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Elvis Andrus
Birthdate: 8/26/1988 (28 y, 6 m, 27 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/185     Position: SS
Contract: $14.4M / 3 Years (2012 - 2014)
Extension: $120M / 8 Years (2015 - 2022) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Andrus went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Saturday's game against the White Sox. (3/11/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Throughout the early portion of his career, Andrus was considered one of the best shortstops in baseball. His precocious performances had observers excited about the future in Texas. Andrus never actually got any better after his rookie season. Sure, the batting averages on balls in play fluctuated and the walk and strikeout rates wandered a bit. However, Andrus was basically the same hitter and fielder every season between 2009 and 2015. His most recent campaign was different. For the first time, he posted an above average batting line (.302/.362/.439, good for 12% better than the adjusted league average according to weighted runs created). He continued to steal bases in his age-27 season and popped a career-best eight home runs. Perhaps surprisingly - after all, he is a slappy contact hitter - it was also his first season batting better than .286. Andrus' success was overshadowed by the ridiculous new power norms set in 2016. The shortstop position in particular features some of the most talented players in baseball. Andrus pales in comparison. Do note his -15.4 UZR. It could be a one-year blip or a sign that it's time to convert him to a super utility role. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: Andrus had his best season at the plate and his worst season in the field. His batting exploits went largely unnoticed as bigger, younger men mashed dozens of taters. Despite his successful 2016 campaign, there are red flags in the profile.

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