Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Weekly Check In: Aaron Judge

Extra, extra, read all about it. Yankees finally becoming aggressive with their polished prospects. Aaron Judge may be a second half call up, especially with Carlos Beltran injured again. Extra, extra, read all about it. But really in all seriousness, it’s true. The Yankees are one injury away from seeing The Judge in the major leagues right now and while I’m never one to wish an injury on any team, especially the Yankees, I have to admit that I have the song “Wouldn’t it be Nice?” in my head right now. With Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, Jacoby Ellsbury and Beltran on the disabled list the team has relied heavily on Ramon Flores and Taylor Dugas. Dugas was called up in an emergency situation while Flores was ineligible for a call up but if one more outfielder goes down the decision comes down to Dugas or Judge, and it will probably be Judge.

Judge has earned it so I don’t mean to make it sound like the Yankees had to lose half their outfield depth to make room for Judge because that’s the farthest thing from the case. Judge has dominated Double-A pitching with the Trenton Thunder and is well on his way in Triple-A leading the offensive charge with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Judge was drafted out of college and came along with one of the more polished bats in the draft meaning he likely won’t need the four or five, even six sometimes, seasons of seasoning in the minor leagues. The Judge is ready now and he may be in the Bronx before the calendar turns to 2016. 


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