Ibanez began his professional career as a teenager with the Cuban national team, according to Baseball Reference, and he raked.
Ibanez hit .480/.606/.760 with 12 runs and 7 RBI in 7 first-round games in the 2009 World Youth Championship.
He would go on to hit .278/.309/.383 with 18 doubles for Isla de la Juventud in the Cuban Serie Nacional in 2011-12.
Ibanez also won a Gold Glove at second base with a.992 fielding percentage and was chosen to play for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Ibanez was signed by the Texas Rangers for $1.6 million and did not disappoint in his amateur debut.
He quickly ascended through the Rangers’ farm system, and in 2016, he was the fourth greatest second base prospect in baseball, just behind Willie Calhoun.
The Havana, Cuba native rose fast through the minor leagues as a second baseman, although he has also played third base (157 games) and shortstop (26).
Any major league club would be interested in his defensive versatility alone.
Ibanez has a .285 batting average and a.794 OPS in four minor league seasons.
In the minors, he has slightly under 500 hits, 53 home runs, and 215 RBIs.
In 2019, he had his greatest season with Triple-A Nashville, hitting.300 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI. With the Sounds that year, he also had a.871 OPS.
His dominance in minor leagues earned him a spot at the Rangers’ alternate site for the 2020 season, but he never got the call.
Ibanez has been compared to big leaguers like Howie Kendrick, who recently retired, and Adonis Garcia, the older brother of former Texas Ranger Adolis Garcia.
How Much Does Andy Ibáñez Make?
Andy Ibáñez Makes an annual salary of $706,000.