25 Year Old Wins Derby; Proves He’s an All Star
New York Yankees outfielder, Aaron Judge won the 2017 Home Run Derby on Monday night at Miami Park, where he out hit Miguel Sano, of the Minnesota Twins 11-10. Judge proved himself to be an All Star and be able to become a huge power-hitter at the plate. However, he has been faced with many obstacles in his time, starting with his quadriceps femoris. After being selected by the New York Yankees in the 2013 MLB Draft, Judge signed with them and received a $1.8 million signing bonus. Due to the fact that he tore a quadriceps femoris muscle while participating in a base running drill, this incident kept Judge out for the rest of the 2013 season after being drafted. His stats show that he is All Star worthy and that he is one of the best rookies in the MLB.
In 2014, after dealing with an injury, Aaron Judge made his “professional debut” with the Charleston RiverDogs (Class A South Atlantic League). During his first season with the RiverDogs, Judge swung a .333 BA, .428 OBP, .530 SLG, and hit nine home runs with 45 RBIs in 65 games. Following his time with the RiverDogs, he was promoted to the Tampa Yankees (Class A-Advanced Florida State League) during the remainder of the 2014 season. He finished his season with them, swinging a .283 BA, .411 OBP, .442 SLG, and hitting eight home runs with 33 RBIs in 66 games. Aaron Judge stated that “It’s all about 25 guys pulling the same rope and getting the job done…if one guy doesn’t get it done, we’ve got 24 guys behind them,” and he has proven to himself, his team and his family that he is the guy to “get it done” and keep grinding until he reaches the MLB.
After swinging a hot bat down with the RiverDogs and Tampa Yankees, he was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he batted a .224 BA, .308 OBP, .373 SLG, with just eight home runs with 28 RBIs in 61 games in 2015. Because Aaron Judge is so young and hot right now, he finished the rest of his season in Triple A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Judge started his 2016 season again with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he had swung a .270 batting average, 19 home runs, and 65 RBIs in 93 games. Since he was climbing the latter quickly swinging a hot bat, Judge ended up being one of many players who was called to participate in the “International League All-Star Team.” However he didn’t end up playing in the Triple-A All-Star Game, because he sprained his knee, putting him on the disabled list and preventing him from playing. Judge ended up finishing his season swinging a .270 BA, .366 OBP, .489 SLG, with 19 home runs, and 65 RBIs in 93 games. After that, the New York Yankees promoted him to play at Yankee Stadium for the rest of 2016, where he struggled batting a .179 BA, .263 OBP, .345 SLG, with four home runs and 10 RBIs. He was recalled up to the Yankees in 2017 where he surprised everyone and swung a hot bat again, where he hit a .329 BA, .448 OBP, .691 SLG with 30 home runs and 66 RBIs in just 84 games.
All and all, this 25 year old rookie has proven himself to be an All Star in just a short amount of time. “Every time I go up there to hit, I feel like that’s going to be my moment” said Aaron Judge. With that positive attitude, Judge could not only be an All Star this year, but he could also be a candidate to win the Triple Crown this year.