Full name is Jason Thomas Donald...Graduated from Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif., in 2003...lettered in both baseball and football...named All-State in baseball twice and in football as a senior...Selected by the Anaheim Angels in the 20th round of the 2003 June Free Agent Draft, but did not sign...Named a Freshman All-American during his first season (2004) at the University of Arizona.
Jason spent the entire 2013 season with Louisville (AAA) in the Cincinnati Reds' organization...limited to 78
games after missing five weeks of action with a right shoulder injury, going on the disabled list April 28...Hit .310 (13-for-42) with five doubles and a homer over his first 10 games...but just .202 (42-for-208) in his final 68 contests.
Made 43 apps during 3 stints with the Indians (4/5-5/11, 6/30-7/6, 8/8-remainder of the
season) ... for the Tribe played 3B (12g, 11gs), SS (15g, 9gs), 2B (8g, 8gs), LF (4g, 4gs) and CF (1g, 1gs) ...
were his first career apps in the outfield ... on 9/14 vs Det was hit by a Justin Verlander pitch and didn't play
again until 9/29 ... in his last 21 apps at Class AAA Columbus prior to this third and final promotion hit .341
(10 2b, 4hr, 13rbi) ... for the Clippers played SS (33g), 2B (10g), 3B (7g), LF (11g) and RF (6g) ... hit for the
cycle on 6/19 at Charlotte.
Donald entered spring training as the hopeful starting third baseman before a broken left hand ended his exhibition season and delayed the start of his 2011 campaign, which eventually began in AAA Columbus and ended on a successful note in Cleveland...His .318 average was the 15th highest mark in the AL in the second half (min 100PA). ..Was hit by pitch on the left hand vs. Chicago-AL (Gavin Floyd) on March 5 and was later diagnosed with a fractured left hand after returning to play 4 days later only to experience more soreness...Was placed on the 15-day DL on March 22 and began a rehab assignment on April 10 and was later optioned to AAA Columbus on April 29...Recalled on July 31 when Orlando Cabrera was traded to SF and spent the remainder of the season with Cleveland...At AAA Donald hit .310 (54-174) with 32 runs scored, 12 doubles, 4 HR and 15RBI (.397 OBP/.448 SLG/.845 OPS) in 47 games (19G at 3B, 25G at SS) at Columbus in 2011...With the Clippers he hit .357 (20-56) with a HR and 4RBI off left-handed pitching and his average climbed each month of the season (.250 in April, .280 in May, .315 in June, .320 in July)...In 16 second half games he hit .339 (21-62) with 7 2B & 5RBI...Was on the minor league DL from May 11-June 19 with a left knee sprain...Also appeared in 9 games at AA Akron rehabbing from the two injuries...Overall with Cleveland made 19 starts at second base (19G), 3 starts at third base (4G) and 10 starts at shortstop (16G)...Enjoyed a career-long 8-game hitting streak from August 23-Sept 2...From August 21 thru the end of the season he hit .350 (36-103) w/10RS, 4 2B, 1HR & 6RBI over his final 29 games (.803OPS)....From August 23-on he hit .358 (34-95)...Had a .949 OPS vs. LHP...Hit .341 (15-44) in the 7-hole in the order, .206 (16-54) with runners on base and .316 (6-19) with RISP-2outs...Reported to Fall Instructional League after the season where he played some outfield.
Donald spent most of the season with Cleveland after being promoted from AAA Columbus on May 18 when Asdrubal
Cabrera broke his left forearm...Spent the remainder of the season at the big league level between shortstop and
...At Columbus he hit .277 (38-137) with 27 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 17RBI in 37 games...
Also stole 10 bases in 12 attempts...At the time of his recall He ranked T3rd in the International League in runs scored
(27) and T6th in stolen bases (10)...Hit .321 (27-84) in April with 16RS, 2HR & 13 RBI in 22 games and hit .328 (20-61)
with runners on base for the Clippers.
...Made his Major League debut on May 18 at Tampa Bay (2-3, RS) and collected his first hit that day off David Price...
Hit his first Major League home run on May 25 vs. Chicago-AL off Jake Peavy...Collected a season/career-high 4 hits
on July 5 at Texas and August 27 vs. KC...Walked 3 times on July 31 at Toronto...Overall he made 44 starts (47G) at shortstop with a fielding % of .956 (9E, 205TC) and 40 starts at second base (41G),
where he compiled a fielding % of .984 (192TC, 3E)...Hit in 10 of last 15G: 14-55 (.255) HR, 4RBI...Hit at least .256
in each month, May thru August, with the exception of his injury-shortened September (.167, 4-24, 7G)...Collected an
OPS of .833 off LHP (.286/.390/.443) vs. an OPS of .643 vs. RHP (.243/.285/.358)...Overall among AL rookies he was
6th in batting average (.253), T5th in RS (39), T3rd in 3B (3), 7th in hits (75) and T4th in EB hits (26)
...Season ended prematurely after bunting a ball off his right hand on a failed squeeze attempt on September 11 vs.
Minnesota in the 7th inning...Suffered a bruised tendon in his right index finger and missed the final 20 games of the
season...Hit .286 (20-70) w/2HR & 7RBI off LHP.
Donald, 24, entered the 2009 season as the No. 4 overall prospect in the Phillies organization according to Baseball America and the 69th best overall prospect in all of Minor League baseball by BA...Had an injury-plagued season, missing 6 weeks from June 12-July 27 after having left knee surgery (torn meniscus) and following his acquisition from Philadelphia he was limited to just 10 games with AAA Columbus due to a lower back injury...Opened the season on the AAA Lehigh Valley active roster and was hitting .230 (47-204) thru the first 51 games of the season before persistent knee soreness shut him down...Appeared in 9 games for the GCL Phillies before his activation on July 28 vs. Columbus (2-4, RS, 2B) and subsequent trade...Hit in 7 of the 10 games he appeared in with Columbus and went 1-for-3 w/a HR & 4RS on August 6 vs. Buffalo and was 3-for-4 w/3RS & a double vs. Indianapolis in his final game of August 13...Was 11-for-39 (.282) on the year vs. LHP...Added to 40-man roster on Nov 20.
Won the Bill Giles Award in spring training...Spent the season with Reading (AA)...Was the starting SS for Team USA in the All-Star Futures Game, 7/13 at Yankee Stadium...Played for Team USA in the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China and won the bronze medal (.381, 8-21, 2B, HR, 5 RBI); led the team in average...Midseason and postseason Eastern League All-Star...Named to the Eastern League Baseball Writers Association postseason
All-Star team...T-4th in the Eastern League in avg (.307), 5th in SLG % (.497) and 7th in OBP (.391)...Played for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League and finished 2nd in avg (.407, 37-91, 12 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBI); hit safely in 19 of his 25 games...Named to the AFL's Top Prospect Team, as selected by league managers, coaches and
Began the season with Lakewood (A) and was named a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star...Hit
safely in 24 of his first 27 games of the season (.369, 41-111, 23 RBI, 23 R, 10 BB)...Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for May (.327, 35-107, 16 RBI, 29 R, 21 BB)...Promoted to Clearwater (A) on 6/4
Made his pro debut with Batavia (A)...Selected as a New York-Penn League Midseason All-Star