Stankiewicz's baseball ties run deep

Stankiewicz's baseball ties run deep

Baseball has always been in Drew Stankiewicz's blood.

The 11th-round draft selection of the Phillies, Stankiewicz didn't get his start at Arizona State University as the star shortstop he has blossomed into today. His first contributions to ASU weren't even the 18 hits he accumulated as a freshman. No, Stankiewicz's first exposure to the Sun Devils was as their bat boy in 2007.

Andy Stankiewicz, Drew's father, was an assistant coach at ASU from 2007-2009. Determined to have his son carve his own path, Andy was the biggest supporter of his son signing his National Letter of Intent to play at Cal State Fullerton.

But when coach Dave Serrano left Cal State Fullerton, freeing Stankiewicz of his commitment to the Titans, Stankiewicz saw ASU as a viable option, with his father no longer a coach there. The former bat boy would go on to post a .305 career batting average as a Sun Devil.

Stankiewicz's father played seven years in the Major Leagues from 1992-1998 for the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos and Arizona Diamondbacks. But as Drew Stankiewicz looks to make a name for himself, he'll be able to don a color his father has never worn -- Phillies red.

Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.