Andrew grew up playing baseball for his dad in their hometown of North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Straight out of high school, Albers was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the twelfth round of the Minor League Baseball Draft. However, he didn't sign.
In 2005, Albers moved to Lexington, where he did sign to play ball for the University of Kentucky Wildcats. During his four year career, Albers appeared in 81 games including 31 starts.
"I was ready for whatever position they put me in," Albers explained. "It was an adjustment, but my college career has prepared me for where I am today."
Upon graduating college, Albers was selected by the San Diego Padres in the tenth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. After making five appearances in the Rookie-level Arizona League, Albers missed the 2009 season due to a spring training injury in his pitching arm. He decided to undergo two surgeries on his left elbow.
After being released by the Padres, Albers was determined to persevere. He went on to pitch for the Quebec Capitales, an independent CanAm Association, as well as the Canadian national baseball team. Albers had the honor of playing in the 2011 Baseball World Cup where his team on the bronze metal. He also played in the Pan American Games, where they won gold. In 2012, Albers was named Saskatchewan's male athlete of the year.
Meanwhile, the athlete continued to try out for leagues in the U.S. Albers packed his bags and drove 32 hours to Ft. Myers, Fl. where he tried out for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins signed Albers to a minor league contract, where he eventually pitched for A, double-A and triple-A organizations.
On Aug. 3, Andrew Albers received the information that would forever change his life. He had been called up to the major leagues to pitch for the Minnesota Twins. Albers made his debut on Aug. 6, where threw an impressive 8 1/3 scoreless innings and only allowed four hits. "There was a moment when I looked around... to take it all in," Albers said. "But, when the game started, I took a deep breath, calmed down and got in the right mindset."
Albers took the mound for the second time during the following week against the Cleveland Indians. He raised the bar and continued to impress critics after throwing a two-hit shutout. The Twins won 3-0.
Albers continued on the Twins roster for the remainder of the season pitching 10 games in total. He concluded the season last night after tough 6-5 loss to the Indians. Though he is proud to have made it this far, he knows it will take hard work and dedication to stay there.
"Playing in the majors has been a neat experience, but I now have to battle and get better to make the club again," Albers said. "But this experience is something I will always remember."
With the off season quickly approaching, Albers told SurfKY News he now plans to take some time to visit his sisters and parents, as well as those who have supported him along the way.
"I plan to continue improving and want to stay in shape," Albers claimed. "I may also substitute teach, which is what I have always done."
Although Albers' plans may seem uncertain as of now, he said he knows that God's plans are not. Albers relies heavily on his faith and prayer, something he is thankful his mom instilled in him at a young age. Without it, he said, he would never made it this far.
"Sometimes you wonder if this is what you're meant to be doing, or if you're on the right path," he said. "God has a plan, and this is where He wants me to be."
To learn more about the Minnesota Twins organization, visit http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=min.
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