Aaron Judge

Position: OF
Born: 4/26/1992
Height: 6'7
Weight: 275
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (#32 overall) of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: .270 with 19 homers and 65 RBIs in 63 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) with 18 doubles for a .489 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre August 13 along with that of INF/OF Tyler Austin when 3B Alex Rodriguez was granted his unconditional release and RHP Ben Heller was sent down, while RHP Conor Mullee was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 8/13/2016

Debut Details
August 13, in an 8-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. The starting right fielder, he batted eighth and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, including a homer. In his first at-bat against Rays starter Matt Andriese, with two outs and no one on he blasted a monster 440-foot homer to center field, moments after fellow debutante Tyler Austin had started HIS big league career off with a homer as well. In his second at-bat in the fifth inning, he led the frame off with a single to center field and after moving to third base on a single by Jacoby Ellsbury, he scored on a three-run homer by Aaron Hicks. In the sixth inning, with one out, he popped out to second base. In his last at-bat of the night, in the eighth inning, he struck out looking.

Player Notes
You can see the details of Judge’s and Austin’s historic debuts in the introduction to this package. Judge missed some time early this season with a knee injury but is healthy now, or the club would not have rushed him to the majors. He is way too valuable a commodity in that system to take any chances. Considered one of the top prospects in the system thanks to his prodigious power and strong outfield arm, he was shifted from center field to right field early on in his career to better fit the profile and brings a .278 career average and .473 career SLG into his MLB debut. After missing the 2013 pro season due to a torn quad suffered during workouts at the minor league complex after signing, his rise has been swift and steady. In 2014, he combined between Charleston, S.C. (Class A) and Tampa (High A) to bat .308 with 17 homers and 78 RBIs, then combined between Trenton (Double-A) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2015 to hit .255 with 20 homers and 72 RBIs.

2080 Notes
Judge was ranked No. 67 on 2080 Baseball’s Preseason Top 125 Prospect Rankings List where we had this to say about him: “There aren’t too many bodies floating around pro ball like Aaron Judge’s. His natural strength and a power-oriented swing work with his body to create a player with a lot of raw power that should translate to in-game power.” In addition, we had two Prospect Spotlight reports on Judge earlier this summer, here and here.