David Allan Aardsma was born on December 27, 1981 in Denver, Colorado.
David, a relief pitcher, is 6’4”, weighs 205 pounds, and throws and bats and right.
High SchoolDavid attended Cherry Creek High School in Colorado, which was also the high school of such Major Leaguers as Josh Bard, John Burke, Brad Lidge, Darnell McDonald, and Donzell McDonald. He graduated in 2000.
CollegeDavid attended Penn State in his freshman year, then transferred to Rice University in 2001, where he remained. Aardsma became a dominant closer at Rice, setting school single-season and career saves records in 2002-03. In the 2003 College World Series, he earned two wins and a save as the Owls won their first national championship. He also retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced at the College World Series.
Minor LeagueDavid was drafted in the 1st round (22nd overall) of the 2003 amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants.