Andy Sonnanstine (born March 18, 1983 in Barberton, Ohio) is a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. Sonnanstine is a graduate of Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio, and attended Kent State University.
Sonnanstine demonstrated strikeout potential in 2007 when, through seven innings of work against the Marlins, he struck out ten batters, including a franchise-record seven in a row, while allowing two runs on seven hits. He also went 2-for-3 as a batter, scored his first run and drove in his first career RBI.
Sonnanstine has impressed many by his mental approach to the game, as he is a fierce competitor who takes a mental approach similar to that of Greg Maddux.
One of Sonnanstine's best starts came on August 31, 2007 against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, where he pitched 8 innings, allowing 2 hits and no earned runs (1 unearned run) with 5 strikeouts and no walks. He ended his rookie campaign with a 6-10 record, pitching 130 2/3 innings with an ERA of 5.85.