June 21, 2013
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State junior outfielder Aaron Judge earned third-team All-America and first-team All-West Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Rawlings, the ABCA announced Friday.
Judge, native of Linden, Calif., is the 28th ABCA All-American in the program's history and 48th to receive the first-team All-West Region distinction.
He is also the fifth Bulldog to earn ABCA All-America honors under the tutelage of Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole and the first since Dusty Robinson received the recognition in 2011.
This is Judge's second All-American distinction for the 2013 season - the other coming from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), who also tabbed Judge as a third-team All-American earlier this month.
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 and took batting practice with the Major League squad earlier this week.
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.
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.
In 2013, Judge led the Bulldogs in every major offensive category - batting .369 with 12 home runs, 15 doubles, four triples, 36 RBI and a .655 slugging percentage. He also 12-for-14 in stolen base attempts and drew 35 walks.
Judge also 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., and helped Fresno State capture two conference championships.
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