Pirates Prospects Daily: Miguel Andujar Continues Late Month Tear

The Pittsburgh Pirates shuffled up their outfield at the major league level for the first time this year, optioning Canaan Smith-Njigba to Indianapolis to give him an opportunity to play everyday and break out of his early season slump.

Someone already in Triple-A getting everyday playing time in the outfield that’s hoping to still be in the mix is Miguel Andujar.

Claimed off of waivers late in the 2022 season, Andujar’s shot to make the major league team gradually decreased as the team continued to bring in more and more outfield options during the offseason.

He was eventually designated for assignment and assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. He got off to a slow start, but may be hitting the ball better than anyone else in the upper levels right now.

After Wednesday’s game, Andujar has picked up nine hits during his five game hitting streak, four of which have gone for extra-bases.

On the season, the 28-year-old has a .298/.379/.524 battling slash, with three home runs, and 15 RBI while also walking (11) just as much as he has struckout (11).

The Pirates went out and brought in Andrew McCutchen and Connor Joe during the offseason, both right-handed outfielders, which further pushed Andujar down the depth chart.

Even at first base, another position he plays, the Pirates brought in Carlos Santana and Ji-Man Choi during the offseason as well.

One of the biggest focuses this offseason was to build up some depth throughout the system, and we’ve seen that with some prospects restarting at the level they spent most of last year.

In years prior, Andujar would have been a prime candidate to start the year coming off the bench, or at worst being one of the first call-ups when a player is needed. Now the picture of him getting back to the majors is a little cloudy, but he’s still doing his best to remain ready should the opportunity present itself.

Prospect Notes

– That was maybe the best start in the early career for Bubba Chandler. For the second consecutive start he completed at least five innings – something he did just once last year – and did so without allowing a run and striking out nine batters.

According to the broadcast he was sitting more in the 93-95 range with the fastball, but he’s controlling it far better than he did last year. Even in that case, we know that he can always dial it up further if he needs to.

Both Chandler and Anthony Solometo have looked solid in both their outings this week, and are already showing signs of making progress this early in the season.

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Jackson Glenn is quietly having himself a decently good start to the season. He has a .769 OPS through 12 games played this year.

Called up to Indianapolis from Greensboro to provide some depth on the bench, Brenden Dixon comes up big with the bases loaded, his first Triple-A hit being a grand slam.

The power has been there, but his approach at the plate and staying healthy, have really allowed Henry Davis show what made him the first overall pick in 2021.

Pirates Prospects Daily 

By Tim Williams

I threw my hands up, instinctively, three times this week.

The first time was when Jack Suwinski robbed a three run home run.

The second time was on Wednesday afternoon, as I was attempting to give my cats medicine. I never said these instances were baseball related.

The most recent time was when Drew Maggi took that massive cut at the first pitch he saw, and sent it ripping to right field.

That was a really cool moment.

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Prospect Watch: Strong Start from Bubba Chandler; Henry Davis Homers

**The Pirates announced their deal with Bryan Reynolds. I wrote about that deal in my most recent column. I took yesterday off to recharge.

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**On the transaction front, the Pirates called up Cody Bolton.

**From yesterday, Anthony wrote about how the aggressiveness on the bases continues to open up the Pirates offense.

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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.

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We’re very RHH in the Majors. I’d recommend Swaggerty come up vice Miggy


Cody my brother Bubba missed his spot there by 2 feet.

Great arm tho!


R.I.P. MR. Groat


I love me some Bubba, but to say his command was better last night, and then post a video where he misses the Catchers target by the entire width of plate and close to a foot lower, doesn’t really support the claim. Hopefully this isn’t a true reflection of how he commanded his pitches last night.


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Is this a projection ranking of how likely/good these Pitchers will perform in MLB? If so, it kinda makes sense. If it’s a current ability ranking, than having Priester and Jones below Solomento, Nicolas and probably Chandler makes no sense.



Seems like it will be Swaggerty or Andujar up with Maggi going to the minors today or tomorrow.

Given an LHP today, I wouldn’t mind seeing Maggi starting at second and getting an at bat or two, and once he gets on then pinch run Bae or Marcano. Maggi batting right is probably the same odds for a hit as Bae or Marcano batting left against Urias.


Swaggs is on the 7day in Indy. Andujar would makes sense.


Andujar is not on the 40-man, so if the plan is to promote Swaggerty, then I guess they wait till Swags is ready, assuming that is soon


Well to put Maggi back down, I am assuming that they would have to DFA him and take him off the 40. That would allow for the spot to bring up Andujar.


I guess, but putting Andujar on the 40-man for 1-2 days, and then bringing Swaggs up for Andujar seems a bit awkward. I interpret leaving Maggi up as a signal that Swaggs is next, but it could be they just wanted Maggi to give Hayes a day off.


Maggi is a great story, but if he is here for the story, then it’s time to replace him with someone else (Andujar?). This team needs to be all about winning. And that means having the best 26-man roster possible each and every day.


Right, but if you are going to have him on the bench today, and a left hander on the mound, odds are pretty even about playing him and then pinch running. You could argue for Mathias against the LHP, but then you don’t want to pinch hit with Maggi late in the game. Point being, it is a rather even-odds thing to do.


Maggi is starting at 3B I see.


yeah, if he is on the bench, then may as well put him in against a left-hander, and nice to give Hayes at least part of the day off.

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