Aaron Judge makes adjustments which are beginning to show

Last season, when Aaron Judge would get behind in the count, a strikeout was just waiting to happen. The strikeouts occurred in a consistent rate, which resulted in the Yankees benching Judge for most of September.

With that in mind, Judge decided he was going to cut back on the strikeouts, which resulted in him making some adjustments.

The adjustments paid off in the Yankees 3-2 loss over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Judge got behind in the count twice, but instead of striking out the first time, he was able to fight off a pitch and line it for a single. He did strike out the second time, but he ended up finishing the day with two hits in three at-bats.

Joe Girardi noticed Judge made an adjustment, and was thoroughly impressed.

“I think he’s in his legs more this year than he was last year,”Girardi said. “He made a minor adjustment, and I think it’s paid off.”

Judge is the favorite to beat out Aaron Hicks as the Yankees everyday right fielder, and part of it may have to do with the fact Judge is more prone to hit home runs. But while they want Judge to continue hitting towering home runs, they also want him to cut back on  the strikeouts.

So far he has done that.

Judge’s strikeout yesterday was just the second this Spring. If the adjustment holds up, Judge will end up having more quality at-bats, and some of those at-bats can help the Yankees in the long run.

“Like I always say, if he gets the barrel to the ball, good things are going to happen,” Girardi said.

 

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3 Responses to Aaron Judge makes adjustments which are beginning to show

  1. Terry says:

    Hmmm. I didn't see that. Last year I saw him come up with a big leg kick and hit a mammoth homer. Then he began to strike out quite a bit. So, they took away the leg kick and it got worse. This ST he's got the leg kick back and so far so good. The only difference I see from when he first came up, his hands are just a little closer to his body and the leg kick isn't quite so high. As long as it works, I like it . The test will be when the pitchers go back to pounding him in with the fastball and then going away with breaking stuff. Hopefully he's able to hunt those pitches and make them pay. Because when he can make them pay, man the ball goes far!!

    • Olie says:

      Looks really good so far, not chasing pitches which is what killed him last year. Looks like we have a keeper! Wouldn't mind Hicks moving over to left and compete with Gardner!

  2. Jerry says:

    Look, we know he's going to strike out a lot, all the power hitters do. But why can't he shorten his swing with two strikes. Unless the situation dictates otherwise, shorten up and make contact. In our programs we talk about choke and poke with two strikes. Contact, put the ball in play. And I would live and die with this man in right field. So much upside, leave him alone out there. Give him a real shot !

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