t ideally suited for Yankee Stadium but he is capable of hitting the ball to all fields and will be able to drive a few over the right field fence on a line drive.

He was ranked as the 6th best prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America in 2012. As a testament to his power he was also the Collegiate Home Run Derby Champion last year. The Yankees will hope he can tap into that power and become the 30-home run guy that some envision.

On a side note, he will not be the tallest player in the Yankees’ system. That honor still belongs to pitcher Dellin Betances.

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