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Andrew Lee Dirks
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.
- Schools Wichita State University, Hutchinson Community College
- High School Haven High School
- Debut May 16, 2011
- Born January 24, 1986 in Hutchinson, KS USA
 Biographical Information
Outfielder Andy Dirks made it to the majors in 2011.
 Amateur career
Dirks played baseball, football and basketball in high school. He struck out 20 batters one game in high school and was All-State three times. As a freshman in junior college, he hit .341 with 19 steals. He also saved four games and had a 3.45 ERA. Hutchinson made the Junior College World Series. That summer, he hit .301 with 34 steals for the Fayetteville Swampdogs. In 2006, the sophomore improved to .415 with 11 home runs and 30 steals; he was 1-0 with a save and a 4.85 ERA on the mound. That summer, he batted .308 with 34 steals for the Brainerd Blue Thunder.
Transferring to Wichita State University, Dirks hit .320 and stole 19 bases. He returned to the Blue Thunder and set a Northwoods League record by reaching base 52 straight games (the old mark was 50, set in 1995). He hit .347 with 29 steals for the summer and made the league All-Star team. In 2008, the senior outfielder improved to .388 with 84 runs and 26 steals. He was All-Missouri Valley Conference and tied Chris Shehan for fifth in NCAA Division I in runs, behind Erik Wetzel, Gordon Beckham, Buster Posey and Brett Wallace. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the eighth round of the 2008 amateur draft; Chris Wimmer was the scout.
Dirks made his pro debut with the West Michigan Whitecaps but was just 1 for 10 with a walk before a right hand fracture sidelined him for two months. He returned to hit .412/.447/.618 with 10 runs in 10 games on a rehab stint with the GCL Tigers. He opened 2009 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers and showed a keen batting eye (.330/.410/.379) while going 10-for-12 in steal attempts in 27 games. Promoted to the Erie SeaWolves, he did not do as well in AA, at .255/.323/.349 with 11 steals in 16 tries.
The Kansas native was better in his second try with Erie, producing at a .278/.342/.425 rate, stealing 19 bases while being caught 4 times and delivering 11 home runs. He dazzled on defense, leading Eastern League outfielders with 16 assists and tying Adam Loewen for the lead with five double plays. Promoted to the Toledo Mud Hens, he tore up AAA for the final month of the year - .375/.398/.648, 17 RBI in 22 G. Baseball America rated him the best defensive outfielder in the Detroit chain and the Tigers' #11 prospect overall.
In the winter of 2010-2011, he starred for the Toros del Este, hitting .315/.372/.533. He finished third in the Dominican League in average (behind Hector Luna and Juan Francisco), led in triples (7), was second in total bases (88, one behind Luna), tied for second with 52 hits, was third in slugging (behind Francisco and Jeff Frazier), tied for third in RBI (26, even with Matt McBride) and was 4th in runs. He helped the Toros win their second title. He did not appear in the 2011 Caribbean Series.
Opening 2011 back with Toledo, Dirks continued to impress with a batting line of .328/.375/.527, 25 runs and 20 RBI in 34 games. He was 10-for-12 in steals. He was then called up to The Show when Magglio Ordóñez went on the disabled list.
Andy made his big league debut with the Tigers in 2011. He hit second and played left field in his debut, hitting between fellow outfielders Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch. Dirks drew a walk from Kyle Drabek of the Toronto Blue Jays in his first MLB plate appearance. He singled in the third, then flew out in the 5th. When lefty Marc Rzepczynski relieved Drabek in the 8th, Ryan Raburn pinch-hit for Dirks. Overall, he hit .251/.296/.406 for a 90 OPS+ in 78 games, with 13 doubles and 7 homers in 219 at-bats, rotating between all three outfield slots. He did not play in the ALDS as the Tigers upset the New York Yankees, but went 1 for 5 with a run and a stolen base in their loss to the Texas Rangers in the 2011 ALCS.
Returning to the Dominican Republic after the season, Dirks had a mediocre regular season (.262/.294/.385) for the Toros. He moved to the Leones del Escogido after the season and was one the key contributors to their winning the 2012 Caribbean Series. He drove in the winning run in the 9th game of the Dominican League finals to give Escogido the league title, then in the Series drove in the winning run in extra innings in one of the games, and made a spectacular catch in right field to save a 1-0 win in another contest.
- 2011 Tigers Media Guide
- Wichita State bio