Even for someone who doesn't like the Yankees, it's been fun watching Aaron Judge this year. And this year's Home Run Derby, which he won, was my favorite.
It's going to be interesting to see how Judge does over the rest of the season. Here are two sets of numbers:
Plate Appearances 95/118
At Bats 89/93
Batting Average .179/.161
On Base % .263/.339
Slugging % .345/.333
The first set is from Judge's abbreviated 2016 rookie season, when he looked overmatched against major league pitching. The second set is Judge's performance since the All-Star break. The numbers are very close.
Before the All-Star game Judge was hitting .329 with an on base % of .448, and slugging .691. Is he in a temporary slump and can he make the adjustments to get back to his form of earlier in the season?