Full name is Aaron James Judge…he and his older brother John were both adopted…graduated from Linden High School (Calif.) in 2010. Played baseball for three seasons at Fresno State, where he was a three-time All-Conference first team selection and a 2013 All-America honoree…in his three years, hit .346 (201-for-581) with 41 doubles, 17HR and 35SB…won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby in Omaha…was named the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2011. Played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League in 2012, earning the team's Citizenship Award for being a positive team member. Is the second Yankee to wear No. 99 in a regular season game, joining Brian Bruney, who wore it in 2009.
In 27 games with the Yankees (24 starts in RF), hit .179 (15-for-84) with 10R, 2 doubles, 4HR and 10RBI…according to MLB Statcast, had a 95.5 mph average exit velocity, second-highest among all Major League hitters (min. 40 batted ball events) behind only the Mariners' Nelson Cruz (95.9). Became the first player in Yankees history to record an extra-base hit in each of his first three career games (Game 1 - HR, Game 2 - HR, Game 3 - double)…became the ninth AL player since 1913 to accomplish the feat and seventh since 2006…is the second Yankee since 1981 to record an RBI in each of his first three career games (Matsui in 2003)…reached base safely (via H/BB/HP) at least twice in each of those three games, the eighth Yankee since 1913 to do it and the first since Frank Baker in 1970. According to ESPN Stats & Info, is the first player in AL history to record at least 1XBH and 1RBI in each of his first three career games…became the seventh player in Yankees history to record RBI in five of his first seven games to begin a Major League career, joining Yangervis Solarte (2014), Hideki Matsui (2003), Joe Buzas (1945), Joe DiMaggio (1936), George Selkirk (1934) and Norm McMillan (1922). Reached base safely multiple times in four of his first five career games (via H/BB/HP), the first Yankee to do so since Frank Baker, who reached safely at least twice in each of his first five games in 1970. Made his Major League debut in 8/13 win vs. Tampa Bay, hitting solo HR in the second off Matt Andriese and going 2-for-4 with 2R…the HR came in his first career PA, becoming the fifth Yankee in franchise history (and second in the inning immediately following Tyler Austin's solo HR) to accomplish the feat (also John Miller, Marcus Thames and Andy Phillips)…per ESPN Stats & Info, was the longest HR by a Yankee at Yankee Stadium since 6/10/11 (Alex Rodríguez vs. Cleveland off Fausto Carmona)…became the third player in the history of the current Yankee Stadium to hit a ball into or over the centerfield batters eye glass (also Seattle's Russell Branyan on 7/2/09 and Houston's Carlos Correa on 4/6/16)…with Austin also making his Major League debut in the game, became the first pair of teammates in Major League history to each homer in their Major League debuts in the same game…there had been just one other game in Baseball history in which two players each hit HRs in their first Major League at-bats, but they were on opposing teams (Brooklyn at Philadelphia on 4/19/38 - the Phillies' Emmett "Heinie" Mueller and the Dodgers' Ernie Koy - both in the first inning)…became the first pair of Yankees to make their Major League debuts as starters in the same game since C Johnny Ellis and CF Jim Lyttle on 5/17/69 vs. California…was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster prior to the game. Hit solo HR-his second in as many career games-in 8/14 loss vs. Tampa Bay…according to Elias, became the second player in Baseball history-and first in the AL-to homer in his first at-bat in each of his first two Major League games, joining the Cardinals' Keith McDonald in 2000…is the second player in Yankees history to homer in each of his first two Major League games, joining Joe Lefebvre, who did so from 5/22-23/80…joined Colorado's Trevor Story (first 4G, 6HR from 4/4-8) as the only two players to accomplish in 2016. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 9/14 with a Grade 2 right oblique strain…injury occurred on a swing taken in the bottom of the fourth in 9/13 win vs. Los Angeles-NL (was removed in the top of the fifth). In 93 games with the RailRiders, hit .270 (95-for-352) with 62R, 18 doubles, 19HR and 65RBI…at the time of his call up, ranked second in the International League in RBI and HR/AB ratio (1HR/18.53AB) and fourth in runs scored, home runs and slugging percentage (.489)…batted .353 (12-for-34) with 10R, 2 doubles, 3HR and 11RBI in 10 games in August with Scranton/WB. Following the season, was tabbed by
Baseball America as the Yankees' No. 6 prospect…was also named the IL's "Best Power Prospect" and the league's 19th-best prospect.