An athletic 22-year-old with electric bat speed, Miguel Andujar had his best professional season while splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A and it somehow flew under the radar. He has been understandably overshadowed by Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres in the Yankees' youth movement, but now that Andujar appears ready for primetime, everyone should be taking notice. He was the youngest player to rank in the top 10 in the International League in wRC+ (139) and the only 22-year-old to rank in the top 15 with a 13.2 percent strikeout rate. His hit tool is currently ahead of his power, but he should eventually be a threat to hit 25-plus homers annually. He has the arm for third base, but his bat could profile anywhere. With Starlin Castro and Chase Headley getting dealt this offseason, top prospect Gleyber Torres now looks like the long-term answer at second base, which leaves third base open for Andujar. The Yankees may look to add a cheap placeholder, but it should be Andujar's job sooner than later.
Andujar may be given more time to develop in the minors after the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks, Jack Curry of YES network reports. Prior to the Drury acquisition, Andujar looked like the favorite to start the season as the Yankees' third baseman, but that looks less likely now. General manager Brian Cashman called Drury the "strong favorite" to start at third. Andujar is just 22 and has only played in 58 games at the Triple-A level, so more development time makes some sense, though he did hit .317/.364/.502 in those 58 games. Even if Andujar starts the year in the minors, it likely won't take long before he earns a major-league role, especially since Drury is more of a role player and not someone good enough to block a potential star like Andujar for long.
Manager Aaron Boone said Andujar has an opportunity to open the season as the Yankees' starting third baseman, MLB.com reports. While Boone didn't say if Andujar was the favorite to win the starting gig, it would appear the youngster is tentatively entering spring atop the team's depth chart after the Yankees traded away Chase Headley and opted not to re-sign Todd Frazier. Andujar, who is one of the Yankees' top prospects, is coming off an impressive age-22 campaign during which he hit a combined .315/.352/.498 with 16 homers across 125 games between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton. The soon-to-be 23-year-old will compete with Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes in spring.
Andujar was called up prior to Saturday's game against the Orioles. Andujar has only made one major-league appearance this season, but he delivered a terrific debut, going 3-for-4 with four RBI against the White Sox in late June. Looking ahead, the 22-year-old prospect might not see much playing time down the stretch, but manager Joe Girardi has high expectations for the third baseman and will be interested to see if he can duplicate his phenomenal Triple-A numbers -- .317/.364/.502 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 58 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- at the major-league level over an extended period of time.
Manager Joe Girardi said he expects Andujar to be recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at some point during September, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports. Andujar spent some time with the Yankees earlier in the season, but he was sent back after appearing in just one game -- in which he went 3-for-4 with four RBI -- so that he could see more regular playing time. Not much has changed; Girardi said Andujar would rejoin the Yankees sometime in September, but not right now, seeing as there is no spot for him to play. The 22-year-old prospect has hit .317/.355/.501 with 16 homers over 124 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Andujar was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports. With Dustin Fowler (knee) headed to the disabled list, Andujar was added back to the big-league roster just a day after being optioned to Triple-A. It's unclear how long he'll stick around this time, but the Yankees made it clear they don't want him riding pine, so expect him to see regular at-bats or head back to the minors in the near future.