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Judge learning 'a couple of secrets' via Stanton

February 19, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. -- Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton combined to mash 57 home runs in their first year as teammates, and the Yankees' power-hitting duo is continuing to enjoy a relationship that extends past each of their at-bats.Judge said that he has benefited from being able to study Stanton's approach,

TAMPA, Fla. -- Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton combined to mash 57 home runs in their first year as teammates, and the Yankees' power-hitting duo is continuing to enjoy a relationship that extends past each of their at-bats.
Judge said that he has benefited from being able to study Stanton's approach, especially once Stanton grew more familiar with American League hurlers. Using the Mets' Jacob deGrom as an example, Judge said that he has been impressed by how Stanton is able to dissect opposing pitchers.
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"He's always had some good at-bats against [deGrom], and I'm like, 'Hey, this is one of the best pitchers in the league. How do you do it? What do you think about?'" Judge said. "Just hearing how he breaks pitchers down and what he looks for, it's impressive. That's why you see why he's an All-Star, why he puts up the numbers he does."
Stanton wouldn't divulge his secrets for handling the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, against whom he is 9-for-27 (.333) with four homers and eight RBIs, but said that AL pitchers did not attack him much differently than what he had seen while with the Marlins.

"The general approach wasn't much different," Stanton said. "It's just a matter of seeing the guys, their release points, their tendencies and whatnot. The overall approach for me doesn't change too much."
Judge said that he makes it a point to have those types of conversations with as many players as possible, especially at events like the All-Star Game.
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"That's what I feel like really separates the good players from the great ones, how they see the game and how they approach it," Judge said. "That's the biggest thing I got from G; different approaches. I'd try to share them with you guys, but I've got to keep a couple of secrets."
First look
Under brilliant sunshine and with temperatures in the mid-80s, Tuesday marked the Yankees' first full-squad workout of the spring. Manager Aaron Boone said that he was pleased with his initial look at a group that will be whittled down over the next five weeks to comprise the Opening Day roster.

"Today's one of those days you put on the calendar and look forward to," Boone said. "To get them here, get them out on the field on a hot day, it was really good. I thought our tempo, our pace and our work was really strong. A good start to spring for us."
All right now
Boone is not concerned that the Yankees' lineup has grown too right-handed heavy in the wake of Didi Gregorius' injury. Assuming that Luke Voit wins the first-base job over Greg Bird, the only left-handed bat in the Opening Day lineup could be Brett Gardner, plus switch-hitter Aaron Hicks.
"In a perfect world, you'd have a bunch of guys who hit .300, hit for power and hit from both sides of the plate. You can balance it perfectly," Boone said. "That doesn't always happen. I'd rather have better players than go out and acquire someone because he's a better fit because he hits from a certain side of the plate."
Bombers bits
• Prior to Tuesday's workout, several pitchers faced hitters in live batting practice, with Zack Britton, Domingo Acevedo, Rex Brothers, Drew Hutchison and Trevor Stephan taking the mound.
Clint Frazier produced some line-drive swings against live pitching on Tuesday morning. Boone said that he could tell that Frazier's body "is in good condition" and that he has been working out over the offseason.

• Boone said that he intends to give Estevan Florial early opportunities in Grapefruit League games, and hopes that the promising outfielder can gain valuable experience and have a healthy season. Florial is rated as the Yankees' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.