Jonathan Eugene Van Every...graduated from University Christian (MS) High School...pitched at Itawamba Junior College
in Fulton, Mississippi...attended the New Stars for Young Stars event in 2008 to benefit the Jimmy Fund.
Played in career-high 22 big league games with the Red Sox...signed with PIT in the off-season, but was dealt to BOS
on April 24...played in 21 games for the Red Sox before being reacquired by Pirates on May 31.
Began season on Boston's 15-day disabled list (right ankle)...Went 2-for-6 with a double, homer and four RBI in one rehab
game with Triple-A Pawtucket on 4/22...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from D.L. on 4/24...Made first of two starts with Boston on 4/29 in
right field at Cleveland and went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI; connected off Jensen Lewis for first Major League homer...Threw 15 pitches
and recorded final two outs in 8th inning of Boston's 13-0, one-hit loss at Tampa Bay on 4/30 (0.2ip/1h/0r/1bb/0so); came on in relief of current
Bucco lefthander Javier Lopez, who stayed in the game to play right field...Made second start on 5/6 vs. Cleveland in center field and went 2-for-3
with an RBI...Was optioned to Pawtucket on 5/7...Made 19 appearances in center field and two in right field while playing with Pawtucket...Reached
base safely in last 13 Triple-A games and in 18 of his 20 overall...Played in final game on 6/12 at Syracuse...Was designated for assignment on 7/8
and released on 7/15...Was signed by Pittsburgh as a minor league free agent on 7/29 and was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis...Underwent left
knee surgery on 6/23 (performed by Dr. Thomas Gil in Boston).
Had 3 stints with Boston but spent most of the 2008 campaign with Triple-A Pawtucket...
Appeared in a minor league career-high 119 games, all in centerfield...Led the PawSox
and tied for 3rd in the International League with 26 homers, one shy of a career high set with
Double-A Akron in 2005...Established a personal best and tied for 4th in the IL with 84 runs...Had
70 RBI, his 2nd-highest pro total since driving in 71 with Single-A Kinston in 2004...Did not make
an error in 306 total chances and led all IL outfielders with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
WITH BOSTON: Appeared in 11 games for the Red
Sox over his 3 stints, going 4-for-17 (.235) with 5 RBI...
Had his contract purchased on May 14 and made his
big league debut later that day in Baltimore...Singled
off Daniel Cabrera in his 2nd at-bat for his first major
league hit and went 1-for-3 in the game...Optioned
to Pawtucket on May 17...Rejoined the Sox on August
31, playing in 2 games over his 2nd stint, August 31
vs. Chicago and September 2 vs. Baltimore...Pinch ran
in the 2nd contest and went 1-for-2 with his first big
league RBI in Boston's 14-2 victory...Optioned back to
Triple-A the following day before rejoining the Red
Sox to stay on September 12...Played in 8 of Boston's
final 17 games, batting .182 (2-for-11) in that span
with one of those hits a 10th-inning walk-off single
to give Boston a 4-3 win in the regular season finale
against New York on September 28 (G2).
MINOR LEAGUE HONORS: Named the IL Batter of
the Week for June 16-22, going 7-for-22 (.318) with
4 homers and 8 RBI...Hit .313 (31-for-99) in June, his
highest average in any month, and led the IL with 12
home runs and 24 RBI (tied) in that time...Was 1 of a
record 5 PawSox picked to the Triple-A All-Star Game
in Louisville, KY and went 0-for-3 in the contest.
MORE 2008 HIGHLIGHTS: Tied a Pawtucket record
with 3 homers on June 29 at Rochester, going 3-for-3
with 5 RBI...Was the 17th PawSox to accomplish the feat and 2nd of 2008 joining Brandon Moss
(May 31 at Durham)...Had 3 homers in the 10th inning, July 12 at Norwich, June 28 at Rochester
and June 22 vs. Columbus...Also hit 10 long balls in Pawtucket's final at-bat...Homered in consecutive
games 5 times...Had a season-high 9-game hitting streak from May 10-22, going 11-for-27
(.407)...Finished 3rd in the IL with a career-high 157 K's..Returned to the PawSox for the September
3 playoff opener vs. Scranton/WB after being on Boston's active roster for that afternoon's
game at Fenway...Was 2-for-10 (.200) in 4 Triple-A playoff games.
Combined for a .307 batting average with 12 homers and 57 RBI in 95 games for Double-A
Akron and Triple-A Buffalo in the Cleveland Indians organization...Hit .344 with 4 homers and 34
RBI in 44 games at Akron and was named the Eastern League's Player of the Week for the week
ending April 23...Was promoted to Buffalo on June 11 and hit .272 with 8 homers and 23 RBI in
51 games before missing the last 3 weeks of the season with left knee inflammation...Batted .333
(31-93) with runners in scoring position between the 2 clubs...Hit .329 (23-70) against lefties and
.301 (72-239) against righties...Had his best month in June, batting .448 (13-29) in 7 games for Akron and .340 (18-53) in 19 contests after being called up to Buffalo...Had a 14-game hitting
streak at the time of his promotion, batting .423 (22-52) with 10 RBI and 10 runs...The streak was
snapped after he went hitless in 2 at-bats in his Triple-A season debut...Reached base safely via a
hit or walk in 27 straight games from May 23-June 23.
Split the season between Akron and Buffalo, batting a combined .258 with 25 doubles,
7 triples, 15 home runs and 56 RBI in 113 games...Had identical .258 averages with each club...
Made his Triple-A debut on June 20 after spending the previous year and a half in Double-A.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Akron, earning Eastern League All-Star honors after
ranking 2nd in the league in home runs (27) and walks (66)...The 27 long balls were 2nd most
among all Indians minor leaguers.
Played for Single-A Kinston of the Carolina League, ranking 3rd in the league with a .503
slugging percentage...Collected 22 doubles and 21 home runs while batting .276 in 113 games.
Split the season between Single-A Lake County and Mahoning Valley, batting a combined
.210 (55-262) with 6 homers and 33 RBI in 81 games...Had a career-high 22 combined steals.
Played for Single-A Mahoning Valley and Columbus in his 2nd pro season...Had a .521 slugging
percentage after tallying 7 doubles, 7 triples and 9 home runs in 57 games.
Spent his first professional season with Short-Season Single-A Mahoning Valley, batting .252
with 6 homers and 17 RBI in 41 games.