As part of the younger generation Yankees, Aaron Judge seems to be making the most of his opportunity early on in the 2017 season (5 HR’s, .277 AVG, 12 RBI’s). The question is, will he be able to sustain these numbers throughout the season. Early on in spring training, the question was brought up as to who would be the opening day right fielder for the New York Yankees. Aaron Hicks was the one to seemingly challenge Judge, however in the end Judge was tabbed as the opening day starter for the Yankees in right field. So far, Joe Girardi has made the right decision for the Yankees, who have won 9 of their last 10 games.
Early signs for Judge were not all that great, as in a sample size for the 2016 season, Judge hit only .179 in 27 games, while striking out 42 times. He is often compared to the likes of Giancarlo Stanton and Dave Winfield, which certainly makes his bat so appealing within the lineup on an everyday basis.
Will he continue to hit like Stanton and blast home runs out of the hitter friendly Yankee Stadium, or will he falter back to the short stint in 2016 and strikeout at an alarming rate? The 2017 season is in full force for the Yankees right fielder, and for now, the only ones “judging” him our opposing pitchers and managers, and not in a bad way.