Barring any offseason trades, Miguel Andujar is on track to suit up for the Yankees on opening day, marking the end of his long road back from a labrum tear in his right shoulder last April. The Yankees will undoubtedly be happy to have his bat back in the lineup–and they should be–but there’s plenty of reason to temper expectations for a splashy return as well.
Andujar batted .297/.328/.527 in 149 games as a rookie in 2018. That was good enough for a second place finish in A.L. Rookie of the Year voting, and his 47 doubles were a record for Yankees rookies. There’s a good chance Andujar will turn some of those doubles into home runs in the future, but there’s also reason to believe his .297 batting average will be hard to replicate. According to Statcast, Andujar’s expected batting average in 2018 was .281, well below his actual batting average. His .316 BABIP suggests he might have run into his fair share of good luck.
Miguel Andujar – Batting – 2018