Boone On WFAN: Andjuar 'An Important Piece' Toward Bottom Of Lineup

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May 31, 2018 - 6:43 pm
Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins on April 23, 2018, at Yankee Stadium.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone joined Mike's On Thursday, and had some complimentary things to say about a few of the team's young players.

With all of the stars in the Yankees lineup, Miguel Andujar tends to get overlooked. The 23-year-old has appeared in 45 games this season and is hitting .290 with five home runs and 18 RBI.

Andujar's 17 doubles is also the fourth-most in all of Major League Baseball, just three behind Toronto's Kevin Pillar for the league-lead.

"He's kind of gotten lost in the shuffle a little bit with all of the talk about Torres," the manager admitted about the young infielder. "...He's great. He brings an energy to the field. He loves to play. There's a smile on his face.

"He struggled the first week or so when he wasn't really swinging the bat yet. But once he started swinging the bat, he's just got a light-heartedness to him. A little bit of a swagger in a good way, like he knows he can hit. He's been a competitive player for us throughout, and really an important piece towards the bottom of our lineup."

The Yankees were thrilled when Greg Bird was able to return to the lineup last weekend against the Angels.

While the first baseman's average rests at .250 after only four games, Boone likes what he has seen from Bird at the plate, who's already picked up two extra-base hits, including a home run.

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"I think the at-bat quality has been really good, even the first day when he didn't hit the ball real hard," Boone said about the 25-year-old. "...He's been controlling the strike zone. It's just that left-handed bat that gets on with power."

Shortstop Didi Gregorius was one of the hottest players in the league through the first few weeks of the season, before a prolonged slump at the plate brought his batting average down below .240.

While he isn't quite dominating like he was to start the year, Gregorius has recently shown signs of busting out of his funk with five hits over New York's last three games.

"I feel like the last four or five days, I've seen a tick up from him at the plate," Boone said about his starting shortstop. "I feel like he's starting to be on pitches more... I feel like he's starting to gain some traction from all the work he's doing. Hopefully some good results will really start to follow."