The 2018 season saw The Yankee’s origination have two of their top prospects kick down the door and burst onto the scene. Those two youngsters were 3rd baseman, Miguel Andujar, and middle infielder Gleyber Torres. Both players stepped onto the scene and lit the world on fire with their offensive production primarily out of the eight and nine spots in The Yankees order. Torres has consistently been on the field and kept up his production from his rookie year. His place on this team for the future is all but certain. However, due to a number of reasons Andujar’s future is less certain. So where does he fit in on this loaded Yankees squad?
His Rookie season
As mentioned above Miguel Andujar had an awesome rookie season. He didn’t begin the active roster. he was promoted to the active roster on April first of the 2018 season after an injury to outfielder Billy McKinney. Andujar had a rookie season that hasn’t been seen since Joe DiMaggio. Andujar set a league and a franchise record for extra-base hits and doubles. Overall, he slashed .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs. He also posted a .855 OPS with a 130 WRC+. (Leauge average is 100.) Andujar was a key piece in the Yankees 100-62 record in 2018 with room to improve for the future.
Just three games into the season Andujar suffered a shoulder injury on a pickoff throw to third base. Andujar was quickly diagnosed with a torn labrum. He had made the decision to take time off and recover and attempt to return. He eventually return and play nine more games but after hitting just .128 with a -26 OPS+ (Leauge average is 100) he opted to have season-ending surgery.
With Gio Urshela‘s 2019 performance Andujar was relegated to a rotation player. Over the offseason had to learn a new position in order to get some playing time. Andujar struggled as a third baseman so you can imagine how his venture into left field went. He looked lost out there almost looked like he never played the position before (imagine that.) He was up and down between the big club and the new Alternate Training Site and didn’t crack either of The Yankees postseason rosters. Although Andujar’s bat is one of the best on the team when healthy his defensive issues are one of the main reasons for his uncertain future.
Over the last couple of years, teams have mentioned Andujar’s name in trade talks, however, after an abysmal showing in the 2020 season on both sides of the ball, his trade value is at its lowest. Andujar needs to improve on his consistency if he wants to have another shot in pinstripes. The only thing that is a positive with Andujar is his control. He isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2022 and isn’t a free agent until 2025.
We all know how talented Andujar is and how good he can be. However, in order for him to crack the lineup every day, he will need to sure up his defense a lot and be way more consistent at the plate. If he can’t do that I think his time in New York will come to an end by the trade deadline next season.