Next on our Yanks Go Yard Prospect Profile series, we move down to No. 15, Miguel Andujar. Andujar is a right-handed hitting third baseman, who is currently playing for Tampa in the Florida State League.
Scouting Grads (courtesy of MLB Pipeline): Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 70 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
He was signed out of the Dominican Republic for the 2012 season, spending time in three different levels. The Yankees had very high hopes for him, which resulted in him being sent right to the Gulf Coast League, instead of playing international ball.
Andujar batted .271 in rookie ball before being called up to A-Charleston for 2014. After hitting 10 home runs with 70 RBIs and a .267 average, he was sent up to high-A Tampa before 2015. A slow start hurt him, but he bounced back to bat .243 on the season. Not a great average, but it showed he was able to make some in-season adjustments. It was his second consecutive season where he had a slow start and then picked it up. More consistent hitting would move him along quicker.
Andujar is still only 21 years old, which means he still has time to develop. He has good power and quick bat speed, resulting in some pop. Last season he did hit eight home runs and brought in 57 runs. Andujar isn’t a home run hitter, like most third basemen, but can pick up some extra base hits.
His strong arm is a positive, and he has the ability to play most balls. But, he did make 26 errors in each of the past two seasons, after committing 25 in his first two seasons combined.
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In order to crack a Major League roster, Andujar needs to cut down on errors and hit a little more consistently. Andujar will most likely spend the 2016 season with the Tampa Yankees again. Another positive season could move him up to AA Trenton next year, and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to follow.
Unless he really dominates the minors over the next season or two, it’s hard to see him in pinstripes before 2020. Chase Headley’s contract will be up after 2018, but the Yankees will most likely look to bring someone in or move someone over.
Andujar is still young, but needs to make some improvements in order to reach the big leagues.