When the Yankees failed to sign 3B Todd Frazier, who stayed in New York by inking a deal with the Mets, it was another sign pointing to the trust the Yankees have in rookie 3B Miguel Andujar. It appears that third base is his to lose in spring training.
Andujar's bat appears ready for Major League pitching. Over 227 at-bats in AAA last season, Andujar hit .317/.364/.502 with 9 HR and 30 RBI. But his bat has never been doubted; there are questions about his glove.
"There's no question in my mind that he's going to hit and hit for a long time in this league," said Aaron Boone, via Erik Boland of Newsday. "And there's no question in my mind that defensively he'll be really good at some point."
Andujar, who will turn 23-years-old in March, has the inside track to make the Opening Day starting lineup, as long as his defense is ready.
"We have to see how he does this spring [defensively] and how he looks," Boone said. "But what I'm excited about is the skill set is there for him to be really good down there at the hot corner. He's going to be a really good player."
The Yankees will play their first spring training game on Friday, February 23 at 1:05 p.m. against the Tigers.