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Judge clubs two homers in Scottsdale win

Yankees' No. 5 prospect also nails runner at home from right field
October 30, 2014

A day before Halloween, Aaron Judge did the monster mash in Arizona.

The Yankees' fifth-ranked prospect -- who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 230 pounds -- drilled a pair of two-run homers in Scottsdale's 7-5 win at Mesa on Thursday. He also threw out a runner at home after catching a fly ball in right field during the seventh inning.

No. 3 Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey also was nailed at the plate in the third inning while trying to tag up against left fielder Tyler Austin, the Yankees' No. 15 prospect. Judge admitted to being somewhat surprised that he tried to score again.

"You've always got to be prepared," he said. "I wanted to make a play for [Giants right-hander Tyler Rogers]. He was pitching his butt off out there, so I wanted to make a play for him."

Through 14 Arizona Fall League contests, Judge is hitting .288 with a .387 on-base percentage and a .577 slugging percentage. The 2013 first-round pick (32nd overall) has amassed four home runs and 13 RBIs while taking nine walks and fanning 10 times. He'll participate in Saturday's Fall Stars Game.

"I'm excited," Judge said. "It's an honor to represent the Yankees. Greg Bird's going to be there with me too, so I'm just going to go out there have some fun and play some ball."

Bird was a late addition to the Fall Stars Game. The Yankees' No. 11 prospect leads the circuit with six home runs. He went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks Thursday. Austin finished 3-for-4 with a run scored.

"It's huge when your own affiliate teammates do well like that," said Judge, who hit .308/.419/.486 with 17 homers and 78 RBIs over 131 games between Class A Charleston and Class A Advanced Tampa in 2014, his first pro season. "It's fun watching them. Bird's a great competitor and Tyler Austin, he's always hungry. It's fun to watch."

Top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow (1-0) got his first win of the fall season despite a lackluster performance, at least by his standards. The righty gave up three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two across 3/2 innings. No. 16 Nationals prospect Felipe Rivero (1-4) pitched just two-thirds of an inning, surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks.

No. 5 Phillies prospect Roman Quinn smashed a two-run triple and Blake Miller (Giants) added an RBI single for the Scorpions (10-11). For the Solar Sox (10-9), Jacob Hannemann (Cubs) had two doubles and three RBIs, while top A's prospect Daniel Robertson had a sac fly.

Mark Emery is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Emery.