Andy Benes

Andrew Charles Benes (born August 20, 1967 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for four teams: the San Diego Padres, the Seattle Mariners, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks, in a fourteen-year career from 1989 to 2002. His brother Alan also pitched in the Major Leagues, and was his teammate in 1996-97 and 2000-01. He and his brother Alan attended Evansville Lutheran School and Evansville Central High School.

Early Life

Benes attended Evansville Lutheran School and later Evansville Central High School.

On attending the Christian School Benes said he learned his Bible verses, but it was all in his head and not his heart.

At Central Benes was a late bloomer who played under head coach, Paul Gries.


Benes stayed in Evansville to attend college at the University of Evansville under then coach Jim Brownlee.

Benes was a late bloomer who went from throwing 90 to 100 miles per hour between my sophomore and junior college seasons. His junior year he was dominating going 16-3 with a 1.42 ERA, struck out 188 and walked just 36. In addition, he threw 13 complete games and 8 shutouts. He was named the 1988 College Player of the Year.


After his junior year Benes was selected to play on the 1998 USA Olympic. Benes and the USA team won the Gold Medal.

Major Leagues

Benes was the first person selected in the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft after playing college baseball at the University of Evansville.

Benes pitched well enough in his first year to make it to the majors and be named National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News. Benes was an All-Star in 1993 after a 15-15 season with the Padres, and led the Majors in losses with 14 and in strikeouts with 189 the next season.

Benes finished third in the Cy Young Award balloting in 1996 after a 18-10, 3.83 earned run average season. Benes also became one of the first players in Diamondbacks history when he signed as a free agent prior to the 1998 season and threw out the first pitch in the history of the franchise.

Benes retired from pro baseball in 2002 with a 155-139 record in 14 seasons.

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