Former La Crosse Logger Andrew Knapp Debuts with the Phillies
Rochester, Minn. – Former La Crosse Logger, Andrew Knapp, made his Major League debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Knapp is the 166th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.
Knapp, who played collegiately at California, played for the La Crosse Loggers in 2011. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
In 2011 with the Loggers, Knapp hit .400 with eight doubles, five home runs and 33 runs driven in.
Knapp started his Minor League career in 2013 with the Williamsport Crosscutter in the Short Season A New York-Penn League. Over 62 games he hit .253 and drove in 23 runs while hitting 20 doubles and four home runs.
He split the 2014 season between two teams. Knapp started the season in the Hi-A Florida State League with the Clearwater Threshers before being sent to the Lakewood BlueClaws of the Lo-A South Atlantic League. Over 98 games he hit a combined .260 with six home runs, four triples, 20 doubles and 32 runs driven in.
The 2015 season saw Knapp split time again between two teams. He began the season with the Reading Fightin Phils in the AA Eastern League and then after 55 games was sent back to Clearwater. Between the two teams he hit .308 with 13 home runs, five triples and 35 doubles. He also drove in 84 runs and walked 51 times.
For the 2016 season Knapp was promoted to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the AAA International League. For the season, he hit .266 with eight home runs, 24 doubles and 46 RBI. He also walked 37 times and stole two bases.
In his Major League debut against the Cincinnati Reds, Knapp started at catcher and went 0-2 at the plate with two walks.