Miguel Andujar was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 for $750,000. He was their big name signing that year. Upon being signed, the book on Andujar was that he did everything well, but nothing fantastically well. He had some power potential and looked like he’d be able to stick at third base.
In his first season in 2012 Andujar skipped over the DSL and went straight to the GCL at the age of just 17 years old. His first season was a difficult one, as he batted just .232 and had only one homerun. In what was his first professional season, however, the statistics didn’t mean much in such a small sample size.
Andujar came ready to mash in 2013. He his .323/.368/.496/.864 with four homeruns and 11 doubles. In the field he has been seen by scouts as a guy who can stick at third and possibly become a plus defender. He has a strong arm and good mobility at the hot corner.
As a hitter Andujar has great ba speed, excellent patience as evidenced by all of the walks, and a solid hit tool. In 2012 his tools did not result in success, but in 2013 it all came together for Andujar. His pitch recognition is strong. He has all the makings of a future power hitter, it’s just a matter of developing his man strength.
He’s actually pretty fast for a third baseman, and is also quick. He has the potential to be a legitimate base stealing threat in the future. He did have four stolen bases in 2013.
In terms of ceiling with Andujar it depends how he fills out. He could reach 40 homerun power, but he’s a safe bet to be a 25 homerun hitter if things go right. He should be a plus fielding third baseman to go along with this talent. His floor is obviously low, as he is still in the GCL and has a long way to go. He could obviously bust as soon as next season.
Depending on where Eric Jagielo ends up next season, Andujar could be in Staten Island or Charleston to start the season. He could be a fast mover as he is a mature hitter. If all goes perfect, Andujar could be a major leaguer by 2016, but with how the Yankees move their prospects I would expect him to arrive closer to 2017 or even 2018.
Basically the sky is still the limit for this kid at this young stage in his career. He has a shot to be something special and he will be fun to follow as he moves up the ranks.