October 6, 1985 |
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
|Bats: Right||Throws: Left|
|Competitor for Canada|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Bronze||2011 Panama City||National team|
|Pan American Games|
|Gold||2011 Guadalajara||National team|
Andrew William Albers (born October 6, 1985) is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher in minor league baseball organization of the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at the University of Kentucky. Albers has also competed for the Canadian national baseball team.
Albers went to high school at John Paul II Collegiate. He was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 12th round (346th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. Albers enrolled at the University of Kentucky, where he played college baseball for the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team in the Southeastern Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. At Kentucky, Albers pitched in 81 games (fifth most in Wildcats history), recording 20 wins (fourth most in Wildcats history), and 12 saves (third most in Wildcats history).
He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 10th round (315th overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. After signing with the Padres, Albers made his professional debut with the Arizona League Padres of the Rookie-level Arizona League, making five appearances. Albers missed the 2009 season after tearing an ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow during spring training, which required Tommy John surgery. The Padres release Albers, and he pitched for the Québec Capitales of the independent Can-Am Association in 2010, in which he had a 3-0 win-loss record, 17 saves and a 1.40 earned run average. Albers signed with the Minnesota Twins, pitching for the Fort Myers Miracle of the Class-A Advanced Florida State League and New Britain Rock Cats of the Class-AA Eastern League in 2011.
Albers played for the Canadian national baseball team. In 2011, he participated in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, winning the bronze medal, and the Pan American Games, winning the gold medal. Albers pitched 6 2⁄3 innings in the gold medal game. Along with his teammates, Albers was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. Albers was also named Saskatchewan's male athlete of the year.
- Albers, Bisson Voted to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame - Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site
- Albers, Christ, Holland take home honours
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