Feature on Prospect Aaron Judge — in the Spring Issue of Yankees Magazine

By Alfred Santasiere III

February 23, 2016 — For a feature in the Spring Issue of Yankees Magazine, I spent some time last summer with highly-touted prospect Aaron Judge in Moosic, Pennsylvania.

After being drafted by the Yankees in 2013, Judge has climbed quickly through the Yankees minor league system, and if things continue to go well for the right fielder, it’s only a matter of time before he will land in the Bronx.

When I sat down with the 6-foot-7-inch power hitter at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders home ballpark, he spoke about the emphasis he places on not getting ahead of himself.

“I don’t have season long goals,” Judge said after his pre-game workout at PNC Field. “I really come to the park every day with the goal of being better than I was the day before. I feel that if I can do that each day, I will get to where I want to be.”

Although he’s put up great numbers in each of the last two seasons and earned a spot in the SiriusXM All-Star Future’s Game in 2015, Judge missed the entire 2013 campaign with a torn right quad muscle.

When I asked the upbeat outfielder about the time he spent rehabbing the injury, he focused on the positives that came from that experience.

While rehabbing the quad injury in Tampa, Florida, Judge found himself reporting to the same place as stars Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson, both of whom were recovering from their own injuries.

“Getting to spend time with both of them was huge for me,” Judge said. “I learned a lot just from watching the way Derek worked to come back from the ankle injury he had. He and I talked about what he had done to be successful year in and year out. Watching Curtis field baseballs in the outfield and talking to him about playing the outfield and hitting was especially beneficial.”

After getting to know Judge and putting together the story about him, I’m excited about the 23-year-old’s future in the Yankees organization. When you get your copy of the Spring Issue, don’t skip over this feature, because Aaron Judge might very well be a name you’ll be reading about very frequently, very soon.

— Alfred Santasiere III

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