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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yankees promote third baseman Miguel Andújar to AAA to replace injured Torres

Today is a dark day in Yankeeland as top prospect Gleyber Torres is set to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left (non-throwing) elbow - an injury that effectively ends his 2017 and potentially impacts next season as well.

In the wake of this injury, the Yankees have promoted top double-A third basemen Miguel Andújar to replace Torres at the hot corner for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.  Andújar was ranked #9 on our preseason Top Prospects Countdown and has only improved his stock this season after absolutely torching the Eastern League (AA).

Photo Credit: Martin Griff

In 67 games so far this year at double-A, Andújar has hit at a .312/.342/.494 clip with seven home runs, 52 runs batted in,  and just 38 strikeouts in 253 at-bats.  He recently ripped off a 16 game hitting streak between and May 18th and June 9th. In fact, he has failed to record a hit in just two games since May 18th.  

Photo Credit: Gregg Slaboda — Trentonian Photo 
Andújar hasn’t been victimized by same-handed pitchers, either, as he has actually fared better against right handers.  His splits are as follows:

RHP: .315/.348/.500, five HRs, 41 RBIs over 184 ABs

LHP: .304/.324/.478, two HRs, 14 RBIs over 69 ABs

If the Yankees are still looking to move on from Chase Headley before the season is through, Andújar is immediately in prime position to see time at the hot corner in the Bronx in 2017.  Andújar, just 22-years-old, provides a rocket of an arm and solid all-around defense at third, and he has shown over the last month that his bat has plenty of pop in it.  If he can prove himself at triple-A over the next month or so, he might very well be starting at third base for a Yankees squad chasing down a playoff spot before the season is through.

Article by:  Andrew Natalizio