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Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: AARON JUDGE OUTFIELDER NEW YORK YANKEES

After a very spirited battle that ran for all of spring training, it was the hulking Aaron Judge and not the speedy Aaron Hicks to won the New York Yankees' starting rightfield spot to begin the 2017 fantasy baseball season.  Having come off a brutal rookie debut in 2016 when he struck out at a ridiculous 44.2 K/9 rate, Judge made it his mission to show that he made inroads with that gigantic struggle and in turn, still show off his tape-measure power.  Considering both accomplished as Judge went into Thursday exhibition play with a .345 batting average to go with 3 home runs, 6 RBI, and a stolen base in 58 at-bats.  Now in terms of the power, Judge's abilities there are literally off-the-charts as his 6-7 and 275-pound frame screams out "slugger!"  If Judge can carry over the strikeout gains he made this spring into the regular season, he has a chance to be a terrific 30-home run bat with a solid amount of RBI.  That is pretty much where it ends though in terms of Judge helping in fantasy baseball.  Even if he does in fact hold his strikeout gains, Judge won't likely hit better then .270 at best and he doesn't run much at all.  .250 with the 30 home runs sounds about right and that makes Judge quite limited.  Remember that poor averages take away value from the home runs and Judge also could sit against a lefty which could cut into the counting numbers.  Again great news Judge won the rightfield job but the Yankee tag is likely to keep him overrated.


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