As he advanced his way through their farm system in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Andre Robertson emerged as the best non-pitching prospect in the Yanke organization. He was a very skilled player who had a tremendously strong, athletic body. He looked like he should be a great baseball player.
“We won’t trade him,” Yankee owner George Steinbrenner said in 1982. “Andre Robertson is a future superstar. Every team has asked us about him, but we’re keeping him.”
The Yankees did keep Robertson, but he never became a superstar. In five seasons with New York from 1981-1985, he was never able to establish himself as a regular big league player. In 778 plate appearances he had just 32 doubles, four triples, and five home runs while hitting .251 with 120 strikeouts to 26 walks.