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Welcome to my page all about Cleveland Indians catcher, AJ Hinch. First drafted out of Stanford University as an All-American in 1996, AJ quickly rose through the ranks of the A's minor league system, spending only one full year in the minors. AJ performed well his freshman season, enough to be the A's starting catcher most of the season. Hinch struggled a bit in his sophmore season, spending most of the season in Oakland, before being sent to the A's AAA team in Montreal, before being brought back to Oakland in August when Ramon Hernandez went on the DL.The stint in Montreal did AJ well, who returned to raise his average with the A's, before being sent back down when Ramon came back. September 6th, AJ was called up again, to finish the season with the big club. AJ spent the majority of the 2000 season with the A's AAA club in Sacramento, with a late season call up to Oakland. He was traded to the Kansas City Royals on January 9th, 2001 as part of a three team, six player deal. He signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians in December of 2002. You can read the blurb about it here.
When asked about how well the A's team got along, and Giambi's comments about it, AJ responded "Jason was telling the truth. It's really amazing how close this team is internally. We hang out all the time at home and on the road. A lot of us lived in the same apartment complex in Pleasanton. We represent the true concept of a team. That's why we will be a good team for years to come."
Graduated from Midwest City HS in 1992...was the Gatorade Circle of Champions National High School Baseball Player of the Year...drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the June, 1992 draft but decided to attend Stanford...was a Freshman All-American after leading the Cardinal with a .350 batting average and played for Team USA that summer...was a third team Baseball America All-America selection in 1994 and was also an All-Six-Pac selection...was a consensus first team All-America selection and the Pac-10 Southern Division Co-Player of the Year as a junior...led the Cardinal with a .366 batting average...selected by Minnesota in the third round of the 1995 June draft but returned to Stanford for his senior season...was the Pac-10 Southern Division Player of the Year as a senior and was also a Baseball America second-team All-America selection after batting .381 with 11 HR and 59 RBI for the Cardinal...majored in Psychology... signed by A's scout Will Schock...Married, resides in Phoenix, Arizona during the off-season.
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Andrew Jay Hinch
2003 Opening Day Age: 28
Born: Waverly, Iowa, May 15, 1974
Lives: Phoenix, Arizona
Obtained: Signed a one year minor league deal with Cleveland 2/23/02.
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