Yankees’ 6-foot-7 wunderkind is starting to get MVP whispers after 2 home runs distinct anything ball has seen lately


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Two months into the MLB season, New York Yankees rookie Aaron
Judge shows no signs of negligence down.

Judge, a 25-year-old, 6-foot-7 outfielder for the American League
East-leading Yankees, has taken the ball universe by charge by
putting together one of the excellent descent seasons for a
rookie.

Judge took it to a new turn over the weekend, crushing
record-breaking home runs in back-to-back games as the Yankees
swept the Orioles.

His first, in Saturday’s 16-3 win, set a record for exit velocity
in the Statcast era,
according to MLB.com, coming off his bat at 121 mph.

Judge surfaced it Sunday in a 14-3 win by rising a 495-foot home
run, the longest given ESPN began tracking distances in 2009.

It’s probable that players have hit home runs like these before,
given the relations newness of tracking exit quickness and
distance, but there haven’t been hits like Judge’s in the modern
era.

Judge is attack .344 with a .450 on-base commission and a .718
slugging percentage. He has a league-leading 21 home runs with 47
RBI, putting him in the lead for the Triple Crown.

Judge’s beast deteriorate comes after a call-up in 2016 in which he
hit just .179 and struck out 42 times in 84 at-bats. This year,
Judge has cut his swing-and-miss rate extremely and is chasing
pitches reduction frequently,
according to ESPN’s Dave Schoenfield. Schoenfield wrote of
Judge’s only debility at the plate:

“The training bend from last Sep to now is so impressive,
generally his ability to lay off pitches he hacked divided at last
year. His follow rate is next the MLB normal and his strikeout
rate, while high, is docile given his energy production.”

His prolific two months — prolonged adequate to no longer simply be
deliberate a prohibited strain — has the ball universe murmur about
Judge’s AL MVP candidacy.

Schoenfield believes if the opinion were held today, Judge would win
it.
Sports Illustrated’s Jack Dickey writes that Judge “can
pretty be pronounced to be the frontrunner” for the award.

He has the opinion of Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, who on
Sunday said, “He is heading the joining in All-Star votes, and if
the MVP were voted on today, he’d win that, too.”

Judge’s numbers figure to dump as the deteriorate goes on and as
pitchers find new ways to chuck to him. Still, his conspicuous arise is
remarkable, given that he was taken in the 31st turn of the 2010
breeze (and after a first-round collect in the 2013 draft) and many
felt his distance could be a halt at the plate.

Instead, as Yankees
DH Matt Holliday pronounced on Saturday, regardless of awards,
Judge may be just getting started.

“People are going to see stupid things from this guy,” Holliday
said. “Just keep watching. It’s just getting started. He’s gonna
hit balls places no one has ever hit them.”

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