Yankees Aaron Judge Drawing Comparisons To Giancarlo Stanton


The superlatives about New York Yankees prospect Aaron Judge just keep coming in. But perhaps the greatest one of all is who he is being compared to.

With spring training barely underway, Judge is already drawing comparisons to one of the most acclaimed hitters in the game, the Marlins Giancarlo Stanton.

“He’s just big. He’s just big and strong,” Joe Girardi said according to MLB.com. “You’re not going to see too many people that big in the game. It’s just not tall — there’s a lot of strength there as well. He’s a really good athlete, and sometimes when you see a guy like that, you’re not sure how good of an athlete you have. But you have a really good athlete, too.” [Related category]

There is no question that Judge has similar size and body frame to Stanton. Giancarlo is 6´6″ and 240 pounds, Aaron stands at 6´7″ and weighs in at 275. Both pack strong, muscular builds. Both smack high- arching drives.

“I think power in general is a scarcity, but especially right handed power,” Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees’ VP of amateur scouting, told the NY Daily News.. “It gives him a great value to us, but so does his makeup and a number of other things that go with him. He’s not just a guy that turns and launches; he’s a good runner, a good thrower and a graceful athlete with great plate discipline. I think that gets lost in his size.”

But size and strength are just part of the story. Stanton totaled 97 RBI and batted .293 for single A Greensboro. Judge knocked in 78 runs and batted .308 in hist first year in the minors. The quick start made Stanton the number three prospect, according to Baseball America. Judge is zoning in on Luis Severino in his bid to become the Yankees top prospect.

His physique and power also remind many of Yankees great Dave Winfield. Winfield commanded much of the same respect from the right side of the plate that Reggie Jackson got from the left side. And his swing angle has been compared to the arc of Dave Kingman.

Those are some lofty comparisons. Judge undoubtedly has his work cut out for him before he will fully deserve them. But his three-run homer against the Phillies on Tuesday certainly got him off to a great start.

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