Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Weekly Check In: Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge learned the disappointing news probably at the same time that we all did, the New York Yankees are not planning on calling up their top positional prospect during September call ups this season. The Yankees are faced with a bit of a 40 man roster crunch and have a handful of prospects, Ben Gamel and Jake Cave who are specifically outfielders, which they have to protect from the Rule 5 Draft this winter. Judge hasn’t exactly tore up Triple-A since his promotion either so it may be in his best interest to take the time off and mentally and physically prepare for the 2016 season.

Judge has an outside shot of starting the 2016 season in the Bronx in a similar role to what Greg Bird is in when both Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are healthy, although admittedly a lot can happen between now and then. New York could opt to rotate Judge in and out of right and left field to give others a day off or half of a day off as a DH while slowing transitioning him into the Major Leagues or they could always opt for another half season in Triple-A with Scranton. Either way Judge is knocking at the door and the Bronx may not be big enough to hold him, Carlos Beltran and the rest of the Yankees outfield options in 2016. 


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