Yankees 3B prospect Miguel Andujar was recently ranked #7 in MLB’s list of top 10 third base prospects for this upcoming season. Here’s how he graded out (scale is from 20-80):
Hit: 50 Power: 55 Run: 45 Arm: 70 Field: 50 Overall: 55
The arm is clearly what stands out, which is obviously a quality you’d like to see in your third baseman. The A’s Matt Chapman was the only ranked third baseman with a higher grade for that tool at 75.
Last season Andujar had a hot start at the hot corner, slashing .283/.343/.474, which earned him a mid-season promotion from A+ Tampa to AA Trenton. The offensive numbers dipped down in the second half of the season in Trenton, which is expected for players making that jump, but in Fall League ball he managed .284/.364/.373. The power might not have been there, but he was putting together good at bats and getting on base more, which is a good sign.
I think the biggest concern with Andujar right now is his defense. He can get the ball over to first in a hurry, but 15 errors in 64 games at AA is pretty rough. The players who succeed in the minors and make it to the show are the players that make adjustments though. It will be interesting to see how Andujar performs in 2017 with a likely start in Trenton and a potential bump up to Scranton at some point in the season. It’s been a while since the Yankees have brought up a starting 3B through their own ranks, but for now the future looks bright for Andujar.
Running total of Yankees prospects on MLB Top 10 Prospects by Position rankings: LHP Justus Sheffield (#8), 3B Miguel Andujar (#7).