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The Yankees prospect that could surprise at third base in 2018

Miguel Andújar could be starting at the hot corner in 2018

Miguel Andújar

Miguel Andújar | AFP | Getty Images

Another young player could be the Yankees "surprise rookie" in 2018.

And it would be someone different from the well-known prospect Gleyber Torres, who saw his ascent to the Big Leagues stopped after a Minor League injury that left him out for the season.

In this case, the ballplayer is Miguel Andújar, qualified as the fifth prospect in the New York Yankees farm system and number 91 in all of MLB, according to MLB Pipeline.

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Andújar already received a little time in the Majors last season in five games but with a very competitive roster, he did not get more opportunities.

Torres was aiming to be the first prospect to receive an opportunity at third base - although he is a natural middle infielder - before being subjected to Tommy John surgery, and now that he is in recovery Andújar will have the opportunity to take over the position, explains Gary Phillips of FanRag Sports

Gleyber will probably be back by Spring Training, but it's unknown what the time off has done to the Venezuelan and if he's rusty it could be enough for the Yankees to decide to send Torres back to the Minors and give Andújar a shot.

The player who hit for .315 between Doble-A and Triple-A last season aims to improve his defense to be a real aspiration in that position, but it will undoubtedly be a great alternative for the first team in 2018.

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