Luke Richard Maile (rhymes with "Bailey")...Wife's name is Paige...Has one daughter; Evelyn (8/17/18)...Is a 2009 graduate of Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, KY, where he played baseball and golf...Was named Kentucky's Gatorade Player of the Year after his senior season...Played three years of baseball at the University of Kentucky...Named to the 2012 All-SEC second team as a junior and was a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser trophy and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes award...His grandfather, Dick Maile, was an All-American in basketball at LSU and his father, Rich, was a cornerback on the Kentucky football team.
Spent second full season in the Majors with Toronto...Homered on 4/12 vs. Tampa Bay - his first since 6/2/18...Became the 13th position player in team history to pitch when he took the mound on 5/5 at Texas; retired all three batters faced and struck out Shin-soo Choo, joining Steve Tolleson (8/26/14 vs. Boston) as the only Toronto position players to record a strikeout... Snapped an 0-for-22 streak with a single on 5/7 vs. Minnesota...Tossed another scoreless inning on 5/25 vs. San Diego, becoming the fourth position player in Blue Jays history to pitch multiple games in one season (also Bob Bailor - three games in 1980, Jeff Mathis - two games in 2012 and Steve Tolleson - two games in 2014)...Also became the second player in team history to catch and pitch in the same game (Jeff Mathis on 7/25/12 vs. Oakland)...Hit his second home run on 5/20 vs. Boston...Swiped his fourth career base on 6/12 at Baltimore...Recorded his second career triple on 6/30 vs. Kansas City...Was on the injured list with a left oblique strain from 7/24 to 9/13...Threw out seven of the 25 runners (28.0%) attempting to steal against him in 44 games (41 starts) behind the plate.
Set career highs in runs (22), hits (50), doubles (13) and RBI (27) ... Had at least one hit in his first seven games (12-for-25, .480 AVG) for the longest hitting streak of his career, including four doubles and nine RBI (had seven RBI over 46G in 2017) ... Set a club record when he collected a hit in nine consecutive at-bats with a runner in scoring position from Sept. 12, 2017-April 19, 2018 ... Drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning in Game 2 of a doubleheader on April 17 vs. KC... Was his 1st career walk-off hit...Also collected two RBI in the 7th with a bases-loaded single for his 2nd career 3+ RBI game (Aug. 16, 2016 vs. SD - 4RBI) ... Hit his 1st career triple on May 9 vs. SEA ... Won the game on May 11 vs. BOS with a two-run shot in the 12th for his 1st career walk-off home run and his 1st extra-inning homer... Also tied the game with a 7th-inning blast for his 1st career multi-HR game... Drove in a run in the 2nd with a single, for his 2nd career three-hit effort and 2nd career four-RBI game (matched his personal bests from Aug. 16, 2016 vs. SD) ... On June 2 at DET, doubled to snap a 0-for-20 skid, then hit his 3rd home run for his 3rd career multi-XBH game, all of which were in 2018... Recorded all three of his home runs off left-handed pitchers ... Drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning on June 9 vs. BAL for his 3rd career walk-off plate appearance (all in 2018) ... Placed on Paternity List from Aug. 17-19...He and his wife, Paige, welcomed their first child, Evelyn, on Aug. 17 ... Doubled three times and walked for his 1st career 3-XBH game on Sept. 2 at MIA... Reached base four times for the 2nd time in his career... Became the 5th catcher (6th time) in team history with a three-double game... Marked his 4th career three-hit game (3rd of 2018).
Posted a 3.50 catcher ERA while the Jays went 21-15 in his 36 starts as catcher ... Threw out nine of 26 attempted base stealers (34.6%)…Had nine of the team's 25 CCS (36%) while catching 339.1 of the club's 1465.0 innings (23%) ... Played in a career-high 46 games and matched a personal best with 10 runs scored ... Designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on April 2…Claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on April 6 and assigned to Triple-A Buffalo ... Called up to Toronto on April 28 and made his Blue Jays debut that night vs. TB (0-for-3, BB) ... Stole his 1st career base on May 13 vs. SEA...Was part of a double steal which allowed Devon Travis to steal home ... Hit his 1st home run of the season on May 18 at ATL, his first since Sept. 2, 2016 vs. TOR (span of 61 AB)...The HR was followed by another from Marcus Stroman, forming the 1st back-to-back homers by AL batterymates in the post-DH era ... Hit his 2nd home run on May 31 vs. CIN to snap a 0-for-12 hitless streak ... Was placed on the DL with a right-knee injury on July 4 ... Returned from a rehab assignment (5G with Dunedin and 4G with Buffalo) and was reinstated from the DL on Sept. 1 ... Went 7-for-21 (.333) with 3-2B and 2-RBI over his last eight games.
Recalled from Triple-A Durham over the All-Star break…started 35 of the club's 74 games in the second half (34-C, 1-DH)…played 14 innings at 1B off the bench...Caught 7 of 25 attempted base stealers (28.0 pct.), the best rate ever by a Rays rookie backstop (min. 10 SB attempts)...Rays pitchers compiled a 3.14 ERA (301-IP, 105-ER) with Maile behind the plate, compared to a 4.48 ERA with all other catchers...Had a .273 avg. (15-for-55) in 20 games at Tropicana Field, compared to a .188 avg. in 22 games on the road...Had a 10-game stretch from Aug 16-Sep 2 when he hit .429 (12-for-28) with 7 runs, 3 2B, 3 HR and 9 RBI…apart from that, hit .165 (15-for- 91) with 0 HR and 6 RBI in 32 games...Hit the first 3 HR of his career, the first coming on Aug 20 vs. TEX, a solo shot off RH A.J. Griffin...On Aug 30 at BOS, hit a game-tying, 2-run shot in the 7th off LH Drew Pomeranz, becoming the third rookie catcher in the last 60 years to hit a game-tying or go-ahead homer in the 7th inning or later as a visitor at Fenway Park, joining NYM Omir Santos on May 23, 2009 (go-ahead, 9th inning) and MIL Ned Yost on Sep 29, 1982 (go-ahead, 9th inning)...On Sep 2 vs. TOR, his 330-foot homer off LH Francisco Liriano was the shortest at Tropicana Field (Rays or visitors) since StatCast began measuring them in 2015...Had a career-high 3 hits and 4 RBI on Aug 16 vs. SD…his 4 RBI tied the franchise record for a rookie catcher, matching Robinson Chirinos (Aug 3, 2011 vs. TOR) and John Jaso (May 23, 2010 at HOU)…they were the most by a Rays catcher since J.P. Arencibia on Sep 1, 2015 at BAL (6)...On Sep 25 vs. BOS, was charged with an error in the 10th inning when he failed to tag the goahead run in Dustin Pedroia following a David Ortiz double…the call was confirmed after the Rays challenged, resulting in a 3-2 loss...With Durham, hit only .182/.221/.242 (18- for-99) through the end of May but batted .305/.394/.442 (29-for-95) with 2 HR from the start of June until his July 15 call up…threw out 12 of 38 attempted base stealers (31.6 pct.).
Selected from Triple-A Durham on Sep 1...became the 51st player used by the Rays in 2015, one shy of the club record (2000), and 18th rookie, extending the club record…Appeared in 15 games (9 starts) at catcher...of his 9 starts, 5 came with Matt Moore as the starting pitcher...Moore posted a 1.72 ERA (31.1-IP, 6-ER) while paired with Maile…Made his major league debut Sep 1 at BAL as a pinch-hitter, with the Rays leading 11-0...his first start was Sep 5 at NYY...his first career hit and RBI came on Sep 12 vs. BOS, a pinch-hit double off Rick Porcello...became the first Ray to record his first career hit as a pinch-hitter since Tim Beckham on Sep 19, 2013 vs. TEX, and first to have it go for extra bases (as a PH) since Desmond Jennings doubled on Sep 11, 2010 at TOR…Went 2-for-28 (.071) over his first 12 games, through Sep 29...went 4-for-7 (.571) over his last 3 games…Only one runner attempted to steal against him, and Maile threw him out: TOR Ben Revere (31 SB), in the Oct 4 season finale...with Durham, threw out 33.8 pct. (26 of 77) of attempted base stealers-2nd-best rate in the International League…Enters the 2016 season rated the Best Defensive Catcher in the Rays system by Baseball America, for a second straight season.
Spent the full season with Class-A Bowling Green…appeared in 95 games (64-C, 30-DH, 1-1B)…named a midseason and postseason Midwest League All-Star…threw out 36 of 70 attempted base stealers (51.4 percent)…named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Catcher in the Midwest League…appeared in 4 games with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.