Andrew Romine

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Andrew James Romine

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The son of Kevin Romine and brother of Austin Romine, shortstop Andrew Romine was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 5th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout John Gracio and made his pro debut that summer with the Orem Owlz, hitting .286 with 5 home runs in 56 games. His year was highlighted by a 16-game hitting streak from July 1st to July 21st, and he hit for the cycle on September 9th against the Ogden Raptors.

On March 21, 2014, Romine was traded to the Detroit Tigers in return for P Jose Alvarez. The Tigers had just learned that SS José Iglesias would likely be out for the season and were looking for some infield help. He played a lot on the early going, but did not hit much, even though the Tigers were playing very well. He was hitting .173 on May 23rd when he connected for his first career home run, coming in his 105th big league game. He hit it off Scott Baker of the Texas Rangers in the 6th inning of a 7-2 win. He made his pitching debut on August 22nd, pitching the 8th inning of a 20-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins; things did not really go well as he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits, including homers by Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe. Rookie Eugenio Suarez ended up getting the bulk of the work at shortstop during the regular season, while Andrew hit .227 with 2 homers and 12 RBI in 94 games. However, he got the nod to start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles and went 2 for 4, but his 8th-inning error helped to open the floodgates for Baltimore in a 12-3 loss.

He hit his first career grand slam on April 12, 2017 in a 5-3 win over the Twins.

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