Miguel Andujar was once one of the Yankees’ top prospects and did well enough to finish second to Shohei Ohtani for the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2018.
That seems like a long time ago. Andujar was distracted by a shoulder injury the following season and his career declined after that.
His career hit a new low on Thursday, when the Yankees named the 27-year-old to the task of opening a 40-man roster spot for the return of reliever Zack Britton. Andujar has been selected for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday to make room for Luis Severino on the active roster.
Andujar is on the 40 man list, so the Yankees can’t trade him, as the August 2 trading deadline has come and gone, but he can still remove the waiver and get back into the Yankees system.
Several scouts who were present at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night believed Andujar would be picked up. But his time with the Yankees seems to be over.
“It’s tough,” said Aaron Boone after the Yankees’ 5-4, 10-inning win over Boston. “He’s a great kid who worked really hard to become a quality left winger. He’s still very talented. You never know when it’s still clickable for a guy. ”
Andujar lost his initial job at third base to Gio Urshela following a 2019 injury and is trying to return as a utility player, studying first base and leaving the field.
He never came close to duplicating his 2018 results on the plate, so he couldn’t make up for his defensive shortcomings.
Andujar played 27 games for the Yankees this season and made just 22 of 96 (0.229) in 100 plate appearances. To make matters worse, he finished with three extra-bases, three walks and 22 strikeouts and .531 OPS, a far cry from the 47 doubles, 27 homers, and 0.855 OPS he amassed in 2018.
Source : nypost.com