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Andrew Ahyim Aplin

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Outfielder Andrew Aplin has played in the Houston Astros minor league system since 2012 (through 2014).

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 MiLB.com Organization All-Star.

He began 2014 with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.

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