Yankees’ Andujar responds to Cashman criticism in big way

If Gary Sanchez can rediscover his expertise when all appeared misplaced, possibly Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar can, too.

At least that’s consultant of Yankees basic supervisor Brian Cashman’s considering Tuesday — even earlier than Andujar answered the decision with three hits, together with a house run, in a 11-5 win against the Angels.

While acknowledging “our production in left field has been a problem,” Cashman shouldn’t be on the cusp of turning to Trey Amburgey, Estevan Florial or Hoy Jun Park from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as an answer to the gaping gap in the Yankees’ lineup.

“We’ve had conversations like that … but we didn’t pull anything yet from Triple-A because we feel like this is our best troop right now,” Cashman stated after batting observe. “Whether it’s good enough or not — and I am searching outside — we’ll let those others play out down there.”

Andujar definitely agrees with that evaluation.

“Looking at the team we have, it was just a matter of time for us to get it going,” Andujar stated by means of a translator. “I’ve never had any doubt of my teammates and our [capability].”

The quintet of Frazier (33 video games), Andujar (32), Brett Gardner (18), the traded Mike Tauchman (5) and Tyler Wade (one) gave the Yankees the American League’s third-worst OPS (.644) in left discipline by means of 78 video games. Andujar’s residence run and double nonetheless go away the Yankees tied for an AL-worst 18 extra-base hits generated by the place.

Miguel Andujar
Miguel Andujar
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“I don’t feel like right now I have definitive, obvious upgrades that I can promote from within. That’s why I haven’t done it,” Cashman stated. “Obviously the players here are on notice that they have to get better or there are going to be changes that are going to come regardless.”

The defensively challenged Andujar — who dedicated an error Tuesday and virtually turned one other single right into a double with a circuitous route and lax effort in the outfield — is getting elevated alternative as a result of Frazier is hitting .154 with runners in scoring place and two outs.

“The walk is in there and the non-chase [outside the strike zone] is in there, but with that sometimes there has been a lack of aggression in the strike zone,” supervisor Aaron Boone stated. “The lack of squaring up some pitches that in the past he has certainly driven with authority. There has been a little bit less of that.”

It sounds a little bit just like the dialog a month in the past surrounding Sanchez, although Frazier doesn’t have the high-end monitor report Sanchez had earlier than his multiyear regression. Sanchez adjusted his swing and has re-emerged as MLB’s premier slugging catcher, including one other residence run in opposition to the Angels.

“Sanchez is now an All-Star-caliber player again,” Cashman stated.

Sending Frazier and/or Andujar again to Triple-A to name up Amburgey, Florial or Park may very well be seen as a innocent swap that sends a message to the clubhouse with a low-risk draw back. Can the manufacturing be worse? Cashman isn’t prepared to discover out.

“There is no cavalry sitting at Triple-A to say, ‘Take this person out and pull this person in,’ ” Cashman stated. “We have better than what has performed as a group, but it hasn’t done it yet.”

Cashman described the hot-hitting Amburgey as “a bigger threat against left-handed pitching than he is against right-handed pitching,” which sums up virtually the whole Yankees lineup. Park leads Triple-A with a 1.134 OPS as he’s hitting .360 with seven residence runs, 33 runs scored and 23 RBIs, however “there is no place to play him here right now” as a result of the Yankees take into account him a second baseman regardless of a latest experiment in the outfield.

So, the established order stays. For now.

“I think [Frazier] has been frustrated at times,” Boone stated. “He has worked his tail off through it all. We absolutely believe in his talent. It’s on me — it’s on us—– to, as best as we can, try to unlock him.”

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