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Is it Time for the New York Yankees to Promote Aaron Judge?

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge during a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 13, 2016 in Tampa. (Kim Klement | USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees sit at 37-38 in fourth place of the AL East, but only 2.5 games out of a wild card spot. The Yankees lineup has lacked consistency all season long and it may be time to call up power hitting prospect Aaron Judge.

Judge was named the International League Batter of the Week after dominating performances in his last eight games. In the last eight games, Judge has a .429 batting average with six homers and 11 runs batted in.

Judge added another home run last night to make it seven homers in his last nine games. Judge leads the International League with 16 total home runs on the season along with 46 runs batted in.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has taken notice of Judge’s minor league dominance and is very impressed. “It’s been impressive,” Girardi told NJ.com. “We’ve been paying attention. I tell you, all our minor league kids, it’s one of my favorite things to do … What Judge has done is impressive, and it’s not just fastballs. It’s been on breaking balls as well.”

When general manager Brian Cashman was asked about calling up Judge he remained non-committal on his status. Cashman stated he is, “Not sure yet.” Cashman did acknowledge that Judge is swinging a hot bat as he stated, “He’s really on a nice roll right now.”

The Yankees remain in the heat of the playoff race and should consider themselves buyers. If the Yankees do not want to add talent by the trade deadline, the best option would be to call up Judge and finally prove him the opportunity to prove his hype at the major league level. Judge is nearing his major league debut sooner rather than later.

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