NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Aaron Judge toured Yankee Stadium with eight other prospects Thursday and daydreamed about roaming the outfield there someday.
After being drafted in the first round by the Yankees, that could become a reality in a few years.
“I was hoping,” the 6-foot-7 outfielder out of Fresno State said. “Everyone wants to be a Yankee, so I was happy to hear my name called.”
Yankees vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer said Judge “is a big man, and obviously a great-bodied athlete who has a high upside.”
“He can run, he has a good work ethic, he can throw and has the potential to be a five-tool guy with some size and strength,” he said.
Judge was on site at MLB Network Studios and went 32nd overall to the Yankees, who had three first-round picks — more than any other team. They also chose Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo at No. 26 and capped the opening round by taking California high school lefty Ian Clarkin at No. 33.
“We think we had a great first day,” Oppenheimer said. “I’m excited and the staff is excited. We feel really good about what happened for us today.”
Clarkin, who was also at the draft, might have a tough time getting his family and friends to root for his new team. He grew up a Boston Red Sox fan, as did his father and several buddies.
“I know it’s not a good way to start,” Clarkin said with a smile, “but I’m a Boston fan and I know wearing that Yankees hat around, I’m going to get some headaches from my friends.”
Clarkin already looked pretty comfortable wearing his Yankees pinstripes.
“I love them now,” he said. “My Dad’s going to have to learn to love them, too.”
Four other teams had two picks each in the first round: Pittsburgh (Georgia high school outfielder Austin Meadows, No. 9, and Washington high school catcher Reese McGuire, No. 14), St. Louis (Gonzaga lefty Marco Gonzales, No. 19, and New Jersey high school lefty Rob Kaminsky), Tampa Bay (South Carolina high school catcher Nick Ciuffo, No. 21, and Arkansas righty Ryne Stanek, No. 29) and Texas (Oral Roberts righty Alex Gonzalez, No. 23, and Georgia high school shortstop Travis Demeritte, No. 30).
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