Miguel Andujar is doing it all for the New York Yankees, and his effort in the month of August has earned him another in-season award.
His .320 batting average, 10 home runs, and 29 RBI during the month of August is what brought the 23-year-old his second Rookie of the Month this year. The last Yankee to win multiple Rookie of the Month awards was last season when Judge won it three times.
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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 4, 2018
Andujar last brought this honor home in the month of June where he hit .264 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. But the numbers are even more impressive this time around, and he has proven to become an integral part of this Yankee lineup over the last few weeks.
With the injury to Aaron Judge, Andujar has seen himself rise to as high as the number three slot in the Yankee lineup. All the more important since he has essentially replaced the production the Bombers are missing from Jude who has been out since late July.
As the season has progressed, it’s becoming more and more obvious that Andujar is the favorite to take home the American League Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season. Fellow teammate Gleyber Torres and Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are also in the running, but Andujar has just set himself apart from them.
It truly is amazing to see how far Andujar has come since the beginning of the season. After taking the Grapefruit League by storm in Spring Training, there was not a spot for the 23-year-old rookie on the Yankee roster come opening day. But, an injury to Brandon Drury opened the door for him and he has never looked back. If Andujar has one area to work on, it would be on the defensive side of the game. But, his .299 average, 23 homers, and 76 RBI make up for occasional error over at third.
Everything is looking good with Andujar manning the hot-corner. The Bombers are hoping that he can keep up the production with October just around the corner, and the Yankees in the hunt for back-to-back playoff berths.