Miguel Andujar will be in the majors very soon and Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is right about the American League going through Houston, according to New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
The New York Yankees still need a third baseman since Todd Frazier went to the New York Mets. Right now, Miguel Andujar is the leading candidate for taking over the hot corner.
While we’ll have to wait and see if Andujar will win the job at third base, Yankees manager Aaron Boone believes that the prospect will be in the majors sooner rather than later.
“There’s no question in my mind that he’s going to hit and hit for a long time in this league,” Boone said, per Erik Boland of Newsday. “And there’s no question in my mind that defensively he’ll be really good at some point.”
Andujar’s defense has always been questionable. He has struggled with his footwork and accuracy and making routine plays consistently has been his biggest issue. However, he has been working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex and is making stellar progress.
“He came in in great shape physically,” Yankees infield coordinator Carlos Mendoza told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. “He’s worked a lot on his flexibility. He’s getting down on the ball a lot better. His footwork is getting better. I like where he’s at. Again, we’re looking for consistency. Right now, that’s what I’m getting over at the minor-league complex.”
Looking to the team as a whole, MLB Network host Chris Russo declared on air that the Yankees are the team to beat in the American League.
“There’s no way you can’t think that the Yankees are the team to beat in the American League,” Russo said, per Corey Masisak of the New York Post.
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander responded by saying that he thinks the Astros are the team to beat and that the American League goes through Houston. Boone agreed with Verlander.
“It does go through them,” Boone said. “They’re the world champions. He’s absolutely right. They’ve assembled an amazing team.”
Last year the Yankees came up one game short of making the World Series, losing the ALCS to the Astros. This year there are high expectations for the Yankees, which include not just making it to the World Series, but walking away with the trophy.