Saturday, March 9, 2013

Andrew Wells - Virginia Tech Pitcher

Andrew Wells, Virginia Tech Pitcher
Andrew Martin Wells
Born: June 6, 1983 in Alexandria, VA

High School: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes High School 2002
Hometown: Alexandria, VA 

College: Virginia Tech 2002-2008

Height/Weight: 6' 4", 222 lbs.
Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left
Throws: Lefty, naturally right-handed

Andrew Wells was selected as a left-handed pitcher by the Expos in the 33rd round of the 2002 draft - following his senior year of high school. He decided to pitch in college instead of signing a pro contract. Wells pitched left-handed for the Virginia Tech Hokies. 

In high school Andrew Wells was a dominant pitcher and won several awards. Plus he was versatile - playing first base & outfield.  He had a career ERA of 0.70 and turned in 20 career complete games. Opponents' combined batting average against him during his four seasons was only .151.

A natural righty, Wells learned to throw left-handed when he was only five years old. His father, a baseball coach, thought that his son would have a better chance of excelling as a left-hander. 



The Even-Handed Pitcher; Ambidextrous Wells of St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Is Area Standout


March 23, 2002


Over the past three seasons, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes pitcher Andrew Wells has learned how to throw a change-up, a slider and a split-finger fastball. But it was something his father taught him as a 5-year-old that has had a big hand in making him one of the area's top pitchers.
Wells is naturally right-handed. He writes right-handed; he shoots a basketball for the Saints' varsity team right-handed; he even holds his fork right-handed. But Wells pitches left-handed, thanks to his father, Mike, a longtime high school coach who figured his son would have a better chance of excelling at baseball if he could use his left hand.
"Yeah, I guess it's kind of weird," said Wells


High School Stats

- Named first-team All-Metro by The Washington Post in 2002
Earned first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior
Finished his senior year with a 5-2 pitching record, 0.55 earned run average
Registered 79 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 51 innings on the mound
.484 batting average in 2002 with eight doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs
- career ERA of 0.70 and turned in 20 career complete games

Andrew Wells - Baseball-Reference.com


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