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Aaron Judge

Born: 04/26/1992 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 7" Weight: 230
Primary Position: RF
Physical/Health
Ridiculously large human being, extremely tall (listed at 6'7") but lean, well built; should age well for a bigger player; athletic, moves well for his size, doesn't look awkward.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 07/31/2014
Dates Seen 7/16-7/19/14
Affiliate Tampa Yankees (High A, Yankees)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
Late 2015 Moderate 60 50, first-division regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Starts with hands high, but lowers them as pitch is being delivered; above-average bat speed but not elite; keeps bat in the strike zone for a long time; size and arm length makes his swing long, but he does a good job of staying as short as possible, would be a bigger problem for most hitters his size; two-handed finish helps him stay short; has a short weight transfer and the up the middle approach of a much smaller player; good recognition of off-speed and breaking pitches.
Power 60 Power is result of size and strength rather than elite bat speed; does not sell out for power or look to drive the ball; will run into home runs because of natural strength; ball jumps off his bat, especially when he gets his arms extended.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Moves well for his size, not a base clogger; speed plays better in the outfield than it does on the bases; slow to get to top speed because of long strides; average runner under way;
Glove 55 Gets good reads off the bat; will have above-average range early in career; good athleticism; not afraid of wall, shows good field awareness; no problem going to the ground for a ball, a problem with many large players; will be an above-average right fielder for a few years until he slows down.
Arm 60 Plus arm, above-average arm strength, enough for RF; arm strength plays up because of plus arm accuracy; gets rid of ball quickly and knows where to go with the ball; arm can be an asset in the field.
Overall

Judge features a strong all-around package that you wouldn't necessarily expect from a player with his size and strength. He has tremendous raw power, but he doesn't approach his at-bats that way. Instead, he features an up-the-middle approach and a patient eye at the plate. Because of this, he doesn't have the typical issues that tend to plague bigger hitters - holes in the swing, trouble with premium velocity, etc. This should benefit him in the long run, as he doesn't need to sell out and should still hit for plus power, but will do so without the extreme swing-and-miss.

For now, Judge is an above-average fielder in right field, though that should diminish as he ages. He runs well for his size, but will never be an asset on the bases. Will eventually be a well below-average runner.

The overall package is interesting. Judge doesn't profile as an impact, middle-of-the-order hitter, but he does enough things well that should be an everyday player. If he learns to use his size better and drive the ball with more consistency, however, he could hit for enough power to carry a lineup. More likely, however, is that he settles in as a solid regular who can do a lot of things well but does none of them spectacularly.

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