Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees just hit a home run in the first spring training game of 2017.
That's some 70 raw power on display from Aaron Judge pic.twitter.com/tW797eTeZW— Vince Lara-Cinisomo (@vincelara) February 24, 2017
lmao Aaron Judge hit it HERE. what on earth pic.twitter.com/2dY8lGHpvN— Pinstripe Alley (@pinstripealley) February 24, 2017
In response, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America tweeted this:
I believe in the power and the walks. Similar risk/reward profile to Gallo, I may end up wrong, but the upside leaves me fascinated. https://t.co/oFeW5EkXlt— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) February 24, 2017
That’s an interesting question. Who has a better chance of long-term success, Gallo or Judge? They are five months apart on age so that’s not a big difference (EDIT: That’s not right, it is actually a year and five months; I misread Judge’s birthday as 4/26/93 rather than the true date of 4/26/92; this does make a big difference). Both have shown their power in Triple-A but had contact issues in their initial major league exposures.
Ignoring the issue of defense and concentrating solely on their bats, if you had to have either Judge or Gallo for the next five years, who would you pick? In other words, who is going to be more successful in the long run?
I asked Cooper this on Twitter and he felt Judge was the higher risk due to his greater height.
@MinorLeagueBall Judge in my mind. More unique profile--many fewer successful hitters as tall as Judge.— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) February 24, 2017
What do you think?