Jeffrey Stephen Mathis...he and his wife Jenna were married following the 2013 season and have a daughter, Sage (9/28/15)…is an avid golfer and has played a round of golf with John Daly…also enjoys hunting and fishing during the offseason…has gone hunting with Chipper Jones, who was one of his favorite players growing up as a Braves fan…built a barn at his house in Marianna, FL, that houses a batting cage and a weight room….was named to Cedar Rapids Kernels Hall of Fame in 2011.
In his 1st season with Texas, Mathis appeared in 88 games, surpassing the 70-game mark for the first time since 2013 (73)…posted a .992 (6 E/722 TC) fielding percentage in 86 games/76 starts behind the plate…marked his most errors committed since 2010 (7)…had a catcher's ERA of 4.06, 6th lowest among A.L. qualifiers…threw out 8 of 58 runners attempting to steal…his .158 batting average was 2nd lowest in the Majors (200+ AB) to MIL's Travis Shaw (.157) and lowest in the A.L. since LAA's Brandon Wood (.146) in 2010…was the lowest in club history (200+ AB)…batting average high point for the season was .200 on 4/2 (2-for-10 thru 3 G)…had 2 hits in back-to-back games 7/31 vs. SEA and 8/2 vs. DET to rise to .168, but went 6-for-49 (.122) over final 23 G to finish at .158…homer on 3/31 vs. CHI came on his 36th birthday, the oldest MLB player to homer on his birthday since NYY's Alex Rodriguez (40) on 7/27/15 at TEX…other HR came on 6/26 at DET…had just 3 RBI in final 34 games…made a pair of pitching appearances, 4/25 at SEA (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and 8/12 at TOR (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R-ER), the 4th and 5th mound outings of his career…left game due to a lower back strain on 9/14 vs. OAK and did not play the rest of the season.
Started 61 games at catcher in his 2nd season with ARI…among N.L. backstops with 60 or more games, had the lowest ERA at 3.20, the 3rd highest caught stealing percentage 33.3% (8-24), and the 4th highest fielding percentage at .998 (1 E/574 TC)…led all ML catchers with 17 defensive runs saved, 5 more than any other backstop…blocked 96.4% of difficult pitches (defined as primary pitches with runner(s) on base or in a strikeout situation)…won 1st career Fielding Bible Award as ML's top defensive catcher…had a career-best 83-game errorless streak (744 TC) from 6/22/17-9/16/18 end with season's lone miscue on 9/18 vs. CHC…had one passed ball, 6/22 at PIT…played 3.0 innings at 2B, 7/11 at COL...his 69 games, 20 RBI and 20 walks were most since 2013 with MIA…set career high with 4.02 pitches per plate appearance…had a .172 (16-93) average in his 1st 33 games through 7/7 before hitting .311 (19-61) in next 19 contests to improve to season-high .227 on 8/26…batted just .105 (4-38) in final 16 games…hit safely in 8 straight starts, 7/4-28 at .344 (11-32), 3rd-longest streak such streak of career…homer on 9/19 vs. CHC was his 1st since 5/15/17 vs. NYM (339 PA)…pitched the 16th inning on 7/8 vs. SD (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R-ER, 1 K), his 3rd career pitching performance (2 games in 2012 with TOR).
Hit .215 with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 11 RBI in 60 games during his first season with the D-backs...His 3.51 catcher's ERA was fourth in the NL, behind Stephen Vogt (3.13), Chris Herrmann (3.17) and Yasmani Grandal (3.22) [min. 200.0 innings]... caught 34.5 pct. of attempted basestealers, fourth best in the NL behind Tucker Barnhart (40.6), Tony Wolters (37.1) and Yadier Molina (34.8) [min. 200.0 innings]...Reached base safely in a career-long, 17 consecutive games from June 22- Aug. 5...hit safely in 11 straight games from July 7-Aug. 5. POSTSEASON: Batted .222 AVG/.300 OBP/.556 SLG with 1 home run and 2 RBI in 3 games...homered off Clayton Kershaw in NLDS Game 1.
Hit .238 (30-for-126) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 15 RBI in 41 games for the Marlins...Threw out 10-of-33 (30.3 pct.) of attempted basestealers...Posted 3.28 catcher ERA, his best since a 3.15 mark in 2013.
Only appeared in 32 games due to a fractured right ring finger suffered on April 12 vs. Tampa Bay (foul tip off hand while catching)...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from 15-day disabled list on June 5...Went 5x27 (.185) with two runs, double, two RBI in nine rehab games between Triple-A New Orleans (4 G, 0x10) and Double-A Jacksonville (5 G, 5x17)...Finished with .996 fielding percentage; did not commit an error in final 26 games...Hit .318 (7x22) over last six starts, with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, and eight RBI; team was 5-1 in those games...On September 25 vs. Atlanta, had first career game with a double and a triple, and third career game with four-plus RBI (four on June 30, 2013 vs. San Diego; six on July 23, 2008 vs. Cleveland.
Recorded 200th career RBI on June 13 vs. Pittsburgh...Ranked 10th in Majors (min. 50 GS) in caught-stealing percentage (32.7); was sixth in NL, behind Yadier Molina (47.7), Russell Martin (38.5), Wilson Ramos (37.5), Rene Rivera (36.3) and Wellington Castillo (32.9)...All three of his go-ahead RBI were game-winning RBI. First came on a two-run double on July 25 at Houston (2-0 win)...Recorded second go-ahead and GW RBI on August 16 vs. Arizona (?elder's choice in bottom seventh of 2-1 win), and third on September 15 at the Mets (single in top eighth of 6-5 win)...The three GW RBI tied 2009 and 2010 for second-most in career, behind four in 2008...Had line drive rate of 21.8, highest mark since first full season in Majors in 2006, sur-passing 20.5 in 2009...Had a hit in 11 of 17 games in which he faced a left-handed pitcher (.273/12x44)...Had season-long hitting streaks of four games from May 14-25 (.438/7x16, hr, 3 rbi) and June 22 to July 5 (.357/5x14, 2 2b, rbi).
Miami debut was delayed until May due to a broken right collarbone suffered in Club's first Spring Training game, on February 23 vs. Cardinals. Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from 15-day disabled list on May 14. Made debut on May 16 vs. Cincinnati, starting at catcher. Had a streak of five straight games with two-plus RBI from June 26-July 3. Tied with Hanley Ramirez (June 21-26, 2009) for longest such streak in Club history, and tied Miguel Cabrera (May 19-24) for longest streak in MLB in 2013. Hit fourth walk-off grand slam in Club history on June 30 vs. San Diego, joining Giancarlo Stanton (May 13, 2012 vs. Mets), Dan Uggla (June 11, 2008 vs. Phillies) and Bobby Bonilla (September 16, 1997 vs. Rockies). It was first career walk-off home run for Mathis, and second career GS. Was also the 3,000th home run in Marlins' history, in the Franchise's 3,252nd game (third-fastest team to 3,000 home runs). He finished fifth in the NL (min. 50 G) with a caught-stealing percentage of 33.3 (15-of-45).
Spent fourth full season with Angels in 2011... His .174 average & .224 on-base pct. were lowest in Angels' single-season history (min. 240 at-bats)... Hitless in 51 games with an at-bat (93 games played in 2011)... #1 GUY: Made a team-high 79 starts behind the plate and appeared in 91 games at the position... Ranked T-1st among AL catchers with .995 fielding pct. (3 E in 568 TC)... Fielding percentage also established a career best and ranked T-4th highest by an Angelscatcher.. Led AL catchers with 3.25 catcher's ERA (min. 60 starts; 698 IP - 252 ER) and also ranked 2nd in MLB behind C. Ruiz (3.06)... Angels were 46-33 in his 79 starts behind the plate...Threw out 12 of 60 (20%) base stealers... His 411 games played at catcher rank 4th in club history... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME: Celebrated 28th birthday on March 31st, connecting for his first home run of season... According to Stats LLC, he became the third player in MLB history to hit an Opening Day homer on his birthday... Sacrifice fly in 12th inning April 13 vs. Cleveland marked third career "walk-off" RBI... Received two intentionalwalks June 17 at NYM - first intentional walks for him since 2008 when he was intentionally passed twice at PHI June 20, 2008.
Batted .195 (40/205) with 19 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, one home run and 18 RBI in 68 games with Halos...Angels' pitchers logged a 3.67 ERA with Mathis behind the plate (553.2 IP - 226 ER)...Threw out 14% of basestealers (7/50)...Batted .324 (11/34) in April - hit .170 (29/171) for rest of season...Drove in game-winning RBI in bottom of the 16th Sept. 8 vs.Cleveland (sac fly)...Marked second career walk-off RBI...Logged career-high 13-game hit streak April 5-June 22 (including D.L.stint)...Streak tied for longest hit streak by an Angel in 2010 (Callaspo)...Activated from D.L. June 17th (missed 55 games)...Placed on 15-day DL April 20th with fracture in right wrist.
Spent third season with Halos in dual catching role with Mike Napoli...Hit .258 (32/124) at Angel Stadium compared to .159 (18/113) on road...Threw out 25% of base-stealers (17/69)...All five of his home runs came in a 22-game span (June 13th - Aug. 6th)..Struck out 73 times in his 84 games...Picked up first career walk-off hit with RBI single in 12th inning May 14th vs.Boston...Angels are 137-82 in his last 219 starts at catcher.
Made career-high 90 starts behind the plate for Angels and logged career-high nine home runs and 42 RBI...Stuggled in second half of season (.165, 3 HR, 17 RBI) after batting .216 with six home runs and 25 RBI before the All-Star break...Angels pitchers logged a 3.65 ERA (793.1 IP - 322 ER) working with him...Dating back to last season, Angels are 91-50 in his last 141 starts at catcher...Threw out 16 of 73 basestealers (22%)...Had three pickoffs at first base...In 2007, posted seven pickoffs (six at first base)...Had finest game of his young career July 23rd vs. Cleveland (4/5, 2 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI)...Connected for first career grand slam in 5th inning...Also had career-best four hits and six RBI...Batted .435 (10/23) with three home runs, 10 runs scored and 7 RBI during career-best 7-game hit streak (April 11-23)...Hit .278 (20/72) with RISP.
Made career-high 52 starts behind the plate - Angels went 34-18 in his starts...Saw more playingtime at the position following trade of Jose Molina to NYY in July and multiple injuries to catcher Mike Napoli...Posted seven pickoffs, six at first base...Threw out 17% of basestealers (8/48)...Angels' pitchersposted a 3.89 ERA with him behind the dish...Batted .211 (36/171) with 24 runs scored, 12 doubles,four home runs and 23 RBI in 59 games...Hit three of four home runs on season in a five-game span (Aug.29-Sept. 3)...Had 15 RBI his last 18 games - had eight RBI his previous 31 games...Tied career-high with three RBI 8/20 vs. NYY (connected for 3-run double in 2nd inning)...Recalled from triple-A Salt Lake July 2...Posted .244 average (61/250) with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 26 RBI in 66 games with Salt Lake.
The projected heir-apparent to Bengie Molina lasted only a month with the Angels in 2006. After batting .108 in 11 games in April, Mathis was sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake to regain his confidence at the plate and behind it. He was recalled in September and finished the year with a .145 average, two home runs and six RBIs. Mathis hit .289 in 99 games with the Bees and was named the organization's defensive player of the year for the third time.
Spent majority of season with triple-A Salt Lake and named Angels' Minor League Defensive Player of the Year for second time in three seasons (2003)...In first triple-A campaign, posted career-best 21 home runs and tied career-high with 73 RBI in 112 games with Stingers...Named to PCL's Post-Season All-Star Team and to BaseballAmerica's 2005 Triple-A All-Star Team...Recalled from Salt Lake Aug. 12, and made Major League debut thatnight as PH at Seattle (SO)...Optioned back to Salt Lake Aug. 16 and returned to Angels Sept. 6...Collected firstMajor League hit with single off K. Yabu, Sept. 29 at Oakland...Appeared in five games with Angels finishingwith .333 (1/3) average and one run scored...Selcted as one of 24 players to represent the United States atthe 2005 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 15-19)...In his three games of the tournament,batted .500 (6/12) with two doubles and five RBI to be named to All-Tournament Team...U.S. finished 5-0 and plays in the 2006 Americas Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Havana, Cuba in August 2006.
Finished fourth professional season with double-A Arkansas, batting .227 (90/432) with 24 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs and 55 RBI in 117 games with Travelers...Set career-highs in triples, walks (49) and strikeouts (102)... Walk total led team...Named Organizational Defensive Player of Month for April and July...Named to MLB Futures Game (U.S. Team) and Texas League All-Star team.
Split time between Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Arkansas...Batted .323 (122/378) with 28 doubles, three triples 11 HR and 54 RBI in 97 games to start season with Quakes...Selected to Baseball America High Class A All-Star team and California League All-Star team...Named Organization Defensive Player of the Year...Also earnedCalifornia League Player of the Week honors for May 19-25...In 24 games for Arkansas, posted .284 (27/95) average with 11 doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI.
Posted .287 (141/491) average with 41 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 73 RBI in 128 games with single-A Cedar Rapids...Doubles total ranked second in Midwest League...Named Organization Player of the Month for April...Participated in Midwest League All-Star game.
Started season with rookie-level Angels, batting .304 (7/23) with one double and three RBI in sevengames...After promotion to rookie-level Provo, batted .299 (23/77) with six doubles, three triples and 18 RBI in 22 games...Named Organization Defensive Player of the Month for July.