Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Yankees
Covid-19
Injury Illness
Est. Return 7/27/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Judge looked like an MVP candidate through the first few weeks of the abbreviated 2020 campaign, slashing .290/.343/.758 with nine home runs and 20 RBI over his first 17 games. However, he missed significant time for the third straight season when a calf strain forced him to the bench for all but one of the following 31 contests. Upon his return, Judge struggled to find a rhythm at the plate, hitting a meager .194 with no homers over 43 PA to end the regular season. It stands to reason that the injury was largely responsible for Judge's disappointing overall 11.6% barrel rate, 92.2 mph average exit velocity and 40.6% hard-hit rate (all precipitous drops from his career norms), and it's wise to expect those numbers to rise over a larger sample this season. Nonetheless, fantasy managers considering an investment in Judge must balance his massive power potential with his history of missed time. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#53
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $10.18 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2021.
Could return next week
OFNew York Yankees
Illness
July 22, 2021
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that Judge (illness) could be ready to rejoin the team this weekend and potentially return from the COVID-19 injured list early next week, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
ANALYSIS
Judge has been sidelined for the entire second half after testing positive for COVID-19 coming out of the All-Star break. Based on Boone's comments, Judge doesn't seem to be experiencing any serious symptoms, so he could be ready to rejoin the lineup next week if he's regularly testing negative for the virus. Greg Allen has served as the Yankees' main option in right field while all of Judge, Clint Frazier (eye), Miguel Andujar (wrist) and Trey Amburgey (hamstring) have been on the IL.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
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31
22
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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11
17
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left 1.086 252 41 19 45 4 .332 .437 .649
Since 2019vs Right .850 658 108 38 79 0 .256 .350 .500
2021vs Left 1.031 110 17 8 18 1 .323 .418 .613
2021vs Right .845 250 34 13 29 0 .265 .356 .489
2020vs Left 1.139 20 5 3 8 0 .316 .350 .789
2020vs Right .873 84 18 6 14 0 .263 .333 .539
2019vs Left 1.124 122 19 8 19 3 .343 .467 .657
2019vs Right .847 324 56 19 36 0 .247 .349 .498
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+100%
OPS at Home
2019
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .929 429 74 25 64 2 .290 .392 .537
Since 2019Away .894 477 73 32 59 2 .261 .354 .540
2021Home .863 181 25 9 27 0 .282 .376 .487
2021Away .938 179 26 12 20 1 .282 .374 .564
2020Home 1.445 25 7 5 9 0 .318 .400 1.045
2020Away .722 75 14 4 12 0 .243 .293 .429
2019Home .922 223 42 11 28 2 .294 .404 .519
2019Away .919 223 33 16 27 1 .251 .359 .560
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Stat Review
How does Aaron Judge compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.51
 
BB Rate
12.8%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.332
 
ISO
.244
 
AVG
.282
 
OBP
.375
 
SLG
.526
 
OPS
.901
 
wOBA
.391
 
Exit Velocity
86.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
49.8%
 
Barrels/PA
13.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the second consecutive season, Judge's campaign was interrupted by injury as he missed two months with an oblique strain suffered in mid-April. When he was on the field, however, Judge was again one of the most fearsome sluggers in baseball, topping the league in average exit velocity (95.9 mph) and hard-hit rate (53.8%) while ranking sixth in barrel rate (10.7 Brls/PA). Though Judge has yet to repeat the elite 10.4 AB/HR he posted as a rookie in 2017, his 14.6 AB/HR and 54 total long balls over the last two injury-plagued seasons tease at the power numbers he is capable of producing. In addition, Judge's ability to smoke the ball off the bat has produced a healthy .273 career batting average despite a woeful 31.6 K%. In his prime and entrenched in New York's potent offense, Judge should rank among the leaders in homers and run production in 2020 if he is able to stay healthy for the entire season.
Regression was probably inevitable for Judge after he took the baseball world by storm as a rookie, but his 25-home run decline was harsher than most anticipated. The fractured wrist that sidelined Judge for nearly two months bears much of the blame, as his batted-ball profile otherwise revealed the outfielder performed like one of the game's top sluggers. For the second straight year, Judge lit up the Statcast leaderboards, ranking first in average exit velocity (94.8 mph) and hard-hit percentage (53.8%) and 20th in barrel rate (8.6 Brls/PA). Judge's thumping ways should regularly translate to high BABIPs, thereby giving him more batting-average stability than others who strike out as often as he does (career 31.6 K%). Further wrist issues would obviously affect Judge's outlook, but the fact that he ended 2018 on the field and didn't require a follow-up procedure over the winter indicates the Yankees are confident he'll anchor a talented lineup in 2019.
After a disappointing debut in 2016, Judge exploded for 52 home runs, finishing second in the AL MVP voting and arguably becoming the new face of baseball. He ranked first or second in most traditional hitting categories and modern technology confirmed what was obvious to the naked eye: Judge crushed the ball. He finished first in the majors in barrel rate (12.8 Brls/PA) and second among qualified hitters in hard-hit rate (45.3 percent). While Judge still struck out at a relatively high clip (30.7 percent), he made significant improvement in that regard from the previous season and trailed only Joey Votto in walk rate (18.7 percent). While his batting average could fade as he sees a heavier dose of breaking pitches, we've already seen enough to safely say Judge will be at least a three-category stud for many years to come. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in November, but is expected to be a full go for the start of spring training.
Long viewed as one of the top prospects in the Yankees system, Judge got a chance to make his major league debut last season. Following the trade deadline departure of Carlos Beltran, the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Judge was immediately inserted into an everyday role in right field. After smacking 19 home runs in the minors, Judge got off to a terrific start in the majors with homers in his first two games while hitting over .300 in his first week, but a lot of worrisome issues cropped up after that. The 24-year-old struck out at an alarming 44.2 percent clip and ended up hitting just .179 before a Grade 2 oblique strain ended his season. While his elite raw power was never questioned in the minors, he had some seasons where he posted strikeout rates above 25 percent, and the worry was always that big league pitching would be able to exploit his size, resulting in low batting averages. That appears to be exactly what happened last season. Winning the starting right field job is all but guaranteed, and Judge could be a solid source of power, but the questions about his hit tool make this an extremely volatile profile.
Viewed as the top prospect in the Yankees' system, Judge will likely get his chance to make his big league debut in 2016. The 23-year-old has great raw power, helped in large part by his 6-foot-7, 230 pound frame, which he flashed en route to hitting 20 home runs across both Double-A and Triple-A in 2015. Though his average dipped after the promotion, Judge projects to be more than just a pure power hitter. Barring any offseason trades, the Yankees' outfield appears to be totally accounted for, with Carlos Beltran occupying Judge's natural right field spot for the 2016 season and Aaron Hicks available to spell him. In order to give Judge everyday playing time, the Yankees will likely have him spend the first half (if not the entire season) back at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, Judge was understandably labeled a high-risk/high-reward proposition when he was drafted by the Yankees with the 32nd pick in the 2013 draft. Now, following an excellent first full season as a professional, the idea of Judge actualizing his immense potential is starting to look a lot more realistic. He has 80 raw power, which one might expect out of such a herculean specimen. But, somewhat surprisingly, he also had no problem hitting for average and getting on base in 131 games between Low-A and High-A. He split his time right down the middle between the two stops, and combined to post a .308/.419/.486 slash line with 17 home runs. There’s no doubt that more power will come in time, and by showing good on-base skills in 2014 he has earned the label of best position player prospect in the Yankees’ system. After capping his impressive debut season by putting on a show in the Arizona Fall League, few prospects will enter 2015 with more helium.
Judge, one of the Yankees' first-round picks in the 2013 draft, is a massive human being at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, but he has a good arm and moves around well enough that he should stick in the outfield. He has a short swing that hasn't yet generated much in-game power, so it seems likely that the Yankees will want to work with him on his mechanics to unleash some of that power potential. He'll make his pro debut in 2014, and may be brought along relatively slowly for an older bat drafted out of college.
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Positive test confirmed
OFNew York Yankees
Illness
July 16, 2021
Judge tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Lands in COVID-19 protocol
OFNew York Yankees
Illness
July 15, 2021
Judge is in the league's COVID-19 protocols as he awaits confirmation of a positive test for the virus, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
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Homers for lone run in win
OFNew York Yankees
July 10, 2021
Judge went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 1-0 win over Houston.
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Blasts 20th homer
OFNew York Yankees
July 8, 2021
Judge went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, two total runs and two total RBI in Wednesday's win over Seattle.
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Steals base in win
OFNew York Yankees
July 7, 2021
Judge went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 12-1 win over the Mariners.
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