New York Yankees Prospects That Are Putting Pressure On Veterans

Miguel Andujar

Flying under the radar throughout the majority of his minor league career, Miguel Andujar is making a serious run at being considered the Yankees’ future third baseman.

In 130 games between Tampa and Double-A Trenton slashing .273/.332/.410 with an OPS of .742 and 12 home runs. No, not incredible, but he has been a standout performer down in the AFL.

Through 11 games, he is 14-for-38 (.366) with the best OBP (.468) in the league. Currently, he’s the seventh-best prospect in the Yankees’ system and the eighth-best third base prospect in all of baseball.

With his demonstration of offensive consistency and showcasing his plus arm at the hot corner, Chase Headley needs to be on the lookout. Do we project Andujar to replace Headley in 2017? No. However, at this time a year ago, Gary Sanchez was expected to be nothing more than a backup catcher in 2016.

The Yankees’ top catching prospect played in just 71 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre then was promoted to the bigs before converting Brian McCann into a bench player.

Headley, who is clearly the present and not the future, could easily be shifted to a backup role or even be dealt in an Ivan Nova-like deal (sell-low) if Andujar kicks off his 2017 with an unmistakable tear.


  1. Torres, Andujar and Frazier have the potential to be ready by 2018. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Torres does with his promotion to AA, while Mateo looking to play harder than ever before and earn his promotion to catch up with Torres. I predict a break out season for Frazier and Rutherford. I predict a Rutherford promotion and Frazier to MLB on the September call ups.