Reacting to the Miguel Andujar promotion
There’s only a few days left in the month of June, and the Yankees could not want to turn the calendar change to July any more than they do after Tuesday night’s loss.
Tyler Clippard and Dellin Betances, who are, at their best, two of the game’s best relievers, couldn’t preserve a two-run lead against a weak White Sox lineup. What’s worse is the bullpen has been the problem. Aroldis Chapman got hurt, Clippard lost his best pitch — his changeup — and Betances’ usage has been inconsistent at best this month.
For some reason, this led Brian Cashman to call up third baseman Miguel Andujar. Here’s what we know about him:
- Andujar is one of the Yankees’ more promising prospects. At 22 years old, he slashed .312/.342/.494 in 67 double-A games this season, earning him a promotion to triple-A. In seven games there, he slashed .308/.379/.462. He’s risen through the minors quickly and his short stay at triple-A proves the Yankees have a lot of confidence in his bat.
- His glove, however, needs polish. He made 22 errors in 2016 between advanced-A and double-A. This season he’s made 11 errors between double- and triple-A. His offense has always been good enough to propel him through the minors, and now to the majors.
But Tuesday night’s loss and the trouble with the bullpen didn’t herald the promotion of a slugger. Which leads us to speculate why he was called up now:
- Matt Holliday is heading to the DL. He’s been out of the lineup with a mysterious illness and has said he feels like “someone zapped me of all my energy,” according to Bryan Hoch.
Get well soon, Matt.
- What’s happening with the bullpen is worrisome, but could feasibly fix itself as easily as it went to shit. The Yankees cannot let their offense to slip. It’s been their biggest strength this season, and it’s been an utter surprise. Likely to get most of his at-bats at DH, Andujar has the opportunity to experience a playoff race. Remember, 2017 was never supposed to be the year the Yankees competed in a meaningful way. Giving players like Andujar reps in such an environment could expedite his development.
- The Yankees usage of a deep bullpen and short bench hasn’t exactly been effective. Some have speculated position players aren’t resting enough because of the short bench, and having a lot of relievers hasn’t helped the bullpen become consistent. If Holliday going on the DL is the corresponding move for Andujar’s promotion, we might see a reliever sent down when Greg Bird is activated.
There you go. The Andujar promotion makes a good deal of sense, and it’s exciting to see another Baby Bomber reach the majors. This was a promotion written in pencil for Gleyber Torres, but Andujar is the next man up. Thus the beauty of the Yankees farm system.