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Top Prospect Profile: #2 Aaron Judge

At 6 foot 7 inches tall you would not expect Aaron Judge to be a star baseball player. But the 2013 first-round draft pick is the #2 prospect in the New York Yankees farm system and the top prospect the Yankees picked in the 2013 draft joining fellow 2013 first round picks Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin in our top 20 prospect list.

Judge was a baseball, football and basketball start in high school but focused solely on baseball when he was at Fresno State. Though he sat out the 2013 season due to an injury he made a big splash in 2014 in his first professional season. He started the season with the Charleston RiverDogs where he hit .333 with 78 hits over 234 at bats. He hit 15 doubles, 2 triples and 9 homeruns with the RiverDogs, while driving home 45 runs and stealing one base. His strong performance earned him a mid-season promotion to the Florida State League where he hit .283 with 66 hits in 233 at bats and 50 walks. In Tampa he hit 9 doubles, 2 triples and 8 homeruns.

After a first pro season that saw him hit .308 across two levels the Yankees sent Judge to the Arizona Fall League to get some extra at bats against tougher competition. In the fall league .278 with 25 hits over 90 at bats and 13 walks, 5 doubles and 4 homeruns.

Judge poses some raw power, earning him an 80 on the 80-point scouting scale but does not favor to hit for power over hitting for average. With average speed and an above-average arm he fits in well in right field and will continue to play there as he develops. Scouts love his ability to hit and field, with some experienced with tougher competition thanks to the AFL he is in line to start the 2015 season with the Trenton Thunder as he turns 23 years old.

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