Yankees rookie Aaron Judge has had arguably the most historic April a rookie has ever had. Let’s get to know the powerful rookie.
Aaron Judge comes from Linden, California, a small town with just under 2,000 residents as of the 2010 census. He attended Linden high school, where he played three sports: football, baseball, and basketball. Judge was heavily recruited as a football player out of high school, but Judge preferred to play baseball instead. He ended up being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2010 draft, but ultimately, he opted to go to college at Fresno State to play baseball instead.
At Fresno State, he had a very successful career. He was named All Mountain West Conference all three seasons he attended the University. As a result of his accomplishments at Fresno, he was drafted 32nd overall in the 2013 MLB draft by the New York Yankees. After missing the entirety of the 2013 season due to a quad injury, he then played Single-A ball for a year, and was very, very good. Judge finished the year with 9 home runs, a .333 batting average, and 45 RBIs in 65 games. He proceeded to play the 2015 season splitting time in both Double and Triple A. By August of 2016, he finally got the call up.
Major league career (so far)
Aaron made his first career major league appearance on August 13th, 2016 against the Tampa Bay Rays. In his first career at-bat, against pitcher Matt Andriese, this happened…
Safe to say that his first at-bat was pretty indicative of what was to come for Judge and the Yankees…
After a little major league experience in 2016, the Yankees announced that #99 would be their starting Right Fielder on Opening Day this year. In his first full month as an MLB starter, he helped lead the Yankees to a 15-8 record in April. He hit 10 home runs, including one on his 25th birthday, had a .303 batting average, 20 RBIs. He’s currently 1st in the following categories of any batter in the AL: HR, RBI, Runs, Slugging, and OPS. He’s also 7th in batting average.
The Judge is helping bring back the Bronx Bombers image that the Yankees have prided themselves on for most of their teams history. The Yanks have not had this kind of success as a team since they won the World Series in 2009. The team is now a serious threat, in large part due to Aaron Judge’s success as a rookie. This Yankees fan is more than happy to see where the team is at right now, and I for one, am very excited to see how Judge’s career pans out over the next decade or so.