Atwood signs with White Sox organization

GREAT RIO VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros baseball team learned Friday that the infielder Andy Atwoodwho played with the program from 2019 to 21, signed with the Chicago White Sox organization and was assigned to their singles A team, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers.

Atwood was in his second season with the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League where he batted .333 (32 for 96) with three home runs, 20 RBIs, six doubles, 24 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 23 games.

Last season for Great Falls, Atwood went .296 / .360 / .421 for 26 of 88 with three doubles, four triples, 12 RBIs, 15 runs scored and two stolen bases in 27 games.

“It’s funny how things turn out when you don’t give up,” Atwood said. “I would like to thank all the coaches at UTRGV for developing me and believing in my dreams.”

Atwood started all 58 games in 2021, hitting .341 / .450 / .561 with 10 home runs, 11 doubles, two triples, 34 RBI, 50 runs scored and eight stolen bases en route to the All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) First Honors of team. All 10 home runs tied for the 10th-highest single-season total in program history. Atwood led the WAC in total bases (115) while ranking second in slugging and times hit on a pitch (13), third in hits (70) and runs scored, fourth in percentage in goals and fifth in shots.

Atwood came to the UTRGV after two seasons at Oregon State, where he helped his team to the 2017 College World Series. After redshirting the 2018 season, Atwood hit .303/.406/.412 with two homers, five doubles, one triple, 12 RBIs and 27 runs scored in 30 games to help the Vaqueros win the 2019 WAC Championship.

He then hit .309/.400/.500 with one home run, four doubles, three triples, 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 18 games in 2020.

Atwood received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in May 2019 and her Masters in Educational Leadership in May 2020.

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Aubrey L. Morgan