Aaron Judge is Unlike any Player the MLB has Ever Seen

Aaron Judge is making a huge splash in the MLB in his rookie year.  At the time I'm writing this, he leads the MLB in home runs, and the Yankees are in first place in the AL East.  Every year there are a few rookies who come out to a hot start and are all over the news, but what makes Judge different from all the others is his size.  Judge is 6 foot 7 inches and over 280 pounds. That size is unheard of for MLB player; it would be more suitable in football.  He's bigger than many of the NFL's 'big guys': Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski, JJ Watt, etc.

Aaron Judge towers over teammate Ronald Torreyes     Image Source: http://on.si.com/2sixNXL

Aaron Judge towers over teammate Ronald Torreyes     Image Source: http://on.si.com/2sixNXL

There have been only 10 other position players ever to be at least 6'7", the most memorable being Frank Howard, who averaged over 30 home runs a season for 10 years.  While their size and strength may seem to be an advantage, in baseball it is often harder for the bigger guys. Mainly, the strike zone is increased the taller you are, and at the MLB level, the pitchers will hit their spots and take advantage of those holes.

If Aaron Judge can keep up his current performance for the rest of the season, he will be the AL Rookie of the Year without a doubt.  And if this is the type of season he'll have every year, he could be one of the best of his generation.