Yet, he is determined to show he is worth a mammoth contract by having an even better year than that dreamy 2017 that saw him finish second in the AL MVP voting and first in the Rookie of the Year race.
There is an offensive stat that tries to quantify the number of times a hitter makes ideal contact with the ball: it’s called “barrels.”
Per MLB.com, barrels “have led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage since Statcast was implemented Major League-wide in 2015.”
Defining A Barrel
They define a barrel as follows:
“To be Barreled, a batted ball requires an exit velocity of at least 98 mph. At that speed, balls struck with a launch angle between 26-30 degrees always garner Barreled classification. For every mph over 98, the range of launch angles expands.”
It’s a way for statisticians to quantify the number of times a hitter makes ideal contact.
Judge, on that front, has been head and shoulders above his peers.
“Most “Barrels” so far in 2022: Aaron Judge, 66; Kyle Schwarber, 48 Yordan Álvarez, 44 Shohei Ohtani, 44 Austin Riley, 43 Giancarlo Stanton, 42 Schwarber is as close to the #26 spot on this list as he is to Judge. @TheJudge44 has lapped the field,” Codify Baseball tweeted on Monday.
Most "Barrels" so far in 2022:
Aaron Judge, 66 😮
Kyle Schwarber, 48
Yordan Álvarez, 44
Shohei Ohtani, 44
Austin Riley, 43
Giancarlo Stanton, 42
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) July 25, 2022
A batter who hits a lot of barrels will enjoy excellent offensive results: lots of home runs, doubles, and well-struck balls.
They usually lead to home runs, especially at 100+ mph of exit velocity and with a launch angle over 20 degrees.
Judge, along with teammate Giancarlo Stanton, is the king of hard contact, and the numbers show it.
At the moment, he has 37 homers and a strong 1.025 OPS.
He is on his way to a career-best year.