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Judge records first career four-hit game

Yankees No. 2 prospect raises his average as a RailRider from .160 to .276

As Yankees No. 2 prospect (No. 56 overall) Aaron Judge winds down his Minor League career, there are few things he still has yet to accomplish before hitting the big leagues. But he managed to do something he had never done before Tuesday night.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre outfielder had 12 career three-hit games entering the RailRiders' contest with Lehigh Valley. Judge, however, recorded his first career four-hit game against the IronPigs. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs in a 12-8 loss.

Judge's standout performance was his first multi-hit game in eight tries as a RailRider and his average jumped from .160 to .276 following his four-hit performance. Judge has yet to duplicate the success he found at Double-A Trenton -- he produced a .284/.350/.516 line with 12 homers and 44 RBIs in 63 games this season -- but Tuesday suggested he might be getting the hang of Triple-A pitching.

New York's 2013 first-round pick has 30 homers and 127 RBIs in his Minor League career. The former Fresno State star generally plays a corner outfield position -- usually right field -- but showed off his defensive versatility with a start in center on Tuesday.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for
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