The Fresno State outfielder, winner of the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, didn't consider himself a contender going into the event.
Since he had only six career collegiate home runs to his name, it wasn't hard to blame him.
Judge, a 6-foot-7 sophomore who hit .332 with four homers in 2012 for the Bulldogs, was playing summer league baseball when he got an unexpected call.
"I was actually in the Cape Cod League talking to our media guy back at Fresno State," he said. "He called me and said, 'Hey, you got an invite to this home run derby.' I was like, 'Home run derby? I only had four home runs all year.' But it was a blast."
Before the contest began, each player was introduced over the loudspeaker.