The Coutdown Begins: Elvis Andrus

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Andrus is 23 and was born on August 26, 1988 in Maracay, Venezuela. He was signed in 2005 at the age of 16 to a contract with the Atlanta Braves. He joined the Texas Rangers as part of the Mark Teixeira trade on July 31, 2007. He finished the 2007 season with High A Bakersfield Blaze. In 2008 Andrus spent the entire season in AA Frisco Rough Riders. In 2009 he made the opening day roster after Michael Young agreed to move to 3rd base.

In his three seasons with the Rangers he has missed a combined 43 games. During this time he has hit a .271/.340/.343 with 11 homeruns and 14 triples. He has taken 160 walks but went down on strikes 247 times. This would indicate that patience at the plate is something that he needs to work on. Andrus has stolen 102 bases and been thrown out 33 times. Again he has the speed that is necessary to be a good base runner but needs to be more conscience about the choices he makes while running.

In 2011 Andrus hit .279/.347/.361 which was his best all-around batting numbers. He had 5 home runs after not going deep at all in 2010. His triples numbers lowered, but his doubles and hits numbers all rose. The number of times he struck out went down, but so did the number of times he walked. Also during this time his errors went up to 25 and his fielding percent dropped to .963 the lowest of his career.

2012 began with Elvis Andrus getting a three year contract. It also begins the long anticipated move of minor league phenom Jurickson Profar to the major leagues. The talent of Profar combined with his relative cheap cost compared to Andrus, he should be playing like his job depends on it, because it does. Andrus will need to show that he has overcame some of the issues that led to a surge in his errors in 2011 and a sharp decline in his fielding percentage. He has the ability to repeat his 2010 All Star year and I think 2011 will be shown to be a hiccup in his career.

As always Go Rangers

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