With a little over a month until the All-star break, two young sluggers have made significant names for themselves in one of the toughest cities in sports, New York. Aaron Judge and Michael Conforto have risen to the occasion that is New York baseball.
Aaron Judge of the Yankees has led his team to first place in the AL East with a 35-23 record, putting them three games ahead of Boston. Judge has blasted a Major League leading 18 home runs, 41 RBI, while hitting .323. He also has a .433 obp and a .683 slug%.
Judge is not your normal human being; standing 6’7″, and weighing 282 pounds. He is one of the biggest athletes in professional sports. The average exit velocity on his home runs this season is a stellar 96.32 mph. He debuted for the Bronx Bombers last season after being draft 32nd overall in the first round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft.
The New York Mets have not had much to be excited about this season, but the one bright spot in the lineup has been leadoff hitter, Michael Conforto. After playing mostly against right handed pitching last season, Conforto has been an everyday player and leadoff hitter for a Mets team plagued with injuries.
Taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 First Year Player Draft, Conforto made it to the show in under one full season, and played a key part on the World Series team in 2015. In 58 games this season, Conforto has batted .297, belting 14 home runs, and 36 RBI.
While the Mets sit in fourth place in the NL East, 12 games behind the Washington Nationals, they will look to Conforto to continue to lead this team and produce from the leadoff spot.
Look for both of these young, budding stars to continue to produce for their teams. Judge looking to keep up a historic rookie pace, while being an early candidate for MVP. Conforto will try to hold down the fort while the Mets continue to rehab injured players.
Photo Credit to New York Daily News.