Elvis Andrus, Shortstop, Texas Rangers, #1


Date of Birth: 8/26/1988
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Current Salary: $15,250,000

Elvis Andrus, shortstop for the Texas Rangers, started his professional baseball career in the minor leagues for the Atlanta Braves in 2006. After a year, the Braves traded Andrus to the Texas Rangers on July 31, 2007. The Rangers kept him in the minor leagues until 2009 when he became their starting shortstop at the age of 20.

In April, 2013, the Rangers showed their confidence in Andrus' talent by giving him an eight-year, $120 million contract extension. He finished the 2014 season with 163 hits, 35 doubles, 27 stolen bases, and a .263 batting average in 157 games.

Andrus, known for his speed on the bases, has had over 20 stolen bases in all six of his seasons in the major leagues, with a high of 42 stolen bases in 2013.

In 2015, Andrus batted .258 with 154 hits, 34 doubles, 25 stolen bases, and 62 RBIs in 160 games. As the Rangers' shortstop, he made 516 assists, 114 double plays, 248 putouts, and 22 errors in 160 games. In 22 at-bats in 5 postseason games, he had 4 hits, 1 RBI, and 4 strikeouts.

Andrus had a good season in 2016, btting a career high .302 with 153 hits, 31 doubles, 24 stolen bases, and a career high 69 RBIs. Defensively, as the Rangers' shortstop, he made 413 assists, 105 double plays, 229 putouts, and 17 errors. In the postseason, he batted .364 with 4 hits, including a home run and a triple, in 11 at-bats in 3 games.

Career batting statistics for Andrus through 2016 include:

  • 1,221 games played
  • 1,266 hits
  • 207 doubles
  • 241 stolen bases
  • 436 RBIs
  • 684 strikeouts to 408 walks
  • .274 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Andrus at shortstop through 2016 include:

  • 1,199 games played
  • 3,291 assists
  • 790 double plays
  • 1,907 putouts
  • 150 errors
  • .972 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Elvis Andrus
ESPN Sports - Elvis Andrus