Yankees 2013 1st round draft pick: Aaron Judge (32nd overall)

aaron-judge1st Round, 32nd Overall: Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State, Pick Value: $1,677,100, BA Pre-Draft Ranking: 30

John Sickels’ report: Judge is huge at 6-7, 255, but the right-handed hitter is quite athletic with decent speed and a strong throwing arm. There is some concern that his wide wingspan could hamper him in pro ball, but few players in this draft offer as much raw power. He hit .369/.461/.655 this spring with 12 homers, 35 walks, and 53 strikeouts in 206 at-bats. He also stole 12 bases in 14 attempts. Good upside with the Yankees with this pick.

Baseball America’s report: With a build that’s rare for baseball at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, Judge earns physical comparisons to NBA player Blake Griffin. He was a three-sport athlete in high school and got most of his college offers for football as a tight end. But he loved baseball and headed to Fresno State—where both his parents went—even after the Athletics drafted him in the 31st round out of high school. Judge puts on jaw-dropping batting practice displays, but some scouts worry that his power won’t translate to games. He hit four home runs as a sophomore and had eight so far this season as he got bigger in his stance and made adjustments. Judge profiles as a .250 hitter and is going to strike out a lot, which comes with the territory for tall power hitters with long arms. A team can live with the strikeouts if he hits 30-plus home runs a year. While his swing is more about strength and leverage than bat speed, he has light-tower power. Judge is a solid-average runner with an above-average arm and will be a solid defender in right field.

MY TAKE: A huge player with a big bat who was athletic enough to play center field in college. I’ll sign up for that any day. Another big college bat for the Yankees. These type of players can move through the system quickly.

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