College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 30 on our Top 100 Countdown is Fresno State’s Aaron Judge. The 6’7 outfielder from Linden, California was selected in the 30th round by the Oakland A’s in the 2010 MLB Draft.
During his freshman season, Judge appeared in 55 games for Fresno State, including 49 starts. He batted .358 on the season with 38 runs, 30 RBI, and 12 doubles with 11 stolen bases. His success earned him a variety of honors including Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, First Team All-WAC, and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors.
In his sophomore season he made 58 starts, where he batted .308 on the year with 27 RBI, 47 runs and 14 doubles. He was again named a First-Team All-WAC selection as he helped lead the Bull Dogs to a WAC title.
During the summer of 2012 Judge played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League as well as participating in the TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby, which he won after hitting 16 home runs in the three rounds of the derby.
From a scouting perspective, his 6’7 extremely athletic frame is hard to ignore. The power displayed in the Home Run Derby is exactly what teams are looking for out of Judge come draft day 2013. He is a very patient hitter at the plate, and has posted solid offensive numbers, however power is the real seller for Judge. As was evident in the summer of 2012, it seems that Judge has the power that scouts are looking for, however only time will tell if he can tap into it before draft day. With all of the tools for power and success, Judge is one of the top players to watch for in 2013.