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Mets Draft History: Who they could have taken over Dominic Smith in 2013

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Dominic Smith
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Dominic Smith /
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 25: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees looks on in the first inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 25, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Aaron Judge

Perhaps the most infuriating missed opportunity from the 2013 draft, Aaron Judge was selected by the Yankees with the 32nd overall selection. Judge is arguably the most accomplished player to come out of the 2013 draft and the fact that he was taken by our division rivals really just rubs salt in the wound.

Judge was a first called up to the Yankees in September of 2016, where he initially struggled in his first 27 games with the club, hitting only .179 and slugging only 4 home runs.

Despite his poor debut, Judge went on to have one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time the following year. In 155 games with the Yankees, Judge hit .284 with a .422 OBP, set the rookie record for home run in a season with 52, drove in 114 RBI, was selected to his first All-Star Game, won the Home Run Derby, won the AL Rookie of the Year and came in second for MVP voting.

In 2018, Judge was a bit less productive and missed time due to injury, but put up very good numbers no the less. In 112 games with the Yankees in 2018, he hit .278 with a .392 OBP, with 27 home runs, 67 RBI and was selected to his second All-Star Game.

Despite the personal bias we may have against him as Mets fans, there’s no denying that Judge is a very talented player with arguably one of the highest ceilings of any major league player.

There is no doubt in my mind that if teams knew about Judge’s raw power as a hitter at the time of the draft the way that teams around the league do now, he would have been the first overall pick in the draft, meaning that had the Mets selected him with the 11th pick, it would have been a steal.

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