Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge owns the longest home run hit this season (495 feet) and will likely showcase his power in front of the baseball world after getting invited to participate in next month’s Home Run Derby.
Judge, 25, who leads MLB with 23 home runs, told reporters Cheap Jerseys Soccer Tuesday he received the invitation through his agent.
“I haven’t really thought about it yet,” Judge said when asked if he will participate in the popular exhibition event July 10 at Marlins Park.
Judge will likely be in Miami for All-Star weekend anyway as he currently leads AL players with 2.6 million votes in balloting for starters for the All-Star Game.
When a team switches from an established 3-4 to a Seahawks-inspired 4-3, as the 49ers are under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, pass-rushing linemen become big needs. So it was a no-brainer for Lynch to use the No. 3 overall pick on Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, a Michael Bennett-like outside-inside freak.
Saleh knows he can play Thomas at either end or tackle and get production. The other somewhat known quantity is former Dolphin Earl Mitchell, signed as stopgap at 4-3 nose, albeit a fading, older one. The two Oregon Ducks drafted as 3-4 first-rounders by the previous front office, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, are more wild cards. With their massive frames, they are both suited to stay outside, but it’s unclear whether their explosiveness will translate well as such scheme-specific picks. Buckner is the better bet to build on a strong rookie season and find a higher level of production.
Lynch and Saleh will need make do with this group and re-evaluate in the short term. Solid depth in the rotation, a key for Seattle, is also lacking. Thomas is a can’t-miss, but the rest of the starting line options feel more bust than boom.