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#MLBPlayers411 | Aaron Judge

   05-03-2017
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All Yankees fans rise for today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, right fielder Aaron Judge who has powered the team's young nucleus of “Baby Bombers” and now leads Major League Baseball with 12 home runs. 

Aaron struggled in a brief stint with the Yankees last summer, striking out in half of his 84 at-bats. Yet, his four home runs showed his potential power.

To start 2017, Aaron has taken that power to the next level. He sent 10 balls to the seats in April, joining José Abreu and Trevor Story as the only rookies in MLB history to reach that number in the season's opening month. He added two more home runs in Tuesday night's 11-5 win over Toronto, bringing his 2017 total to an even dozen. A three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball and football) at Linden (Calif.) High School, the 6-foot-7-inches Judge is built like an NFL tight end, so it wasn't surprising he received football scholarship offers from Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan State and other top programs. In his senior season, Aaron totaled 54 receptions for 969 yards and 17 touchdowns.

After opting to focus on baseball, Aaron was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but chose to attend Fresno State instead. Judge won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby and led the Bulldogs in home runs, doubles and RBIs in 2013. In three seasons, Aaron batted a career .345 in college with 18 home runs.

The Yankees selected Judge in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft. After hitting 56 home runs in three seasons in the minors, it was judgment day in the Bronx. In his major league debut on Aug. 13, 2016, Aaron hit his first big-league home run in his first at-bat. He followed Tyler Austin, who also hit his first career dinger in his first career at bat. They became the first teammates to hit home runs in their first career at-bats in the same game.  

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