Judge Waiting To Play

TAMPA, FL – The New York Yankees 32nd overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player draft, outfielder Aaron Judge, signed on Friday, July 12, 2013. Judge, who completed his junior year at Fresno State, is 6-foot-7 and weighs 255 pounds. With a build like his, there's no reason Judge shouldn't hit for power.

Growing up in California, Judge always favored the Sarasota Giants. He loved watching players like Buster Posey play because he got the job done. Judge liked that Posey was a "competitor" and a "class act".

Despite having to leave Fresno State Judge is glad to be in Tampa and is honored to have the opportunity to work with an organization as successful as the Yankees.

"It's a pretty awesome feeling," Judge said. "The Yankees are by far the best organization in the league. There's so much history with this organization and they're winners. It's good to be apart of a winning organization.

"I see myself fitting pretty well in the outfield in the next year or two. I'm a big guy and power comes with that so I'll probably be a big power outfielder for the Yankees."

One of Judge's biggest tools is his athleticism. He's got a big frame, quick feet, and a good eye. This spring Judge hit an average of .346 at Fresno State with 17 home runs.

"Power and being able to hit the ball to all areas of the park are some of my strengths," Judge said. "Surprisingly, I'm pretty quick for a big guy too. Athleticism is probably my biggest tool."

Defensively, there are always areas to improve. Most likely if the Yankees were to switch Judge's position he'd find himself at first base, but for now he projects he'll stay in the outfield.

Judge was surprised when he discovered the Yankees had selected him. The Yankees weren't the only team looking at Judge. In 2010 the Oakland Athletics drafted Judge who chose to pursue his career at Fresno State.

"There are always teams that you talk to before the draft and they seem like they have interest, but then you have those other teams that don't say anything and hide in the grass. The Yankees I talked to a little bit during the year, just not as much as other teams so it was a surprise, but it was a good surprise," Judge stated.

If Judge had to compare himself to a Major League Player it'd be outfielder Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

"He's a big guy, he's a great athlete, he's got tremendous power, he's a great arm, and when I watch him play I try to mold myself to him because were both pretty big guys," Judge said.

Judge was the winner of the TD Ameritrade Home Run derby in 2012, which he attributes as one of his best moments in baseball.

The 21-year old is eager to get onto the field and is working along side the GCL Yankees waiting to be called to the plate.

"Once I was able to sign and I got here to Florida I met about fifteen to twenty people and they're just great. Everyday I'm progressing at getting able to play in the game.

[Wednesday] I was hitting [off] the tee and doing some soft toss. I want to do more and they're taking it kind of slow," Judge concluded. "Let's just say I'm looking forward to playing and I'm waiting for it."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nGrowing up in California, Judge always favored the Sarasota Giants. He loved watching players like Buster Posey play because he got the job done. Judge liked that Posey was a \"competitor\" and a \"class act\".
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\r\nDespite having to leave Fresno State Judge is glad to be in Tampa and is honored to have the opportunity to work with an organization as successful as the Yankees.
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\r\n\"It's a pretty awesome feeling,\" Judge said. \"The Yankees are by far the best organization in the league. There's so much history with this organization and they're winners. It's good to be apart of a winning organization.
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\r\n\"I see myself fitting pretty well in the outfield in the next year or two. I'm a big guy and power comes with that so I'll probably be a big power outfielder for the Yankees.\"
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\r\nOne of Judge's biggest tools is his athleticism. He's got a big frame, quick feet, and a good eye. This spring Judge hit an average of .346 at Fresno State with 17 home runs.
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\r\n\"Power and being able to hit the ball to all areas of the park are some of my strengths,\" Judge said. \"Surprisingly, I'm pretty quick for a big guy too. Athleticism is probably my biggest tool.\"
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\r\nDefensively, there are always areas to improve. Most likely if the Yankees were to switch Judge's position he'd find himself at first base, but for now he projects he'll stay in the outfield.
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\r\nJudge was surprised when he discovered the Yankees had selected him. The Yankees weren't the only team looking at Judge. In 2010 the Oakland Athletics drafted Judge who chose to pursue his career at Fresno State.
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\r\n\"There are always teams that you talk to before the draft and they seem like they have interest, but then you have those other teams that don't say anything and hide in the grass. The Yankees I talked to a little bit during the year, just not as much as other teams so it was a surprise, but it was a good surprise,\" Judge stated.
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\r\nIf Judge had to compare himself to a Major League Player it'd be outfielder Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.
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\r\n\"He's a big guy, he's a great athlete, he's got tremendous power, he's a great arm, and when I watch him play I try to mold myself to him because were both pretty big guys,\" Judge said.
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\r\nJudge was the winner of the TD Ameritrade Home Run derby in 2012, which he attributes as one of his best moments in baseball.
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\r\nThe 21-year old is eager to get onto the field and is working along side the GCL Yankees waiting to be called to the plate.
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\r\n\"Once I was able to sign and I got here to Florida I met about fifteen to twenty people and they're just great. Everyday I'm progressing at getting able to play in the game.
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\r\n[Wednesday] I was hitting [off] the tee and doing some soft toss. I want to do more and they're taking it kind of slow,\" Judge concluded. \"Let's just say I'm looking forward to playing and I'm waiting for it.\"
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