Scouting Yankees Prospect #11: Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees signed third baseman Miguel Andujar out of the Dominican Republic for $750,000 back in July of 2011. A high-ceiling player on both sides of the ball, he took huge steps towards tapping that potential with a monster second half in his first taste of the long-season leagues last year.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Miguel Andujar
Position: Third Baseman
DOB: March 2, 1995
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Batting and Power. Though he hasn't proven it over the course of a full season yet because of his youth, Andujar has the requisite skills to be a high-average hitter someday and it all starts with his plus bat speed and advanced pitch recognition. Like most young hitters he can have a hard time laying off of the better plus breaking pitches out of the zone but for the most part he is very adept at not only hitting pitches where they're pitched but driving the baseball to all fields; he is exceptional hitting from gap to gap. And while he isn't a high-walks guy at the present time, he does show the kind of patience at the plate where that aspect of his game could really blossom as he gains more experience. He isn't the biggest guy around either but he shows average or better power potential and it's because of his great bat speed and the incredible torque he's able to generate in his swing. He does also have a projectable frame that could get stronger in the coming years.

Base Running and Speed. Like most corner infielders Andujar isn't a huge stolen base threat overall but he is quicker than most at his position and that not only allows him to be one of the better station to station runners all things considered but it also gives him the potential to be an occasional base stealer as well. He is solid in the running game.

Defense. Forget his error totals coming up through the minor leagues -- Andujar has all of the physical tools to be a real standout defensively at the hot corner. Sure he'll make his fair share of gaffes in the field right now as most young players tend to do, but he'll also make the highlight reel defensive gems too, thanks to his soft hands, above average athleticism, and plus arm strength. He just needs to smooth out the rough edges as he gains more experience but he has clear-cut Gold Glove potential if the progress continues in the ensuing years.

Projection. Andujar has the chance to be a special player on both sides of the ball. With plus bat speed, hitter-ish tendencies including above average plate patience, pitch recognition, and average or better power potential, and all the earmarks of a burgeoning great defender, not to mention plus makeup, everything is in place for him to excel. The only real thing lacking in his game that's preventing him from becoming a great player already is consistency and that's more of a byproduct of his youth. Should he continue to make strides in the consistency department on both sides of the ball there could be an Adrian Beltre-like ceiling coming. He just needs to continue to work hard, gain experience, and stay healthy.

ETA. 2017. Andujar has proven in his brief career to be a bit of a slow starter each season production-wise even though he strings together quality at-bats. Once he's able to step up in the consistency department from a production standpoint he could really begin to move up the minor league ladder in a hurry, and he's getting closer and closer to getting to that point.

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