Resides in Suwanee, Georgia…Married Catie McCoy; has one daughter, Emma Cate and one son, Brayden David…Is a 2002 graduate of Parkview High School (GA), where he played baseball and football… Led his baseball team to the Georgia State 5A championship in 2001 and 2002… Hit .443 with 55 HR and 164 RBI in his high school career…Was offered a football scholarship to Clemson University, but turned it down to sign with the Braves…Received the 2009 Ben Epstein Good Guy Award from the New York Chapter of the BBWAA…Was a Little League teammate of former MLB teammate Brian McCann…Signed by Al Goetz.
Led all MLB players in pinch average (.367, 11-for-30), was tied for second in RBI (11), fifth in slugging percentage (.567), tied for fifth in doubles (three), tied for sixth in hits (11), tied for seventh in extra-base hits (four) and tied for ninth in total bases (17)…Made his first Opening Day roster since 2013 with KC…His three-run home run, 4/8 vs. BOS, was his first homer since 6/16/13 at TB as a member of KC…Hit .298 (45-for-151) at Citizens Bank Park, including .340 (36-for-106) with eight home runs and 25 RBI in his final 40 home games…Made 71 starts: 59 in right field, 10 in left field and two as the designated hitter…Hit his second career grand slam, 6/6 vs SF (Madison Bumgarner)…Made his first major league pitching appearance, 6/16 at BAL. Allowed one hit, two runs, three walks and a home run with a strikeout and a hit batsman in two innings…Doubled and homered with three RBI on the 10-year anniversary of his major league debut, 7/7 at LAD…Hit his third career game-ending HR, 7/19 vs MIA (A.J. Ramos) two nights after hitting his first career pinch home run (Mike Dunn)…Hit his 150th career homer, 8/5 vs LAD…Tied his career high with four hits, 5/4 at ATL; it was his fourth career four-hit game at Turner Field and first as a visitor (previous: 8/16/08 vs CIN)…Entered 2016 second among all active players in career outfield assists (126), trailing Carlos Beltran (139). Since making his debut in 2005, has the most outfield assists in the majors.
Owns a career Major League batting average of .263 (1209-for-4603) with 250 doubles, 25 triples, 140 home runs and 618RBI in 1227 games with Atlanta, New York-NL, Texas, Kansas City and San Francisco since debuting in 2005....Has driven in at least 75 runs over four different campaigns (2006-07, 2009, 2011), owns a Rawlings Gold Glove (2007) and has the second-most assists (121) of any active Major League outfielder (Beltran 132)...Has never been on the DL in his Major League career and was a member of the first United States WBC entry in 2006...Split 2013 between the Kansas City Royals (DFA'd on June 30) and San Francisco Giants (signed July 9; released August 21), hitting a combined .204 (50-245) with 10 2B, 2 3B, 3HR & 17 RBI in 50 games (.238/.298/.536)
Jeff struggled offensively for much of the season, hitting a career-low .235...did bat .321 with 9 doubles, 5 home runs, 12 RBI and 15 runs scored in May and was named the club's Player of the Month...Led the entire Major Leagues with 19 outfield assists, tying his career high set in 2007, and was a finalist for a Rawlings Gold Glove in right...was two assists clear of teammate Alex Gordon, who finished in second...was Frenchy's eighth straight year of double digit assists and third season of 15+ assists.
Jeff had a great bounce-back year in his first season with the Royals...signed a two-year contract extension through2013 on August 18...Ranked second in the Majors with a career-high 47 doubles, one shy of leader Miguel Cabrera (DET)...the 47doubles were the third-highest single-season total in Royals history trailing Hal McRae (54 in 1977) and BillyButler (51 in 2009) and the most-ever by a Royals outfielder, surpassing Jermaine Dye's 44 in 1999...He and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury were the only two players in the Majors with 40+ doubles, 20+ home runs and20+ steals...his 20 home runs and 22 steals marked the eighth time a Royals player recorded a 20/20 season...heis the fourth Royals player to do so...Recorded 16 outfield assists, tied for the second-most in the Majors...Recorded a career-high 71 extra base hits, which ranked him eighth in the American League...Posted a career high 17-game hitting streak from April 9-28...Hit a 2-run home run in the second inning on September 1 in Detroit off Jacob Turner for his 1,000th career hit...Cut down outfielder Michael Taylor on a 9-3 groundout on September 7 at Oakland, the first time in club historya Royals right fielder threw out a batter at first base and just the fifth time that happened in the A.L. since 1974.
Jeff opened the season as the Mets' starting right fielder and spent a majority of the year in New York before beingtraded to the Rangers on August 31...hit .340 with 11 RBI in 15 games helping Texas win the American Leaguepennant...Tied for the National League lead with 11 outfield assists despite spending the final month in Texas...Recorded his 100th career home run on September 24 at Oakland off Bobby Cramer...Hit .300 (36-for-120) vs. left-handed pitchers and just .231 (77-for-334) vs, right-handers...Made 7 starts for the Rangers in their run to the World Series, including two in the Fall Classic.
Had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on November 2, 2009...Dr. Gary Levin performed the procedure in Atlanta, GA...Acquired from Atlanta on July 10th in exchange for outfielder Ryan Church...Finished tied for eighth in the majors with 11 outfield assists...His 70 assists sinceentering the league in 2005 are the most among all outfielders...The Cubs'Alfonso Soriano is second with 58 outfield assists...Established a career-high withthree doubles on July 9th withAtlanta at Colorado...Finishedthe game 3-4 with two runsscored and two RBI...Hit .526 (10-19) over five gamesfrom April 12th-April 17th...Hada double, two triples and threeRBI over this span...Had a season-long 10-game hittingstreak from April 29th-May9th, batting .310 (13-42) overthe stretch...Made his Mets debut on July11th vs. Cincinnati...Collected atwo-run single in his first atbat...Finished 2-4, while playingnine innings in rightfield...Drove in 19 runs in his first 20games with the Mets, the secondhighest total in franchise history,behind Bernard Gilkey whodrove in 21 runs over his first 20games with the club in1996...Had 14 RBI in his first 12games with the Mets to equal thehighest RBI total by any player intheir first 12 games (Carlos Delgado,2006)...Went 19-59 (.322) in his first 15games with the Mets...Connected on his first home runas a member of the Mets on July 20th at Washington...Hit a solo shot off LoganKensing in the ninth inning...Hit .318 (35-110) with 16 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, three home runsand 12 RBI during the month of August...Had a seven-game hitting streak from August 5th-August 11th...Batted .423(11-26) over this stretch...Had a double, a triple, a home run and scored fourruns in the seven games...Played every inning of his first 34 games in a Mets uniform before leaving in theseventh inning on August 19th vs. Atlanta for a defensive replacement...Injured his left thumb while making a diving catch on August 23rd vs. Philadelphia...Underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery on August 24th and wasfound to have a tear of the ligament in his left thumb...Returned to the line-upon August 25th and went 2-4 with a run scored and a pair of doubles...Batted .368 (32-87) with 17 runs scored, eight doubles and three home runs overhis last 22 games...Had 28 multi-hit games in 75 contests with the Mets...Hit safely in 31 of his last 43 games...Batted .323 (54-167) with 27 runs scored,16 doubles, five home runs and 20 RBI...Hit .308 (32-104) with 17 runs scored, eight doubles, three home runs and 10RBI during the month of September.
Recorded two outfield assists on 9/28 giving him 14 on the year and 59 in his career. Since his MLB debuton 7/7/05, his 59 OF assists are tops in the majors....Was fourth on the team with 24 two-out RBIs. Since the start of the 2006 season, Jeff is tied for 12th inthe majors with 120 two-out RBIs....Had three hits to go along with three RBI on 9/27, raising his season average to .240, his highest marksince he was batting .241 on 6/28 at TOR....Batted .286 (28-for-98) with 8 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI and a .333 OBP in September....Had his third career three extra-base hit game (8/7/07 at NYM) on 9/21 vs. NYM with two doubles and atriple and drove in his seventh game-winning RBI. Hit .308 vs. NYM on the year....Had his first career pinch hit in the seventh inning on 9/6 vs. WSH....Was optioned to Mississippi (AA) on 7/3 and hit .538 (7-for-13) in a brief three-game stint. Went 65-for-265 (.245) in 70 games after his return....Had first career multi-error game on 6/24 vs. MIL (his first two errors of the season)....On 4/12 at WSH, he became the first Brave since Wes Helms on 8/4/01 at MIL to have a seven-RBI game.He also had a pair of home runs in that game (6th multi-HR game).
Won his first career Gold Glove award for his play in right field with a career-best .986 fielding pct. andtying for the ML lead with 19 OF assists (MIN's M. Cuddyer and CHI's A. Soriano). Jeff leads the majorswith 45 OF assists since he made his Major League debut on July 7, 2005. A breakdown of his OF assists: 12 at home, 5 at third base, one at second base and first base. Was one of five NL players to play 162 games and has started 326 consecutive games (dating to 10/1/05).His is the second-longest active playing streak for a player with the same team (after G. Sizemore, 354). His 87 hits after the All-Star break ranked T-15th in NL. Was fifth the NL with 43 two-out RBIs and is third in themajors with 96 since the start of the 2006 season. Ranked sixth in the NL with a .341 RISP, T7th with a.316 road avg. and T9th with 188 hits. His 53 multi-hit games were a team-high and ranked12th in the NL. Had a team-high 89-game errorless streak, 6/5-9/14. Finished second on the team with 28 multi-RBI gamesand third with 10 GW-RBI. His 25 RBI in April tied for fourth-most in Atlanta historyfor the month. Hit .317 (66-for-208) with 8 HR and 46 RBI vs. LHP and .281 (122-for-434) with 11 HR and 56 RBI vs. RHP. Hit just .267 at home with 7 HR but hit .316 away from Turner Field with 12 HR. Batted .333 with runners in scoring position and two outs and .312 in "close and late" situations. Walked 42 times after just 23 free passes in 2006, including six two-walk games. Went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts 8/28 at FLA and was ejected in the 8th inning. Became just the fourthplayer in Atlanta history to fan five times in a game after Ozzie Virgil (1987), David Justice (1993) andAndruw Jones (5/20/07). Had his fifth-career four-hit game 8/7 at NYM and clubbed his 13th homer. Matched his career high with 5 RBI on 4/10 vs. WSH, including a three-run HR. Had his fifth career multi-homer game on 8/18 vs. ARI. Was ejected by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez on 7/16 vs. CIN.
In just his second season, ranked second on the team in RBI (103) and third in home runs (29) while starting in all 162 games...Became just the fourth player (seventh time) in franchisehistory to play in all 162 games...Andruw Jones last did it in 1999 and Felix Millan did it 1969. Dale Murphy did it four straight seasons from 1982 to '85...Became the third player (fourth time) in Braves history to post a 100-RBI season before his 23rd birthday, after Hank Aaron (21 years old in 1955) and Eddie Mathews(21 in 1953 & 22 in 1954)...Tied for second in the majors with 53 two-out RBI (Ryan Howard - 55)...Ranked eighth in the majors and fourth in the NL with 651 at-bats...Batted .292 vs. LHP and .248 vs. RHP...Hit .320 (55-for-172) with runners in scoring positionand .288 (80-for-278) with runners on base...Posted a .304 (31-for-102) batting average in "Close & Late" situations...Hit .305 with 19 home runs in 81 home games and .217with 10 homers in 81 road games...Opened the season in a 1-for-22 and 2-for-36 drought,but hit .272 (167-for-615) after that...Teamed with Andruw Jones to collect a combined 232 RBI - tying for the third highest total in the NL...Notched in his 100th RBI and posted his fourth career two-homer game on 9/27 vs. NYM...Had game-winning walk-off double in the ninth inning on 8/11 vs. MIL...Had 10-game hitting streak, 7/1-14 (15-for-44, .341, 2 HR)...Had his best power month in May, with six home runs and 25 RBI (8th in NL)...Had his career-high 16-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-5 game on 5/19 at ARI. Batted .351(26-for-74) with 6 HRs and 22 RBI in the streak...Clubbed two homers in a 3-for-4 game 5/18 vs. FLA - his third career two-HR game...Hit a solo HR off FLA's Dontrelle Willis to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth inning on 5/16...Equaled his career best with five RBI and hit his first career grand slam and game-ending homer off WSH'sChad Cordero on 5/13, giving the Braves an 8-5 win...Drew his first walk of the season in his 136th plate appearance on 5/9 at FLA...Went 4-for-5 with a homer (#4) and a career-best five RBI on 4/30 vs. NYM...Played for the United States in the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
Played only half a season as a twenty-one-year-old rookie, but made a huge impact for the Braves,batting .300 with 14 homers, 41 runs, 45 RBI and 13 outfield assists in just 70 games played...Ranked second among NL rookies in batting average, homers and RBI...Following the season, was named to the Topps,Baseball America
and Baseball Digest
All-Rookie teams...Had 23 multi-hit games...His 13 outfield assistsranked second in the NL in 2005 (and led the Majors after his 7/7 callup)...Contract was purchased fromMississippi (AA) prior to 7/7 doubleheader...Made his Major League debut 7/7 in the second game of DH vs.CHI. Went 1-for-4, including a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Glendon Rusch...Jeff became just theninth player in Braves franchise history to homer in his debut, and only fourth Atlanta player to do it....Enteredgame in the seventh inning on 7/9 and had first career multi-hit game...Had first multi-homer game on 7/28vs. WSH...Batted third on 8/3 at CIN and went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two OF assists...Posted his first careerfour-hit game (4-for-4) 8/9 vs. SF...Had an 11-game hitting streak (21-for-48, .438) snapped on 8/11 vs. SF(0-for-4)...Snapped a 71 at-bat homerless streak with his second-inning homer on 9/24 vs. FLA.
Named top prospect in the Braves organization by Baseball America
...Selected by Baseball America
as the top prospect in the Carolina League...Was a member of the Carolina League regular season and postseason All-Star Team...Hit a combined .276-18-61 with 28 2B and 11 SB for Myrtle Beach (A) and Greenville (AA)...Hit .308 with 13 homers, 42 RBI, 20 doubles and 45 runs from 5/1 to 8/20 promotion to Greenville...Hit in eight consecutive games 5/2-9 (12-for-32, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI)...Had a season-high four hits 6/2 at Winston-Salem (2B, HR, 2 RBI)...Batted .326-5-19 with 9 2B during June...Hit in the face when squaring around to bunt 7/8 at Frederick; was batting .287-13-49 with 25 2B whenplaced on the disabled list...Activated off disabled list August 14; hit safely in first six games back with Myrtle Beach 8/14-19 (9-for-24)...Promoted to Double-A following 8/19 game...Collected a hit in first five games with G-Braves 8/20-24 (6-for-21).
Named to South Atlantic League All-Star Team, SportsTicker All-Teen Team, and to BaseballAmerica
's Low Class-A All-Star Team after spending season with Rome...Had first career four-hit game 5/16 versus Lake County.
With Danville (Rookie), hit .361 (13-for-36) in his first eight pro games, with two HR and nine RBI...Hit safely in 11 of final 12 games (17-for-45, .378) with four HR and eight RBI.