A longtime American League evaluator mentioned the defense of New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar final week, and famous the journey of Corridor of Famer Wade Boggs. In his climb by way of the minor leagues, Boggs was considered a subpar defender, with a behavior of drifting ahead on the launch of the pitch, too usually leaving him in a disadvantageous place to make a play.
Some within the Boston Purple Sox group thought that Boggs would by no means be sufficient sufficient at third base to maintain down the place. However certainly one of Boggs’ greatest instruments, because it turned out, was an impressive work ethic, and he improved past mediocrity, profitable a few Gold Gloves in a profession through which he won 5 batting titles and racked up three,010 hits.
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The evaluator believes that the event of Andujar, as with different younger, defensively challenged third basemen, “hinges on make-up. Willingness to put in work, together with health.”
Andujar’s persistently sturdy effort instills confidence throughout the Yankees group that he will profit from his offseason program and enhance his defense. He has labored extensively with instructors this winter, and prior to now few days, Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone was within the Dominican Republic, partly to see Andujar’s progress and spend time with him.
Andujar’s enchancment at third will be a lot scrutinized within the season forward due to the Yankees’ offseason decisions. The Yankees have the monetary would possibly to outbid all different groups for the providers of Manny Machado, a wonderful defender who may very well be a long-term resolution at third base for New York. However the Yankees, maybe leery of taking up one other whopper long-term deal, signed Troy Tulowitzki to be a stopgap at shortstop, as Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgical procedure, and agreed to phrases with DJ LeMahieu to be a superutility participant. The Yankees’ talks with Machado are both dormant or utterly useless, and except Machado accepts far much less cash from the Yankees than he would possibly get elsewhere, Andujar will be again at third base.