Justin Kyle Smoak...Earned four varsity baseball letters at Stratford (SC) High School… 2004 & 2005 South Carolina AAAA Player of the Year…His school won state championship his senior year in 2005… Named co-Mr. Baseball for the state in 2005...High school teammates with Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters...Played three seasons at the University of South Carolina, starting all 194 games at first base… Established USC career records for home runs (62), RBI (207), walks (151) and total bases (485)… Batted .333 (246-739) over his college career, including .383 with 19 doubles, 23 homers, and 72 RBI in 62 games as a junior...Played for 2007 USA Baseball National Team…Named top prospect in Cape Cod League in summer 2006...Participated in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Blue Jays Winter Tours.
Set an MLB record with 11 home runs in the 9th inning or later (four more than any other player in 2017) ... His career-high 38 home runs were the most all-time by a Toronto switch-hitter and the most by any switch-hitter since Mark Teixeira hit 39 HR in 2011 ... Also set career marks in games played (158), hits (151), runs (85), doubles (29), RBI (90), walks (73), average (.270), OBP (.355), SLG (.529) and OPS (.883) ... Among AL batters, ranked T-5th in HR (38)…His 33-HR since May 11 ranked T-2nd in the AL (A. Judge-39, K. Davis-33, E. Encarnacion-33) ... His 37 homers as a first baseman led the Majors, which was also the most by a TOR-1B since Carlos Delgado hit 40 HR in 2003…Became the 3rd different TOR-1B to hit 35+ HR in a season (Delgado-5x, McGriff-1x) ... Hit eight home runs in close-and-late-situations which tied with four others for the most in the Majors and tied for the 3rd most all-time by a Blue Jay (Bautista-10 in 2011, Delgado-9 in 1999, Morales-8 in 2017) ... Hit .331 vs. LHP (41-for-124, 10th in AL) with seven home runs…Ranked 7th in the AL with a .977 OPS and 8th with a .413 OBP vs. lefties ... Led the Blue Jays with 39 multi-hit games ... Led the AL with 1,244 putouts…Ranked 2nd among all first basemen with a .998 fielding percentage (M.Cabrera-.999) ... Hit his 2nd career triple on April 16 vs. BAL (other was June 12, 2015 at BOS) ... Drove in four runs on May 11 vs. SEA for his 8th career 4+ RBI game (last: Aug. 8, 2015 at NYY) ... Collected four RBI again on May 29 vs. CIN and scored three times in a game for the first time since March 31, 2014 ... Homered in back-to-back games on May 14 and 15, doing so for the first time since June 10 and 12, 2015 ... Had a string of 40 straight plate appearances without a strikeout vs. a left-handed pitcher come to an end on June 1 vs. NYY (Sabathia) ... On June 7 at OAK, recorded his first multi-HR game since May 3, 2016 vs. TEX (5th career)…Marked the 2nd time in his career to have a multi-HR game with one in extra-innings (the only other Toronto player to have two was Jose Cruz Jr. in 1997 and 2007 - courtesy Elias) ... Hit his 20th HR of the season on June 19 at TEX...Became the 4th quickest Toronto player to reach 20-HR (227 AB) in a season (Jose Bautista, 153 AB in 2011; Carlos Delgado, 210 AB in 2000; George Bell, 211 AB in 1987) ... Put together a season-high 10-game hit streak from June 16-25, the 2nd longest streak of his career (11G in 2011) ... On June 28 vs. BAL, hit his 21st HR which set a new career high (20-HR in 2013) ... Reached base in 24 of his 26 games in June (.333 AVG, .406 OBP, .677 SLG - 4th in AL, 1.083 OPS - 4th in AL) ... His 10 home runs in June (T-2nd in AL) were the the most HR he ever hit in a month…Were the most by any switch-hitter in MLB for any month since Chase Headley hit 12-HR in August, 2012…Became the 9th different switch-hitter to hit 10+ HR in June in MLB history (last: Ruben Sierra in 2001, 10 HR)…Is the 2nd Toronto switch-hitter with 10+ HR in any month, joining Jose Cruz who belted 12 homers in August, 2001 ... His 23-HR were the most by a switch-hitter prior to the break in team history and the most in MLB since 2011 (Teixeira-25, Berkman-24) ... Was selected to his 1st All-Star team, finishing 1st among AL first basemen in All-Star voting...He garnered 2,566,181 votes, surpassing Eric Hosmer by more than half a million votes in the final week…Marked the 22nd time in team history to have a player earn a start in the Mid-Summer Classic ... Became the 4th Toronto first baseman to be selected to an All-Star game, joining Edwin Encarnacion in 2014 (did not play due to injury), Carlos Delgado in 2003 (starter) and John Olerud in 1993...Went 1-for-1 with a walk to become just the 3rd Toronto player to reach base more than once in an ASG, joining Joe Carter (2-for-3 in 1992) and Josh Donaldson (0-for-0 with 2-BB in 2015) ... On July 20 at BOS, hit multiple home runs in a game for the 6th time in his career and 2nd time in 2017 (June 7 at OAK) ... Tied the game with a two-run shot in the 9th inning on July 25 vs. OAK, the 5th time in his career to either tie the game or give his team a lead from the 9th inning on ... Reached base safely in a career-high 19 straight games from July 16-Aug 4 (.357 AVG, .470 OBP) ... On Aug 13 vs. PIT, doubled in his first at-bat, which was his 1000th AB as a Blue Jay…Recorded his 33rd multi-hit game ... Broke the club record for the most single-season home runs by a switch-hitter on Aug 25 vs. MIN with his 35th HR (Jose Cruz-34 in 2001)…Became 15th player in club history to reach the 35+ HR mark...Collected three hits in a game for the 7th time in 2017 (had two three-hit games in 2016) ... Hit his 38th home run on Sept. 14 at MIN...Was his MLB-record 11th HR in the 9th inning or later and his 17th in the 7th inning or later (2nd in MLB, Cody Bellinger-18).
Went 3-for-5 with a HR & 5-RBI on Aug. 26 vs. MIN…His 3R-HR in the 2nd inning snapped a 0-for-29 slump with RISP…
Was one AB shy of tying the club's all-time mark for longest hitless streak with RISP (Rico Carty-1979)…Had three hits
in 3-AB with RISP, matching his total output for his previous 43-AB in those situations …The 5-RBI were his most since a career-high 6-RBI on May 30, 2012 at TEX & 3rd of his career...Agreed to terms with the Blue Jays on a two year contract extension for the 2017 & 2018 seasons with a club option for the 2019 season on July 16...Snapped a 0-for-16 hitless streak with a home run vs. CLE on July 1...Hit his first career walkoff home run, May 3 vs. TEX…Became the 1st player in club history to hit a game-tying HR in 9th inning & hit a walkoff HR in extra innings…The last player on any team to achieve that feat was Tyler Flowers, who had solo shots in the 9th & 12th innings for the White Sox on Sept. 8, 2014 vs. the A's…Joe Crede was the last ML player prior to Smoak to swat a walkoff HR in the 10th inning after tying the game with a HR in the bottom of the 9th…Crede did that for the White Sox on Aug. 27, 2002 vs. the Blue Jays... Recorded his first stolen base since May 27, 2012 at SEA on April 5 at TB, a span of 433 games.
35 of his 67 hits went for extra bases (16-2B, 1-3B, 18-HR). Set a career-high with 59 RBI...13 of his 18 HR this year came with runners aboard. His four defensive runs saved ranked 2nd behind Mark Teixeira (5 DRS) among AL 1B. Club posted a 47-24 (.662) record in games he started. Posted a .994 fielding percentage, 8th best among AL first baseman…Made four errors in 714 total chances…His 9.35 TC/9 was 4th highest among 1B in the AL. Hit his 1st career grand slam at NYY on August 8…It marked the first grand slam hit in New York in Blue Jays franchise history. Hit his 8th home run of the campaign in his 120th at-bat on July 5 at DET...Surpassed his entire HR total from 2014 with the Mariners in less than half the AB (7-HR in 248-AB with SEA). Had his 3rd career multi-HR game, July 1 vs. BOS…It marked the 2nd time in his career to hit a HR from both sides of the plate in the same game…Became the 6th different TOR player & 7th time in club history to do so (last: Melky Cabrera, July 28, 2014 vs. BOS). June 12 at BOS marked the 1st triple of his career, coming in his 2,047th AB, and ended his "pursuit" of the major league record for the most career at bats without hitting a triple, coming just 32 shy of 2,079 at-bats by Johnny Estrada, a catcher with five National League teams from 2001 to 2008. Recorded his 1st RBI as a Blue Jay on April 15 vs. TB…Marked his first multi-RBI game since May 12, 2014, span of 50 games. • Made his Blue Jays debut appearing in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement at NYY, April 6. Made just one start for the Blue Jays, while appearing in eight games…Marked his first ever postseason appearance. Failed to record a hit in his eight at-bats.
Appeared in 80 games, making 66 starts (all at first base)...Played in the first 63 games (58 starts) before appearing in just 19 of the final 99 games due to injury, rehab assignment option to AAA...In his first 37 games hit .248 with 18 runs, nine doubles, five home runs and 24 RBI... Over his final 43 games batted .148 with four doubles & two home runs...Hit .323 with three doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI with runners in scoring position in his first 22 games while batting .097 (3-31) in his final 25 games...Was recalled from his rehab assignment, removed from the disabled list and optioned to AAA Tacoma on July 4...Placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad from June 11 (retro to June 10) through July 11...Went 2-for-4 with three runs, double, a home run & three RBI on Opening Night March 31 at Los Angeles-AL... Is the only Mariners player in club history with 3+ runs & RBI in an Opening Day...Batted .337 (69-205) with 29 runs, 13 doubles, seven home runs, 40 RBI, .422 on-base percentage and .502 slugging in 56 games with AAA Tacoma.
Hit a career-high 20 home runs, continuing his trend of increasing his HR total in each of the last 4 seasons (2010 - 13, 2011 - 15, 2012 - 19). Appeared in 131 games, making 124 starts (1B-125 G/121 GS, DH-3 GS). Led the team with 30 two-out RBI. Hit 18 of 20 home runs as a lefthanded batter…first RH home run came Sept. 22 at LAA. 20 home runs rank 2nd-most by a switch hitter in club history (Morales - 23). Hit 17 of 20 home runs after coming off the disabled list, June 18-end of season (85 G). Season-high 9-game hitting streak July 30-Aug. 9 (.394/13x33, 9 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI). Batted .305 (18x59) with 22 RBI with runners in scoring position, July 1-end of season (.122/5x41 from April 1-June 30 with RISP). Ranked 5th among AL first basemen with a .995 fielding percentage (5 E, 1,100 TC). On 15-day disabled list June 2-17 with a right oblique strain (retro to 5/30)…appeared in 5 games (.238/5x21) on rehab at AAA Tacoma. Made third career Opening Day start April 1 at Oakland…tied for 4th in club history for Opening Day starts at first base (3).
Appeared in 132 games, making130 starts (1B-129, DH-1) ... Set career-highs in games played(132), at-bats (483), runs scored(49), hits (105), home runs (19) andtotal bases (176) ... Ranked 3rd in the Majors amongstfirst basemen with a .997 fieldingpercentage (4 E, 1168 TC) ... Hit .341 (31x91) with 14 runs, 6doubles, 5 home runs, 11 RBI,.423 OBP, .571 SLG over final 27games (.189/74x392, 14 HR in first105 G)...career .327 hitter (69x211) with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in his career in the finalmonth of the season (62 games in September/October) ... Homered from both sides of the plate Sept. 25 at LAA...2nd career multi-HR game...tookZack Greinke deep from the left side in the 4th inning and hit a 2-run homer from the rightside off Scott Downs in the 7th inning...became just the 4th player in Mariners history tohomer from both sides of the plate (see chart) ... Named the American League Player of the Week for May 28-June 3...batted .348 (8x23)with a double, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 6 walks and 7 runs in 6 games vs. the Rangers andWhite Sox...first Mariner to earn award since Ichiro for the week ending Sept. 26, 2010 ... Batted .326 (28x86) May 11-June 4 with 11 runs, 2 doubles, 7 home runs, 19 RBI, 9walks, .389 OBP, .593 SLG in 22 games ... Recorded first career multi-home run game with a career-high 6 RBI on May 30 at Texas(3x5, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, BB, K).
Played in career-high 123 games in first full season in the Major Leagues...missed games on the disabled list Aug. 13-Sept. 2 (nondisplaced nose fracture) and the bereavement list April 19-25...also sidelined with a groin strain and left thumb injury during the season...Led the Mariners with 24 doubles and tied for team lead with 39 extra base hits (2B - 24, HR - 15)...2nd with career-high 15 HR...10 of 15 home runs gave the Mariners a lead, including game-winning 3-run HR in bottom of 8th inning May 31 vs. Baltimore (Mariners trailed 2-0, won 3-2)...Hit team-high .324 (22x68) with 11 RBI in "Close and Late" situations (7th inning or later, ahead by one run, tied, or with the tying run on base, at bat or on deck)...also led team with 21 go-ahead RBI, 11 game-winning RBI and 27 2-out RBI...Hit .301 (22x73) with 3 home runs and 11 RBI in 22 games in September...is a.317 (59x123) hitter with 6 HR and 20 RBI in 36 career games in September/October...Season-high 11-game hitting streak April 11-29 (14x39/.359) with 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 16 RBI...also recorded a hit in first 4 games, extending career-high hitting streak to 14 games (.426/20x47), including final 10 games of 2010...10th time a Mariner has carried over a double-digit hitting streak into the following season...Hit 12 of 15 home runs in first 59 games (April 1-June 12)...hit 3 homers over last 64 games...HR #13 Sept. 8 vs. Kansas City, snapping 48-game homerless streak...Appeared in 4 games on rehab assignment with AAA Tacoma, Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
Appeared in 100 games withSeattle (30 G) and Texas (70 G)....Combined to bat .218 (76x348)with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and48 RBI...hit .239 (27x113) with 11runs, 4 doubles, 5 home runs and14 RBI with the Mariners....Split minor league season betweenAAA Tacoma (35 G) and AAAOklahoma City (15 G), batting .279(51x183) with 13 doubles, 9 homeruns and 30 RBI in 50 games....Among AL rookies, ranked 2nd inhome runs (13), 2nd in RBI (48), 3rd in walks (46) and 3rd in extra base hits (27)....Ended season with career-high 10-game hitting streak, Sept. 23-Oct. 3 (.441/15x34, 7 R,3 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI)....Hit .340 (17x50) with 3 2B, 3 HR and 9 RBI in 14 games following recall from AAA (9/18)....Homered in 3 consecutive games Sept. 27-28-29 at Texas...became the 4th Marinersrookie (5th time), and first since Danny Tartabull homered in 4 straight in 1986...alsohomered in back-to-back games June 18-19 at Houston (w/TEX) and July 16-17 at LAA(w/SEA)....Fell triple short of the cycle going 3-for-4 with 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI July 17 at LAA....Optioned to AAA Tacoma on July 31...part of PCL champion Rainiers....Hit .271 (36x133) with 23 runs, 7 doubles, 7 home runs and 25 RBI in 35 regular seasongames with the Rainiers...also hit .423 (11x26) with 1 homer, 6 RBI and 11 walks (.595OBP) in 8 playoff games....Acquired from Texas with RHP Josh Lueke, RHP Blake Beavan and INF Matt Lawson, inexchange for LHP Cliff Lee and RHP Mark Lowe on July 9....Hit first Major League home run April 29 vs. Chicago (AL) (off Gavin Floyd)....Made Major League debut April 23 vs. Detroit...recorded first hit April 26 vs. Detroit....Selected from Oklahoma City (AAA) April 23; hit .300 (15x50) with 2 HR, 5 RBI in 15games with the RedHawks....Named by Baseball America as the No. 9 prospect in the Pacific Coast League.
Combined to bat .290 (112-386) with 12 home runs, 21 doubles, and 57 RBI in 106 games for Arizona Rangers (Rookie), Frisco(AA), and Oklahoma City (AAA)...had a .410 on-base figure and .443 slugging mark for a .853 OPS...drew 75 walks against just 81strikeouts...did not go consecutive games without a hit all year until promotion to Oklahoma City in early July...was on-base via hit,walk, or hit by pitch in 98-of-106 games for the year, going consecutive games without getting on base just once all year: July 18-19...had 31 multi-hit games, including season-high 3 hits on 7 occasions...totaled 16 multi-RBI games, including season-high 4 RBIduring 2-homer game on June 21 vs. AZL Indians while on rehab assignment in Surprise...drew multiple walks 16 times, season-high3 walks on Aug. 23 at Omaha (G2), contest in which he also had a hit...played 91 games at first base and 15 as DH.
Played his first game of the year on Feb. 23 vs. East Carolina, and finished on Nov. 20 vs. Phoenix Desert Dogs in ArizonaFall League...played his final collegiate game on June 1, was drafted on June 5, signed on Aug. 15, and made his professional debuton Aug. 18...hit safely in 20 straight games spanning his time with Clinton (Low-A) and 2 clubs in the Arizona Fall League...was the11th overall selection in the 2008 June draft...signed just before the deadline on Aug. 15, then visited Rangers Ballpark the nextday...had spent time working out in Atlanta in the interim between end of his college season and signing...made his professionaldebut with Clinton (Low-A) on Aug. 18 at Peoria, going 1-for-3 with a double, RBI, and run scored as starting first baseman...hit safelyin 13 of his 14 games with the LumberKings after not playing for 2 1/2 months...hit safely in 11 straight to end regular season...went9-for-22 (.409) in last 5 contests to raise final average from .235 to .304...also hit safely in both playoff games, when Clinton waseliminated in 2 games against Cedar Rapids...went 3-for-8 (.375) with a double and RBI in postseason...combined to bat .353 (18-51) with 2 homers, 4 doubles, one triple, and 3 RBI over 16 games with Surprise and Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona FallLeague...had a .588 slugging mark and .468 OBP, adding 10 walks against just 11 strikeouts...played just 3 games for Surprisebefore a lack of playing time led to a transfer to Peoria...hit safely in his first 7 games in the AFL before going 0-for-2 with a walk andhit by pitch on Nov. 4 at Scottsdale, ending what was a 20-game hit streak dating to his time with Clinton...hit safely in final 11 regularseason games with Clinton, 2 playoff games in Midwest League, 3 games with Surprise, then first 4 games with Peoria...went 4-for-4 on Nov. 7 at Peoria Saguaros...did not commit an error in 95 total chances at first base.