John Logan Forsythe...attended the University of Arkansas where he met his wife, Ally...together they have a son, Trace...attended Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN...played for the silver-medal winning Team USA in the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro...his younger brother, Blake, is a free agent catcher...selected by the San Diego Padres in the first round (46th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and signed by Lane Decker.
In his first season with the Dodgers, he hit .224 with 56 runs, 19 doubles, six homers and 36 RBI along with a .351 OBP in 119 games...Hit well against southpaws, slashing .290/.418/.452 with 11 doubles, three homers and 16 RBI...his OBP against lefties ranked 12th best in the Majors (min. 150 PA)...Played majority of season at second base (80 G), but also appeared at third base (42 G), shortstop (2 G), left field (3 G), and first base (1 GS)...his .989 fielding percentage (3 E/587.2 INN) at second base ranked ninth best in the big leagues (min. 500 INN)...Appeared in 14 of 15 postseason games, hitting .297 with nine runs, two doubles and six RBI along with a .435 OBP.
Posted a .264/.333/.444 slashline in 127 games (125 starts) with the Rays and established career highs with 20 homers, four triples and 76 runs scored...Batted leadoff in all 125 games started...hit .314 (38-for-121)/.336/.463 in that spot in the first inning... Recorded a career-long nine-game hitting streak from June 25-July 3, batting .395 (15-for-38) with four doubles, one homer and four RBI during the streak...Honored by the MLBPAA as the Rays' Heart and Hustle Award winner.
On Feb 15, 2016 signed a contract to remain in a Rays uniform through 2017, with a club option for 2018...he will donate to the Rays Baseball Foundation over the course of the deal…Chosen as the Don Zimmer Award winner by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA, as the team's most valuable player...was the Rays nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, which goes to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league...established career highs in nearly every offensive category…Led the club with a .281 avg., .359 OBP and .444 SLG, as well as 39 multi-hit games, 55 walks and 24 two-out RBI...ranked 2nd on the team to Evan Longoria with 17 HR, 68 RBI, 152 hits, 33 doubles, 52 extra-base hits and 153 games played...entered the season with only 18 HR in 338 career games…His 17 HR were 3rd most among major league second basemen, behind MIN Brian Dozier (28) and SEA Robinson Cano (21)...among AL second basemen, ranked 4th in RBI and 2nd in OBP…His combination of 17 HR and .359 OBP was unmatched by any other major league second baseman (min. half of games at 2B)...only one second baseman in Rays history has matched those numbers: Ben Zobrist in 2009 (27 HR, .405 OBP)...the last major league second basemen to reach those marks were CLE Jason Kipnis (17 HR, .366 OBP) and NYY Robinson Cano (27 HR, .383 OBP) in 2013…His 5.1 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) ranked 2nd among major league second basemen behind DET Ian Kinsler (6.0), according to Baseball Reference (see chart)…Facing LHP, 28 of his 50 hits went for extra bases (16-2B, 2-3B, 10-HR), compared to only 24 of 102 hits against RHP (17-2B, 7-HR)...his 28 XBH vs. lefties were one shy of Evan Longoria's club record (2010), and his 10 HR tied for 3rd most in club history behind Carlos Peña (12 in 2009, 11 in 2007)...his .599 SLG vs. lefties ranked 3rd in the AL (see chart)...it was the 2nd-highest SLG vs. LHP in Rays history, behind Jonny Gomes (.614) in 2006. After the season was named as the AL's top "breakout defender" at second base by Baseball Info Solutions...while playing 2B, made seven plays more than average on balls hit to his left side, and recorded 8 Defensive Runs Saved…In addition to his 126 games (123 starts) at 2B, spent time at 1B (26 games, 15 starts), 3B (9 games, 4 starts) and DH (7 games, 6 starts)...no player in baseball played at least 5 games at 1B, 2B and 3B and hit as many home runs...on April 16 at TOR, became the first AL player to play 1B, 2B and 3B in the same game since TB Ben Zobrist on Sep 23, 2010 at NYY...they are the only two in franchise history to do it…Hit .313/.397/.504 (75-for-240) with 7 HR, 35 RBI and 21 2B against AL East opponents...batted .257 (77-for-300) outside the division…Batted over .280 in every month except July (.247)…By the All-Star break, had already established career highs in games started, homers, doubles and RBI…Made his first career Opening Day start, batting 8th and playing 2B...the next day, homered on the 11th pitch from Wei-Yin Chen, his longest AB ever ending in a homer...it was just the third Rays homer since 2008 on 11 pitches or more: Jonny Gomes (15) on June 28, 2008 at PIT (Damaso Marte) and Matt Joyce (11) on Aug 16, 2013 vs. TOR (R.A. Dickey)…Was involved in three of the Rays five back-to-back home runs in 2015: April 17 vs. NYY (with Allan Dykstra, off Adam Warren), May 11 vs. NYY (with Joey Butler, off CC Sabathia) and July 26 vs. BAL (with Evan Longoria, off Wei-Yin Chen)… On June 5 at SEA, hit a 9th-inning solo homer off Fernando Rodney, accounting for the game's only run in a 1-0 victory...became the 10th in Rays history to homer in a 1-0 win but just the third to do so in the final inning...joined Reid Brignac (Sep 13, 2010 vs. NYY) and Travis Lee (Aug 15, 2005 at CLE)…On June 24 vs. TOR, broke up Marco Estrada's perfect game bid with 1 out in the 8th on an infield single to 3B…Hit his first career inside-the-park HR on July 8 at KC off Jeremy Guthrie, the 14th in Rays history...2 innings later, Jarrod Dyson hit the 7th all-time vs. the Rays...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time two AL teams hit inside-the-park home runs in the same game since May 25, 1983 when DET Kirk Gibson and TOR Lloyd Moseby each hit one at Toronto…Named AL Player of the Week for Aug 31-Sep 6...batted .545 (12-for-22) with 5 R, 5 2B, 1 3B and 6 BB to earn his first career weekly honor...tied the club record with 9 hits in a 3-game series, Aug 31-Sep 2 at BAL, joining Brendan Harris (May 15-17, 2007 vs. TEX) and Carl Crawford (Aug 2-4, 2005 at TEX)…Reached base in 9 consecutive plate apps Sep 1-4 (at BAL, at NYY), tying Melvin Upton Jr.'s club record (Sep 11-12, 2011)...also had a hit in 7 straight AB, one shy of the club record (Aubrey Huff, Ty Wigginton)...reached base a career-high 5 times on Sep 2 at BAL…Missed the team's last 5 games due to a bruised right foot, after being hit by a pitch by Adam Conley on Sep 29 vs. MIA...had missed only 4 games all season prior to that.
In his first year with the Rays, played in a career-high 110 games, including 75 starts (58-2B, 13-DH, 2-LF, 1-3B, 1-SS)...it was his first full major league season free of injury...44 of his starts came vs. LHP...tied his career highs with 6 HR and 26 RBI...5 of his 6 HR came vs. LHP...From June 16-Aug 14, while the Rays were 33-18, batted .330/.376/.522 (38-for-115) with 5 HR and 15 RBI in 37 games...apart from that stretch, hit .156/.234/.210 (29-for-186) with 1 HR and 11 RBI in 73 games...hit .118 (8-for-68) from Aug 15 through season's end...Was one of two players in the majors to start a game in all nine slots of the batting order, along with teammate Brandon Guyer...B.J. Upton in 2007 was the only other Ray to do this...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, they became the first teammates to do it since Pete Mackanin and John Castino for the 1980 Twins...Made his only start at SS on Sep 24 at BOS, with Yunel Escobar injured, his 12th career start there...made his first career app at 1B on April 17 vs. NYY on a 9th-inning switch...Homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career June 28-29 at BAL...While playing 2B on June 30 at NYY, tied the club record (for any position) with 10 assists...tied Miguel Cairo, who did it twice (both at 2B)...that same night, delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the 12th for a 5-4 win, his second career go-ahead hit in extras (Sep 4, 2012 at LAD)...Made his first career Opening Day roster...started the 2013 (right plantar fasciitis) and 2012 (left foot surgery) seasons on the Padres DL.
Limited to 75 games with the Padres due to right plantar fasciitis and made 57 starts (31-2B, 9-SS, 8-3B, 7-LF, 2-RF)…began the season on the DL and was reinstated to make his season debut on June 10 after an 8-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson... Started 24 consecutive games (June 10-July 6) at 2B while rookie Jedd Gyorko was on DL... Started only 2 of the Padres final 23 games as the plantar fasciitis resurfaced, but entered 9 games as a pinch-hitter... Was one of only six major league players to appear in 10 games or more at four different positions in 2013, joining teammate Alexi Amarista, PHI Freddy Galvis, DET Don Kelly, NYM Justin Turner and LAD Skip Schumaker... Homered in his first at-bat of the season, on June 10 vs. ATL off Julio Teheran…over his first 17 games (June 10-28) hit .303/.356/.485 (20-for-66) with 3 HR and 11 RBI…after that, batted .175/.249/.266 (27-for-154) with 3 HR and 8 RBI in 58 games through the end of the season, dropping his season avg. to .214... Started in left field on June 14 vs. ARI, his first career appearance in any outfield position... Matched his career high with 6 HR (also 2012).
Set career-highs in nearly every offensive category, including games played (91), batting average (.273), hits (86), doubles (13), triples (three), home runs (six), RBI (26), runs (45), walks (28) and stolen bases (eight). Began the season on the DL after undergoing surgery on his left foot during Spring Training.Hit .259 (15-for-58) over 16 games on a rehab assignment with Triple-ATucson before being reinstated from the60-day DL on 6/3.After being reinstated, started with a six-game hit streak for SD, hitting .409 (9-for-22) over his first six games.Hit .304 (31-for-102) over his first 30 games for SD from 6/3-7/16, before hitting .158 (9-for-57) over his next 19games from 7/17-8/6 and finishing the year hitting .295 (46-for-156) over his final 42 games from 8/7-10/2.Over 23 games in September, hit .311 (28-for-90) with 22 runs scored.Off left-handed pitching, hit .384 (38-for-99) while hitting .222 (48-for-216) against right-handers.Hit the first Major League home run on 6/5 vs. SF, a walkoff solo home run off of Giants pitcher Steve Edlefsen...became the fourth Padre to hit a walkoff home run for his first career homer, and the third to do so against the Giants(also, Craig Lefferts on 4/25/86 and Benito Santiago on 9/17/86)...only other Padre with a walkoff homer for his firstcareer home run was Paul McAnulty on 9/6/06 (ELIAS).Hit his first career pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the eighth inning on 7/5 vs. CIN, his second career homer, totie the game at 1-1 before the Padres 2-1 victory in nine innings over the Reds.Made 76 starts total for the Padres, including 73 at 2B, two at SS and one at 3B...his start at SS on 8/13 at ATLwas the first of his career.
Started the season at Triple-A Tucson before spending the majority of the year with the Padres as part of his Major League debut...Originally had his contract selected by the Padres on 5/4 and made his Big League debut that day as a pinch-hitter...made three seperate stints with the Padres...optioned back to Tucson 5/17...recalled for his second stint 5/27 and optioned back 6/19...recalled for the final time 7/16 and spent the remainder of the season in the Majors...Collected his first Big League hit during his second trip to the Majors, 5/28 at WSH...Hit .308 (12-for-39) with runners in scoring position...Made 36 starts in the Majors, splitting his time between third base (21 starts) and second base (15 starts)...Season was cut short due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee 9/8...Split his playing time at Tucson between second base (27 games), third base (17 games) and shortstop (four games).
Played the entire season with Double-A San Antonio, moving to second base for the first time inhis professional career. ... Ranked among Texas League leaders in walks (1st, 75) and on-base percentage (6th, .377). ... Batted .316 (62-for-196) with 14 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 26 RBI in 52 road games. ... Limited to 14 games in April and just three in May after suffering a broken right hand. ... Placed on the disabled list 4/24...returned to action 5/29. ... Had 26 multi-hit games...notched a season-high four hits on 8/5 vs. Corpus Christi.
Split the season between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, appearing in 66 gameswith each club...Entered the season ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America...Combined to hit .296 (142-for-480) with 22 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs, 61 RBI, 83 runs scored and 11 stolen basesin 132 games...Posted a .504 slugging percentage at Lake Elsinore along with a .472 on-base percentage...Hit safely in 50 of his 66 games with the Storm, including 20 multi-hit efforts.
Appeared in just 13 games between Rookie-level Peoria and Single-A Eugene after signing as asupplement-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.