Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Yankees
10-Day IL
Injury Oblique
Est. Return 5/28/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Regression was probably inevitable for Judge after he took the baseball world by storm as a rookie, but his 25-home run decline was harsher than most anticipated. The fractured wrist that sidelined Judge for nearly two months bears much of the blame, as his batted-ball profile otherwise revealed the outfielder performed like one of the game's top sluggers. For the second straight year, Judge lit up the Statcast leaderboards, ranking first in average exit velocity (94.8 mph) and hard-hit percentage (53.8%) and 20th in barrel rate (8.6 Brls/PA). Judge's thumping ways should regularly translate to high BABIPs, thereby giving him more batting-average stability than others who strike out as often as he does (career 31.6 K%). Further wrist issues would obviously affect Judge's outlook, but the fact that he ended 2018 on the field and didn't require a follow-up procedure over the winter indicates the Yankees are confident he'll anchor a talented lineup in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $622,300 contract with the Yankees in March of 2018.
Out with significant oblique strain
OFNew York Yankees
Oblique
April 21, 2019
Judge (left oblique strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list.
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Manager Aaron Boone called the injury a "pretty significant strain" Sunday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. There is no timeline, but Judge is expected to miss significant time with the injury. It appears that Mike Tauchman will be in line for significant playing time, at least in the short term. Thairo Estrada was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
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3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .952 314 44 16 32 4 .254 .439 .513
Since 2017vs Right .998 951 174 68 160 13 .290 .399 .600
2019vs Left .979 16 1 0 4 2 .417 .563 .417
2019vs Right .911 73 12 5 7 0 .262 .370 .541
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+70%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home 1.141 638 129 53 120 11 .327 .450 .691
Since 2017Away .836 627 89 31 72 6 .237 .367 .469
2019Home .886 60 9 2 7 2 .306 .417 .469
2019Away 1.004 29 4 3 4 0 .250 .379 .625
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
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Stat Review
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
0.54
 
BB Rate
15.7%
 
K Rate
29.2%
 
BABIP
.372
 
ISO
.233
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.404
 
SLG
.521
 
OPS
.925
 
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4 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Expected to head to injured list
OFNew York Yankees
Oblique
April 20, 2019
Judge (oblique) will head to the injured list Saturday.
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Set for MRI on oblique
OFNew York Yankees
Oblique
April 20, 2019
Judge will undergo an MRI on his left oblique Saturday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Exits with apparent injury
OFNew York Yankees
Undisclosed
April 20, 2019
Judge left Saturday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury, David Lennon of Newsday reports.
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Collects 10th RBI in loss
OFNew York Yankees
April 14, 2019
Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored Sunday against the White Sox.
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Connects for fourth homer
OFNew York Yankees
April 13, 2019
Judge went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in the Yankees' 4-0 win Saturday against the White Sox.
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