To say that Aaron Judge has burst onto the scene this year would be putting it mildly. The New York Yankees 25-year-old rookie is leading the league in home runs (30) and runs created (94). He is on the fast track to win American League Rookie of the Year. The ball he hit into the rafters in BP turned out to be a sign of things to come, as he added another accomplishment to his resume; Home Run Derby Champion.
In his first round matchup, Judge went up against Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour, who has 20 home runs so far this season. Almost immediately, Judge showed the power that has allowed him to lead the AL in home runs, as he put in a strong performance right away; hitting 23 home runs with the longest going a whopping 501 feet out to left field. To top that, Judge hit yet another ball off the roof that didn’t even count towards his score. Bour finished the night with 22 home runs. After defeating Bour, Judge went on to face Cody Bellinger in the semi-finals.
Against Cody Bellinger, Judge was able to recover from a slow start and hit a total of 13 home runs, with a top distance of 513 feet. Bellinger’s fate against Judge was just like Justin Bour’s before him, hitting 12 home runs and failing to out hit the Yankee Slugger. Judge looked almost unfazed by the moment and didn’t even appear to be fatigued as the round progressed. Hitting three home runs beyond 500 feet, Judge looked to be poised to take the Home Run Derby trophy home.
Finally, Judge faced Miguel Sano in the final round with the crown on the line. It wasn’t even close, and Judge came out on top. Finishing with 11 home runs, and 47 for the day. Judge beat Sano who fell short, finishing with 10 home runs. Knocking four of his first five hits out of the park, Judge proved to be the baddest man with a baseball bat. With just under two minutes left, Aaron Judge secured his crown with a slam straight into center field.
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