Andrew Douglas Skeels
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 195 lb.
- School University of Arkansas
- High School Thousand Oaks High School
Catcher Andy Skeels was selected by the San Diego Padres in the seventh round of the 1987 amateur draft and played in the minors from 1987 to 2001, briefly reaching AAA. He was the first-ever New Zealand born player to be drafted by a Major League organization.
Skeels was a coach for the Savannah Sand Gnats (2000, 2002-2004), Brevard County Manatees (2004-2005) and Augusta GreenJackets (2006-2007). He managed the GCL Expos in 2002 and managed Augusta to the South Atlantic League title in 2008. Over the past half dozen years (2008-2013), as a manager in the San Francisco Giants organization, he won more games and had a higher winning percentage than any manager in the minor leagues. He was hitting coach for the Fresno Grizzlies in 2014 and Sacramento River Cats in 2015.
Skeels managed the New Zealand national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, leading them to the championship game against Taiwan; one of his players was his brother David Skeels. Another brother, Mark Skeels, also played pro ball.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1998||Bayou Bullfrogs||Texas-Louisiana League||13-20||--||Independent Leagues||--||Replaced by Steve Dillard (23-28)|
|2002||GCL Expos||Gulf Coast League||28-32||8th (t)||Montreal Expos|
|2008||Augusta GreenJackets||South Atlantic League||88-50||1st||San Francisco Giants||League Champs|
|2009||San Jose Giants||California League||93-47||1st||San Francisco Giants||League Champs|
|2010||Richmond Flying Squirrels||Eastern League||68-73||9th||San Francisco Giants|
|2011||San Jose Giants||California League||90-50||1st||San Francisco Giants||Lost in 2nd round|
|2012||San Jose Giants||California League||75-65||2nd||San Francisco Giants||Lost in 1st round|
|2013||San Jose Giants||California League||83-57||1st||San Francisco Giants||Lost League Finals|