There is no doubt that Aaron Judge is a good player. The massive 6’7″ slugger has proven that he can dominate in the MLB. Judge took NY by storm in his rookie year, when he hit 52 home runs, and has since been regarded as the face of baseball in the Empire State. However, Judge has found himself with a few unlucky injuries, which has caused him to miss 110 games in the last two seasons. Many are starting to doubt if he can be a reliable, top player in the league. Well, I’m here to tell you that Aaron Judge is very underrated.
First, let’s look at where Aaron was ranked in the league by major sports media outlets. CBS Sports had Judge at 47th, Bleacher Report had him at 19th, MLB Network had him at 16th, and ESPN had him at 15th. To me, these are all too low- Aaron Judge should definitely be considered top 10 and even top 5. Many of the players ranked ahead of Judge were still not nearly as productive as Judge has been since he entered the league.
Now, I don’t want to bore you with stats. There are just too many stats to go over, and too many players to compare Judge to. If you want to see all of the stats that this is based on, go watch “COMPARING AARON JUDGE TO MLB’S BEST PLAYERS” by Yankees Avenue. Some of the players that Aaron Judge is better than based on the stats are Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Nolan Arenado, Fransisco Lindor, Ronald Acuna, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger, and many more.
All the players previously mentioned were ranked ahead of Judge in at least one of the top sports outlet rankings. Judge had more offensive production than most of those players, most of the time having higher OBP, SLG, wRC+, wOBA, DRS, and WAR (all stats that reflect a player’s offensive or defensive value). On top of this, Aaron Judge did it in less games, only proving more that Aaron Judge is severely underrated.
I’m not saying that Judge is the best player in baseball. In fact, if you watch the previously mentioned video, Mike Trout blows Judge out of the water. But, I believe that Judge is a top 5 player in baseball.
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