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Another Glimpse of the Future: Miguel Andujar

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Next to Gleyber Torres, another prospect whose name comes up a lot is Miguel Andujar. Andujar is also in MLBs list of top 100 prospects.

Andujar is a 3rd basemen and another one of the promising prospects the Yankees have in their loaded farm system. He is 22 years old and has been in the Yankee system since 2012 at only 17, just like Torres.

Fans may be familiar with him even if they do not follow the farm system because he made his major league debut in June of 2017. When he debuted he was very impressive, which made fans take notice. In 5 games in the majors he had 8 plate appearances (7 at bats) and went 4 for 7 with 1 walk (.571 avg). 2 of his 4 hits were doubles and he had 4 RBIs and a stolen base.

Here are Andujars minor league career stats:

  • 596 games
  • 2,474 plate appearances/2,271 at bats
  • .274 batting avg
  • 622 hits (131 doubles, 15 triples, 51 homeruns)
  • 336 RBIs
  • 296 runs
  • 30 stolen bases
  • 152 walks
  • OBP .323
  • SLG .412
  • OPS .735
  • TB 936

One of the issues that was brought up last season by some scouts and analysts is that his defense needed a bit more work, but now they say he has improved his fielding significantly. Recently in the Dominican Winter league he only made one fielding error, and had a fielding % of .988, so that’s a good sign.

According to scouts the biggest issue he was having in the field was his footwork. They say he works extremely hard to improve in the field and will be a good defensive player because of his hard work. Another thing worth noting that scouts have said is that he has a great arm, better than many right fielders in the league.

Expect to hear more about Andujar because he will be at spring training and competing for the 3rd base job according to Cashman in recent comments. There is a really good shot that he will be the 3rd basemen to start the 2018 season since there is not a lot of competition as it stands now.

Get Your Andujar Merch!

Here is a video of Andujar highlights:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7r63yRbeew]

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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