Minnesota Twins 17th Rd. Draft Pick and 2019 Frontier League All-Star Catcher Seeking Team in Australia for 2020/21 Season | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Minnesota Twins 17th Rd. Draft Pick and 2019 Frontier League All-Star Catcher Seeking Team in Australia for 2020/21 Season

Name: Andy Cosgrove

Height: 188cm

Weight: 95kg

DOB: July 31, 1996

Date Available: March 1, 2020


Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: C

Positions (alt): 3B, RP

College: North Carolina State University

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Andy is an extremely high level catcher who was drafted in the 17th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2017 after a successful college campaign finishing at North Carolina State. In high school he was selected for All-League three separate times and was named All-State as a catcher, along with being an All-State pitcher as well. After a redshirt season at the University of Washington, he was selected as a league Defensive Player of the Year at Santa Barbara City College.

During the next summer he played in the highly touted Alaskan Summer League, where he started at catcher for the All-Star team and led his team to a championship. He spent one year at NC State where he led the team to a number 6 national ranking and a regional appearance. During his tenure there he was considered one of the best, if not the best catcher in arguably the best college conference in the country.

After being drafted by the Twins, he caught for Elizabethton of the Appalachian League and was invited to spring training the following two years. Both years with Elizabethton he was a part of Appalachian League Champion teams. In 2019, Andy caught for the Southern Illinois Miners where he led the league in hitting for the first 35 games, hitting .383 through 120+ at bats. He was selected as an All Star for the 2019 Can-Am vs. Frontier League All-Star game, where he started at catcher for the Frontier League. In addition to his impressive abilities, he is self described as “extremely competitive” and “loves to teach”.

During the 2019-20 offsseason, Andy is going through an extensive pitching program, inclusive with a pitching coach and an entire throwing and weighted ball program. Andy is confident in his ability to be a solid two-way, catcher-relief pitcher option for the 2020 season.

Playing Experience

2014-2015 University of Washington NCAA D1 Redshirt
2015-2016 Santa Barbara City College Junior College Starting Catcher, League Defensive Player of the Year at Catcher
2016-2017 North Carolina State NCAA D1 Starting Catcher
2017-18 Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League (Rookie) Catcher
2019 Southern Illinois Frontier League Starting Catcher

Coaching Experience

2019-2020 Head Coach TPA 11u Head coach for TPA Nationals, 11u team. High level select youth baseball team.
2017-2019 Organizational Clinic Coach Minnesota Twins N/A Coach for clinics hosted by the Minnesota Twins
2019-Present Private Hitting Instructor The Performance Academy N/A Worked with youth hitters on an individual basis


Pro Batting

2017 Elizabethton 21 77 9 17 2 0 1 8 6 20 0 0 .221 .318 .286
2018 Elizabethton 19 65 11 17 3 0 1 12 10 17 0 0 .262 .386 .354
2019 Southern Illinios 57 195 26 50 10 0 0 21 18 49 1 0 .256 .339 .308

College/Amateur Batting

2017 North Carolina State 46 141 25 40 11 1 4 18 11 36 0 0 .284 .363 .461

Video Highlights


Tanner Swanson

New York Yankees Major League Catching Coach/Quality Control Coach

Andy is a throw back in many ways. His passion, desire, and competitive spirit can be infectious. Andy loves to play and will elevate the game of those around him with his presence. He’s a classic catch and throw guy who will defend at a high level and can single handedly shut down an opponents run game with his arm. Andy is instinctual, plays without fear, and can be trusted to do his job. I can say with confidence that Andy would be a positive addition to any organization if given the opportunity.

Steve Marino

Southern Illinois Miners Assistant Coach

"Andy would be an excellent addition to any baseball organization. His defensive skills are second to none and he controls a pitching staff very well. His catch and throw abilities are amongst the best I’ve ever seen in baseball. He can also swing the bat and is a multi-faceted offensive player with above average speed. His work ethic on and off the field combined with his leadership skills add even more value to a baseball team. I strongly recommend adding Andy to your organization."

Elliot Avent

NC State University Head Coach

Additional Info

Abilities summary: Elite defensive catcher, known to dominate the defensive side of the ball. Extremely high level receiver, and well above average arm. In professional game pop times between 1.8-1.9, lowest at 1.77, and a professional career 45+% caught stealing rate.  Very strong game caller, with ability to control the pitching staff and the field. Solid bat to ball skills. Consistently puts together quality at bats. Has been a successful hitter in very high level baseball.

Closing pitcher in high school. All-State Honors as a pitcher. 0.00 era, 12ip, 18Ks, 1BB, 6 Saves in best conference in state of Washington.  Earned multiple D1 two-way offers but declined to play in better conference.  Working extremely hard this off-season to develop back into a pitcher, and confident that I’ll be a strong asset on the mound come spring.

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Overseas goals: Extend my career a little longer before hanging them up, Experience new cultures and meet new people, Use my knowledge and experience to help grow the game globally

Playing Preferences Europe (Summer), Australia (Winter), New Zealand (Winter), South Africa (Winter)

Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom, Living with a host family

Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season

Prior engagements: No prior engagements.

Traveling with a companion: Perhaps for a short term visit