June 6, 2013
By Stephen Trembley
SECAUCUS, N.J. --- Fresno State junior outfielder Aaron Judge was drafted in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the New York Yankees with the No. 32 overall selection on Thursday.
"What an unbelievable experience!" Judge said late Thursday night. "I couldn't ask for a better organization to go! I'm so blessed to be able to share this moment with my parents here. I will always remember my time as a Bulldog."
Judge, a native of Linden, Calif., is the 12th Bulldog to be taken the first round of the MLB amateur draft since 1972 and first since Matt Garza was selected by the Minnesota Twins as the 25th overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Judge, a three-time first-team all-conference selection, was one of three Mountain West players to be taken in the first round - joining New Mexico third baseman D.J. Peterson (No. 12 - Seattle Mariners) and Nevada right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley (No. 15 - Arizona Diamondbacks) in making MW history with three first-round selections for the conference.
"Aaron is a great kid that is heading to a great organization," Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said of Judge being drafted by the New York Yankees. "This should be a great fit."
In his three years at Fresno State, Judge posted a career .346 batting average in 587 at -bats. He also connected for 18 home runs for 67 extra-base hits, including 41 doubles and seven triples.
Judge won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby as one of eight collegiate players that participated in the annual event in Omaha, Neb.
On Thursday, Judge was the only collegiate player to attend the MLB Draft at the MLB Network's Studio 42 and shook commissioner Bud Selig's hand as the 6-7, 255-pound high-level professional prospect donned the New York Yankees' pinstripes for the first time.
"I was coached by one of the greatest college coaches, who not only helped transform me into the player I am today, but always a great man off the field," Judge said of Batesole's influence on his development professionally and personally.
A total of 51 players under head coach Mike Batesole's tutelage have now been chosen to continue their professional careers by way of the annual draft.
Fresno State signee Jordan Paroubeck (Serra HS) was also drafted on the first day of the MLB Draft when the San Diego Padres picked the 6-2, 190-pound switch-hitting outfielder in the second round with the 69th overall selection.
Paroubeck signed a National Letter of Intent in November 2012 to attend Fresno State and play for the Bulldogs starting in the 2014 season. He now has to decide this summer whether to sign a professional contract with the Padres or enroll in classes and become a Bulldog for at least the next three seasons.
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