Will lightning strike twice?
The New York Yankees got maximum bang for their buck in 2013, using a first-round pick in the MLB Draft on Aaron Judge.
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Nine years later, Judge leads the majors with 30 home runs and could head to free agency as the MLS Player of the Year.
If he walked, it was possible that the Yankees would equip his successor on the farm.
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ESPN’s Kelly McDaniel believes the Yankees are eyeing Vanderbilt right-back Spencer Jones with the 25th pick overall in the 2022 MLB Draft.
McDaniel Jones described the judge as a “doppelganger” who had “a party coming up this year.”
Jones hit .370 with 12 homeowners, 14 for 15 in loot base attempts, posting 32 walks on 64 strikes while playing in the nation’s top amateur conference. Jones is 6 feet 7 and shows average speed despite his size. He hasn’t fully utilized his extra raw power on a regular basis in games, but he lights up the big director to give you an idea of his upside. In his draft year, the 6-foot-7 hit judge hit .369 with 12 eyebrows, going 12-for-14 in steal base attempts and posting 35 walks to 53 hits while playing at Mountain West. He, too, hasn’t quite tapped into his raw power as scouts would like to see it (this was before the TrackMan era, which now allows for a college run-out to now be measured. The judge also showed off his speed with deceptively fast average-to-higher-than-average runs in college .
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