News: 4 days agoJudge said he is game ready and feeling good after starting in right field and betting second in Monday's intrasquad game, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Spin: Judge added that the biggest thing leading up to Opening Day is getting the reps in and getting his timing down. He grounded out to third and struck out swinging in his two at-bats Monday. After being diagnosed in early March with a stress fracture in his first right rib, the 28-year-old slugger looks to be near full strength as the Yankees' July 23 opener against Max Scherzer and the Nationals draws closer.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Injuries have become an increasing concern for Judge, who has spent at least seven weeks on the IL in both of the past two seasons, totaling 110 days lost. Between the ailments, he has remained one of the game's most fear-inducing power hitters. He has paced the majors in average exit velocity in each of his three full seasons in the majors. In those three years combined, he ranks fifth in ISO (.293) and eighth in total home runs (106) as well as HR-rate (6.5%). But don't cast Judge aside as an all-or-nothing slugger. His 267 walks from 2017-19 were seventh most in baseball, which buoyed his points-league value and fueled a sabermetrically sound .401 OBP. He was also the game's No. 12 overall performer in rotisserie and No. 16 in points-based in his record-setting, Rookie of the Year-winning campaign. Judge's stress fracture in his rib, dating back to last season, remained a big question mark at the time spring training resumed, so he's a tough pick in the early rounds without further optimism in his recovery.