Andy (Velazquez) Ibáñez… pronounced ee-BAHN-yez…signed by Gil Kim, Chu Halabi, and Jose Fernandez on 7/7/15…led Cuba's 16U national league in batting average (.458), slugging percentage (.703), and stolen bases (18) in 2009…represented Cuba at 16U World Championships in Taiwan in 2009 and at 18U World Championships in Canada in 2010…was teammates with Jorge Soler and Lourdes Gurriel on bronze-medal winning 18U club.
Registered the 5th-highest qualified average (.300) among Texas minor leaguers in his 2nd season at the Triple-A level…was named an MiLB.com organization All-Star after leading Nashville (AAA) batters in doubles (30), runs (91), and OPS (.871) and finishing 3rd in HR (20) and RBI (65)… recorded 20-game on-base streak from 7/24-8/20, batting .377 (29-77) with a .473 OBP during that stretch…slashed .308/.385/.538/.924 (52-169) in 43 contests after the All-Star break compared to .295/.368/.473/.841 (88-298) in 78 games before the break…owned reverse splits, batting .302 (104- 344) with .895 OPS against right-handed pitchers opposed to .293 (36-123) with .805 OPS vs. left-handers…saw action defensively at the shortstop position (26 G) for the 1st time in his professional career, but split the majority of his appearances in the field between third base (48 G) and second base (35 G).
Returned to Frisco for a 2nd consecutive season, starting 70 games as the team's primary second baseman… also started games at designated hitter (8) and third base (4)… batted .333/.398/.524 (28-84) over 22 games from 4/9-6/16 before posting a .248/.304/.367 (54-218) line over 58 games from 6/17-end of season…on disabled list, 4/18-5/29, with right finger dislocation…went 4-for-5 with 2 home runs and a careerhigh 6 RBI on 5/31 vs. Northwest Arkansas, his 2nd game following DL stint…batted .278 (20-72) against left-handed pitchers compared to .261 (62-238) against right-handers, with all 8 of his home runs coming against righties…slashed .313/.365/.453/.818 (20-64) with RISP, including .354 (17-48) with RISP and 2 outs…compiled a .985 (5 E/338 TC) fielding percentage at second base.
Rated the 2nd-best prospect in the Texas organization by MiLB.com after batting .285 (140-492) with 13 home runs and 66 RBI with Hickory and Frisco in his stateside debut…was 4-for5 with 4 RBI in season debut on 4/7 at Kannapolis and batted .439/.489/.732 over his 1st 10 games to capture the South Atlantic League's 1st Player of the Week award for the season, 4/7-17… ranked tied for 3rd among all minor leaguers in hits (16) and extrabase hits (16) in April…hit .203 (15-74) over next 20 games to drop season average from .402 to .308…hit safely in each of his last 8 games with the Crawdads at .414/.500/.862 (12-29)… promoted to Frisco on 6/7 and batted .219/.252/.325 (25-114) over 1st 29 games with the 'Riders…hit .285/.353/.430 (55-193) in final 52 games with Frisco to raise average to .261…started at third base in 14 of final 17 games after no starts at the position up to that point…batted .281/.324/.391 (18-64) over 19 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.
Did not see official game action…was one of the top hitters in the Colombian Winter League, batting .370 (27-73) with 8 doubles, a triple, 14 RBI, 6 walks, and 15 runs scored.