Outfielder Andrew Shaps adds depth at the position for the High-A Great Lakes Loons this season. While Shaps is new to the Loons’ in 2021, it didn’t take long for the area to grow on him.
“My early impressions of Great Lakes have been nothing but positive,” said Shaps. “It’s a beautiful area, and although it’s cold, it’s a nice change of scenery from my home in Arizona.”
But Shaps is enjoying more than just the area, with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ High-A affiliate. He’s also enjoying the facilities available to him at Dow Diamond.
“The facilities here are second to none,” explained Shaps. “I am extremely grateful to be here and I’m looking forward to a great season.”
Shaps’ season has started out well as he’s made two appearances with the club to date. Playing one game in left field and coming in as a left-handed relief pitcher in another has shown Shaps’ versatility.
Outfield defense is something Shaps puts a lot of focus on.
“I take great pride in my defensive play,” stated Shaps. “I feel I have matured a lot as an outfielder in pro ball.”
And at the plate, Shaps has drawn two walks in four plate appearances for the Loons to date. His patience at the plate comes from his improved plate approach that he developed in pro ball.
“I have definitely matured as a hitter in pro ball,” explained Shaps. “A lot of credit goes to the Dodgers organization and their ability to develop good hitters into great hitters.”
His plate approach and defensive play will be put on display more throughout the 120-game season. But for Shaps, it’s about staying healthy and enjoying the grind of playing a full season of professional baseball.
“I’m looking forward to a healthy season,” stated Shaps. “I’m also looking forward to the ups and even the downs that can remind us how grateful we should all be after losing last season.”
Be sure to follow Andrew Shaps as he continues to enjoy his time with the Great Lakes Loons.