Andrey Kripochin

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Andrey Kripochin

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 201 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Andrey Kripochin has played for the Russian national team. He hit .458 in the 2000 World Junior Championship, finishing fifth in average behind Joe Mauer, Dae-ho Lee, Scott Wearne and Agustin Murillo and ahead of players like Yuniesky Betancourt and Russell Martin. He made the All-Star outfield alongside Cuban Yorkis La Rosa and American J.J. Hardy. He hit .259/.400/.407 with 7 runs and 7 RBI in the 2001 European Championship, in which Russia won their first Medal ever in a European Championship with a Silver. Kripochin led the team in RBI and tied Andrei Selivanov and former minor leaguer Alexander Nizov for the most runs. The 19-year-old was 0 for 3 with 2 walks and a RBI in Russia's historic 2-0 win over Italy in the semifinals. In the Gold Medal game, the left fielder was 0 for 3 against the the Netherlands.

Kripochin hit .250/.348/.250 in the 2001 Baseball World Cup and stole 3 bases in 6 games but was thrown out running twice. He hit .263/.263/.263 in the 2003 European Championship. In the 2005 European Championship, he played flawless outfield defense (7 PO, 1 A) and batted .273/.314/.364 with a team-high three doubles, tied for 5th in the tournament. Andrey hit .273/.333/.273 in the 2007 European Championship and .316/.350/.368 in the 2008 European Cup in Grosseto.