Andy Van Hekken

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Andy Van Hekken
Uni-President Lions – No. 36
Starting pitcher
Born: (1979-07-31) July 31, 1979 (age 39)
Holland, Michigan
Bats: Right Throws: Left
Professional debut
MLB: September 3, 2002, for the Detroit Tigers
KBO: April 13, 2012, for the Nexen Heroes
MLB statistics
(through 2002)
Win–loss record 1–3
Earned run average 3.00
Strikeouts 5
KBO statistics
(through 2017)
Win-Loss 73-42
Earned run average 3.56
Strikeouts 860
Career highlights and awards
Andy Van Hekken
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2011 Guadalajara National team

Andrew William Van Hekken (born July 31, 1979) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

Early years[edit]

He attended Lakeview Elementary School and later Holland High School in Michigan.

Professional career[edit]

Van Hekken was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft.

In 1999, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers along with Jerry Amador for Brian Hunter. He made his Major League debut in September 2002. In his first Major League appearance, he threw a complete game shutout for a victory against the Cleveland Indians. As of March 2017, he was the last Major League pitcher to pitch a complete game shutout in his debut.[1] In 5 starts for the Tigers, he sported an ERA of 3.00 in 30 innings pitched, he had the same amount of strikeouts (5) as starts (5). He finished with a 1.5 K/9. He would never be called up to the Majors again in his career.

After becoming a free agent in 2004, Van Hekken has bounced around multiple organizations. From 2005 to 2011 he has pitched for Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros. With Houston, he remained with them from 2008 to 2011, pitching no higher than Triple-A.

Van Hekken signed a one-year contract for the 2014 season with the Nexen Heroes for his second season with the team in the Korea Baseball Organization.[2] In 2016, he signed with the Seibu Lions of the Pacific League in Nippon Professional Baseball. He was released on July 15. Van Hekken returned to the Nexen Heroes for the remainder of the 2016 season and the 2017 season. He became a free agent following the 2017 season.

On April 17, 2018, Hekken signed with the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He left the team on August 14, 2018, to sign with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.


  1. Holland native Andy Van Hekken honored to join Whitecaps Hall of Fame |
  2. Andy Van Hekken…3148 Days and Counting – Ultimate Astros

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