Andrew Michael Knapp (pronounced nap)… Married Hannah Hughes (11/3/18)… 2010 graduate of Granite Bay High School (CA), where he played baseball and football…Named 2009 Sierra Foothill League MVP in baseball following his junior season… Attended the University of California, Berkeley… His father, Mike, was drafted by the California Angels in 1986 and played 11 years in the minor leagues and his brother, Aaron, was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 8th round of the June 2016 draft… Hobbies: Golfing, fishing and going to concerts… Signed by: Joey Davis.
Made his second career Opening Day roster and first Opening Day start... Was on the ML roster until being optioned to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on 8/15 when Wilson Ramos was activated from the DL... Had four ML stints (3/29-8/15, 8/19, 8/23-28 and 9/7-end of season)...Made 42 ML starts at catcher (also 1 appearance at 1st base)... Slugged his first ML pinch and walk-off HR, 7/1 vs WSH (13th inning); was the first walk-off homer by a Phillie since 4/29/16 (Ryan Howard)... Batted leadoff on 7/8 vs PIT; became the first Phillies catcher ever to start a game in the leadoff spot in the live-ball era (since 1920)... Was 6-for-38 (15.8%) in throwing out attempted base stealers...Batted .182 (6-33), HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB as a pinch-hitter...Batted .250 (5-20), with 2B, RBI, 5 BB, .400 OBP in 6 games with Lehigh Valley; made 4 starts at catcher, 1 at 3rd base
and 1 in LF.
Made his first Opening Day roster... Made his ML debut, 4/6 at CIN, in a start at catcher... Started 51 games, all at catcher; made 1 appearance at 1st base, 7/24 vs HOU... Ranked 9th among NL rookies in walks (31)... Doubled for his 1st ML hit, 4/9 vs WSH (Stephen Strasburg)... Collected his 1st ML RBI, 4/20 at NYM... Slugged his 1st ML HR, 4/29 at LAD (Chris Hatcher)... Made his 1st error on 6/28 at SEA, his 31st ML game... Was the first Phillies catcher to begin his ML career with a 30-game errorless streak since Joe Lonnett's 61-game streak from 4/22/56-9/13/57... Exited the game on 8/3 at LAA with a bruised right hand... Placed on the 10-day DL with a right hand contusion on 8/7 (retroactive to 8/4); reinstated on 9/12... Threw out 13.2% (5-38) of potential base stealers.
Spent the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA)...Named to the International League midseason All-Star team (1-2, HR); slugged the go-ahead/game-winning HR in the 4th inning...Caught 18 of 48 attempted base stealers (37.5%)...Hit a walk-off double, 5/19 vs Toledo, in the 15th inning after entering the game in the 12th inning as a pinch runner...Had a season-best 10-game hitting streak, 5/31-6/11 (.366, 15-41, 2 2B, BB, 6 R)...Played 1st base in one game, 7/3 vs Charleston (started the game at DH)...Appeared in 3 IL playoff games...Played for Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League
Recipient of the Paul Owens Award, given annually to the best player in the Phillies minor league system... Set professional highs in AVG (.308), 2B (35), HR (13), RBI (84), runs (77) and walks (51)... Selected as a Florida State League midseason All-Star... Began the season with Clearwater (A)... Named FSL Player of the Week, 4/27-5/3... Promoted to Reading (AA) on 6/25... Batted .401 (65-162) through his first 42 games with Reading... Had six straight multi-hit games, 7/31-8/6, and 10 out of 11 games, 7/31-8/13... Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week, 7/27-8/2 and 8/3-9, and Eastern League Player of the Week, 8/3-9... Selected as the EL and Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for August (.404, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 9 2B, 1.277 OPS)... Had a 17-game hitting streak, 6/26-7/21 (.348, 21 RBI) and a 16-game hitting streak, 7/31-8/18 (.540, 5 HR, 20 RBI)... Hit safely in 46 of 55 games with Reading, including 24 multi-hit games... Played for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League and was named to AFL All-Star Team... Following the season, was named the 4th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system by Baseball America.
Began the season with Clearwater and played in 23 games before being transferred to Lakewood (A) on 6/2... Hit safely in 55 of 75 games with Lakewood, including 15 straight, 6/26-7/11... Participated in Florida Instructional League.
Began pro career with Williamsport (A)... T-1st in the New York-Penn League in doubles (20)... Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week, 8/26-9/1... Hit his 1st professional HR, 7/26 vs Jamestown... Participated in FIL... Had ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery ("Tommy John") on his right elbow, 10/4 (Dr. Ken A. Kizuki).