ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's easy to see some Derek Jeter traits in Elvis Andrus. He's mature, is solid defensively and is improving at the plate. And, like Jeter did, Andrus is making an impact at a young age at shortstop.
Jeter, 35, has taken notice. He made it a point to try to get to know Andrus a little better at the All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif., in July, as the two talked in the workouts leading up to the game. Jeter started at shortstop in his 11th All-Star Game appearance. Andrus relieved him, pinch-running for Jeter in the sixth inning. For Andrus, who finished second to Jeter in the fan voting, it was his first All-Star Game.
"Elvis has played extremely well," Jeter said Friday. "He’s fun to watch. He’s made improvements and he’s only going to get better. Hopefully, he doesn’t get better this next 7-game series. He has a very bright future."
Andrus, the runner-up in rookie of the year voting in 2009, hit .333 with a double, two runs scored and three big stolen bases in the ALDS.