Andrew Albers is a professional baseball player, currently in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. His career to this point has been far from ordinary and could be summarized by the word ‘perseverance’.
The Saskatchewan native was originally drafted in 2004 out of high school but turned down that offer to pitch at the University of Kentucky. He was again drafted in 2008 by the San Diego Padres and signed his first pro baseball contract shortly thereafter. Albers underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and got released by the Padres in early 2010. He played a year of baseball in an independent league in Quebec and drove to tryouts in Arizona and Florida before being signed by the Minnesota Twins in 2011.
Albers spent parts of the next three seasons in the minor leagues before finally being called up to the Twins in August of 2013. He also has experience playing at the international level, winning a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2011 Baseball World Cup and a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, Canada’s first ever gold medal in baseball at the senior level.
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