When the Yankees signed former Arizona D'Back Brandon Drury back in February, it appeared the third base shot for the New York Yankees was a lock. Well, 23-year old Miguel Andujar could change that.
Only playing 5 seven career games in the MLB, Andujar has exploded for the Yankees in just 26 at-bats in Spring training and really showing that he isn't the average hitter. He has eight hits with half them going for home runs, eight runs batted in with a .308 batting average. There's still three weeks left until the regular season begins. Clearly, he is skilled offensively but the question is his play on defense.
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone is happy with the competition at the position and loves the overall talent at third base between Drury and Andujar.
“We feel like, whoever we have out there, we'll be good to go,” Boone said. “We've got really good options. Brandon, he's already been a good player. We think he can go to another level. And we're really excited about Miggy.”
Andujar has been on a mission from the start of Spring Training. He had four homers and a double in his five spring games. Those are all listed as extra base hits in the scorebook. However, these are Spring Training statistics which rarely matter.
The Yankees needed to desperately find replacement for Todd Frazier who signed a 1-year deal with the New York Mets. They went after Arizona D-Backs infielder Brandon Drury.
Drury was acquired by the Yankees on Feb. 20 and is going into his fourth season in the majors. He played 289 games, hit 31 home runs, had 124 RBIs with .271 batting average in 962 at-bats. He is very impressed with how Andujar has played so far this spring.
For Andujar, his objective is quite simple and that is go out there and perform.
[“You can’t lose your focus,” the Dominican-born Andujar said through an interpreter, when asked about the attention he has garnered this spring. “I understand what I need to do -- go out there and do my job.”](http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/98017/was-that-andujar-another-young-yankees-slugger-is-turning-heads-this-spring)
Yankees are scheduled to play on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 29 to start regular season play. Even though the six-foot 215 pound Dominican third baseman continues smashing the ball, the odds still may be against Andujar as a starter.