Yankees have scouts to thank for striking gold with Aaron Judge
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Aaron Judge is off to an explosive start as the Yankees right fielder in his first full season in the majors.

For the Yankees scouting department, this truly was a case of go big or go home.
Judge, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 282 pounds, was the biggest of gambles in the first round of the 2013 draft, the 32nd player chosen, the second player the Yankees took in that draft after using the 26th pick on third baseman Eric Jagielo, who is now at Double-A with the Reds after being included in the deal for Aroldis Chapman. Judge crushed his fifth home run of the young season Wednesday, a 448-foot monster shot, in a 9-1 win over the White Sox.
A key point for Judge was a Cape Cod League workout at Fenway Park, home of the Green Monster. The Yankees attend that workout every summer.


Judge will play at Fenway for real next week against the Red Sox after a three-game series in Pittsburgh that starts Friday night.
No one knows the player Judge, who turns 25 next week, will ultimately become, but he is off to a mighty start, batting .277 with those five home runs, 12 RBIs with a .660 slugging percentage and a 1.018 OPS in 14 games.
In all, 21 players chosen ahead of Judge in that 2013 draft have yet to see major league action. Some were high-school picks. like current Yankees outfield prospect Clint Frazier, chosen fifth overall by the Indians. Others were college selections, like No. 1-overall pick, right-handed pitcher Mark Appel, taken by the Astros and eventually traded to the Phillies.
The Yankees had followed Judge since his high-school days in Northern California, but they didn’t think he was ready. He was drafted in the 31st round by the A’s, but passed on professional baseball and wound up going to Fresno State.


Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees vice president of domestic amateur scouting, picks up the story.
“We have that workout with the Cape Cod League guys in Fenway,’’ Oppenheimer told The Post on Thursday. “All the position players hit and Aaron was putting on a show that was a lot different than everybody else, where the ball was landing for him.
“We said, ‘Holy smokes, he’s really developing. Going into his junior year [at Fresno State], he was a guy we had targeted for us as a top-of-the-draft guy. I remember a Sunday morning, going up from San Diego to Stanford to go watch Fresno play, hit the right day, he went like 5-for-5 with a home run in the lights, made a great play in the outfield. It was a great day. A big part of this stuff when you are scouting these guys is seeing them when they are good.’’
Oppenheimer is quick to credit Yankees California area scout Troy Afenir and Matt Hyde, who has New England and Cape Cod League coverage, on how they worked together on scouting Judge, and special assignment scout Jim Hendry.
Hyde recalled an impressive Cape Cod League batting practice performance by Judge, who played center field for the Brewster Whitecaps.
“He was hitting balls across the road in Falmouth into this pond beyond left field, the last guy I had seen do that was George Foster,’’ Hyde said. “Foster had come back to play in an exhibition game at Falmouth and I was catching a home-run hitting contest, Darin Erstad against Foster.’’


It wasn’t just the power that the Yankees loved.
“You could tell he was well brought up, the way he looked you in the eye, the way he shook your hand and his body language when he talked to you,’’ Oppenheimer said. “When you spoke to him on the phone, he was just very authentic.’’
Then there was the athleticism and the explosive bat.
“He was different than everybody else,’’ Oppenheimer said. “He’d hit a low line drive that just kept going. He takes pride in that he is a good hitter and not just be a home-run derby guy. And it’s not always just pull, he hits the ball the other way, it’s hitting the ball through that 3-4 hole when they give it to him and he gets that pitch. He’s a solid hitter.’’
One big man off to a big start in his Yankees career.
Game 7

 Joe Torre: You know my mama wanted me to be a Manager.

 Jeter: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.

Joe Torre: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn shortstop I ever saw. Suit up.
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I hope Judge pans out. I have to say he's exceeded my expectations based on last  season's strike out fest after he was called up.

He's still going to strike out a lot, but right now every time he steps up to the plate, I start visualizing another tape-measure job.

This guy has the power to launch a 500 ft HR some day, if he gets the right pitch and has the wind at his back. Longest ML HR on record? Mickey Mantle once hit a 565 foot HR against the old Washington Senators.
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(04-21-2017, 12:03 PM)ancientyankee Wrote:  I hope Judge pans out. I have to say he's exceeded my expectations based on last  season's strike out fest after he was called up.

He's still going to strike out a lot, but right now every time he steps up to the plate, I start visualizing another tape-measure job.

This guy has the power to launch a 500 ft HR some day, if he gets the right pitch and has the wind at his back. Longest ML HR on record? Mickey Mantle once hit a 565 foot HR against the old Washington Senators.

And I caught it!      Blush(or-fake-smile)
Game 7

 Joe Torre: You know my mama wanted me to be a Manager.

 Jeter: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.

Joe Torre: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn shortstop I ever saw. Suit up.
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Consider Mantle 's size and think how amazing that is.
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(04-21-2017, 03:20 PM)Tom Hanks Wrote:  Consider Mantle 's size and think how amazing that is.

Mickey was listed at 5'11" and 190-200 pounds. He was compact and strong as a horse. They didn't talk about bat speed back then, but I'll bet a lot of his power came from that and very strong wrists.

If it weren't for injuries and his weakness for alcohol, he could have been the greatest player of all time. People remember his switch-hitting and power. But before the leg injuries, he was also the fastest base runner in the game.

True story: he was on first base during the late innings of a close game. He actually pointed to second to show that he was going on the next pitch and stole the base on a pitch-out. He stood on second base laughing, then pointed to third and did the same thing on another pitch out. Stolen bases were out of fashion in those days and he never had more than around 20, but Casey Stengel once said Mickey could have stolen 100 bases in a season if he'd let him run as much as he wanted to, but that it wasn't worth the risk of injury.
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"True story: he was on first base during the late innings of a close game. He actually pointed to second to show that he was going on the next pitch and stole the base on a pitch-out. He stood on second base laughing, then pointed to third and did the same thing on another pitch out. Stolen bases were out of fashion in those days and he never had more than around 20, but Casey Stengel once said Mickey could have stolen 100 bases in a season if he'd let him run as much as he wanted to, but that it wasn't worth the risk of injury."




I thought that was Ty Cobb!      Drunk
Game 7

 Joe Torre: You know my mama wanted me to be a Manager.

 Jeter: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.

Joe Torre: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn shortstop I ever saw. Suit up.
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Judge's longest HR yet, 460 ft. against the Pirates today. Doesn't hit many little dinky ones that barely make it.
Can't anyone here play this game?

-Casey Stengel
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(04-22-2017, 11:11 PM)ancientyankee Wrote:  Judge's longest HR yet, 460 ft. against the Pirates today. Doesn't hit many little dinky ones that barely make it.

Swinging for the fences every at bat is going to catch up to him. Sometimes hits are just as important.
Game 7

 Joe Torre: You know my mama wanted me to be a Manager.

 Jeter: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.

Joe Torre: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn shortstop I ever saw. Suit up.
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(04-23-2017, 08:06 AM)bigjeep8 Wrote:  
(04-22-2017, 11:11 PM)ancientyankee Wrote:  Judge's longest HR yet, 460 ft. against the Pirates today. Doesn't hit many little dinky ones that barely make it.

Swinging for the fences every at bat is going to catch up to him. Sometimes hits are just as important.

He's definitely improved his approach. When you're 6'7" 282lbs it's kind of hard not to swing for the fences. He's young and he is improving and, holy shit can he crush a baseball! 
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