Time to Make a Snap Judge-ment?
If you are a Yankees fan, you have probably already heard about Aaron Judge. The 2013 first round draft choice stands 6 feet 7 and 275 pounds and is already drawing comparisons to the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton. Currently an outfielder, the 23 year old was recently promoted to AAA after mashing .284 with 12 home runs, 16 doubles and 44 RBI in 63 games at Trenton. He even homered in his first AAA game. The future looks very bright for this Yankees’ prospect.
Now let’s take a look at the Yankees’ current outfield situation. Jacoby Ellsbury’s return to leftfield seems imminent but Carlos Beltran also just suffered a rib injury, in which the true severity is still unknown. Chris Young has done a noble job playing full time in the wake of Ellsbury’s absence but full playing time has always exposed his poor batting skills against right handed pitching.
So….is it time to give the kid a chance? The Yankees organization has always played it careful with young studs in the past while I often watch other ballclubs push their young players right into the fire. In this specific case, I would like to see how Judge would handle this situation. He has shown pedigree and poise at every level of his minor league experience so far and nowadays we are seeing more and more players dominating MLB in their early 20’s.
The Yankees, however, decided against this move for the time being and chose another minor leaguer to promote while Beltran is sidelined. They want him to continue to grow in the minors but depending on how things shake out in the outfield for the remainder of the season, I still feel like we may see him in the Bronx sooner than September call-ups.
I want to see what he can do in the majors…don’t you?
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Bryan Revello is the Editor in Chief for New York Sportscene. A New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast, he can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.