When Was Knapp Drafted?
Knapp was drafted in 2013 in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Knapp, a switch hitter, debuted in the big leagues in 2017 and spent five seasons as the team’s regular backup catcher.
He struggled as a hitter at first, then gradually improved until a career-low in 2021, when he was dubbed as one of the greatest backup catchers in the major leagues for his defensive talents and ability to control the pitching staff.
In 2021, however, he batted.152 for the season, a career-low.
Knapp attended Granite Bay High School in Granite Bay, California, and was born in Roseville, California.
He traveled across the country with his father Mike, a minor league catcher, when he was five years old, visiting 38 states and living in at least six of them.
Despite Mike’s refusal to push his sons into baseball, both played and succeeded. Mike, who never made it to the major leagues, was a right-handed hitter, which he believes is one of the reasons he never made it.
Andrew began hitting left-handed and subsequently switched to a switch hitter at his mother’s recommendation, as she wished for her son to avoid the fate of her spouse.
Knapp was picked in the 41st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics after a stellar high school career, but he did not sign.
Instead, he chose to play college baseball in the Pac-12 Conference at the University of California, Berkeley.
Knapp began to break through during his junior year, when he became a full-time catcher, after struggling for his first two seasons.
Knapp was third in the conference with a.350 batting average, tied for third with a .544 slugging percentage, fourth with a .434 on-base percentage, and eight home runs during that season.