Two things that don’t go together: New York Yankees and Rebuilding. The Bronx Bombers have the reputation for being the biggest spenders in the league which makes sense considering the fact they have recently been named the most valuable baseball organization for the 20th year straight ($3.7 Billion). Despite being the most valuable franchise in baseball, the Yankees have not seen much success since the 2012 season. Of course they made the playoffs in 2015 as a wildcard, but were eliminated in the one game playoff by the Houston Astros.
Heading into 2016, GM Brian Cashman had no plans of unloading his roster in an effort to rebuild the Yankees. By the middle of the season things were not looking to great for the Yanks. Considering the fact that the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles were all playing much better baseball, Cashman finally gave in and decided to commit to the rebuild. Rebuilding meant unloading some of the Yankees best trade assets in Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, and Ivan Nova, while also releasing long time Yankee Alex Rodriguez.
No baseball team likes dealing their best players, but in the Yankees case it was long overdue. After all the moves made by the Yankees they now have baseballs 2nd ranked Farm System. With seven prospects in the Top 100 it’s safe to say the Yankees are likely to make a run towards title No. 28 in the near future.
Although most of the Yankees prospects are still in the minors, Aaron Judge is already in the show, and he is looking like an absolute BEAST. Judge is huge. There is now other way to explain it. The dude is 6’7″ and weighs in at 285 lbs. Judge made his debut last season, hitting an absolute shot in his first AB. Although a HR in a players first Ab may seem promising, Judge’s final slash line of .179/.263/.345 was quite underwhelming.
Only a few weeks into the 2017 season, Judge is looking like a completely different player. His slash line thus far is .279/.343/.639, much improved from last season. Not only does Judge have a better slash line but the dude is absolutely destroying the ball. As of right now he is averaging one HR every 10 ABs while also having two of the hardest hit home runs this season with an exit velocity of 115.5 and 115.6 MPH.
With how things are looking thus far this season, Yankee fans should be excited about the future. In Judge the Yanks have a Giancarlo Stanton esque player , but surprisingly even bigger. If Judge keeps destroying the ball, and the young prospects pan out, then it should not be a long time till the Yankees are back on top of the baseball world.
Update: Judge went yard again right after this article dropped. Beast.