Miguel Andújar

Miguel Enrique Andújar (born March 2, 1995) is a Dominican professional baseball third baseman and left fielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2017.

Miguel Andújar
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Miguel Andújar with the Yankees in 2018
New York Yankees – No. 41
Third baseman / Left fielder
Born: (1995-03-02) March 2, 1995 (age 25)
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 2017, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average.283
Home runs28
Runs batted in102
Teams

Early lifeEdit

Andújar was born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.

CareerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

Andújar signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent in July 2011.[1] He made his professional debut in 2012 with the Gulf Coast Yankees. He played the 2013 season for the Gulf Coast Yankees 2 and the 2014 season for the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League. In 2015, Andújar played for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He started 2016 with Tampa before being promoted to the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League.[2][3] After the 2016 season he played in the Arizona Fall League.[4] The Yankees added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[5] Andújar began the 2017 season with Trenton, and he batted .312 with seven home runs and 52 runs batted in (RBIs), which were leading the Eastern League, through 67 games. Following a season-ending injury to Gleyber Torres in June, he was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League.[6]

New York YankeesEdit

2017Edit

 
Andújar baserunning in 2018

After playing in seven games with the RailRiders, the Yankees promoted Andújar to the major leagues on June 28, when Matt Holliday, the Yankees designated hitter, went on the disabled list.[7] He made his major league debut as the Yankees' designated hitter that day against the Chicago White Sox, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a walk, breaking the Yankees' record for most RBIs in a player's first game.[8] The next day, the Yankees sent him back down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, so that he could continue to play every game as a third baseman.[9] Following the conclusion of the RailRiders' season, where Andujar had batted .317 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 58 games, the Yankees promoted him to the major leagues on September 16.[10]

2018Edit

Andújar began the 2018 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but was promoted to the major leagues on April 1 after an injury to Billy McKinney.[11] He hit his first major league home run on April 17. On April 23, Andújar hit a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins, marking his 7th consecutive game with an extra base hit. Andújar joined Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees to ever have 7 consecutive games with an extra base hit under the age of 24. On May 4, Andujar hit his first career walk-off, an RBI single to secure a 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.[12] On June 5, he hit his first major league grand slam. On September 29, Andujar hit his 45th double of the season, breaking the Yankees' record for most doubles by a rookie, previously held by Joe DiMaggio.[13] With the Yankees, he batted .297/.328/.527, and saw the lowest percentage of fastballs of all MLB hitters (46.0%).[14] He finished second in the Rookie of the Year Award balloting, behind Shohei Ohtani.[15]

2019Edit

On April 1, Andújar went on the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder strain.[16] He was diagnosed with a partial glenoid labrum tear, but chose to rehabilitate the injury rather than undergo surgery.[17] The Yankees activated him on May 4.[18] He batted 3-for-34 before was placed back on the injured list on May 13. On May 15, Andujar was ruled out for the rest of 2019 after revealing that he needed surgery on his right shoulder.[19] He underwent surgery on May 20.

2020Edit

Andújar made his return in spring training, where he began playing as a left fielder.[20] He began the season batting 1-for-14 (.071) before the Yankees optioned him to their alternate training site.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RiverDogs' Andujar flashes power stroke". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Miguel Andujar makes jump to Double-A; Kyle Higashioka returns with hot bat". The Trentonian. June 14, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Miguel Andujar, Chance Adams arrive to bolster Thunder". NJ.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ King III, George A. (October 21, 2016). "Yankees' rising prospect putting Chase Headley on notice already". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Yankees add six prospects to 40-man roster". MLB.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ timesleader (June 24, 2017). "RailRiders Weekend Feature: Miguel Andujar adapting well to Triple-A". Times Leader. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Yankees call up third-base prospect Miguel Andujar". Newsday. February 24, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Miguel Andujar sets Yankees record with 4 RBIs". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Boland, Erik (June 29, 2017). "Yankees bring back Chris Carter, send Miguel Andujar back to Triple-A". Newsday. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Kuty, Brendan (September 16, 2017). "How the Yankees will use the intriguing Miguel Andujar". NJ.com. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  11. ^ King, George A. (April 1, 2018). "How Yankees are trying to squeeze Miguel Andujar into majors". Nypost.com. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  12. ^ "Miguel Andujar walks off as Yankees win 7-6 over Indians". ESPN. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Martin, Dan (September 29, 2018). "Miguel Andujar unseats Joe DiMaggio in Yankees record book". New York Post (September 29). New York Post. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2018 » Batters » Pitch Type Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". Fangraphs.com. April 5, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "Shohei Ohtani beats Yankees' Miguel Andujar for AL Rookie of the Year". SNY. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  16. ^ Hoch, Bryan (April 1, 2019). "Miguel Andujar to injured list with shoulder injury". MLB.com. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Ackert, Kristie. "Miguel Andujar will try to play through labrum tear, return this season". nydailynews.com. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  18. ^ Hoch, Bryan. "Miguel Andujar set to return from shoulder injury". MLB.com. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  19. ^ Martin, Dan (May 15, 2019). "Miguel Andujar injury: Yankees star to have season-ending surgery". Nypost.com. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  20. ^ King, George A. (February 28, 2020). "Yankees' Miguel Andujar outfield experiment succeeding so far". Nypost.com. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  21. ^ https://www.nj.com/yankees/2020/08/yankees-fill-out-roster-by-calling-up-nick-tropeano-after-farming-out-miguel-andujar-2-others.html

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