While New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar missed out on the AL Rookie of the Year Award by a slim margin, he did enjoy another prestigious honor on Wednesday night.
Yankees youth star wins a great award:
Andujar won the Thurmon Munson award, named after a great player that was a generational talent in his time. The young infielder had a stellar 2018 at the plate, hitting .297 with 47 doubles, setting a Yankees record at the position.
Moving forward, Andujar will look to improve upon his defensive skills which caused him problems last season, as he racked up 15 errors. Offseason work and adapting to the speed and power of the MLB takes time, especially for a player that wasn’t expected to perform as well as he did.
Hopefully, Andujar can continue improving and playing at a high level. The Yankees improved the roster in terms of pitching and infield defense this offseason, which should indicate another playoff run and potential World Series caliber team. Staying healthy and developing as the season progresses will be Miguel’s primary goal.
Last night I was blessed to receive the Thurman Munson Award from @AHRCNYC. It was an honor to be in the same room with people who on a daily basis assist those who need a helping hand. Thank you to @AHRCNYC for the award. pic.twitter.com/AZqlO7GqIo
— Miguel Andujar (@MAndujarPapa) February 7, 2019
The AHRCNYC award presented only attests to the influence Andujar has on the community and helping people with disabilities. A special player that the Yankees would be smart to keep around the team for a long time. Rumors of a potential trade sending Andujar away this offseason proved to be smoke and mirrors, which all Yankees fans should be happy about.