Aaron Judge

What is Aaron Judge’s net worth and salary?

Aaron Judge is an American professional baseball player who has a net worth of $20 million. He is an outfielder who bats and throws right handed. Judge was a three sport star at Linden High School and was drafted in the 31st round of the 2010 draft by the Oakland Athletics but chose to play college baseball at Fresno State where he received many awards and won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. Judge was again drafted #32 by the New York Yankees in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 2016 and has spent his entire career with the organization. Judge played in the 2015 All-Star Futures Game.

Contracts

Upon joining the Yankees in 2013, Aaron signed a 1-year $1.8 million contract to join the organization. In the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons he singed 1-year deals that paid between $500 and $620,000 per year. Ahead of the 2020 season he signed a 1-year $8.5 million contract. In 2021 he signed a 1-year $10.175 million contract. For the 2022 season he again signed a 1-year deal, this one paying $19 million. He will become a free agent ahead of the 2023 season.

Between 2016 and 2022 Aaron earned $40 million in MLB salary alone.

Endorsements

Aaron Judge has a number of lucrative endorsement deals notably with Pepsi and Adidas. From 2014 to 2018 he was an Under Armour athlete.

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Early Life

Aaron Judge was born in Linden, California in April 1992. He was adopted the day after he was born by Patty and Wayne Judge, two teachers. He has never met his birth parents and he has an older brother named John who was also adopted. John teaches English in South Korea. As a child he was a fan of the San Francisco Giants.

Eventually growing to 6 foot 7 and 282 pounds, he was a three-sport star athlete at Linden High School, playing baseball, basketball and football. His baseball team made it to the state Division III playoffs. He set single-season records at the school for touchdowns and receiving yards.

Aaron was not just an athlete, he graduated with a 3.2 GPA, served on student council and volunteered around town for various community service.

He was recruited by over a dozen colleges for football but chose to focus instead on baseball. In 2010, when he was 18 and still in high school, Aaron was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round of the 2010 amateur draft. Aaron instead chose to attend Cal State, Fresno.

During his sophomore year the team won the Western Athletic Conference title. The following season he led his team in RBIs, doubles and home runs.

Professional Career

Aaron was selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft as the 32nd pick. He soon signed a deal with the Yankees that came with a $1.8 million signing bonus. Unfortunately a muscle tear prevented Aaron from playing in the 2013 season.

Aaron played for a variety of minor league teams before making his professional debut in August 2016. He started as a right fielder in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In his very first at-bat in the big leagues Aaron hit a home run. In an interesting twist, the hitter right before him ALSO hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat. Aaron played 27 games in his debut season, ending the year with a .179 batting average.

The next season Aaron was a starter, playing 155 games, hitting 52 homeruns, batting .284 and eventually being selected as an All-Star. He was an All-Star in the 2018, 2021 and 2022 seasons as well.

Home Run Record

In the 2022 season Aaron gained widespread fame after hitting 60 home runs (as of this writing), which is just one shy of Roger Maris’ one-time record. In order for Aaron to fully cement himself in the record books he would have to surpass the following home run records:

*It is generally believed that all of the above athletes were using some form of performance enhancing drugs when their respective records were set.

Personal Life

In December 2021 Aaron married his girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck.