5/26/13

Mets Draft Target - OF - Aaron Judge

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Aaron Judge is another of those big time college bats available in this year's draft.

The Fresno State (18-31) junior started out this mock season as a solid first round pick, but has since faded into a sup-1 selection.

Lots of power here and his 2013 stat line through 5-16 is: .374/ .463/.643 with 9-HR and 31-RBI in 182-AB.

Mock wise, Judge has been listed on 10 out of the last 10 drafts, ranging from the 11th pick to #35






Judge is an obvious physical specimen with huge power potential and very little statistical evidence to back it up. He is incredibly strong and scouts and Major League teams alike are anxiously waiting for him to tap into his power in games. He won the TD Ameritrade HR Derby in 2012, a teaser of sorts for a potential breakout in 2013. The rest of Judge's game is actually fairly refined, as he shows a very patient approach, the ability to hit for average and some stolen base potential. In 2012, Judge hit .308 with only 4 homeruns, but a 42/48 K:BB ratio and 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts. If he adds power to the equation, that's a very impressive stat line. It's hard to find much on his defense, but it's safe to assume that Judge can handle a corner outfield spot and not much else. His results in 2013 will greatly affect his draft status, and an increase in power could see Judge taken off the board very early on Draft day. LINK


 Player:  Aaron Judge
Position:  OF
School:  Fresno State
Date of Birth:  4/26/1992
Height/Weight:  6’7/230
Bats/Throws:  R/R
2013 Class:  College Junior
Previously Drafted:  2010, 31st Rd, A’s
Scouting Report:
Aaron Judge boosted his draft stock over the summer and is now a likely first rounder.  With his power, Judge is a high ceiling prospect, but there are questions over how much he will hit at the next level.
  • Strong, muscular build
  • Tools are solid across the board
  • Big raw power is his biggest asset
  • Swing is a bit long
  • Pitch recognition is widely questioned
  • Patient approach
  • Profiles to right field defensively
  • Above average, accurate arm
  • Above average speed at present   LINK


  •   Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State, is one of the more polarizing names in the 2013 draft class with mock draft rankings ranging from the top 10 to out of the first round entirely. Most rankings have him somewhere late in the first round. The upside is obvious.  He is huge at 6'7, 230 lbs, yet athletic enough to be a plus defender in RF with above average arm and speed.  You generally expect a guy like this to hit about 20 HR's, but with a .230 BA, but so far in his college career, Judge has hit just 6 HR's in 2 seasons while posting .300+ BA's.  He bats R, throws R.   LINK 

Aaron Judge stands 6-feet, 7-inches tall, weighing in at 255 pounds. At the plate, he appears to be swinging a toothpick, rather than a baseball bat, and no jersey will ever be able to contain his massive biceps. When he makes contact with the baseball, opposing infielders probably fear for their lives. He truly is a manchild, which is why scouts were disappointed with his performance during his first two seasons at Fresno State, when he combined to hit only six home runs (two off Mark Appel). LINK


Mack - Judge is a "tweener"...  probably will be around at #11 but gone by #48. I have no problem if the Mets draft him with their first pick... IF... Austin Willson and Phillip Ervin were already picked. I want a college outfielder here and Judge is ranked third on my list.


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