Judge went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in the Yankees' 14-1 Grapefruit League romp over the Red Sox on Friday. Judge continues to rake this spring, as this multi-hit effort bumped his spring training batting average up to .321 and gives him five long balls in 28 at-bats. The big outfielder was limited to 112 games last year due to injury, but if Judge stays healthy in 2019, his strong spring certainly has him looking primed for another prolific power-hitting campaign.
Judge went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run home run in Tuesday's spring win over the Braves. Judge gave the Yankees the lead during the fifth inning as he hit the three-run shot off Chad Sobotka. The 26-year-old slugger has looked the part this spring, going 6-for-13 with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI.
Judge went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI in Sunday's game against Detroit. Judge clubbed a solo home run in the first inning and hit a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Yankees a 6-1 lead. With his wrist injury now a distant memory, he's looked strong at the dish early in camp.
Judge said he's fully healed from the chip fracture he dealt with in his left wrist last season, Jack Curry of YES Network reports. "It feels like it never even happened," the slugger said. This isn't all too surprising, as Judge finished the 2018 season on the field for the Yankees. That said, it's certainly encouraging to hear heading into camp after the 26-year-old spent nearly two months on the shelf during the second half of last season due to the injury. Manager Aaron Boone suggested Judge could hit leadoff against left-handed pitchers in 2019; either way he figures to occupy in a favorable spot in the Yankees' lineup.
Manager Aaron Boone said he would consider batting Judge leadoff against left-handed pitchers from time to time, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The young slugger was a staple of the second spot in the Yankees' batting order last season, but it seems like the Yankees are considering switching things up occasionally. Boone said Aaron Hicks is the likely candidate to be New York's regular leadoff hitter, but he may put Judge in the pole position in order to get him more at-bats against the opposite-handed pitcher. Naturally, this is just speculation at this point of the season, but getting more plate appearances against southpaws wouldn't hurt Judge after he posted a .967 OPS against them last season.