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Elvis Augusto Andrus Torres (born August 26, 1988, in Maracay, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the Texas Rangers.

Entering Template:Mlby, he was rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization. In 2009, Andrus earned the Texas Rangers starting shortstop job at the age of 20.

Baseball careerEdit

Andrus was signed in 2005 at age 16 to a six-figure contract. He started the year with the Orlando Braves of the Gulf Coast League, and was promoted to Danville late in the season. He spent 2006 with Class-A Rome, being named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team.

In 2007 Andrus joined the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. During the midseason he was selected to the All-Star Futures Game; he was selected again for the Futures Game in 2008.[1][2]

On July 31, 2007, Andrus, along with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and three other minor league pitchers (Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz and Beau Jones), were traded from the Braves to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay.

Andrus' older brother Erold Andrus plays in the Independent Frontier League for the Florence Freedom. He previously played in the Yankees, Twins, and Tampa Bay Rays organizations.

With Rangers shortstop Michael Young agreeing to move to third base in 2009, Andrus earned the starting job on opening day. As Andrus was only 20 years old, Texas signed veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel for insurance. Andrus stole his 20th base on July 28, 2009 in his rookie season. Andrus is the 10th player in major league history to steal 20 bases under the age of 21. The last player to do that was then-teammate Andruw Jones in 1997 with the Atlanta Braves. Andrus was named to the 2010 American League All-Star team as a reserve shortstop.


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