Andre Ethier, Right Field, Los Angeles Dodgers, #16
Date of Birth: 4/10/1982
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
College: Arizona State University
Andre Ethier, right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was first drafted by the Oakland A's in 2001. However, he opted for a college education first and, after 2 years at Arizona State University, he was again drafted by the A's. After two years of playing in the minor leagues for the Athletics, they traded him to the Dodgers in December, 2005.
Ethier played well his rookie year year with the Dodgers, ending the 2006 season with a .308 batting average. He dropped down to a .284 average in 2007 but in 2008, he again had a great year, ending with a .305 batting average, 20 home runs and 77 RBIs. The following season was Ethier's strongest one and he was rewarded with the Silver Slugger award. In 2011, Ethier's fielding earned him a Gold Glove.
In June, 2012, the Dodgers gave Ethier a five-year extension on his contract, valued at $85 million. With the acquisition of Yasiel Puig, Ethier's playing time has been reduced. In 2014, he played in 130 games and he had 85 hits, 17 doubles, and a .249 batting average. In the postseason, he had 1 hit in 4 at-bats in 2 games.
Ethier had a strong comeback season in 2015, batting .294 in 142 games. He finished the season with 116 hits, 20 doubles, 14 home runs, and 43 RBIs. Defensively, he played 51 games in left field, 1 game in center field, and 80 games in right field. In 16 at-bats in 5 postseason games, he batted .250 with 4 hits, including 2 doubles, and 2 RBIs.
Ethier missed most of the 2016 season with a bone fracture in his leg. He played in just 16 games in the regular season. In the postseason, he batted .333 with 2 hits, including a home run, in 6 at-bats in 8 games.
Statistics for Ethier in eleven seasons (2006-2016) in the major leagues include:
- 2 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .308 in 2006
- 4 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 162 in 2009
- 7 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 42 in 2009
- 4 seasons with 20 or more home runs, with a high of 31 in 2009
Career batting statistics for Ethier through 2016 include:
- 1,433 games played
- 1,359 hits
- 302 doubles
- 160 home runs
- 684 RBIs
- 928 strikeouts to 515 walks
- .285 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Ethier as a right fielder through 2016 include:
- 922 games played
- 1,574 putouts
- 17 errors
- .990 fielding percentage
Ethier married his wife Maggie, who was an ASU gymnast, in 2006. They have two sons.