The 2018 season began with Brandon Drury as the team’s third baseman after acquiring him from the Arizona Diamondback that offseason.
Drury was the young 25-year old hot prospect that was brought in to erase the memory of Chase Headley in those stupid dad sunglasses and Todd Frazier, and I’m sure you don’t know this, but Frazier was actually from Tom’s River, New Jersey. No, seriously. Grew up a Yankees fan and everything.
In 2017, Drury hit 13 homers and had 63 RBIs. He led the Diamondbacks in doubles with 37.
Little did he know, the king of doubles was waiting in the shadows to take his job. Poor son of a bitch didn’t stand a chance.
Brandon Drury appeared in 8 games before suffering from headaches and then revealing to the Yankees medical staff that he’d quietly been suffering from migraines for years. Idiot.
Enter Miguel Andujar who snatched that third base job without even knowing how to play third base.
On a team with a former NL MVP in Giancarlo Stanton and potential future MVPs in Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andujar lead the team in hitting, which no one on planet Earth saw coming.
He won the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year1.
Fast forward to 2019 and Miguel Andujar is suffering from a shoulder strain that has kept him on the Injured List for about two weeks.
But history always repeats himself. A prince is promised at third base. They get injured when the season starts. A new hero emerges.
Meet Gio Urshela, the gold glove caliber third baseman who is currently batting .360.
He is matching Miguel Andujar’s ability to swat the ball all over the outfield while also providing something that Andujar doesn’t: defense.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Andujar jump before.
Personally, I still believe/know Andujar is a better player than Urshela but it doesn’t matter what I think when we’re talking about a front office that watched Andujar bat .297 and broke rookie extra-base hit records and still threw his name into any and all trade discussions they could.
The Yankees have been waiting for an opportunity to get rid of Andujar. Whether it was signing Manny Machado to play third or signing DJ LeMahieu ‘just in case’, Andujar is on borrowed time.
Gio Urshela is this season’s Miguel Andujar and Miguel Andujar is this season’s Brandon Drury. Ouch.
Ugh, it sucks being a Yankees fan. Having to decide which talented young prospect to play. The worst.
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