Elvis Andrus
Elvis Augusto Andrus Torres (born August 26, 1988, in Maracay
Maracay is a city in north-central Venezuela, near the Caribbean coast, and is the capital and most important city of the state of Aragua. Most of it falls under the jurisdiction of the Girardot Municipality. The population as per the 2001 census was 750,000...

, Venezuela
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) is a Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. Shortstop is often regarded as the most dynamic defensive position in baseball, because there are more right-handed hitters in baseball than left-handed hitters, and most hitters have a tendency to pull the...

 for the Texas Rangers
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The Texas Rangers are a professional baseball team in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, based in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League, and are the reigning A.L. Western Division and A.L. Champions. Since , the Rangers have...


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

Baseball career

Andrus was signed in 2005 at age 16 to a six-figure contract. He started the year with the Orlando Braves of the Gulf Coast League
Gulf Coast League
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, and was promoted to Danville
Danville Braves
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 late in the season. He spent 2006 with Class-A Rome
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, being named to the South Atlantic League
South Atlantic League
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 All-Star team.

In 2007 Andrus joined the Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
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 of the Carolina League
Carolina League
The Carolina League is a minor league baseball affiliation which operates in the South Atlantic Coast of the United States. Before 2002, it was classified as a "High A" league, indicating its status as a Class A league with the highest level of competition within that classification, and the fifth...

. During the midseason he was selected to the All-Star Futures Game
All-Star Futures Game
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; he was selected again for the Futures Game in 2008.

On July 31, 2007, Andrus, along with Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
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 and three other minor league pitchers (Matt Harrison
Matt Harrison (baseball)
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, Neftali Feliz and Beau Jones), were traded from the Braves to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira
Mark Teixeira
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 and Ron Mahay
Ron Mahay
Ronald Matthew Mahay is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has previously played for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, and Minnesota Twins....


Texas Rangers (2009–present)

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. As Andrus was only 20 years old, Texas signed veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel
Omar Vizquel
Omar Enrique Vizquel González , nicknamed "Little O", is a Venezuelan Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman. Vizquel has played for the Seattle Mariners , the Cleveland Indians , the San Francisco Giants , the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox...

 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
Andruw Jones
Andruw Rudolf Jones is a Major League Baseball outfielder who is a free agent.Jones made his debut during the 1996 season. In the 1996 World Series, Jones became the youngest player to ever homered in the postseason...

 in 1997 with the Atlanta Braves. Andrus was named to the 2010 American League All-Star
2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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 team as a reserve shortstop.

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

In 2011, Andrus batted .279, with 5 home runs. He was 3rd in the American League in sacrifice hits (16), 4th in caught stealing (12), and 5th in stolen bases (37). 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).


Andrus' older brother Erold Andrus played in the Independent Leagues in 2009 and 2010, as an outfielder. He previously played in the Yankees, Twins, and Tampa Bay Rays organizations.

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