Jeff Andra

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Jeffrey Louis Andra

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jeff Andra spent part of two seasons in AAA. He later starred in Taiwan.

Andra was 10-5 with a 4.32 ERA for the University of Oklahoma Sooners in 1997 and one win behind Big 12 Conference co-leaders Jon Adkins and Jason Goodling. He was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the third round of the 1997 amateur draft.

He split his first pro season between the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (3-1, 2.03, 58 K in 44 1/3 IP) and the San Jose Giants (1-4, 6.98). He spent all of 1998 with the San Jose club and improved to 8-2, 3.32. Had he qualified, he would have tied Joe Nathan for 4th in the California League in ERA. He helped San Jose take the title that year.

In 1999, the 23-year-old southpaw pitched for San Jose again, going 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA. He split 2000 between the Shreveport Captains (6-6, 3.84) and the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (0-3, 8.73, .340 opponent average, 24 BB in 33 IP). In 2001, he ended his Organized Baseball career with Shreveport (3-9, 4.68) and Fresno (1-3, 6.38). He paced all Giants farmhands in losses.

For 2002, Andra signed with the Elmira Pioneers and posted a 10-7, 3.13 record. He was 8th in the Northern League's Eastern Division in ERA. He had finished his US pro career with a 36-37, 4.24 record.

Andra next inked a deal in Taiwan, signing with the Sinon Bulls. In 2003, he had a 14-3, 2.01 record for Sinon with one save. He was second in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in ERA behind John Frascatore. He was named to the Best Ten as the top hurler in the CPBL; Mark Kiefer and Kevin Henthorne had been the only Americans to be named the top pitcher in the league previously.

Jeff went 6-3 with 2 saves and a 2.43 ERA in 2004 but was limited by health problems. Had he qualified, he would have been 6th in the CPBL in ERA, right behind Kleber Ojima. In 2005, Andra ended his career as a player-coach for Sinon, going 5-4 with two saves and a 6.61 ERA. Overall, he was 25-10 with a 2.83 ERA in the CPBL.