Sept. 24, 2010
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Former Arizona State star shortstop Andrew Romine became the 97th Sun Devil to play Major League Baseball when he started at shortstop for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox at Angels Stadium.
Romine hit .282 for the AA Arkansas Travelers this season, collecting 108 hits and 21 stolen bases. He was named both a Texas League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in his fourth year of Minor League baseball. He led all Texas League shortstops with a .972 fielding percentage.
Romine played for ASU from 2005 to 2007, batting .304 in his 144 career games. He missed half of the 2006 season after suffering a blood clot in his shoulder, but returned to help lead Arizona State to the postseason. Andrew totaled 146 hits, 77 RBI and 40 stolen bases during his career, twice playing in the College World Series. He was named an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 choice in both 2005 and 2007. Romine was a fifth round pick of the Angels in the 2007 draft. Andrew and his father Kevin, who starred at ASU in the early 80's, become the first Sun Devil father-son tandem to play at both ASU and in the Major Leagues.
Romine becomes the sixth Sun Devil to make his MLB debut in 2010, joining Eric Sogard (Oakland Athletics), Mike Leake (Cincinnati Reds), Ike Davis (New York Mets), Colin Curtis (New York Yankees) and Brett Wallace (Houston Astros). Romine was teammates with all of them at some point during his Sun Devil career. The six Sun Devils to make their Major League debuts in 2010 ties an all-time school record for most Arizona State MLB debuts in a single year, joining 1978.