2015 Statistics:.243/.288/.363, 8 HR, 57 RBI, 12 SB, 520 PA
2015 Level/Roster Status: High-A/Non-40
Miguel Andujar and Abiatal Avelino have been linked for so long that they seem to be a match set. However, it seems like we know now that, aside from coming up the system at the same time, they really have nothing in common. Compared to Avelino, Andujar is the better power hitter, and that has likely kept him higher in the organizational prospect rankings. After a killer 2013 season where he hit .323/.368/.496 as an 18-year-old in rookie ball, he looked like he'd hit his way up the latter before long. Unfortunately, as we've seen before (Dante Bichette) it's usually a bad idea to get too excited about GCL numbers. In 2014, he hit a solid, though much less spectacular .267/.318/.397, but he also hit 10 home runs and collected 70 RBI in a 127-hit full-time season in Charleston. Things still looked good for him, until this season.
In 2015, Andujar continued what you can only describe as a systematic decline with High-A Tampa. His overall numbers took another hit as he could only muster a .243/.288/.363 batting line, only eight home runs (not a huge difference), while striking out more and walking less, and just being overall less productive. The one part of his game that he did seem to improve upon was his abilities on the base paths, as he stole 12 bags this year compared to only nine in his last two seasons.
The thing to keep in mind, however, is that he was only 20 years old and nearly three years younger than the league average, so he's held his own against older competition, which can often be more important than gaudy stat lines. Perhaps the most encouraging thing to see is that–just like he did last year–after a weak first part of the season, he picked things up in July and August to hit .293/.339/.424, showing that he was able to adjust to the level. Of course, the next step is to get him to adjust faster so he can play a full season at his true ability level.
Aside from his bat, Andujar is known for his 70-grade throwing arm at third base. His total defensive presence could use work since he committed 26 errors at the hot corner for the second year in a row, but scouts believe he has good enough hands and range to be a competent fielder. In 2016, he'd likely be best served sticking it out in High-A Tampa one more time, this way he can hopefully get his bat going early, but more importantly, with Eric Jagielo still in Trenton, it will give Andujar the freedom to work on his defense without there being someone he needs to share time with. He's still incredibly young, so it's not like he's at a breaking point, but it would be nice to see a season like 2013 again, if only to make sure that he can still do something like that.