What a way to kick off the second half of the season for one of the top Baby Bombers. After concluding a scorching-hot first half of the season with two RBI in the South Atlantic League All Star Game, Aaron Judge earned a promotion to High-A ball. It most likely isn’t the last stop for Judge this season.
Aaron Judge was the 32nd overall pick by the Yankees in the first round of last season’s MLB June Amateur Draft. Standing at 6’7” and listed anywhere from 230 to 250 pounds, Judge has been a hulking menace at the plate. His Charleston RiverDogs 2014 debut couldn’t have gone better. The right-handed hitting right fielder batted .333 with 9 home runs and 45 RBI. What’s more impressive was his .428 on-base percentage, and amassing 124 total bases on just 78 hits. Judge is seeing the ball very well this season, and proving to be a solid offensive threat. His fielding leaves a little to be desired, committing four errors on the season already for a .965 fielding percentage. This is what the minor leagues are for however — to work out the kinks.
Judge debuted for the Tampa Yankees on Thursday night and didn’t miss a beat. He went 2-for-4 in his first game at the High-A level, smacking two singles. More impressively, they came against Kevin Eichhorn of the Lakeland Flying Tigers, one of the more dominant pitchers of the Florida State League, who carries a 4-1 record and 1.93 ERA on the season. Seemingly, nothing can slow Judge down.
At only 22 years of age, Aaron Judge has a ways to go, but every day he is proving it is going to be less and less of a journey to the Bronx. The New York Yankees are an aging team, and not getting any younger. With the short comings of injury-plagued Slade Heathcott and Zoilo Almonte at the point where he has to claim his role in the Bronx or possibly be traded, Judge can possibly find his way to the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this season. The Yankees have traditionally not rushed prospects along, but Judge is starting to raise some eyebrows, and raise them fast. All Yankees fans know the names Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, and Tyler Austin. It’s time they familiarize themselves with Judge because he could very well be wearing pinstripes a lot quicker than anyone expected.