AFL News: Judge Wins Player of the Week
By Wayne Cavadi
What an outstanding few days it has been for the young Yankees’ superstars-in-the-making over in the Arizona Fall League. This past Saturday, first base prospect and the number four-rated prospect according to Baseball America took home the AFL Fall Stars Games MVP. Today, yankees.com is reporting that Aaron Judge has been named the AFL Player of the Week for week four.
Judge is the hulking beast who currently roams right field for the Scottsdale Scorpions, the New York Yankees AFL affiliate. Since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft along with Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin, Judge has done nothing but impress, rising to Baseball America’s number two overall prospect in the system. Judge had an impressive debut season in 2014. He hit .308 between two levels, drilling 17 home runs with 78 RBI. He has earned early comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton and other monster-esque power hitters.
"“Yeah, I get that a lot,” he told reporters. “I try not to pay attention to that kind of stuff.”"
The week for which he has won his most recent award was highlighted by a two home run performance on Thursday. Judge led the AFL last week with six runs scored and an on-base percentage of .857. He was also tied for the weekly lead in home runs with two and walks with seven. He is second in the entire AFL in home runs behind Scorpions and Yankees team mate Greg Bird.
Judge finished his award-winning week with an appearance in the AFL Fall Stars Game. He joins Bird as the second Yankees’ prospect to take home the AFL Player of the Week Award just four weeks into the season. He is hitting an impressive .310 over his 16 AFL games. It seems whatever level Judge stops at he dominates. This is certainly an exciting time for Yankees’ fans knowing that our future in Aaron Judge is not far away.