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Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson
Donaldson playing for the Oakland Athletics
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 20
Third baseman
Born: (1985-12-08) December 8, 1985
Pensacola, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 30, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .268
Hits 400
Home runs 63
Runs batted in 228
Career highlights and awards

Joshua Adam Donaldson (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Oakland Athletics where he was an All-Star in 2014.

High school & college

Donaldson attended Faith Academy in Mobile, Alabama and Auburn University, where he played college baseball for the Auburn Tigers baseball team in the Southeastern Conference.

Draft & minor league career

The Chicago Cubs drafted Donaldson in the first round (48th overall) of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] In his first minor league season, Donaldson played 53 games for the Rookie Arizona League Cubs and Short Season-A Boise Hawks, batting a combined .335 with 9 home runs and 25 RBI. He also walked more than he struck out, with 39 and 38 respectively.[1] In 2008, he played 63 games with the Class-A Peoria Chiefs, where he hit .217 with 6 home runs and 23 RBI.[1] Donaldson was then traded, along with Matt Murton, Eric Patterson and Sean Gallagher, to the Oakland Athletics for Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin.[2] He would then play 47 games with the Advanced-A Stockton Ports, where he batted .330 and had 9 home runs and 39 RBI.[1]

Donaldson played the entire 2009 season with the Double-A Midland RockHounds, and recorded a batting average of .270 with 9 home runs and 91 RBI.[1] Excluding a short trip to the major leagues in 2010, he spent the season with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, and hit .238 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI.[1] Donaldson played the entire 2011 season in Sacramento, improving his average to .261, and hit 17 home runs and 70 RBI.[1]

Major league career

Oakland Athletics

Donaldson was called up to the majors for the first time on April 30, 2010.[3] He made his debut that night as a pinch hitter, and struck out. On May 1, 2010, Donaldson recorded his first major league hit, a 2-run home run on the first pitch by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dana Eveland.[4]

Donaldson officially converted to third base from catching in the beginning of the 2012 season during spring training. He started the regular season as the everyday third baseman for the A's for the first half, but due to struggles he was sent to the Triple-A Detroit Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal. His shot was also the first walk-off win for the A's in 2013. Donaldson also hit his first career grand slam on June 7 against Chicago White Sox hurler Chris Sale. He played 158 games, and finished the season with 24 home runs, 93 RBI and a .301 average. Donaldson finished fourth in AL MVP voting.[5]

Donaldson was elected to his first All-Star appearance in 2014, and was the starter at third base for the American League.[6] Donaldson hit a 3-run walk-off home run in the 9th inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 17 to lead the A's to beat the O's 5-4. Donaldson won his first career Fielding Bible Award for his work at third base.[7]

Toronto Blue Jays

On November 28, 2014, Donaldson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, and Franklin Barreto.[8]

Personal life

Donaldson was raised by only his mother, Lisa French, with his father Levon Donaldson having been imprisoned for most of his childhood.[9]

His father watched him play baseball in person for the first time on September 13, 2013, against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. He had two hits in three at bats, walking twice, with a homer, a double and three runs batted in, in a 9-8 Athletics victory.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Josh Donaldson Minor League Statistics & History".  
  2. ^ Cubs acquire right-handed pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from Oakland
  3. ^ Suzuki on 15-day DL with intercostal strain
  4. ^ "Josh Donaldson hits first major league home run". May 1, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ [1]
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  8. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (November 28, 2014). "Donaldson reeled in from A's for Lawrie, prospects". Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Slusser, Susan (May 23, 2013). "A's Donaldson takes nothing for granted". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ Slusser, Susan (September 14, 2013). "A's hold off Rangers in 9-8 marathon". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  11. ^ Brown, Tim (September 15, 2013). "A's Josh Donaldson shows father what he missed". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Auburn Tigers bio
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