By Brendan Kuty
TAMPA, Fla. — Recently, WFAN’s Sweeney Murti and Yankees vice president of player development Gary Denbo sat down for a great two-part interview. They went over plenty: Denbo’s experience in his first year on the job, Yankees prospects deep in the system, and what a few top-shelf youngsters must do to reach the majors. Read it here and here.
One of them? Aaron Judge, the 23-year-old right fielder at or near the top of just about every big-named publication’s top prospects rankings for the Yankees.
Judge figures to start the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. But he could be in line for a major-league call up if something were to happen to Carlos Beltranor if Judge forces the issue with his power bat and impressive athleticism for a 6-foot-7, 255-pounder.
The hulking hitting prospect hopes to mash at Triple-A
Here’s what Denbo said when asked how Judge could improve in 2016, according to the report:
“He would see a lot off-speed pitches in fastball counts and vice versa. He ended up taking a lot of those pitches and not pulling the trigger on them rather than attacking pitches that he could hit in his hitting zone and taking the ones that he couldn’t.”
“And he’s made some adjustments with his lower half in terms of the move that he makes to load up, to prepare to hit, that should allow him to be in a better position to recognize pitches and then be in a better position to pull the trigger when he sees one that he wants to attack.”