MIGUEL YAJURE, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: May 1, 1998
Signed: International Free Agent, 2015 (Yankees)
How Acquired: Trade (with Yankees for Jameson Taillon)
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Yankees signed Yajure for a modest bonus out of Venezuela. For his first couple years, he was a finesse pitcher who didn’t walk many or miss bats, with a questionable ceiling. He had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and, possibly due to work he did on rehab, eventually started throwing harder. He went from 88-92 to 91-95 mph, occasionally reaching 97, by 2020. He has a good change and a curve, and has added a cutter that’s helped him miss more bats. He’s also added a slider. The Pirates acquired him as part of the return for Jameson Taillon.
Yajure made 14 starts in the DSL. He got good results, with strong control but a low K rate.
Yajure continued to get good results in rookie ball, allowing very few baserunners while still not missing many bats.
Yajure had Tommy John surgery and missed the season.
In June, the Yankees sent Yajure to full season ball and he pitched well, probably better than the ERA shows, missing a few more bats.
Yajure had a strong season in high A and also two late-season starts in AA. He started to show more velocity as the season went along and also missed more bats. After the season, Baseball America ranked him 11th in the Yankees’ system and New York added him to the 40-man roster.
The Yankees sent Yajure to their training facility and called him up a few times during the season. He made three appearances and had control problems, but otherwise pitched well. BA moved him up to seventh in the system.
Yajure made one early-season start for the Pirates, as they were short on pitchers, then went to Indianapolis. After one start there, though, he got called back up and threw five, one-hit, shutout innings against the Giants. After that, it was back to Indy for two starts, then he went on the injured list with an elbow strain. Yajure didn’t return until mid-August, making half a dozen starts for Indy and, finally, two with the Pirates. He pitched well in AAA, but had a rough time in the majors. Yajure’s velocity was down after he returned, to the upper-80s and low-90s. After the season, he was slated to go to the Arizona Fall League but skipped it to get some rest, as he’d been having some back soreness. It’s possible that accounted for the drop in velocity.
Yajure seemed like a logical candidate for the rotation heading into spring training, but he barely pitched in March. Oddly, he made the team anyway as a reliever. After a month, the Pirates sent him to Indianapolis, and he bounced back and forth a couple of times after that. In the end, Yajure appeared in 16 games, 14 starts, in AAA and a dozen games, with one start, in the majors. The season didn’t go well. His fastball velocity bounced back to prior levels, in fact a little above that, but he just didn’t pitch well. Walks were a problem, especially in the majors, and he never got into a good stretch.
Yajure seems to need a thorough reset. That may not be easy to get for him, as he’s now out of optons unless the Pirates can get a fourth option for him.
|2023: Major League Minimum|
|Signing Bonus: $30,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: 8/31/2020
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2027
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/14
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2019, 2021, 2022)
MLB Service Time: 0.118
|March 5, 2015: Signed as an international free agent by the New York Yankees.
November 20, 2019: Contract purchased by the New York Yankees.
January 24, 2021: Traded by the New York Yankees with Roansy Contreras, Canaan Smith and Maikol Escotto to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jameson Taillon.