AJ Andrews
Akron Racers
Born: (1993-06-07) June 7, 1993 (age 30)
Oldsmar, Florida
Career highlights and awards

Ayanna Jeanene Andrews (born June 7, 1993)[1] is an American professional softball player with the Akron Racers of National Pro Fastpitch.[2] In 2016, she became the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.[3]

She is also the current host of the Saturday morning MLB Network show Play Ball.

Amateur career

Playing for Countryside High School in Clearwater, Florida, Andrews was named Pinellas County player of the year.[4] She led the state in stolen bases and batting average as a senior.[5]

Andrews played college softball for the LSU Lady Tigers. Twice she participated in the Women's College World Series.[6] She graduated from LSU in 2015.[7]

Professional career

Andrews was selected by the Chicago Bandits of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) in the second round of the 2015 NPF Draft.[8] After the 2015 season, she was traded to the Akron Racers.[9]

In 2016, Andrews became the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.[10] She was also a co-winner of the Rally Spike Award as the league's stolen base leader.[11] In 2017, she was featured in the Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine.[12]


  1. ^ "2015 Softball Roster A.J. Andrews". lsusports.net. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Liz Roscher (2016-08-22). "Softballer A.J. Andrews is first woman to receive Gold Glove". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  3. ^ "The Players' Tribune on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  4. ^ Boren, Cindy (2016-09-18). "Former Countryside softball star A.J. Andrews first female Gold Glove winner | Tampa Bay Times". Tampabay.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  5. ^ "Softball adds five talented players for 2012 season - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports". Wafb.com. 2017-05-26. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  6. ^ Crawford, Toiaya (2016-11-30). "LSU grad becomes first female to receive Rawlings Gold Glove — Andscape". Andscape. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  7. ^ Eads, Brentt. "A.J. Andrews Becomes First Female to Receive Golden Glove Honors". FloSoftball. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  8. ^ "Gold Glove Award: AJ Andrews to be honored after historic honor". Excellesports.com. 2016-11-08. Archived from the original on 2018-10-18. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  9. ^ "Justin's World of Softball: Jill Barrett Traded to Chicago Bandits". Just-in-justinsworld.blogspot.com. 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  10. ^ Eisenberg, Matt (2016-11-12). "NPF's A.J. Andrews receives MLB Rawlings Gold Glove, standing ovation". Espn.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  11. ^ Nader, Brittany (2017-06-01). "Akron Racers softball star AJ Andrews is first woman to win Gold Glove award". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  12. ^ Webb, Craig (July 6, 2017). "Akron Racers standout A.J. Andrews earns national exposure in ESPN magazine's Body Issue". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved November 2, 2019.

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