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Andrew Lee Cannizaro

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Andy Cannizaro started at shortstop as a freshman for Tullane, hitting .291 and stealing 25 bases for one of the top teams in the country. The next year, he improved to .370 and swiped 31 bags. He led Conference USA in stolen bases and made the All-Conference team as one of the infielders. In 2001, the senior batted .395 with 80 runs, 34 doubles and 52 steals, third-most in NCAA Division I. He again was an All-Conference pick and helped the Green Wave to their first College World Series, in which Andy hit .500. At the time, he held Tulane single season and career records for hits (118/350), doubles (34/85) and stolen bases (52/128).

The New York Yankees drafted him in the 7th round of the 2001 amateur draft and assigned him to the Staten Island Yankees, where he batted .283/.351/.335 but only stole 5 in 8 tries and ground into 15 double plays, the most in the New York-Penn League. Moving up to the Tampa Yankees, he hit .249/.339/.311 and followed with a .276/.337/.352 year for the Trenton Thunder.

In 2004, Cannizaro repeated at Trenton and improved to .314/.385/.396. He split '05 between the Thunder (.248/.298/.307) and the Columbus Clippers (.253/.352/.353). The next year, he had a .276/.367/.380 line with 32 doubles for the Clippers and made his MLB debut with the Yankees, going 2 for 8 with a homer and five runs as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner.

Sources include 1999-2006 Baseball Almanacs

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