Mallex keeps meticulous notes during games, logging his own personally-tailored scouting reports…when an injury sidelined him with Short-A Eugene in 2012, he began keeping score in the dugout to stay focused…the practice developed from there, and he has one book for each of his seasons as a professional... During his rookie season with the Braves, outfielder Jeff Francoeur was among those that teased him for his notebooks…following a brief and unsuccessful at-bat, he returned to the dugout to find Francoeur wrote "three straight fastballs" in the book... One of the most formative moments of his life came one early morning in middle school…he got out of bed to get a drink around 4 a.m. and saw his older brother, Michael, coming through the door covered in sweat from a workout... Mallex takes great pride in his bunting and created an elaborate routine to hone his craft, beginning on his knees to sharpen his eyes…he aims his bunts in every possible direction, and refuses to advance to the next drill until he feels game-ready... Mallex's vocal stylings are often heard around the ballpark…before a game in Houston last season, he joined a children's choir on the field to sing the national anthem…he was also invited to sing the anthem at the annual Clutch Hitters Luncheon in front of local media and community leaders... During the offseason, Mallex works with high school and college players to develop baseball skills and self-confidence…he hopes kids are inspired by the fact that he isn't a physically dominant athlete and has to work hard for his success... Despite growing up in Tallahassee, Mallex trains in Gainesville and is a big Florida Gators fan.
Appeared in 81 games across four stints in the majors with the Rays and started 68 games (47-CF, 14-LF, 7-RF)…spent the remainder of the season with Triple-A Durham... Recorded 16 SB in 21 attempts, tying Steven Souza Jr. and Kevin Kiermaier for the team lead…matched his stolen base total from his 2016 rookie season…combined for 37 SB between the majors and minors, leading Durham with 21 SB in only 45 games... Tied for 4th in the AL with 5 bunt hits, trailing MIN Byron Buxton (11), TEX Delino DeShields (11) and SEA Jarrod Dyson (6)…was the most by a Ray since Brandon Guyer (7) in 2014…is one of three players with at least 5 bunt hits in each of the last two seasons, along with MIA Dee Gordon and PHI César Hernández... Made his first career Opening Day roster and started in left field, batting 8th in the lineup… went 1-for-4 in his Rays debut with a single off Masahiro Tanaka in his second at-bat... On April 8 vs. TOR, reached base a career-high 5 times with a career-high 3 BB…posted the third multi-SB game of his career, joining Carl Crawford as the only Rays to ever reach 5 times and record 2 SB... Removed from the game on April 13 at NYY in the 3rd inning and was placed on the disabled list the next day with a right hamstring strain… reinstated on April 27 and optioned to Durham… hit .306 (33-for-108) with 12 SB in 24 games for the Bulls and was recalled for a one-day stint on May 31... Recalled again from Durham on June 9 following Kevin Kiermaier's right hip fracture…during Kiermaier's 61-game stay on the disabled list from June 9-Aug 17, Smith made 51 starts (45-CF, 4-LF, 2-RF)…began that stretch with a 12-game hitting streak from June 9-21, a career high and the longest by a Ray in 2017…hit .354/.415/.458 (34-for-96) in 25 games from June 9-July 8, but hit .210/.269/.310 (21-for-100) in 33 games from July 9-Aug 17 and was optioned to Durham when Kiermaier was reinstated on Aug 18... On June 9 vs. OAK, became the second player in club history with 1 HR and 3 SB in a game, joining Carl Crawford on May 24, 2006 at TOR… was the first center fielder to do that since SEA Mike Cameron on May 16, 2002 at TOR…was the ninth center fielder to do it since Baseball Reference data is available (1913), a list that includes Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Willie Mays…the homer was his first since May 17, 2016 at PIT and the 3 SB were a career high... On July 5 at CHC, recorded a career-high 4 hits and 3 runs…became the second Ray all-time with a 4-hit game at Wrigley Field, joining Aubrey Huff on June 4, 2003... Attempted only one stolen base in his last 31 games, beginning July 31, and was thrown out (Sep 21 at BAL)... Was traded twice within a span of 90 minutes on Jan 11, 2017…sent by the Braves to Mariners, then Mariners to Rays as part of the return for Drew Smyly.
Started the season with Triple-A Gwinnett (Braves), but was called up to Atlanta on April 11 after OF Ender Inciarte suffered a hamstring injury…stayed on the major league roster through the end of the season, but missed three months with a fractured left thumb...Struggled over the first 15 games of his career, batting .136/.240/.205 (6-for-44) with 16 SO… after that, hit .269/.340/.414 (39-for-145) in 57 games through the end of the season...Hit leadoff and started in center field on April 11 at WAS, his major league debut…led off the game with a 3-pitch strikeout against Max Scherzer…singled off Scherzer in the 2nd for his first career hit…left the game in the 4th inning after suffering a cut on his forehead when he was caught stealing…received five stitches above his eye but returned to the starting lineup the next day...credited with his first career homer via replay review…it came in the 5th inning off Matt Harvey on May 3 at NYM…his drive to the opposite field was initially ruled a triple...Slugged a pair of 2-run home runs on May 17 at PIT, the first multi-HR game of his professional career…was the first Brave with a 2-HR game out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order since pitcher Derek Lilliquist in 1990 and the first with a 2-HR, 4-RBI game since pitcher Tony Cloninger in 1966…didn't homer in his 41 games (25 starts) after that...Recovered from his thumb injury to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Mississippi on Sep 1…remained there for the team's playoff run…reinstated from the DL on Sep 16...Saw limited action for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific League and the Indios de Mayagüez of the Puerto Rican Winter League following the season due to a strained oblique.
Entered 2016 as Atlanta's 10th-best prospect according to Baseball America. Also named as the "Best Athlete" and the "Fastest Baserunner" by the publication…Named the Organizational Player of the Year after splitting his season between Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi and hitting a combined .306 (148-for-484) with two home runs, 35 RBI and 57 steals in 126 games. His 57 steals were the fifth most in all of minor league baseball and tops in the organization, while his .306 average ranked fifth in the Braves' farm system…Named to the Southern League All-Star game after beginning the season with the M-Braves and hitting .340 (70-for-206) with a team-best 23 steals in 57 games. Led off for the South All-Stars and went 1-for-3 in the North squad's 9-0 win on 6/23 in Montgomery…Batted .407 (44-for-108) on the road for the M-Braves…Named the Mississippi Position Player of the Month for May and June by the organization. Went 33-for- 95 (.347) with 10 steals in 26 May games, while he hit .346 (18-for-52) with a .477 OBP in 17 June games…Made his Triple-A debut on 6/24, going 0-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and an RBI vs. Indianapolis. Started in center field and hit leadoff. Got credit for playing in the 5/31 game after it was completed on 8/15…Named IL Player of the Month for August after batting .336 (41-for-122, 24 runs, 13 stolen bases) in 29 games…Swiped a career high-tying three stolen bases, 6/27 at Pawtucket. The game marked his ninth contest with three steals…Stole a base in a season-best five consecutive games twice (5/20-5/24 and 9/1-9/4).