College Baseball Home Run Derby 2012: Aaron Judge's Draft Stock Rises After Win
Chicks dig the long ball. But they aren't the only ones. Major League Baseball general managers and scouting departments also love the long ball.
In fact, they love the long ball so much, searching for power hitters in the MLB Draft is one of the highest priorities after pitching depth.
That's good news for Fresno State's Aaron Judge, who just won the 2012 College World Series Home Run Derby this week.
Welcome to the map, Mr. Judge, because you just put yourself on it.
When a player wins a competition such as a Home Run Derby, scouts, fans and coaches pay more attention and want to know more about the kid. When they look at Judge's scouting profile, they will be itching to select him in the MLB Draft.
Judge's recruiting sheet
WT: 230 lbs
• Two-time First-Team All-WAC (2011 & '12)
• WAC All-Tournament Team (2012)
• TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby Champion (2012)
• Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American (2011)
2011: .358 batting average, .465 slugging percentage, .437 on-base percentage, two home runs and 30 RBI.
2012: .308 batting average, .458 slugging percentage, .453 on-base percentage, 48 BB, four home runs and 27 RBI.
Throughout his two seasons at Fresno State, Judge has shown patience at the dish, the ability to get on base and the ability to hit for average.
Did winning the 2012 College World Series Home Run Derby increase Aaron Judge's draft stock?
This week he showed power, winning the Home Run Derby with 16 total home runs in three rounds—including four straight at one point.
Judge finally showed his potential power, which is something scouts wanted to see from a player with his size and offensive ability. With MLB averages dropping, batters struggling with the long ball and teams looking to score runs, franchises will draft for potential power.
There are several examples of highly touted prospects whose power will "eventually come as they grow into their major league body." Sometimes it doesn't work out that way, but there is a chance that will happen with Judge.
Teams will draft Judge on his potential power mixed with his solid, all-around offensive game. After seeing what he did in the derby, his draft stock has skyrocketed through the roof.
All eyes will be on him in his junior season, a year that will be the most important stretch of his potential big league career.
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