New York Yankees star and reigning 2022 American League MVP Aaron Judge had a season to remember last year.
Not only did he have a career-high .311 batting average, but he set a new American League single-season home run record with 62.
Add in 133 runs, 131 RBI, 16 steals and good defense at both right and center field and you have the best player in the league last season.
If you were wondering if he is having a good spring, well, we have a video for you.
The 1st HR of Spring for The Captain. pic.twitter.com/WgOoTZq1zp
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 7, 2023
It was a long blast to right-center field, where many of his home runs end up.
So, yes, judging by his explosive swing and the home run, we would say Judge is picking up right where he left off last season.
The aforementioned numbers earned the outfielder a mammoth nine-year, $360 million contract with the Yankees.
He is also the new captain in town.
The Yankees had to fend off advances from the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants to get their man to re-sign.
Still 30 years old, Judge should have several years left in his prime.
The Yankees will probably be happy if he can have six or seven truly productive seasons out of the nine.
By the time he is nearing the end of his deal, inflation will make it a bit more palatable for the Yanks.
For now, Judge is widely expected to be among the league leaders in homers again.
He has exactly 101 long balls in the last two years.
The Yankees have every reason to believe he will be, once again, among the most productive players in baseball.NEXT: Top Yankees Prospect Continues To Have A Breakout Spring