Jed Carlson Lowrie graduated from North Salem (OR) High School before attending Stanford University...At Stanford, earned First-Team All-American and All-Pac-10 honors from Baseball America in 2004 and 2005…Hit .338 with 47 doubles, 31 homers, 162 RBI and 143 runs in 179 games over three seasons while posting a .565 slugging percentage and .428 on-base percentage…Named a Baseball America Pre-Season FirstTeam All-American on three occasions…As a sophomore in 2004, captured Pac-10 Player of the Year honors after winning the conference Triple Crown with a .399 batting average, 17 home runs and 68 RBI...Was a 2004 national semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate player…In 2005, led the Cardinal with 14 homers, 66 RBI, a .594 slugging percentage and .416 OBP, while batting .317 and starting all 59 of Stanford's games...Enjoys cooking and photography in his spare time...His mom, who was a 4-H Extension Agent, taught him how to cook...Has a large wine collection...Collects sports memorabilia as well...Traveled to Colombia in January 2015 as a sports envoy in Major League Baseball's "Diamond Diplomacy" program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State...His wife served in State Department as a foreign service officer.
Received three AL MVP votes, finishing 20th in the balloting...Were the first MVP votes he garnered in his career...Posted career-highs with 23 home runs and 99 RBI and led American League second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage...Also had career highs in games (157), walks (78) and strikeouts (128)...Was named to his first All-Star Team...Entered the Midsummer Classic in the sixth inning and went 0-2 with a walk...Ranked eighth in the AL in RBI and walks and ninth in batting with runners in scoring position (.324, 47-145)...Also tied for sixth in the AL in games, tied for seventh in at bats (596), tied for 10th in multi-hit games (48) and three-hit games (12)...Ranked second in the majors with 82 RBI as a second baseman behind only Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett (92)…His 18 home runs were tied for second among AL second basemen...Led the majors with 21 RBI in the eighth inning…Was second in the AL in game-winning RBI (18), tied for fourth in RBI in the seventh inning or later (37) and tied for sixth in go-ahead RBI (24)...His 99 RBI ranked second among major league switch hitters behind Cleveland's José Ramírez (106)...Batted .273 (111-407) with 19 of his 23 home runs against right-handed pitchers compared to .254 (48-189) against left-handers...Hit 19 of his 23 home runs on the road and slugged .522 on the road compared to .366 in Oakland…Tied for fourth in the AL in road home runs and ranked 10th in road slugging...Was batting .285 (103-362) with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 94 games at the All-Star break... Homered on his birthday for the first time in his career April 17 against Chicago-AL...Is 7-22 (.318) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in seven career games on his birthday...Notched the 1,000th hit of his career on August 12 at the Angels (was also his 250th career double)...Hit his 100th career home run on August 14 vs. Seattle off Félix Hernández.
Set an Oakland record with 49 doubles, breaking the previous mark of 47 set by Jason Giambi in 2001…ranked second in the majors to Cleveland's Jose Ramirez (56) and second in Athletics history to Al Simmons (53 in 1926)…had the eighth best double total by a switch hitter in Major League history…had career highs in runs (86), doubles, extra base hits (66), walks (73) and strikeouts (100)…his 153 games played were one short of his best and it marked just the third time in his 10 seasons in the majors he played in 100 or more games…all three have come as an Athletic…led the A's with a .277 batting average…hit .310 over his first 46 games, .221 over a 52-game stretch from May 27 to July 28 and .300 over his final 55 contests…also led the A's in hits (157), doubles, triples (3) and on-base percentage (.360) and tied for the team lead in games and walks…the switch-hitter batted .283 (123-for-435) with 12 of his 14 home runs against right-handed pitching compared to .258 (34-for-132) against left-handers…however, has a .253 (605-for-2391) career average against righties compared to .280 (279-for-997) against lefties…10 of his home runs were solo shots…batted .293 with runners in scoring position but had a .155 average with RISP and two outs…ranked second among ML second basemen with a .991 fielding percentage (Dozier, MIN .993) and was fourth among American League second basemen in double plays (98)…the double plays tied for second most in Oakland history and were the most since Mark Ellis set the record with 104 in 2007…his fielding percentage was sixth best in Oakland history but his 4.25 total chances per nine innings were the fewest…appeared in 136 games at second base and one at third base (Sept. 6 vs. Los Angeles-AL)…went 2-for-4 (.500) with two walks and two RBI as a pinch hitter and is now 5-for-10 (.500) with five walks and six RBI in the pinch over the last three years…led the majors in line drives (155) and line drive percentage (33.0%)…the line drives were the most by an Athletic since Stats, Inc. began tracking them in 1988 (previous: 136 by Carney Lansford in 1989)…had the fifth highest ground ball/fly ball ratio in the AL (0.79) and the seventh highest walk/strikeout ratio (0.73)…made a team-leading 102 starts batting third and hit .294 in those games…hit .191 as the designated hitter and .195 with two outs.
OAKLAND: Committed his first error of the season April 28 at Houston, which snapped a 75- game errorless as a second baseman…it was his first error since May 4, 2016 and the errorless streak was third longest in Oakland history by a second baseman…later had a 43-game errorless streak from July 4 to Aug. 26…hit .292 in April and now has a .307 (188-for-612) career average in the month…has a .260 or lower average in all other months…then hit .291 in May…had his third career two-homer game May 8 against Los Angeles (AL), but it was his first since Oct. 3, 2010 vs. New York (AL)…went 651 games between two-homer games…his second home run that night was the game-ending shot with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning…it was his fourth career game-ending hit, his second home run (Aug. 21, 2010 vs. Toronto)…hit .552 (16-for29) during a season-best seven-game hitting streak from May 18-26…was a perfect 4-for-4 May 24 against Miami, which matched his career high four hits (seventh time)…had four RBI June 3 against Washington, which was a career high at the time…doubled in the first inning July 6 at Seattle for the 200th two-bagger of his career…struck out just once over a 16-game stretch from July 19 to Aug. 4 (64 plate appearances)…had his eighth and final two-double game of the season Aug. 26 against Texas, which were the most by an Athletic since Al Simmons had nine in 1926… had a walk-off single Sept. 8 against Houston for his second game-ending RBI of the season and the fifth of his career…had three RBI Sept. 18 at Detroit and then drove in a career-high five runs the next night against the Tigers on the strength of his third career grand slam…had his 48th double of the season Sept. 29 at Texas, which broke Jason Giambi's Oakland record of 47 set in 2001…batted .318 in September, which was his best single-month average since he hit .330 in June of 2013.
Returned to the A's following the 2015 season and batted .263 with two home runs and 27 RBI in 87 games in a season shortened due to two stints on the disabled list…it marked the seventh time in nine seasons in the majors he appeared in fewer than 100 games…missed 69 games while on the DL and has now missed 152 games during three stints on the DL over the last two seasons…his two home runs matched his career low from his first two seasons (2008 and 2009)…his average decreased each month of the season as he hit .314 in April, .302 in May, .268 in June, .202 in July and .125 in two games in August…has a .310 (162-for-523) career average in April, .246 (565-for-2298) in all other months…hit .298 (25-for-84) against left-handed pitching compared to .252 (64-for-254) against right-handers…connected for both of his home runs off righties…his career splits are .283 (245-for-865) against lefties, .246 (482-for-1956) against righties…batted .281 with runners in scoring position…went 13-for-24 (.542) with RISP over his first 29 games, 3-for-33 (.091) over his final 58…was 5-for-23 (.217) with RISP and two outs…had a .313 batting average and .370 on-base percentage leading off an inning…hit .283 in 71 games before the All-Star Break, .182 in 16 games after the break…batted .313 in the eighth inning or later…appeared in 82 games at second base, including a team-leading 80 starts…committed six errors in his first 25 games at second base through May 4, but none over his final 57 contests…that is the 10th longest errorless streak by a second baseman in Oakland history…posted a .984 fielding percentage…had just 58 career games at second base entering the season and none since 2013…also appeared in two games at shortstop and made four starts at designated hitter…went 1-for-3 (.333) with a RBI as a pinch hitter and is 3-for-6 (.500) with three walks and four RBI in the pinch over the last two years…started games at every spot in the order except ninth…made a team-leading 48 starts batting second.
Returned to Houston after two seasons with the A's and batted .222 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 69 games…missed 83 games while on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right thumb…the batting average was second lowest of his career to a .147 mark in 32 games with Boston in 2009…23 of his 51 hits (45.1%) were for extra bases (14 doubles) and he slugged .400…walked 28 times for a .312 on-base percentage…hit .267 (16-for-60) against left-handed pitching compared to .206 (35-for-170) against right-handers…hit four of his nine home runs against lefties for a .533 slugging percentage… slugged just .353 against righties…batted .167 in interleague play…made 45 starts at third base, 16 at shortstop and one at designated hitter…each of his 16 starts at short came before going on the DL…all 45 of his starts at third came following his return from the DL…did not commit an error in 17 games and 74 total chances overall at shortstop…committed three errors in 47 games at third base for a .966 fielding percentage…went 2-for-3 (.667) with three walks, a home run and three RBI as a pinch hitter… started games in every spot in the order from two through seven and saw his most action with 24 starts in the clean-up spot…averaged a career-best 4.10 pitches per plate appearance…matched his career high with five intentional walks.
Batted .249 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games in his second season with the A's…missed 16 games at the end of August with a fractured right index finger…had career highs in walks (51), intentional walks (5) and hit by pitches (5)…did not steal a base for the second time in his career…hit .278 with a .400 on-base percentage over his first 31 games through May 5...batted .168 with a .244 on-base percentage over a 43-game stretch from May 6-June 25 and .289 with a .331 on-base percentage over his final 62 games…the switch-hitter batted .261 (92x353) with five of his six home runs coming when batting left handed compared to .221 (33x149) when hitting right-handed…all six of his home runs were solo shots…in Oakland history, the only player with more home runs in a season, all of which came with the bases empty, is IF/OF Jeremy Giambi (8 in 2002)…hit .212 with runners in scoring position after batting .300 with RISP in 2013…appeared exclusively at shortstop, where he made a team-leading 129 starts…committed 13 errors for a .974 fielding percentage, which was the best mark by an A's shortstop since IF Bobby Crosby in 2004 (.975)…started games in every spot in the order except fourth and ninth and saw his most action with 43 starts batting second and 43 hitting sixth
Was acquired by the A's from Houston in February and batted .290 with 45 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 75 RBI in 154 games…set an Athletics record for doubles by a switch hitter and an Oakland record for hits by a switch-hitter (175)…equalled Brent Gates' Oakland record for batting average by a switch-hitter, established in 1993…the doubles ranked second in the American League (Machado, BAL 51), second in Oakland history and tied for seventh in Athletics history … fell two short of the Oakland record of 47 set by Jason Giambi in 2001…prior to 2013, he had not appeared in more than 97 games in any of his five seasons in the majors…in addition to games played, he posted career highs in batting average, on-base percentage (.344), at bats (603), runs (80), hits (175), doubles, RBI, walks (50), extra base hits (62) and strikeouts (91)…led the A's in at bats, hits, doubles and grounded into double plays (17) … tied for second in the AL with 17 games of three or more hits, which was the fifth highest total in Oakland history … the switch-hitter batted .310 (66-for-213) when hitting right-handed compared to .279 (109-for-309) when batting left-handed … hit 14 of his 15 home runs off righties…his career splits are .299 (173-for-579) when batting right-handed, .247 (289-for-1172) when hitting left-handed…batted .303 on the road and .300 with runners in scoring position …hit .297 in his 119 games as a shortstop…led AL shortstops in slugging percentage (.472), doubles (40) and extra base hits (54), ranked second in batting average, third in RBI (66) and tied for third in home runs (13)…had a .320 batting average with nine walks (.393 on-base percentage) in 20 interleague games … is a .301 (40-for-133) career hitter in interleague play…started 150 games, including 115 at shortstop, 23 at second base and 12 at designated hitter…committed 16 errors in 119 games overall at shortstop for a .962 fielding percentage … the fielding percentage was the lowest among Major League shortstops and sixth lowest in Oakland history…it was the lowest since Alfredo Griffin in 1985 (.960)…averaged 3.70 total chances per nine innings, which was the lowest mark by a Major League shortstop since complete innings data is first available in 1974…the previous low was 3.71 by Derek Jeter in 2011 … tied for third among AL shortstops in errors…also made two errors in 24 games at second base (.972 fielding percentage) and his 18 total errors tied for second most among all AL fielders (Ramirez, CWS 22)…hit .240 in 13 games at designated hitter and was 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts as a pinch hitter…led the A's with 68 starts batting third and 48 starts hitting second…started games at every spot in the order except eighth and ninth.
OAKLAND: Had back-to-back games with two doubles April 3 and 4 against Seattle…scored a run in a career-high seven consecutive games from April 3-10…committed an error in three consecutive games, April 7-10…homered three times over his first seven games through April 7…then had a career high 62-game homerless streak from April 9 to June 20…matched his career high with four RBI April 15 against Houston…also had four-RBI games Aug. 9 at Toronto and Sept. 11 at Minnesota and now has six four-RBI games in his career…went 4 for 4 April 19 at Tampa Bay, matching his career high in hits…that boosted his average to .413 over his first 17 games…then went 11-for-59 (.186) over his next 15 games from April 20 to May 7 to fall to .303…went 2-for-9 in the 19-inning game April 29 against Los Angeles (AL) to tie the Oakland record for at bats in a game (11th time, last: Mike Heath at Texas, July 1, 1979) … batted .333 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI in the month of April…set an Oakland record for hits in the first month of the season with 34…broke the previous mark of 33 held by Stan Javier (1994) and Ben Grieve (1998)…tied the Oakland record for doubles in April (Mark Ellis, 2003) … added 13 walks for a .409 on-base percentage, which was the highest single month on-base percentage of his career…now has a .314 (89-for-283) career batting average in the first month of the season…hit .258 in 25 games in the month of May to drop his batting average to .297 … then batted .330 in the month of June…had his fourth career four-hit game June 1 against Chicago (AL) … went a career-high 11 consecutive games without a RBI from June 4-15…tied an Oakland record for putouts in a nine inning game by a second baseman June 8 against Chicago (AL) with eight…hit .457 (16-for-35) with nine runs, two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and five multiple hit games during a nine-game hitting streak from June 20-30 … then went 12-for-69 (.174) over his next 18 games from July 1-24 … went 0-for-4 July 2 against Chicago (NL) after hitting safely in each of his first 12 interleague games (17-for-44, .386)…that tied for the third longest interleague hitting streak in Oakland history…it gave him a 14-game interleague hitting streak dating back to 2012…was batting .301 at the conclusion of play July 12 but that would be his last day over .300…had a season-best 21-game errorless streak at shortstop from Aug. 4 to Sept. 3…had his fifth career four-hit game Aug. 9 at Toronto…had a career high 12-game hitting streak from Aug. 18-30…went 20-for-50 (.400) with 10 runs, nine doubles, two triples, one home run, nine RBI and six multiple hit games during the streak … collected at least one extra base hit in 11 of those games, including a career-high six straight from Aug. 18-24…tripled in back-to-back games against Seattle Aug. 20 and 21 … doubled in the first inning Aug. 27 at Detroit to set an all-time Athletics record for doubles by a switch-hitter with 37…broke the previous mark of 36 set by Nick Swisher in 2007…matched his career high with three runs scored Aug. 28 at Detroit … batted .287 in the month of August but 17 of his 31 hits were for extra bases (13 doubles, two triples, two home runs)…led the majors in doubles in August and tied for second in extra base hits…the 13 doubles set an Oakland record for the month of August and were the most by an Athletic since Dick Siebert had 15 in 1939…fell one short of the Oakland record for doubles in any month (Jason Giambi, 14 in July of 1996)…the 17 extra base hits tied the Oakland record for extra base hits in August (Crisp, 2012, Tejada, 2003)…hit .218 over his first 15 games in September but then batted .364 with three home runs, eight RBI and six multiple hit games over his final 10 contests … had five home runs and 17 RBI in 25 games in September … started all five games at shortstop in the ALDS against Detroit and went 3-for-20 (.150) with a home run and three RBI.
Set career highs in games (97), at-bats (340), runs (43), hits (83), home runs (16) and walks (43) in his first season with the Astros...led the club in walks...posted 16 home runs as the Astros shortstop, which ranked second on the club and third among all National League shortstops...also ranked second among NL shortstops with his .436 slugging percentage...his 16 home runs rank second in franchise history among shortstops in a single season, trailing only Dickie Thon's 20 homers in 1983...traditionally a stronger performer while batting right-handed, reversed that trend in 2012, posting a .265 (67-for-253) average while batting left-handed and a .184 (16-for-84) mark against lefties...played 93 games, including 90 starts at shortstop, posting a .980 fielding percentage at the position...had the best fielding percentage among NL shortstops with 90 or more games and ranked seventh in the Majors...finished his season by not committing an error in his final 31 games (116 total chances)...also began his season with a 23-game errorless streak before committing his first error May 9 against Miami...began the season on the disabled list and missed the first six games of the season with a sprained right thumb...activated April 13...sustained a sprained right ankle, which placed him on the DL for a second time from July 15 to Aug. 11...missed 52 team games in that stretch...tied his career high with a nine-game hitting streak from April 27 to May 6, during which he hit .469 with three home runs and nine RBI...hit home runs in three consecutive games from June 7-9, becoming the first Astros shortstop to do so since Andujar Cedeno from April 9-12, 1994...prior to Lowrie, the last Astro at any position to homer in three straight games was Lance Berkman (four games) from July 4-8, 2010...combined to play in six minor league games while on injury rehab assignments, including four playoff games...appeared in games for Double-A Corpus Christi and Single-A Lancaster during their playoff runs in September.
Appeared in a career-high 88 games despite a trip to the disabled list...also set career highs in at-bats (309), runs (40), hits(78) and triples (4)...saw action at all four infield positions with 49 games at shortstop (46 starts), 33 at 3rd base (29 GS), four atfirst base and one at second base...hit .330 (36x109) vs. left-handed pitching, the seventh-best mark in the AL among playerswith at least 115 plate appearances vs. lefties...hit an American League-best (min. 50 PA) .368 (25x68) in April and led the Soxwith a .574 SLG, 10th-best in the AL during the month...placed on 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain on June 17...played in five rehab games with Triple A Pawtucket, hitting .412 (7x17) with four doubles and five RBI...activated from DL on Aug. 8...hit.270 (53x196) in 55 games before the trip to the DL and .221 (25x113) after...began a 5-4-3 triple play in GM 2 on Aug. 16 vs.TB...it was just the second triple play turned by Boston since 1980 and the club's 1st since shortstop John Valentin's unassistedtriple play on July 8, 1994 vs. SEA.
Started the season on the DL with mononucleosis but set Major League career-bestswith a .287 average with 9 home runs in 55 games after joining the Red Sox in July.Missed Boston's 1st 94 games on the disabled list with mononucleosis, but was activated on 7/21 and playedin 55 of the club's last 68 tilts, including 45 starts...Was placed on the 15-day DL on 3/31 (retro to 3/26) andtransferred to the 60-day DL on 4/14.Made 24 starts at second base (28 total games) and 21 at shortstop (23), including 19 starts at short overthe club's last 24 contests...Also appeared in 7 games at first base, his 1st action at the position at the MajorLeague level, and 1 at third base.Knocked his 9 home runs in just 171 at-bats, more than doubling his combined total of 4 homers over 328previous ML at-bats from 2008-09...23 of his 49 hits went for extra bases.After his activation from the DL on 7/21, led AL middle infielders (min. 10 PA) in on-base percentage (.381),slugging (.526) and OPS (.907) and ranked in that group in extra-base hits (T-2nd, 23) and homers (T-3rd, 9)...Among AL middle infielders with at least 10 plate appearances overall in 2010, trailed only New York's RobinsonCano in slugging (.534) and OPS (.914) and only Texas' Ian Kinsler in on-base percentage (.382).Led the Red Sox and ranked 9th in the Majors (min. 60 AB) with a .321 clip (26-for-81) against the AL East...Hit .440 (11-for-25) against the Yankees, 2nd among Major Leaguers (min. 25 AB) to Kevin Youkilis' .462 mark.Made his season debut with a start at shortstop on 7/21 at OAK and reached base 3 times...Was his 1st MLaction since 10/4/09 vs. CLE.Hit 4 homers in August, 1st career multi-HR month, and paced the club in batting (.304), OBP (.400, T-11th in theAL), SLG (.571, 10th in the AL) and OPS (.971) in the month...Also combined for 5 HR in September and October.Posted a career-high, 9-game hitting streak from 8/4-21 (.357, 10-for-28) and a career-high, 16-game on-basestreak, 7/26-8/21 (.347, 17-for-49, 11 BB).Launched his 1st career walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning on 8/21 off Toronto'sCasey Janssen...Was the Sox only walk-off homer of the season and their 1st since 8/26/09 vs. CWS (DavidOrtiz)...Was his 2nd career regular season walk-off hit after a 12th-inning single, 8/1/08 vs. OAK.Reached base safely in 23 consecutive starts from 8/27-9/29, including 7 starts at second base and 16 atshortstop in that time...Was the longest such streak as a Red Sox middle infielder since Dustin Pedroia's23-start run, 8/12-9/7/08.Singled in the 7th inning on 8/31 at BAL for his 100th career hit after going deep earlier in the game.Collected a career-high 4 hits on 9/24 at NYY...Matched his career mark for 1st time since 9/2/08 vs. BAL with3 runs on 9/24 at NYY and again on 10/3 vs. NYY.Batted .389 (14-for-36) over his last 11 games with 6 of 14 hits going for extra bases (3 doubles, 3 HR).Notched his 1st career multi-homer games with 2 long balls in wins on both 9/14 at SEA and 10/3 vs. NYY,the Sox 2010 finale...Hit a grand slam in Boston's last regular season game of 2009, 10/4 vs. CLE, and is 4-for-8 (.500) with 4 runs, 3 homers, 7 RBI, 1 walk and 1 stolen base over the club's last 3 regular-season finales,including 9/28/08 vs. NYY (G2).Hit .367 (11-for-30) with 4 doubles, 1 home run, 9 RBI, 5 runs, 6 walks and 1 stolen base in 10 rehab gamesbetween Short-A Lowell (6 games, 7/5-13) and Triple-A Pawtucket (4 games, 7/15-19), making appearances atsecond base, third base, shortstop and designated hitter.
Limited to 32 games with the Big League club due to 2 trips to the disabled list...Onthe Opening Day roster for the 1st time in his career...Appeared at second base (2 G), third (4 G, 1 GS) and short (26 G, 18 GS) for the 2nd straight season...Made 1st career Opening Day start on 4/7 vs. TB (1-for-4)...Placed on 15-day DL, 4/13 (retro to 4/12) with a left wrist sprain...Underwent an ulnar styloid excision andarthroscopic ligament repair on that wrist on 4/21...Reinstated from DL on 7/8 and optioned to Short-A Lowell...Recalled by the Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket on 7/18 but appeared in only 14 games before returning to theDL on 8/8 (retro to 8/7) with ulnar neuritis in his left wrist...Reinstated 9/8...Belted 1st career grand slam off Chris Perez on the final day of the regular season, 10/4 vs. CLE...4 RBI inthat game marked a career high...Combined to go 17-for-84 (.202) with 3 homers and 11 RBI in 26 minor league games between Triple-APawtucket, Double-A Portland and Short-A Lowell, including 18 rehab outings.
In his first major league season, was 3rd on the club in sacrifice flies (8) and 5th indoubles (25)...Finished among American League rookie leaders in sacrifice flies (T1st, 8), doubles(5th), triples (T6th, 3), walks (8th, 35) and extra-base hits (10th, 30)...Played with a non-displacedfracture in his left wrist for much of the season.
MR. VERSATILITY: Appeared in 49 games (45 starts) at shortstop, 45 (22 starts) and 3rd base, and 3(2 starts) at 2nd base...Was the 6th Red Sox switch hitter to play at least 3 games at each of thoseinfield positions in a season, joining Carlos Rodriguez (1994), Mike Brumley (1991), Dick Schofield(1969-70), Billy Rogell (1928) and Jack Rothrock (1927)...Became just the 2nd switch hitter in baseballhistory to play at least 30 games at both shortstop and third base in his first major leagueseason, along with Carlos Baerga (1990).
HOT START: Was a non-roster invitee to springtraining and accompanied the team to Japanbefore opening the year at Triple-A Pawtucket...Purchased from the PawSox when MikeLowell was disabled on April 10...Started at3rd in his major league debut on April 15 atCleveland and singled off Rafael Perez in 7thinning for his first career hit.Hit safely in his first 8 games with an at-bat at.357 (10-28) through April 26...Matched the2nd-longest batting streak for a Red Sox player to begin a major league career since 1956...OnlyShea Hillenbrand (9 from April 2-12, 2001) had a longer stretch...Had a .310 (13-42) overall averagewith one homer and 17 RBI in 17 games before being optioned to Pawtucket on May 11.Rejoined Boston on July 12 after an injury to Julio Lugo and started 54 of the final 63 games...Aftergoing hitless in 5 at-bats in first 2 contests, hit .341 (29-85) over next 25 games to improve to.318 through August 17...Was 11-for-21 (.524) in final 6 games of that stretch...Hit .195 (25-128)over final 37 games...Was still as high as .282 on September 12 before going 8-for-51 (.157) in last15 contests...Had season-best 3 hits, twice in a 3-game span, August 14 and 17.
RBI AND EXTRA BASES: His 46 RBI were the 2nd-most ever for a Red Sox rookie switch-hitter behind61 for Reggie Smith in 1967...Drove in 3 runs in big league debut on April 15 in Cleveland,the most RBI by a Red Sox in his first major league game since Merrill Combs (3) on September 12,1947...Also had 3 RBI on August 22 at Oakland...Ranked 5th among all rookies with 39 RBI afterthe All-Star break, including 20 in 17 games, July 28-August 17.Posted 15 doubles and 29 RBI in 31-game span, July 28-September 2...Led all rookies with 21doubles after the All-Star Game...Had 6 2-baggers in 6 games, August 11-17...Connected for firstmajor league homer off Glen Perkins on May 10 at Minnesota...Other homer was 11th-inninggame winner on August 24 at Toronto.
GLOVE WORK: Committed just 2 errors in 238 total chances at second base, shortstop, and thirdbase...Handled 154 errorless chances to start his career before a miscue at third base on August26...Set a major league record for rookie shortstops by handling 155 chances without an error in49 total games...Fielded .974 (2 E/77 TC) in 45 games at third and handled 6 errorless chances in 3games at 2nd base, last on May 7...Played short and third in the same game on 16 occasions.
BY THE NUMBERS: Hit .338 (27-for-80) righthanded and .222 (40-for-180) from the left side...Hada .297 (22-for-74) average with runners in scoring position and was 5-for-15 (.333) with the basesloaded...Started in the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th spots in the batting order.
WITH PAWTUCKET: Had a .268 average with 5 homers and 32 RBI in 53 overall games for the Paw-Sox...Hit .309 (43-139) in 36 games in May and June before batting .176 in 9 July contests beforerecall to Boston...Had a .277 (36-130) average hitting righthanded and a .250 (17-68) mark fromthe left side...Started 47 games at shortstop, 2 each at second and third base, and one at DH.
POSTSEASON: Played in 9 of Boston's 11 post-season games in 2008, including 8 starts, all at shortstop...Hit .207 (6-for-29) with 2 RBI...Placed 2nd on the club behind Jason Bay (.412) with a .364(4-for-11) clip in the Division Series vs. the Angels...Hit safely in each of his 3 ALDS appearances,including a walk-off single in the 9th inning of Game 4 to give Boston a 3-2 win and clinch theseries, 3-1...Lined a 2-out pitch from Scot Shields into right field to score Bay from second baseand become just the 4th rookie ever to end a post-season series with a walk-off hit...Washington'sEarl McNeely (1924 World Series), Seattle's Carlos Guillen (2000 ALDS) and Houston's Chris Burke(2005 NLDS) are the only others to do it...Was the 3rd post-season series in club history decidedwith a walk-off victory: 1912 World Series Game 8 and 2004 ALDS Game 3...Was 2-for-18 (.111)with an RBI in his next 7 playoff games vs. the Rays.
Named the Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year, hitting a combined .298 (148x497) with 47 doubles, 13homers, 70 RBI, 82 runs and an .896 OPS in 133 games between Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket...named both aMinor League All-Star and Double A All-Star by Baseball America...combined to play 116 games at shortstop, nine at secondbase and two at third base...began the season with Portland...hit .333 (33x99) with 11 doubles, 17 RBI and a .484 on-basepercentage in that span, earning Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Month honors...was one of four Sea Dogsselected to the Eastern League All-Star Game...placed fourth in the Eastern League with seven triples despite not finishingthe year with Portland...earned a July 27 promotion to Pawtucket...named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Playerof the Month for August/September...played for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .163 (16x98) with14 RBI in 24 games...prior to the season, rated the No. 5 prospect, No. 3 position player and No. 1 middle infielder in theRed Sox organization according to Baseball America
Spent the entire year with Class A Wilmington...ranked tiedfor fourth in the Carolina League and second on the team with six triples...finished third on the club with 50 RBI and 54walks...played 88 games in the field, exclusively at shortstop...for 2nd straight year, won Boston Minor League Quality Plate Appearances Award for the month of August...hit .327 (34x104) with nine doubles, two homers, three triples and 12 walksin the month...hit .231 (3x13) in three postseason games for the Blue Rocks...entered 2006 as the No. 9 prospect in the RedSox system, according to Baseball America
In his first pro campaign, named a New York-Penn League All-Star withShort-Season Class A Lowell...led the league with a .429 on-base percentage and tied for fifth with a .328 average (66x201)...won the organization's Quality Plate Appearances Award in August, hitting .341 (30x88) with 21 walks compared to 13 K'sin 25 games.