Elvis Andrus

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Andrus and the second or maternal family name is Torres.
Elvis Andrus
Elvis Andrus playing catch at Minute Maid August 2014.jpg
Andrus with the Texas Rangers (2014)
Texas Rangers – No. 1
Shortstop
Born: (1988-08-26) August 26, 1988 (age 26)
Maracay, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2009 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through September 20, 2014)
Batting average .272
Hits 952
Home runs 20
Runs batted in 303
Stolen bases 191
Runs 503
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Elvis Augusto Andrus Torres (born August 26, 1988) is a Venezuelan Major League Baseball shortstop for the Texas Rangers.

Entering 2007, he was rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization. In 2009, Andrus earned the Texas Rangers starting shortstop job at the age of 20.

Early life[edit]

Andrus was born in Maracay, Venezuela. He was the son of Emilio and Elvia Andrus. Emilio Andrus was a university professor; he died when Elvis was seven years old.[1]

Some Venezuelan families name their children after famous non-Venezuelan people, but Andrus said that he is not sure whether he was named after Elvis Presley. Andrus said, "I asked my mother a lot of times, but she never told me. Maybe my dad liked Elvis Presley. I’m not sure about that."[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

At the age of 16, Andrus was signed by the Atlanta Braves and received a signing bonus of more than $500,000.[2] He started the 2005 season with the Orlando Braves of the Gulf Coast League, and was promoted to Danville late in the season. He spent 2006 with Class-A Rome, being named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team.

In 2007 Andrus joined the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. During the midseason he was selected to the All-Star Futures Game; he was selected again for the Futures Game in 2008.[3][4]

On July 31, 2007, Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and three other minor league pitchers (Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz and Beau Jones) were traded from the Braves to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay.[5]

Texas Rangers (2009–Present)[edit]

Andrus in 2010

With Rangers shortstop Michael Young agreeing to move to third base in 2009, Andrus earned the starting job on opening day. He was the second-youngest player in the American League.[6] As Andrus was only 20 years old, Texas signed veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel for insurance.

Andrus stole his 20th base on July 28, 2009 in his rookie season. Andrus was the 10th player in major league history to steal 20 bases under the age of 21. The last player to do that was then-teammate Andruw Jones in 1997 with the Atlanta Braves. Andrus was named to the 2010 American League All-Star team as a reserve shortstop.

In 2010, he batted .265, without any home runs.[6] He led the AL in sacrifice hits (17), was 2nd in caught stealing (15), and 9th in stolen bases (32).[6]

In 2011, Andrus batted .279, with 5 home runs.[6] He was 3rd in the American League in sacrifice hits (16), 4th in caught stealing (12), and 5th in stolen bases (37).[6] On defense, he led all AL shortstops in errors, with 25, and was 2nd among league shortstops in putouts (245) and 3rd in assists (407).[6]

Before opening day of 2013, Andrus reportedly signed an eight-year, $120 million extension.[7]

On September 14, 2013 Elvis Andrus stole his 40th stolen base of the season against the Oakland Athletics by stealing 2nd base off of Bartolo Colon. Andrus later surpassed Ian Kinsler for the Texas Rangers all time leader in stolen bases with 175.

He began the 2014 season with an 11-game hit streak that ultimately ended in an early ejection April 13th. On June 8, Andrus had a 39 game hitting streak against the Cleveland Indians snapped as he went 0 for 4. That game marked the first time in his career where he did not get a hit against the Indians as the Rangers were defeated by a final score of 3-2. Only Vladimir Guerrero had a longer streak against a team with (44, against Texas). Andrus stole his 180th career stolen base against the Seattle Mariners.

Personal[edit]

Andrus in August 2014

Andrus is a Christian.[8] In 2012, Andrus donated $12,500 to OurCalling, a Christian charity that helps homeless people in Dallas County.[9]

Two of Andrus' brothers remain in Venezuela. Andrus voiced concern about his home country during civil unrest in early 2014. "As a human being, you always get angry when you see what's happening with the military back home doing stuff to the civils, and to the students, and that's what really gets me angry. I'm not a political guy, but I just hate when you see somebody just walking and trying to say something get hit by police, or get hit by any military from the country that's supposed to defend the country instead of shoot him or hit him," he said.[10]

Andrus' older brother Erold Andrus played in the independent leagues in 2009 and 2010 as an outfielder.[11] He has played in the organizations of several MLB teams. During spring training of 2011, though Erold was in minor league camp, he got the opportunity to play in a Rangers spring training game, the first time that Erold and Elvis played together in the United States.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Borzi, Pat (October 21, 2010). "Elvis Andrus leads Rangers’ revolution of savvy over slugging". The New York Times. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fine, Larry (October 22, 2011). "Elvis making name for himself at World Series". Reuters. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com (June 23, 2008). "Andrus excelling in minor leagues". Texas.rangers.mlb.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Statistics, including awards/honors". minorleaguebaseball.com. August 26, 1988. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bowman, Mark (July 31, 2007). "Braves finalize deal for slugger Teixeira". MLB.com. Retrieved August 4, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Elvis Andrus Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Source: Rangers lock in Elvis Andrus." ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-Apr-1.
  8. ^ "Andrus". 
  9. ^ "Texas Ranger Elvis Andrus Makes Donation To Help The Homeless". 
  10. ^ "Spring training may be kicking off, but MLB's Venezuelan players focused on home". Fox News Latino. February 22, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Erold Andrus Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (March 15, 2011). "Andrus brothers enjoy special day". MLB.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 

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