On Friday afternoon, the New York Yankees ninth-best prospect and third baseman Miguel Andujar took some reps on the other side of the diamond.
The New York Yankees are experiencing the third-worst production from the first base position (-1.0) and it appears as though their ninth-best prospect, Miguel Andujar, is being groomed to potentially fix that.
On Friday afternoon at PNC Park, the 22-year-old was spotted taking ground balls at first base prior to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ matchup with the Pawtucket Paw Sox. Andujar is currently the best third baseman in the Yankees’ system and hasn’t experienced any time away from the hot corner.
Offensively, however, it’s hard to keep his bat out of the lineup and perhaps that’s the reason why the organization wants to see him at first base. In four games since being promoted from Double-A Trenton, Andujar owns a .429/.467/.500 slash line with seven total bases in 14 at-bats. Prior to his call-up, he had hit seven home runs in 67 games for the Thunder.
Despite this, there’s no concrete reason to believe he’ll end up at first base. Getting reps in could be caused by Tyler Austin starting on Friday in right field, but nonetheless, Andujar’s arm is too strong and he’s simply made for the hot corner. Yes, he lacks some consistency, but many scouts believe his defense will eventually catch up to his offensive ceiling.
Here’s the video of Andujar’s workout during batting practice:
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