- Full name Miguel Enrique Andujar
- Born 03/02/1995 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 211 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- Debut 06/28/2017
Organization Prospect Rankings
New York signed Andujar for $750,000 in 2011 out of the Dominican program run by Basilio Vizcaino, who also helped develop Gary Sanchez. The Yankees liked Andujar's overall mix of skills, particularly his power potential and athleticism. He has improved each year as a pro and made his big league debut with two separate callups in 2017. After correcting an issue with his stride early in the season with Double-A Trenton, Andujar made quick work of the Eastern League and continued to mash at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. There, the coaching staff worked with the free-swinger to refine his pitch selection, and Andujar responded with a career-high 16 home runs. Though his home run power plays exclusively to his pull side, he has shown the ability to pepper the whole field with doubles. Scouts are divided on Andujar's fielding ability. His arm strength is well above-average, but questionable footwork and hands might force him off third base. With Greg Bird at first base and Gleyber Torres potentially fitting best at third base, the Yankees don't necessarily have a position open for Andujar, who will return to Triple-A for more seasoning in 2018.
Andujar signed for $750,000 in 2011 and was trained by Basilio Vizcaino, who also helped mold catcher Gary Sanchez before he signed with the Yankees. No single tool stood out as an amateur, and he continues to show an overall blend of skills as a pro. Andujar returned to high Class A Tampa to begin this season and earned a promotion to Double-A Trenton as a 21-year-old. He has a level, balanced swing that could allow him to hit for average and power if he sharpens his pitch recognition and improves his plate discipline. Despite being a free-swinger, Andujar makes a lot of contact. He struck out just 72 times in 512 at-bats last season, along with 39 walks. The raw ingredients are there for Andujar to stick at third base, but there are rough edges to be polished. Evaluators who like him see the ability to move laterally as well as in on a bunt and a plus arm as well. He needs to improve the accuracy on his throws, however, and learn when to hold onto it. After a successful stint in the Arizona Fall League, Andujar is likely to return to Double-A Trenton to start the season.
Signed for $750,000 in 2011, Andujar began his pro career in the U.S. in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. To this point in his career, he's gotten to a level, started very slowly and then turned it around in the second half. To wit, his OPS jumped 135 points from the first to the second half of 2015 at high Class A Tampa--and he was even one of the Florida State League's youngest players. There are a lot of rough edges to polish, but Andujar's raw tools are still there despite the ugly batting line. His standout tool is his raw power, which could play as double-plus eventually if he refines his plate approach. He puts on shows in batting practice, but his power gets muted in games because of his free-swinging approach. Andjuar has worked hard to tone it down to become less susceptible to breaking pitches and put together more competitive at-bats. At third base, he's rangy despite below-average speed, and he can cover some of his deficiencies with a well above-average throwing arm. He's not a burner on the basepaths, but he's also not a baseclogger. Andujar has time on his side, so he's a candidate to return to Tampa for a half-season while Eric Jagielo continues his work at Double-A Trenton.
Andujar signed for $750,000 in 2011, but with the Yankees' third-base depth, he didn't make his full-season debut until this season. Thanks to his slow start and the fact that past top picks Dante Bichette and Eric Jagielo were a level ahead of him at high Class A Tampa, Andujar played the entire season at low Class A Charleston. After an unimpressive first half, Andujar grinded his way though and had a big second half, showing his ability to adjust. He's an aggressive hitter, especially on fastballs early in the count, and shows above-average bat speed that translates to at least average power. He showed an ability to adjust to offspeed pitches well for his age, though his inexperience showed in struggles with lefthanded pitchers (.461 OPS). Andujar's best tool is his 70 throwing arm, and he's athletic enough to throw from various angles. He needs to sharpen his reads on grounders, but he has the tools to be a tick above-average defender at third if he continues to work at improvement. If everything clicks, Andujar has a future of an everyday third baseman whose bat profiles for the position. He'll move to high Class A Tampa for 2015.
Andujar worked with the same Dominican trainer, Basilio Vizcaino (known as "Cachaza"), who delivered Gary Sanchez to the Yankees. Andujar signed in July 2011 for $750,000, the largest in the Yankees' international class that year, and he jumped straight to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and struggled to adjust in 2012. The Yankees kept Andujar in the same league in 2013, and he broke out. As far as tools, Andujar has it all but speed. He can hit for average and has plus raw power thanks to his bat speed and sound swing. Defensively, he fits the third-base profile with above-average range and a good arm, though his inexperience led to 11 errors in just 26 games. His manager in the GCL, Mario Garza, said that if Andujar concentrated on base hits and sacrificed power, he could hit .400. And while that might be hyperbolic, it highlights Andujar's chops at the plate. He needs to be a little more selective to realize his future and is just a fringe-average runner, but he has the ingredients to zoom up this list. Andujar likely will begin 2014 in extended spring training with a June assignment to short-season Staten Island.
Minor League Top Prospects
Andujar began the season at Double-A Trenton before earning a promotion to the IL on June 19. At both stops he produced power while also making frequent contact. Andujar drew rave reviews from managers and scouts for his uncanny ability to barrel baseballs with authority as well as his energetic nature on the field. He hit all nine of his Scranton home runs to his pull side, but he uses the off field enough to develop an above-average hit tool. His bat speed and natural strength suggest he will develop home run power to the opposite field in time. Scouts are mixed on Andujar's ability to stay in the dirt, with some projecting him to a corner outfield spot. He has a plus arm, quick-twitch actions and a strong work ethic at third base, but below-average footwork and hard hands could be too much to overcome.
Andujar started slowly in his return to Double-A and posted just a .668 OPS in April. He took off over the next two months after making a mechanical adjustment to his stride that helped him better lay off pitches out of the zone. From May 22 until he was promoted to Triple-A, he hit .416/.455/.634. Andujar has above-average raw power and should have the bat to profile at third base. Andujar's defense continues to improve, and he and Trenton defensive instructor Lino Diaz paid special attention to improving his footwork at third base. His hands are soft enough and his arm is strong enough, but he has a tendency to lower his arm slot, which leads his throws astray.
Basilio Vizcaino (the Dominican trainer known as ?Cachaza?) has delivered several players to the Yankees, including catcher Gary Sanchez in 2009. Two years later, the Yankees signed Andujar from Vizcaino?s program for $750,000, making him their top international signing of 2011. The Yankees skipped Andujar over the Dominican Summer League last year and he struggled, but he rebounded this year and made a strong impression around the league. After hitting .232/.288/.299 in 50 GCL games last year, Andujar did a better job recognizing breaking pitches and taking a better hitting approach to use the whole field and not give away as many at-bats. He has good bat speed and above-average power, which sometimes he tries too hard to show off. He has a sound swing, so if he can become a more selective hitter, he has a chance to hit for both average and power. Andujar has above-average range and a good arm at third base, though he committed 11 errors in 26 games. He still has work to do defensively but projects as an average to perhaps slightly above-average defender at the position.