It is time for some lucky fantasy owners to get excited. New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is just not putting together an American League rookie of the year caliber season, but an American League most valuable player caliber season as well.
In his first 58 games this season, Judge leads the AL in a ton of categories. They are runs (54), home runs (21), runs batted in (47), walks (38), and batting average (.344). The fact that Judge leads the American League in home runs, walks and batting average in his rookie season is staggering and he needs to be highly praised for his ability to have such a lofty impact in the Yankees batting lineup with his lack of experience.
This past weekend, the Yankees hammered Baltimore Orioles pitching and Judge was a major part of New York’s offensive attack on Saturday and Sunday. In the two games which saw the Yankees score 30 runs, Judge had seven hits in eight at bats, seven runs, two doubles, three home runs and six runs batted in. He saw his batting average climb from .323 to .344. Yes, the 21 point percentage spike came in only eight at bats.
Judge has also made huge improvements from 2016, when he played in 27 games and only batted .179. Last season Judge had major problems putting the baseball bat to the baseball. He struck out in half of his at bats (42 strikeouts in 84 at bats). In 2017, Judge’s strikeout totals are still high (70 strikeouts in 209 at bats), but when he is making contact, they are very productive at bats, and as a result his batting average is excellent. For those that took a gamble on Judge it is time to pat yourself on the back, and reap the benefits!