The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Sunday night that they claimed outfielder/infielder Miguel Andujar off of waivers from the New York Yankees. Once a top 100 prospect in baseball, the 27-year-old hit .229/.250/.281 this season in 27 games. In parts of six seasons in the majors, he has a .273/.303/.449 slash line in 259 games. More than half of his career games came during the 2018 season, when he put up an .855 OPS in 149 games. He has not approached that number since, topping out at a .667 OPS in 2021 since that season.
Andujar has played more third base than anywhere else in his career, but a majority of that time came during the 2018 season. He has played there just 14 times in the last four years. Most of his time since then has been in left field, with some first base mixed in. Despite putting up 4.9 WAR on offense during the 2018 season, he has a career 1.5 WAR due partly to poor defense, but also subpar hitting since his big season. It appears that he will end up just short of four full years in the majors, so he should have three years of control left.
No move needs to be made on the 40-man roster, which was at 39 spots.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.