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Monday, February 12, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: MIGUEL ANDUJAR 3B NEW YORK YANKEES

With spring training set to get underway around all of baseball, the rosters of every MLB team will now begin to come into more focus.  The New York Yankees are in the same boat as every other organization around the game but they also go into Grapefruit League games with the excitement of having the TWO greatest home runs hitters at their disposal in Aaron Judge and the recently acquired Giancarlo Stanton.  Needless to say, the Yankees outfield is downright silly and the pitching staff looks equally as potent.  Perhaps the only question marks regarding the 2018 Yankees center on the left side of the infield which as of this writing will likely be manned by two rookies in shortstop Gleybar Torres and third baseman Miguel Andjujar.  While Torres deservedly gets much more hype given his status as a true top tier prospect, Andujar carries quite a bit of promise himself centering on what looks like a potentially potent bat.  

In terms of Andujar the player, he has been considered one of the crown jewels of the Yankees farm system for a few years now and he won't even turn 23 until this March.  Andujar really put himself on the map both in real and in fantasy baseball in 2017 as he excelled both at Double-A and Triple-A before a small five game run with the Yanks last season when he batted .571.  As far as Double-A was concerned, Andujar hit .312 with 7 home runs and 2 steals in 272 at-bats and then followed that up with .317/9/3 in 250 at-bats at Triple-A.  By the looks of it, Andujar really has some smooth stick and his power is starting to show up as well.  While Andujar does need to work on his patience (habitual low BB/9 rates), he does make very high contact that result in beautiful-looking K/9 rates in the lower teens.  That really serves as a boost for hitting .300 and when combined with the emerging power, Andujar has some very intriguing upside.  Capable of also adding a few steals, Andujar just needs a shot to show what he could do this season to unleash his potential.  

At the very least, opportunity alone has Andujar down as a solid mid-round fantasy baseball sleeper and his offensive skills will jive nicely with the awesome ballpark he would play in.  Better yet, Andujar is still off the fantasy baseball radar enough to make him a rare Yankees prospect you won't have to pay through the nose to get.


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