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 -- going 3-for-4 with four RBI -- in an attempt to get him 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 sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
Andujar continues to be moved back and forth between the Yankees and the Triple-A club, this time heading back down as Clint Frazier makes his way up for his major-league debut. The team has been vocal about Andujar playing consistently at third base, so he will continue to get reps down at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre if he is not starting in the majors.
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.
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