Prior to the start of this season, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge came to the humble realization that he needed to change his swing in order to have success at the plate.
"The biggest thing, the way I can explain it, was controlling my back hip," Judge told Kyle Glaser of Baseball America. "I watched the great hitters. They're into their back hip, and that's where the swing starts. They're in their legs, They're in that hip. For me it allows me to stay in and through the zone longer. I don't come around the zone."
The results of Judge's change have been obvious. In his three seasons in the minors, the outfielder out of Fresno State never hit more than 20 home runs or had a slugging percentage over .490 in a season.
Yet during his rookie season this year, Judge is on pace for 58 home runs and a .692 slugging percentage.