The Ominous Part of Aaron Judge’s Hot Start
Aaron Judge, the Yankees rookie outfielder who has muscles on top of his muscles, currently leads the Majors in multiple offensive categories, including WAR, homers, slugging percentage and the all around batting stat wRC+. He’s also second in on base percentage and sports a .328 average that is top 10 in baseball. His leads in those first stats are impressive. Consider:
- His 4.6 WAR is 1.4 higher than third place, which is the same difference between third and 42nd.
- His 26 homers are 4 more than second place, which is the same difference between second and 19th.
- His .699 slugging percentage is .089 more than third place, which is the same difference between third and 37th.
- His 195 wRC+ is almost twice as good as league average.
- His 195 wRC+ is 28 points better than second, which is the same difference between second and 27th.
Simply: Dude has been absolutely dominant through the first half of the year.
But, there’s always a “but.” Judge also leads the league in batting average on balls in play (BABIP). BABIP is an easy way to think about how lucky someone has been. A high BABIP means that fielders generally have not converted many of his contacted balls into outs. Judge’s BABIP currently sits at .420, which would be the highest in a qualified season since Rogers Hornsby in 1924.
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