After Aaron Judge didn’t exactly wow the New York Yankees during his brief stint in the Major League’s, they are willing to do whatever it takes to get his bat ready for next season.
That’s why they’re giving the Yankees rookie a little bit of extra homework.
Judge will head to the Yankees minor league complex, where he’ll work out with minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson. The Yankees want Judge to cut back on his strikeouts after he K’d 42 times in 84 at-bats and 94 plate appearances.
Brian Cashman said Judge would compete with Aaron Hicks, Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Austin for the right field position in Spring Training. However, Austin will also compete with Greg Bird for first base.
It’s likely Judge will work with Rowson to learn how to identify breaking pitches, so he doesn’t swing at them while he’s at the plate.
Despite the Yankees concerns with his strikeout totals, Judge didn’t seem bothered by the issue.
“Same thing as last year. Got a little taste of Triple-A, got used to it and the same thing here,” Judge said on October 1 after the Yankees played against the Baltimore Orioles. “Got a couple of games up here, saw what it’s like and now just get ready to prepare and come into next year not an unknown. I’ll know what’s going on and what the league is and I’ll be prepared.”