Strong frame, some physical development has already taken place but has room for more strength; long limbs and high waist.
5/11/15, 6/20/15, 7/28/15
Tampa Yankees (High A, Yankees)
45, second-division regular
Free swinger with a big swing; some violence in his swing, doesn't get cheated; long arms can cause swing to get long at times; has a tendency to get pull happy, but can be a dangerous hitter when he stays up the middle and uses the whole field; has the ability to cover the entire plate when he works up the middle; average feel for barrel, will have to formulate a better plan on pitch selection.
Plus raw power, creates backspin; strong and long frame generates plus bat speed, ball jumps off bat; easy pull power, gap power to opposite field at present, but developing and improving; should develop home run power to all fields at peak; in-game home run production could be limited by hit tool and pitch selection.
Surprisingly fast runner, 4.15-4.20 home to first from right side despite long swing; average acceleration but plus speed once underway.
Awkward actions at third base; not smooth on ground balls, gets away with below-average footwork thanks to average hands.
Plus arm, plus carry; long arm action, takes some extra time to release throws.
Andujar is tremendously talented but with some major flaws that could keep him from reaching his ceiling. He's a good athlete, already strong and well-developed for his age. He has three legitimate plus tools in raw power, speed and arm strength. He's presently a below-average defender at third base, though he has the athleticism to be an average player there. If not, he could handle a move to right field, which would put more pressure on his bat but not as much as if he would have to move to first base.
The hit tool will determine how the entire package comes together, however. He has the tools to be a good major league hitter, with plenty of bat speed and a developing idea of how to use the whole field. But he currently struggles with identifying some breaking balls and implementing his plan at the plate. His swing can get long and he swings through too many off-speed pitches.
The hit tool may never be better than average, but even that will allow the power to play. If it remains below average, his power production will be affected and thus lower his overall profile.