Andrew Dane Larkin...he and his wife, Amy, make their home in Gilbert, Ariz....he graduated in 1992 graduate of South Medford (Ore.) High School, where he lettered in baseball and swimming...signed by Al Geddes.
Signed as a minor-league free agent, Jan. 5, 2001...Andy Larkin, who's pitched parts of three years in the major leagues, begins his 10th season...the Florida Marlins' 25th-round selection in the 1992 June draft, the right-hander joins his fifth organization (he's also spent time in the Cubs, Reds and Royals organizations)...Andy made his major league debut in 1996 with the Marlins...he also pitched in the Florida rotation during the '98 season, and made 21 combined relief appearances for Cincinnati and Kansas City last season...he registered his first major league save with the Royals in 2000...in 1993 during his first full pro season, he threw the first no-hitter in Marlins organizational history, July 25, 1993 vs. Welland in the New York-Penn League...a starter for most of his minor league career, Larkin has gone 32-37 with a 4.17 ERA in 149 minor league games (104 starts)...with the bat, he got his first major league hit April 28 at Coors Field off Pedro Astacio...the Marlins' honored him with their 1998 Roberto Clemente Man of the Year award for his charitable contributions to the South Florida community.2000SUMMARY
Larkin signed with the Reds organization Feb. 16 and went to major league spring training as a non-roster player.
Larkin appeared in a career-high 21 major league games, all in relief...combined for both Cincinnati (three game) and the Royals (18 games), he was 0-3 with a 7.96 ERA (26.0 IP, 23 ER) and one save.
Andy began the year at Triple-A Louisville, where he went 1-0 with four saves and a 2.59 ERA in 27 appearances, all in relief...he compiled a 6.14 ERA in April, but then over his final 20 starts posted a1.83 mark (34.1 IP, 7 ER), before joining the Reds...that stretch included a 10.0 IP scoreless streak, June 6-23...his final Triple-A appearance was a save vs. Colorado Springs (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO).
His contract purchased July 2, Larkin pitched that day in a 14-2 win at Arizona (2.0 scoreless IP).
On July 19, the Royals claimed him on waivers and he reported to the major league club, where he finished the season.
With Kansas City in 18 relief appearances, he fanned 17 in 19.1 IP, or 7.91 per 9 IP.
He made his AL debut July 22 at Detroit (1.1 scoreless IP, three strikeouts) and did not allow a run over his first three games (4.1 IP).
On Aug. 9 vs. Toronto, he notched his first major league save, getting the final out to preserve a 5-3 win.
Over his first 11 Royals outings, he compiled a 3.00 ERA (12.0 IP, 4 ER), but gave up 15 earned runs over his final seven appearances.
That stretch included grand slams in his final two appearances, Sept. 5 vs. the Yankees (Scott Brosius) and Set. 10 vs. Texas (Frank Catalanotto).
He missed the final three weeks with right elbow soreness.
1999During his last of eight seasons in the Florida organization,
Andy missed much of the year with a sprained lower back.
He pitched four games on a rehab assignment at
Brevard County (A) and made seven appearances at Double-A
Portland in the Eastern League.
1998The right-hander made 28 total appearances (24 starts)
combined between the Marlins and their Triple-A club,
With Florida, he was 3-8 in 17 outings (14 starts)...at
Charlotte, he was 4-1 in 11 games (10 starts).
He opened with Charlotte, but the Marlins recalled him April
13 and that night in a start at Pittsburgh, he notched his first
major league win (6.0 IP, 1 ER).
On July 24 in a start at Philadelphia, he pitched 9.0 innings
on three hits, but received a no-decision in Florida's 7-6,
On Sept. 29, he underwent surgery on his right shoulder
(Dr. John Uribe).
1997Larkin pitched the full season in the Charlotte (AAA) rotation.
He went 6-11 and led the team with 27 starts.
His 144.1 innings were a career high...he fanned 103
batters, or 6.42 per nine innings.
1996Larkin opened the season on Florida's major league disabled
list, regaining strength in his right shoulder after off-season
After six rehab starts for Brevard County, the Marlins
reinstated and optioned him to Portland (AA).
Andy made eight starts at Double-A (4-1, 3.80 ERA), helping
Portland to the Eastern League postseason.
Recalled in September, he made his major league debut,
in a start Sept. 29 at Houston, Florida's season finale...he
received a no-decision after allowing three hits and one run in
1995The right-hander made his Double-A debut in the Eastern
League, pitching nine games for Portland (AA)...hampered by
right elbow soreness, he eventually underwent surgery to
reinforce his medial collateral ligament.1994A Midwest League all-star, he went 9-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 21
Single-A starts for Kane County.1993At Elmira (A) in his first full pro season, he went 5-7 with a 2.97
ERA...he led the league with four complete games and one
On July 25 vs. Welland, he fired a no-hitter to beat
Welland, 6-0...he fanned 13 in the complete game.
1992Larkin made his pro debut in rookie-ball in the Gulf Coast
League...he made four starts in 14 appearances, going 1-2 with