RICHMOND, Va. – The dream of playing professional baseball came true for Virginia Commonwealth University senior righthanded pitcher Robbie Andrews Wednesday when he signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Andrews is the second player this week to sign a professional contract as junior Joe Van Meter, who was selected in the 21st round by Texas in June 8th's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, accepted an offer from the Rangers on Monday.
A third team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection this season, Andrews concluded his senior campaign 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 29 relief appearances. He finished second in the league with nine saves and picked up the win after tossing the final 2.1 innings of the 2010 CAA Championship game.
Perhaps his most impressive work has come during the summer months as Andrews made three-straight All-Star appearances – two in the Valley League and one in the Coastal Plain League – against wood bat competition during the past three summers. In 2009, he turned in one of the most dominating seasons in CPL history with top-ranked Forest City. He tossed 18.2 scoreless innings with no walks, 25 strikeouts and a league-best 12 saves.