The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar off waivers from the New York Yankees on Sunday evening..
On Thursday, the Yankees designated the Dominican native for assignment.
The Yankees signed Andujar 2011 when he was 16. Six years later, he made his major league debut with the Yankees in June 28, 2017.
At the age of 27, Andujar has only had one full major league season. In 2018, Andujar batted .297/.328/.527 with a .855 OPS, 27 home runs, and 92 RBIs. He finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Andujar has been on a roller coaster of a ride this season with several options to Triple-A, and several recalls to the majors. At the major league level, Andujar has had just 96 at-bats and is hitting .229 with one home run and eight RBIs.
At the minor league level, Andujar has produced at a good rate with a .285 batting average and OPS of .817. Andujar has also shown some pop with 13 home runs and has driven in 51 RBIs.
It remains to be seen if the Pirates will bring Andujar to the majors right away with the Triple-A season going until Wednesday.
Overall first impressions are the Pirates made a rare good move off the waiver wire. This move isn’t going to instantly erase a potential 100-loss season, but it is a sign of progress in acquisitions.