|Andrew Wells, Virginia Tech Pitcher|
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.
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