Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Yankees
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After a disappointing debut in 2016, Judge exploded for 52 home runs, finishing second in the AL MVP voting and arguably becoming the new face of baseball. He ranked first or second in most traditional hitting categories and modern technology confirmed what was obvious to the naked eye: Judge crushed the ball. He finished first in the majors in barrel rate (12.8 Brls/PA) and second among qualified hitters in hard-hit rate (45.3 percent). While Judge still struck out at a relatively high clip (30.7 percent), he made significant improvement in that regard from the previous season and trailed only Joey Votto in walk rate (18.7 percent). While his batting average could fade as he sees a heavier dose of breaking pitches, we've already seen enough to safely say Judge will be at least a three-category stud for many years to come. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in November, but is expected to be a full go for the start of spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $622,300 contract with the Yankees in March of 2018.
Day off Saturday
OFNew York Yankees
September 29, 2018
Judge is not in the lineup against Boston on Saturday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Judge will receive a breather following Friday's victory that clinched home-field advantage for Wednesday's AL Wild Card game. In his place, Brett Gardner will start in the outfield and bat atop the order.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+135%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .910 316 43 16 28 2 .234 .421 .490
Since 2016vs Right .978 955 172 67 163 13 .285 .391 .588
2018vs Left .967 143 20 8 12 1 .261 .427 .541
2018vs Right .901 355 57 19 55 5 .285 .377 .523
2017vs Left .934 155 23 8 16 1 .230 .439 .496
2017vs Right 1.079 523 105 44 98 8 .298 .417 .662
2016vs Left .289 18 0 0 0 0 .067 .222 .067
2016vs Right .679 77 10 4 10 0 .203 .273 .406
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+70%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+152%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home 1.137 631 127 54 118 9 .322 .444 .693
Since 2016Away .793 640 88 29 73 6 .226 .353 .440
2018Home 1.170 244 47 18 45 4 .352 .471 .699
2018Away .688 254 30 9 22 2 .212 .315 .373
2017Home 1.165 334 73 33 68 5 .312 .440 .725
2017Away .935 344 55 19 46 4 .256 .404 .531
2016Home .829 53 7 3 5 0 .255 .340 .489
2016Away .329 42 3 1 5 0 .081 .167 .162
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How does Aaron Judge compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
15.3%
 
K Rate
30.5%
 
BABIP
.368
 
ISO
.249
 
AVG
.278
 
OBP
.392
 
SLG
.528
 
OPS
.919
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Long viewed as one of the top prospects in the Yankees system, Judge got a chance to make his major league debut last season. Following the trade deadline departure of Carlos Beltran, the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Judge was immediately inserted into an everyday role in right field. After smacking 19 home runs in the minors, Judge got off to a terrific start in the majors with homers in his first two games while hitting over .300 in his first week, but a lot of worrisome issues cropped up after that. The 24-year-old struck out at an alarming 44.2 percent clip and ended up hitting just .179 before a Grade 2 oblique strain ended his season. While his elite raw power was never questioned in the minors, he had some seasons where he posted strikeout rates above 25 percent, and the worry was always that big league pitching would be able to exploit his size, resulting in low batting averages. That appears to be exactly what happened last season. Winning the starting right field job is all but guaranteed, and Judge could be a solid source of power, but the questions about his hit tool make this an extremely volatile profile.
Viewed as the top prospect in the Yankees' system, Judge will likely get his chance to make his big league debut in 2016. The 23-year-old has great raw power, helped in large part by his 6-foot-7, 230 pound frame, which he flashed en route to hitting 20 home runs across both Double-A and Triple-A in 2015. Though his average dipped after the promotion, Judge projects to be more than just a pure power hitter. Barring any offseason trades, the Yankees' outfield appears to be totally accounted for, with Carlos Beltran occupying Judge's natural right field spot for the 2016 season and Aaron Hicks available to spell him. In order to give Judge everyday playing time, the Yankees will likely have him spend the first half (if not the entire season) back at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, Judge was understandably labeled a high-risk/high-reward proposition when he was drafted by the Yankees with the 32nd pick in the 2013 draft. Now, following an excellent first full season as a professional, the idea of Judge actualizing his immense potential is starting to look a lot more realistic. He has 80 raw power, which one might expect out of such a herculean specimen. But, somewhat surprisingly, he also had no problem hitting for average and getting on base in 131 games between Low-A and High-A. He split his time right down the middle between the two stops, and combined to post a .308/.419/.486 slash line with 17 home runs. There’s no doubt that more power will come in time, and by showing good on-base skills in 2014 he has earned the label of best position player prospect in the Yankees’ system. After capping his impressive debut season by putting on a show in the Arizona Fall League, few prospects will enter 2015 with more helium.
Judge, one of the Yankees' first-round picks in the 2013 draft, is a massive human being at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, but he has a good arm and moves around well enough that he should stick in the outfield. He has a short swing that hasn't yet generated much in-game power, so it seems likely that the Yankees will want to work with him on his mechanics to unleash some of that power potential. He'll make his pro debut in 2014, and may be brought along relatively slowly for an older bat drafted out of college.
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Goes yard in win over BoSox
OFNew York Yankees
September 29, 2018
Judge went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 11-6 win over the Red Sox.
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Not in lineup Sunday
OFNew York Yankees
September 23, 2018
Judge is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to lineup
OFNew York Yankees
September 18, 2018
Judge (wrist) is back in the Yankees' lineup for the first time since late July, batting second and playing right field Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Gets through sim game without issues
OFNew York Yankees
Wrist
September 17, 2018
Judge (wrist) took 11 live at-bats in a simulated game Monday.
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Activated but not available to hit
OFNew York Yankees
Wrist
September 14, 2018
Judge (wrist) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Blue Jays but remains several days away from being able to hit, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.
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