Dustin Eli Whiteside...he and his wife Amy were married on Jan. 31, 2004 and have a son Whit (2/24/10)...grew up on his grandfather's 80-acre farm in New Albany, MS...played baseball and soccer at New Albany's W.P. Daniel High School (graduated 1998)...played 3 seasons at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS where he was a business major...was very active in the community during his tenure in San Francisco.
In his first and only season with the Rangers organization, Eli spent the entire campaign at Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .187 (42-for-225) with six doubles, five home runs and 25 RBI in 67 games during an injury-plagued season ... Went 1-for-4 with a home run and a season-high three RBI on June 16 at Oklahoma City ... Posted a season-best, six-game hitting streak, June 16-23 … batted .318 (7-for-22) with a home run and five RBI ... His .278 average (10-for-36) in 10 August games was a monthly-best during the season ... Logged nearly identical averages against left and right-handed hurlers, batting .186 (13-for-70) against southpaws and .187 (29-for-155) against righties ... Landed on Round Rock's seven-day D.L. twice; July 24-31 with a right calf strain and August 14-24 with tendinitis in his right elbow ... Joined the Rangers after signing a minor league contract on February 26.
Appeared in just 12 major league games over 2 stints
with San Francisco...was recalled from Fresno (AAA) on July 18
and was 1-for-8 in 6 games/2 starts at catcher before returning to
the Grizzlies on August 1...rejoined the Giants on August 26 and
was 0-for-3 in 6 games/1 start the rest of the regular season...
lone hit was an RBI double on July 20 at PHI...had 37 errorless
chances behind the plate and caught 2 of 4 runners attempting
to steal...was not on any of San Francisco's playoff rosters...
started 54 games at catcher and 3 as the DH at Fresno...batted
just .200 in his 1st 31 games before hitting at a .345 (19-55) clip
in his next 17 contests to improve to .248 through August 3...
was just 4-for-36 in final 12 games...had 3 hits on May 24 at
Albuquerque and July 1 at Tacoma...hit .368 (14-38) when leading off an inning...fielded .995 (2 E/418 TC) in 56 games behind
the plate and threw out 25 of 69 runners trying to steal (36.2%).
In his 3rd season in big leagues, spent year on
SF's roster as backup catcher to Bengie Molina
at beginning of year, then eventually to Buster
Posey...batted .238 (30-for-126) with 4 HRs and
10 RBI in career-high 56 games ... Started 32 contests (all at C) and caught 9-of-39 attempted
base stealers ... Of his 32 starts, 19 came with Jonathan Sanchez on
mound ... Started just 6 times in SF's last 57 contests and started
back-to-back games just twice all season (July 7-8 at
Milwaukee and Aug. 28-29 vs. Arizona) ... Went 24-for-106 (.226) with 5 2Bs, 4 HRs, and 10 RBI as
starter, hitting safely in 18 of his 32 starts, including 6
> Hit only .154 (6-for-39) w/RISP and was just 3-for-hislast-
24 (.125) in those situations ... POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Did not appear in any games during
In his 3rd season in big leagues, spent year on SF's roster as backup catcher to Bengie Molina at beginning of year, then eventually to Buster Posey...batted .238 (30-for-126) with 4 HRs and 10 RBI in career-high 56 games ... Started 32 contests (all at C) and caught 9-of-39 attempted base stealers ... Of his 32 starts, 19 came with Jonathan Sanchez on mound ... Started just 6 times in SF's last 57 contests and started back-to-back games just twice all season (July 7-8 at Milwaukee and Aug. 28-29 vs. Arizona) ... Went 24-for-106 (.226) with 5 2Bs, 4 HRs, and 10 RBI as starter, hitting safely in 18 of his 32 starts, including 6 multi-hit contests ... Hit only .154 (6-for-39) w/RISP and was just 3-for-his-last-24 (.125) in those situations.
Did not appear in any games during postseason.
Spent his 1st nearly full season at major league level, batting .228 (29-for-127)
with 6 2B's, 3B, 2 HR's and 13 RBI in 49 games with Giants after having contract purchased from
triple-A May 24...caught 5 of SF's 18 shutouts, including Jonathan Sanchez's no-hitter July 10...was
1st Giants' backstop to catch no-hitter since Gary Alexander caught John Montefusco's no-hitter
Sept. 9, 1976...it was 2nd time since 1995 that rookie had been behind plate to catch no-hitter
since Chicago-NL's Geovany Soto called Carlos Zambrano's no-hit game Sept. 14, 2008 (Elias)...had
caught 2 no-hitters in minors during his career (Baltimore's Radhames Liz, as well as combined
effort between pitching staff)...his other 4 shutouts came June 28 at Milwaukee, July 3 vs. Houston,
Aug. 28 vs. Colorado, and Sept. 2 at Philadelphia...started 33 games behind dish and threw out
8-of-28 (28.6%) potential base stealers...hit .238 (25-for-105) with 2 HR's and 13 RBI in starting
role...made his return to majors for 1st time since 2005 when he had his contract purchased on
May 24...started at catcher that day in Seattle, marking 1st start since Sept. 30, 2005 (while with
Baltimore)...collected 1st NL hit and 1st knock overall since July 16, 2005, going 1-for-3 with RBI
single...hit his 1st career HR Aug. 5 in Houston with bases loaded...became just 4th Giants player
and 13th in franchise history whose 1st major league home run was grand slam...others were Bobby
Bonds (June 25, 1968 vs. LAD), Dave Kingman (July 31, 1971 vs. Pittsburgh) and Brian Dallimore
(April 30, 2004 vs. Florida)...started at catcher for 8-straight games Aug. 25-Sept. 2 with Bengie
Molina suffering from strained upper right quad...recorded career-best 3 hits Sept. 30 vs. Arizona,
finishing 3-for-3 with HR and 3 RBI...hit safely over his final 3 games (6-for-10) while driving in 5 runs, after having 8 RBI in his previous 46 games...began season at triple-A batting .241 (28-for-116) with 7 2B's, 3B, 6 HR's and 24 RBI in 34 games...hit .314 (11-for-35) with RISP...homered 5 times in 5 games May 8-13, including 2 homer contest May 10...had season-high 6-game hit streak May 8-14, batting .407 (11-for-27) with 2 2B's, 5 HR's and 15 RBI over stretch...
Started year in Minnesota organization at triple-A Rochester playing in 8 games and batting .167 (4-for-24) with 1 HR and 1 RBI...was released April 30 and signed minor league contract with San Francisco May 5...assigned to triple-A Fresno where he played in 49 games, hitting .238 (36-for-151)...
Began season at triple-A Norfolk...transferred to double-A Bowie May 11...hit safely in 5 of 6 games, May 15-22...homered on consecutive games, June 6-8...was placed on disabled with fractured right cheekbone June 18-July 12...compiled season-high 7-game hit-streak, going 9-for-27 (.333), July 13-20...disabled for remainder of season with concussion, Aug. 6...signed with Minnesota as minor league free agent, November 20....
Spent the season at AAA Ottawa...Hit .281 (45-156) in 46 home games and .201 (32-159) in 46 road
games...Was batting .164 through May 13, then hit safely in 6 of 8 games to raise his average to .231 on May 24...Batted .387 (12-31) with 3 homers and 7 RBI in that stretch...Had an 8-game hitting streak, July 18-30, in which he batted .438 (14-32) with 3 doubles, 2 HR and
7 RBI...After an 0-for-8 stretch, went 5-for-10 over 3 games, August 6-10, to raise his average to a
season-high .251...Had 5 three-hit games, including back-to-back outings on July 23-24 vs. Norfolk...Had his first 2-homer game on May 19 vs. Syracuse...Drove in 4 RBI on May 21 vs. Rochester.
Spent the majority of the season at AAA Ottawa and appeared in 9 games in two stints with the
Orioles...Batted .295 with Ottawa in June and was hitting .263 in 63 games when he was recalled on 7/3
after catcher Geronimo Gil was placed on the disabled list...Made his major league debut on 7/5 at New
York, entering at catcher in the 6th inning and grounding into a double play in his only at-bat off Randy
Johnson...Started on 7/9 against Boston and collected his first major league hit with an RBI single off
Scott Cassidy in the 8th inning...Went 2-for-3 in his next start on 7/16 at Seattle...Entered as a defensive
replacement in three more games before being optioned to Ottawa on 7/25 when Javy Lopez was activated
from the disabled list...Went 3-for-8 in his first stint with the Orioles...Had a sea son-high 3 hits on 8/10 at Rochester and batted .183 (20-109) in 31 games in his second stint with Ottawa...Joined
the Orioles on 9/6 following the conclusion of Ottawa's schedule...Appeared in 3 games in September,
including one start, and went 0-for-4...Threw out 1 of 4 runners attempting to steal with the
Orioles...Tossed out 40% (24 of 60) of runners attempting to steal at Ottawa.
Spent the season at AA Bowie and ranked 4th in the Orioles organization with 18 home runs...Had a
pair of 2-homer games, May 17 vs. Akron and July 28 at Erie.
Hit just .187 with 8 home runs at home but batted .310 with 8 homers on the road.
Had 4 RBI in a game twice, June 24 vs. New Hampshire and July 29 at Erie...Drove in runs in 32 of 98
games with a plate appearance.
Was batting .300 (30-100) after getting a career-high 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run on June
7 at Erie...Batted just .228 (45-197) over his last 58 games to end the season at .253.
Hit .279 in the first half through July 12...After the Double-A All-Star break, batted just .206 (22-
107)...Had only 4 multi-hit games in the 2nd half after having 15 in the first half.
Struck out once every 4.57 at-bats, his worst ratio in 4 minor league seasons...Overall has struck out
once every 5.19 at-bats in his career.
Played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League and batted .329 (23-70), with 6 2B, a 3B, 4
HR and 20 RBI in 18 games...Was 2nd on the team with a .647 slugging pct., which would have tied for
2nd in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.
Was 3rd on Peoria in RBI and 4th in homers despite having the 12th highest at-bat total.
Played across 3 different levels (Bowie, GCL-Orioles and Aberdeen).
Split time with Class A Frederick and double-A Bowie playing in 107 games combined ... Tied for club lead in HRs (8) and was 3rd in 2Bs (19) with
Class-A Frederick ... Promoted to double-A Bowie July 27 and had 4 consecutive
2-hit games during 7-game hit-streak Aug. 21-25.
Spent 1st professional season at Class A Delmarva and batted .250 (53-for-212) with 7 home runs
and 28 RBI ... Was 2nd on club in HRs ... Threw out 30 of 73 (41%) runners attempting to steal.