January 22, 2020 – The California Commotion announced today the signing of outfielder, AJ Andrews. Andrews joins fellow outfielder Jazmyn Jackson, announced earlier this week, as the Commotion begin to assemble their first ever National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) roster.
Andrews was the 7th overall selection by the Chicago Bandits in the 2015 NPF College Draft. She was drafted out of LSU, where she was a 4-year letter winner and received All-SEC, Academic, and All-American honors as the starting center fielder.
Perhaps best known for her flashy acrobatic catches in the outfield, in 2016, Andrews became the first woman in history to be awarded the highly respected Rawlings Gold Glove. Rawlings began the award with the NPF and Andrews, making it a first time in their 59 year history.
“I am so excited to be a part of the California Commotion!” commented Andrews. “California is such a hot spot for softball talent and the opportunity to continue to grow professional softbal this amazing state is truly a chance to spotlight this sport in a major way! I am ecstatic to continue to show the world the amazing athletes softball facilitates and can’t wait to get it all done on the West coast.”
Andrews made professional stops in the NPF in both Chicago and Akron and during that time, in addition to the Gold Glove, racked up the Golden Spikes Award for most stolen bases in a season, as well as All-NPF honors for her outstanding performances on the field.
“AJ is an outstanding signee as an amazing outfielder who goes 100% all the time,” said Commotion General Manager, Deb Hartwig. “The fact that she is the first ever female Gold Glove Winner proves that. We know AJ will bring talent and attention to our team as she continues to influence and educate the world about our wonderful sport of softball. I can’t wait to see her in a Commotion uniform.”
Due to her tremendous success and drive to level the playing field for women sports, A.J. was the first softball player in 10 years to be featured in ESPN the Magazine Body Issue 2017. A.J. frequently speaks on her desire to impact not only the softball community to set higher goals for themselves, but women everywhere.
The California Commotion will announce their complete 2020 season schedule later this month.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and California Commotion. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.