Andy Cannizaro, a New York Yankees scout for five years and a former MLB infielder, was hired in July 2014 as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach for the LSU baseball program.
Cannizaro made an immediate impact upon the Tigers’ offense during the 2015 season, as LSU led the nation in base hits (762), and the Tigers were No. 3 in stolen bases (130), No. 3 in doubles (146), No. 4 in batting average (.314) and No. 7 in runs scored (451). LSU led the Southeastern Conference in batting average, base hits, stolen bases, doubles, total bases (1,107) and fewest strikeouts (341).
Cannizaro coached four LSU hitters that earned All-America recognition, including shortstop Alex Bregman, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. Cannizaro’s additional All-Americans included outfielder Andrew Stevenson (second round – Nationals), catcher Kade Scivicque (fourth round – Tigers) and first baseman Chris Chinea (17th round – Cardinals).
Three other of Cannizaro’s hitters were selected in the ’15 draft, including second baseman Jared Foster (fifth round – Angels), third baseman Conner Hale (ninth round – Mariners) and outfielder Mark Laird (ninth round – Phillies).
Cannizaro, a former all-America shortstop at Tulane who played in the big leagues for the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, worked as a Yankees scout since 2009, evaluating and recruiting amateur players in preparation for the annual MLB Draft.
Cannizaro, a native of Mandeville, La., was the Yankees’ official representative at the 2013 and 2014 MLB Drafts. He also worked as the advance scout for the team as it prepared for the 2011 and 2012 playoffs.
Cannizaro was the Yankees’ seventh-round selection in the 2001 MLB Draft, and he played in the organization for seven seasons, reaching the Major League level in September 2006. He joined the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and was on the club’s big-league roster for the first two months of the season.
He later played for the AAA affiliates of the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox before retiring from the game in September 2009.
During his pro career, he worked as head coach of the Louisiana Knights, a U18 fall team consisting of 12 NCAA Division I players.
Cannizaro, a four-year starter at shortstop for Tulane, led the 2001 Green Wave squad to the first College World Series appearance in school history, batting a remarkable .395 with 118 hits, 34 doubles, 70 RBI and 52 stolen bases.
A two-time all-America and three-time all-Conference USA performer, Cannizaro is Tulane’s all-time leader in games played (248), at-bats (1,030), hits (350), doubles (85) and stolen bases (128). He was inducted in 2007 into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame.
Cannizaro graduated from Tulane in December 2001 with a bachelor of arts in sociology/business minor. He and his wife, Allison, are the parents of two children, Gabrielle (4) and Pierce (2).
The Cannizaro File
Year at LSU: Second
Hometown: Mandeville, La.
High School: St. Paul’s HS (Covington, La.)
Children: Gabrielle, Pierce
Alma Mater: Tulane, 2001 (sociology major/business minor)
1998-2001 Tulane (four-year starter at shortstop; two-time all-American)
2001-2007 New York Yankees organization (played for MLB club in Sept. 2006)
2008 Tampa Bay Rays organization (played for MLB club in April-May 2008)
2008-2009 Cleveland Indians organization
2009 Chicago White Sox organization
2014- LSU (recruiting coordinator/hitting coach)
2009-14 Amateur Scout, New York Yankees
– recruited and evaluated players in preparation for MLB Draft
– worked as East Coast Pro Showcase coach in 2013-14
– served as Yankees representative at 2013 and 2014 MLB Drafts
– worked as Yankees advance scout in preparation for 2011 and 2012 playoffs
2008 Head Coach, Louisiana Knights U18 fall baseball team