• Miguel Andújar

    Posted by on January 28th, 2018 · Comments (2)

    I love Todd Frazier’s leadership and what he adds to the clubhouse. That said, I am more excited about Miguel Andújar in 2018 than I am for Gleyber Torres. The kid hit the cover off the ball last year. Let him play third, bat him eighth, and see what happens. The only possible issue for him could be the lack of a mentor on the team who understands his upbringing and culture. Maybe Sanchez and Severino could help? But, they are kids themselves still.

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    1. Evan3457
      January 30th, 2018 | 5:53 am

      Opinions vary, but to me, Torres is the more exciting of the two. He hit well at both AA and AAA at the age of 20, albeit in a small sample of PA. He had a higher K rate than Andujar, which is important, but also a might higher walk rate, and therefor a better K/BB ration which are just as important in context. In fact Torres had one BB more than Andujar and fewer than half the plate appearances. Andujar outhit Torres by 30 points of BAVG, but Torres still had the higher OBA, as well as the higher ISO (Andujar’s edge in SLG was because of the higher BAVG, meaning a much higher rate of singles).

      Torres hit about as well as Andujar, and at the high levels of the minors, and is nearly two years younger. That’s a huge difference when considering the “ceilings” of the two. Which is not to say that Andujar is bad prospect. He isn’t. He’s a very good prospect. In fact, Baseball America has him at #59 in their just-released top 100. MLB has him at #65.

      But BA has Torres at at #6, and MLB has him at #5. Baseball Prospectus has Andujar at #6 in the Yankees top 10, with a 60 ceiling and “likely” future value of 50, which means second-division starter or platoon player on an elite team. BP has Torres at #1 in the Yankees system, with a 60 likely future value and a 70 ceiling. A 70 player is a multiple year All-Star/MVP candidate level.

      They could all be wrong; Andujar could turn out to be the better player in the long run…Torres could struggle getting his footing on the major league level for a year or two…but there are valid reasons for the current perception. The most important is the two-year age difference. The difference between being able to handle the middle of the infield is one of them. The two are about equal as players right now, but Torres has two more years of potential growth on the up-slope of his growth curve. That’s why his ceiling is higher, and it’s why he’s top 10 in all the prospect lists, while Andujar is “merely” top 100.

      And it’s why I’m more excited to see what becomes of him.

    2. Evan3457
      February 5th, 2018 | 8:32 pm

      Rankings update:

      Baseball Prospectus has Torres at #3; Andujar didn’t make their top 100.

      On the other hand, Fangraphs has Torres down at #12 (the lowest rank I’ve seen on him in any major list), while they have Andujar at #14 (by far the highest I’ve seen on any major list).

      Your mileage may vary.

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