NEW YORK -- When the the American League Rookie of the Year Award has been mentioned this season, it's often tied to names like Gleyber Torres or Shohei Ohtani, but another Yankees phenom is quietly putting together an impressive rookie campaign.Miguel Andujar launched his 13th home run of the season
NEW YORK -- When the the American League Rookie of the Year Award has been mentioned this season, it's often tied to names like Gleyber Torres or Shohei Ohtani, but another Yankees phenom is quietly putting together an impressive rookie campaign.
Miguel Andujar launched his 13th home run of the season -- and first since June 29 against Boston -- in the Yankees' 6-3 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Although he hit just one home run in July, Andujar's bat has remained red-hot throughout the month, slashing .330/.379/.443 with seven doubles and eight RBIs.
"I'm feeling really good," Andujar said of his at-bat quality over the past few weeks. "I feel good in my plan. Every time I go to home plate, I have my plan. I try to get a good pitch to hit, and I try to hit the ball hard."
His three-run blast in the fifth inning traveled a Statcast™ projected 410 feet to the left-center-field bleachers, allowing the rookie to record a hit in 21 of 24 games in July.
"He's a really gifted hitter," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "I've talked a lot about his ability to just keep the bat in the hitting zone for a long time. He's one of those guys that does that. But I think the thing that's been really good about him is he's made adjustments. As the league's made adjustments to him, pitchers have made adjustments, he's been able to do that along with them."
An inning prior to the long ball, Andujar flashed some leather, robbing Mark Trumbo of a hit down the third-base line. Andujar dived toward the line, quickly got back on his feet and fired across the diamond just in time to record the out.
"I got my routine with my coaches, and the biggest thing is we try to do the same plan," Andujar said. "The other biggest thing is try to be more consistent in my defense."
Andujar has logged 47 extra-base hits, which is the fourth-most in Yankees history through 99 career games. The others to do so were Joe DiMaggio (69), Bob Meusel (53) and Gary Sanchez (49).
"I think we're witnessing the continued emergence of what's going to be a really good hitter in this league for a long time," Boone said.
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.