Prospects On Deck: 3B Miguel Andujar – Yankees
As 2016 continues, the Yankees 3rd base position looks awful offensively. Chase Headley‘s slow start this year could be the beginning of his decline in production. Maybe the Yankees get desperate and make a trade or sign someone to fill the void for the time being, but the current clean-up hitter for the Tampa Yankees could be the one to fill that void in production. #15 prospect in the whole organization is Miguel Andujar. His incredible skill set doesn’t give him a ceiling and being only 21 should make Yankee fans jump for joy.
Andujar was signed out of the Dominican Republic and began directly in the Gulf Coast League in Tampa, Florida after signing for $750,000 in 2011. The signing of Andjuar was noted across the league as his raw talent spoke for itself.
In his first stint in the Gulf Coast League, he struggled batting only .232, but the would immediately turn it around batting .323 the following season. He was promoted to the Southern Atlantic League (Class A) and played for Charleston RiverDogs through the 2014 season. He showed sign of power hitting 10 HRs and driving in 70 RBIs. Although 10 HRs in a season doesn’t seem like too much power, it should be noted that he drove the ball well overall with 25 doubles and 4 triples.
He spent his first season with the Tampa Yankees in 2015 and his numbers weren’t where he would’ve liked them to be; however, his raw power has continued to develop as he currently leads the Tampa Yankees in home runs with 6, which is already close to matching his 2015 total of 8 HRs. His batting average is the highest it’s been since 2014– .276 and he’s leading the team in RBIs with 28. The rest of 2016 looks promising for Andujar if he can stay on his projected path. His talents are still raw, but once it all comes together, he’ll be the man you want for the long-haul.