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Fausto Andres Abad

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Andy Abad was drafted in the 16th round – 443rd overall – in the 1993 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox.

Andy-a fair power, fair speed player with an amazing eye at the plate-started out with the GCL Red Sox in 1993. There his professional career started off a little bumpy - he hit only .248 in his rookie professional season.

The next year, 1994, Andy jumped to Single-A Sarasota Red Sox, where he saw some success. His average jumped 40 points from .248 to .288. He remained in Sarasota through part of 1995, where he then jumped to Double-A Trenton Thunder. His average plummeted to .240 while with Trenton that year.

He was sent back down to single-A Sarasota in 1996, but he didn't stay there long. After hitting .287 for the Single-A team, he was again called up to Double-A Trenton, and this go around was much more successful. He hit .277 with Trenton, and combined he had his first 10-plus steal season. He ended up with 15.

In 1997, Abad only played 45 games, all with Double-A Trenton. He hit .303 that year, the first of multiple .300-plus seasons.

In 1998, Abad really showed what he could do. He started out with Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and made the best of his time there. He experienced his first double digit home run season, where he hit 16. He also stole 10 bases, for the second time in his career. He hit .307.

The next year - 1999 - was also very successful-he stole the same amount of bases as in 1998 and hit 15 home runs. His average wasn't as lofty, but still not disappointing - he hit .297.

On October 15, 1999 Abad was released. After three straight very successful seasons, he was granted free agency.

Anybody could have retired, but he wanted to play baseball. So, he went overseas, and played in Japan with the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 2000. He was atrocious for Kintetsu, hitting just .163/.235/.304 in 32 games before being let go and signed by the Oakland Athletics.

And he started in the minors again. There he had perhaps the best season of his minor league career with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats – he hit .301 with 19 home runs. Abad hit .529 during the 2001 PCL playoffs.

He made his MLB debut in 2001 – he played in one game and went 0 for 1 in 1 plate appearance. His one plate appearance was as a pinch hitter for Jeremy Giambi. He may have not produced in his first at-bat, but he didn't strike out.

After seeing Abad spend the majority of his nine - year professional career in the minors or overseas, and getting only one chance to play in the Majors, one might begin to think Andy is a bad player. But statistics would say otherwise: he hit over .300 five times, walked more than struck out three times, and hit over 15 homers three times.

But, these impressive statistics could not keep him in the Athletics system. He was granted free agency and later picked up by the Florida Marlins.

One would expect Abad to be wearing down at this point in his career. However, with Triple-A Calgary Cannons in 2002, he hit 11 home runs and had a .301 average, but again was granted free-agency.

And again, he was signed by Boston. Not surprisingly, he started out the season in the minors - with Triple-A Pawtucket. While with Pawtucket, he hit .304 with 13 homers. He was a Triple-A All-Star and a Baseball America All-Star that year. He got the chance to play for more than one week in the Major Leagues this time – he appeared in 9 games with Boston, getting 17 at-bats. He couldn't translate his minor league success into the Majors, as he hit only .118.

And not surprisingly, he was granted free agency. He was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2004, Abad hit .292 with 15 homers in the Pirates' minor league system.

He was then released, and picked up by the Cleveland Indians. He played the 2005 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. During the 2005 season, he hit .293 with a career high 20 home runs. He was named co-MVP along with Ryan Garko that year.

In 2006, he was on the Cincinnati Reds opening day 25-man roster. In 5 games with Cincinnati in the 2006 season, he went 0 for 3 at the plate. In 2007, he played for the Nashville Sounds, the Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Abad signed with the Pericos de Puebla of the Triple-A Mexican League for 2008. After playing 30 games for the team, they released him in late April. He was a coach for the Yakima Bears in 2009-2010 and Visalia Rawhide in 2011.

Abad's father escaped Cuba during the Fidel Castro revolution.

He primarily wore number 30 in the majors. Currently, Abad lives in Jupiter, FL.

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