Red Sox infielder and former Yankee Eduardo Nunez says the Yankees have a special player in Miguel Andujar.
"I think he can be a superstar, and not later, soon," Nunez told the New York Post Monday ahead of Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers Tuesday at Fenway Park. "That's because of his hitting. He can play in the big time."
During the "big time" this postseason, however, the AL Rookie of the Year candidate often found himself on the bench. After going 1-for-8 in the first three games of the ALDS against the Red Sox, Andujar was left off the Yankee lineup for the season-ending Game 4. Aaron Boone also pulled him for defensive purposes in the middle of Game 2 as well in as the Wild Card Game.
The 23-year-old Andujar flaunted his bat in the regular season (.297 batting average, 27 home runs and 92 RBI), which balanced out his less-than-stellar glovework (15 errors, second to Gleyber Torres' 17).
As for Nunez, he knows what it's like to get bounced out of the Bronx due to sub-par defense. And he has some advice for Andujar.
"Learn, listen and work hard,'' Nunez told the Post.