Andrew Aplin

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Outfielder Andrew Aplin began his professional career in the Houston Astros minor league system in 2012.

He was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2009 amateur draft out of high school, one round before they took Jake Petricka, but opted for college. He hit .337/.468/.418 as a backup outfielder as a freshman at ASU. In his sophomore year, he batted .284/.376/.411 as a regular in center field and had 103 putouts, 7 assists and no errors. His junior year, Andrew hit .313/.392/.496 with 52 runs in 56 games and made the only error of his collegiate career, fielding .993. He did ink a contract after the Astros took him in the 5th round of the 2012 amateur draft. The scout was Mike Brown.

For the Tri-City ValleyCats (.348/.441/.537 in 44 G) and Lancaster JetHawks (.260/.287/.423 in 24 G) in 2012, Aplin hit .313/.386/.493 with 7 home runs, 38 RBI, 24 stolen bases in 34 tries and 57 runs scored in 68 games and was named a Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star. Baseball America named him the best defensive player in the Astros draft class in a tie with Carlos Correa. He finished among the New York-Penn League leaders in steals (tied for 4th) and would have led in OPS had he qualified. Despite being drafted in the middle of the season, he finished 7th in the Astros chain in swipes and tied for third in triples (behind George Springer and Delino DeShields Jr.)

In 2013, he hit .278/.376/.424 with 9 home runs, 107 RBI, 102 runs scored, 32 doubles and 24 stolen bases in 128 games for Lancaster, while fielding .997 . He and Springer became the 6th and 7th Astros farmhands to get 100+ runs and 100+ RBI in a season. In the California League, he was second in runs (five behind Jamal Austin), led in RBI (10 over Kevin Rivers) and second in walks (19 behind Nolan Fontana). Among Astros minor leaguers, he was second in runs (four shy of Springer), tied Preston Tucker and Chris Epps for 4th in doubles (32), tied Jordan Scott for 4th in triples (7), was second in RBI (one behind Springer), tied for 5th in steals and tied Springer for second in walks (behind Fontana). In the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, he led off and played center for the Cal League. He grounded out against Luke Jackson, doubled off Cody Anderson and grounded out against Nick Martinez before being replaced by Noel Cuevas. The California League lost, 12-2. For the year, he was 8th among all minor leaguers in runs (between Chris Owings and DeShields) and RBI (9th, between Springer and Jesus Aguilar). He was named a California League Post-Season All-Star (along with Travis Jankowski and Scott Schebler and a Organization All-Star.

He began 2014 with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, before moving to the Triple A Oklahoma City RedHawks. In his first taste of Triple A, he hit .260/.348/.313 with no home runs and 15 RBI in 28 games; he hit .265/.372/.345 with 6 home runs, 65 RBI and 26 steals in 126 games overall. He was a Mid-Season All-Star that year. With the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, he hit .269/.388/.358 with 4 steals in 19 games. He played for Corpus Christi and the Fresno Grizzlies, the Astros new Triple A club, in 2015, batting .296/.413/.379 with 2 home runs, 40 RBI and 32 steals between them. He also joined the Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League that year, hitting .278/.325/.444 in 10 games. Back with Fresno in 2016, Aplin hit .223/.300/.318 with 21 steals in 116 games; he hit .114/.216/.114 in 19 games with Licey.

He began 2017 with Fresno, but was designated for assignment and later traded to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later. He spent time with the AZL Mariners and Tacoma Rainiers that year as well, hitting .247/.367/.396 with 5 steals in 81 games. He returned to the Mariners system for 2018, hitting .247/.343/.369 with 2 stolen bases in 78 games between Tacoma and the Arkansas Travelers. The Arizona Diamondbacks snagged him for 2019, but after hitting .205/.303/.295 in 28 games for the Reno Aces, he was let go. Joining the independent Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League, he hit .286/.370/.438 in 51 games to wrap up the year.