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Aaron Judge Among New York Yankees Prospects to Play in Arizona Fall League

August 29th, 2014 at 2:20 PM
By Mike Warsaw

They may be a few years away, but the New York Yankees have some promising prospects in their minor league system. The Arizona Fall League selected eight Yankee players and one coach to participate in this years Fall league.

Through the years the AFL has been a gateway for many players to the Major Leagues. The seasonal league gives young players an opportunity to face more seasoned players and older players get an opportunity to "re-create" themselves. It is a common practice in the AFL for players to try new positions or work on new approaches and pitches.

The Yankees will be well represented in the league this year as the Scottsdale Scorpions selected eight Yankees from within the organization.

Former Yankees Minor League player and current Tampa Yankees coach, PJ Pliterre was named as a coach for Scottsdale. The 2004, 13th round pick is currently in his third season as a coach with the Yankees organization.

Former first round pick, Aaron Judge leads the Yankee contingent into Arizona. Judge is currently batting .307 with 77 runs scored, 24 doubles, 4 triples and has 17 home runs with 78 RBI on the season. Judge was selected in the first round by the Yankees in the 2013 Amateur Draft (32nd overall), out of Fresno State University.

Eric Jagielo was selected in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft by the Yanks out of the University of Notre Dame. Jagielo has a .252 batting average with 15 home runs and 50 RBI for the Tampa Yankees this year.

Right handed pitcher, Branden Pinder combined for a 3-0 record and a 2.04 ERA, splitting the season between Double-A and Triple-A. In 39.2 innings pitched, he gave up nine runs and struckout 37. Pinder was selected in the 16th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Santa Ana College.

Also being selected to play in the AFL are Coleb Cotham, Alex Smith, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin and a catcher to be named later.

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