July 9, 2020 | 1: )am
You would believe down Mike Trout in the pitching mound are the solution. Or attempting to figure out what well-above-average pitch Gerrit Cole was about to throw to make you look ill.
Yet, many players will inform you the most difficult matter to accomplish at baseball’s maximum degree is altering positions once from the big leagues.
Which, of course, Miguel Andujar continues to attempt to do.
With Gio Urshela’s breakout 2019, that included an extremely good bat to Gold Glove defense at third base while Andujar recovered from right shoulder surgery which limited him to a couple of games, the Yankees are looking for extra positions for the gifted 25-year-old hitter.
The experiment began in February and March — when Andujar played , first base and the outfield — and has continued in spring training 2.0.
“To be frank, I feel far more comfortable comparing going back into time in Tampa spring training,” Andujar stated when asked Wednesday the gap between now and when he started working at positions other than third. “I believe [the shutdown] has allowed me to have more practice to get more comfortable with the place on the market, doing a lot of drills and listening to the coaches.”
Andujar completed second to the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani at the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year race as a result of some. 297 average with 27 homers and 92 RBIs, but his defense at third desired work not only to cut down on the 15 mistakes but also to reach more balls.
Had he been hurt early last year, it is likely the right-handed bat could have remained successful, but if Andujar went down Urshela got an opportunity and delivered.
Though Urshela has to prove that last year’s career-best numbers in the plate (. 314, 21 HRs and 74 RBIs) weren’t a one-season stand, even if the bat does not create, the Yankees could turn back to Andujar at third, at which he continued to operate through the shutdown.
“It was an issue of balancing functioning at third base and working from the outfield,” he explained. “I worked at both rankings precisely the same timeframe.”