Yankees universe has a foot fetish for Miguel Andujar
Armed and Ready
Fortunately, there is reason for optimism. In his 493 innings at Trenton, Miguel committed ten errors, which showed improvement already.
And just like his hitting, his defense has improved at a higher level. He has just two errors in 222 innings with the RailRiders. That seems very promising. Especially when compared to current MLB third basemen.
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All-world Manny Machado has ten errors so far, and committed 19 two years ago, while Jake Lamb of the 59-43 Diamondbacks has 9; twelve doesn’t seem so bad. Especially not with the bat Andujar swings. I mentioned he’s batting .324 at Scranton, right?
When the Yankees envisioned this rebuild, they imagined they would grow the best player for each position and trade the excess position players for proven pitching. Andujar’s development is key to making that vision a reality.
His arm is best suited to the position and keeps the winner of the Didi/Starlin sweepstakes at his natural position. His success, if he has it, would allow the Yankees to trade for a quality starter while getting younger and better, again. And the Yankees could keep more of their best prospects.
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A lot of if’s. I can tell you from experience; the whole thing has Yankees universe up in arms. I think most of them want Cashman to wait and see if Andujar can be the next great young Yankees player. And I have said it so much I am starting to get flyers from NAMBLA: I love Miguel Andujar.
So I hope he can do it. And, if he can climb from Double-A to the majors in twelve months, it will be quite a feat.
Or is that, feet?