SURPRISE, Ariz. - Former Lipscomb pitcher Nick Andros will head West to continue his baseball career.
The southpaw from Tunnell Hill, Illinois signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals and will begin his career in Rookie ball with the Arizona League Royals in Surprise, Arizona.
“Nick had such a great career for us and I am so happy that he got a free agent opportunity,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “We felt that he had a good chance to go in the draft, but unfortunately it didn’t happen for him.
“When the Royals called, he was so excited to get a chance, and that is all that he wanted. Nick wants to prove to everyone that he can succeed in professional baseball and we know he can do it. Everyone at Lipscomb wishes him all the luck in the world and we look forward to seeing what his future has in store.”
His new team currently sits on top of the AZL West standings at 9-3 overall.
Andros wrapped up his two-year career at Lipscomb going 11-4 overall with a 3.51 ERA and seven saves in 42 appearances. He struck out 121 batters in 141.0 innings tossed.
During his senior season the lefty split time as a starter in the weekend rotation and as the first reliever out of the pen. Andros finished the 2015 season at 6-1 overall and sported a 3.73 ERA in 23 appearances. He helped lead Lipscomb to a school record 39 wins and its second Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship.
He struck out 64 batters in 72.1 innings pitched and picked up five saves on his way to being named a second team All-Conference selection.
“I think Nick is suited to be a lefty-setup guy in the pros,” Forehand said. “He has a good fastball and a solid slider to be able to come in and get lefties out in the middle or late stages of a game. But you never know. He might get there and continue developing that third pitch and become a starter.”
The 6-foot-6 hurler joins former Lipscomb teammate Grant Massey as the most recent Bisons to have signed professional contracts.
Massey was selected in the 26th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox. The shortstop was assigned to the Great Falls Voyagers in the Pioneer League where he is batting .237 with two doubles, five walks, six RBI and three stolen bases in 11 games played.
Andros becomes the 12th player under Forehand's tenure to sign a professional contract.