MLBPlayers 411 | Aaron Altherr
Today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, Aaron Altherr, is one of 25 players on the Philadelphia Phillies active big-league roster, but did you know that he is just one of 43 players in Major League Baseball history to come from Germany?
That's right. Aaron was born in Landstuhl, Germany where his mother, Michelle, was stationed as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. His father, Frank, is a former German professional soccer player with FC Kaiserslautern, a team in the country's second soccer division.
While his dad made his mark on the pitch, Aaron is seeing a different kind of pitch in the States. Drafted by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 2009 Draft, Aaron had to be lured by his current club to take the next step. Aaron was set to attend the University of Arizona after Agua Fria High School in his hometown of Avondale, Ariz., but the Phillies managed to sway him from his commitment to Arizona. At 6-foot-5, Aaron also received basketball scholarship offers out of high school from Northeastern, San Diego and Southern Methodist.
After eight seasons in the minors where he posted a .263 career average, Aaron got his call to the big leagues under difficult circumstances when Tony Gwynn Jr. left the Phillies to attend the funeral of his father, Tony Gwynn Sr.
On Sept. 25, 2015 Aaron hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the Nationals. He hit a second home run later that game, becoming the first player since 1987 (Bob Brower/Texas Rangers) to record a multi-home run game that included an inside-the-park grand slam.