Rafael Antonio Furcal...married to wife, Glenny, and couple has three children: sons Rafael Jr and Anthony, and daughter Ashley... attended Jose Cabrera High School in Loma de Cabrera, DR, where he played baseball and basketball...with his $5,000 signing bonus in 1996, purchased a car for his parents and built them a house in the Dominican Republic in 2002...donated a Los Angeles fire truck to his hometown in the Dominican Republic in February 2011, and a St. Louis ambulance in 2012, that was completely stocked with state of the art medical equipment, medications and disposable supplies to last for months, including a new AED device programmed in Spanish.
Missed entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery performed on March 15 by Dr. James Andrews. Also, had bone spur removed.
In his first full season with St. Louis started out hot, hitting .315 in April and .349 in May. Became the sixth different Opening Day SS in six seasons for St. Louis. Had a season high hit-streak of 12 games from 4/29-5/13 in which he hit .510 (25-49) with 2 doubles, 2 HRs and 8 RBI.Selected by fans to start at shortstop for the National League All-Stars, his 3rd selection. Started the game and played 7 innings going 1-3 with a triple. Ended the season on the disabled list after injuring his right elbow making a throw to second during the game on 8/30 at Washington. Was placed on the DL on 8/31,remaining until the end of the season and missing the playoffs. Finished the season with 126 hits (100 singles), had 17 infield singles (T27th in N.L.). Had 36 multi-hit games, including 11 three-hit games and two 4-hit games. Recorded his 11th MLB season w/10+ steals, finishing the year with 12. His 43 RBI in the lead-off position (94 games)ranked 3rd among N.L. leadoff men. Batted .483 (14-29)in the 9th inning (3-2B, HR, 8 RBI). Played in his 1,500th career game 4/22 at PIT & scored his 1,000 run 4/24 at CHI. Scored in a then team-high 6-straight games (6/21-26)[Jon Jay 7 game streak]. Hit a game winning, walk-off single in the 12th on 7/25 vs. LAD; finished the year with 5 game-winning RBI.
Shortstop began the year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Missed 63 Games with LAD onthe disabled list with a fractured left thumb and strained left oblique...Was traded to St. Louis on 7/31 for minor league OF Alex Castellanos and made his 1ststart for the Cards on 8/1 at MIL (1-4, BB)...Following the trade, batted .255 (50-196) with seven homers, 16 RBI and 12 multi-hitgames. Had hits in 38 of 50 games after joining the Cards...Stole his 300th career base on 9/10 vs. ATL. Has 302 career steals, 12th among active players...Missed the final two games of the season with left hamstring tightness...Hit a walk-off double 7/23 vs. WSH (2nd career). Had two GWRBI for STL on the season, and five go-ahead RBI...Homered and had 10th four+ RBI game of his career on 8/3 at MIL...Hit five home runs vs. MIL after joining the Cards incluing back-to-back leadoff HRs on 8/31 and 9/1 at MIL, and also a leadoffHR on 8/11, finishing with three lead-off homers on the season and 29 for his career...Walked a season-high three times on 9/9, most since 6/20/09 vs. LAA...Was part of key wins down the stretch. Hit GWing 8th-inning HR vs. CHI on 9/25 and his leadoff double started 11th inn. rally9/16 at PHI...2011 POSTSEASON: Made his ninth postseason appearance, but first World Series appearance...had hits in 13 of 18 postseasongames with one multi-hit game in each round...led Cardinals with three sac bunts...was flawless in 80 total fielding chances atshortstop, turning 11 double plays...his 1.000 fielding pct. is tied for highest by a shortstop who has at least 80 chances (O. Vizquel,CLE-1997, 86 TC)...tied a Cardinals postseason franchise record for double plays (11) with Keith Hernandez, Tom Herr and AlbertPujols...had two triples during the Division Series vs. PHI & leads all MLB players with five triples in Division Series action...led offDivision Series Game 1 with a single, scoring on Berkman's HR...led off D.S. Game 2 with a triple on the first pitch of the game...tripledin the first & scored only run of 1-0 D.S. Game 5 series clinching win...played a game on his birthday (Oct. 24, World Series Game5) for the first time in his pro career...walked twice in leadoff role in World Series Game 1 and knocked in his only run of World Serieson a bases-loaded hit by pitch during W.S. Game 7.
All-Star shortstop fought through injuries to bat .300 for the third time in five seasons with the Dodgers ... Named to his second NL All-Star squad and walked in his only plate appearance in the Midsummer Classic on July 13 ... wasnamed to the team as an injury replacement on the Sunday before the game...ranked second in the NL with a .333 batting average(81-for-243) in 58 games before the All- Star break ... Posted a .460 slugging percentage, which was the second-highest mark of his career behind only his .573 mark over 36 gamesin an injury-shortened 2008 season ... Batted .306 (105-for-343) out of the leadoff spot, the third-highest mark in the top spot in the NL ... the Dodgers went 44-38 whenhe started as the club's leadoff hitter ... Hit .310 as a left-handed batter against right-handed pitchers, the 10th-best mark in the National League (min. 200 at-bats) ... batted .277 (31-for-122) from the right side of the plate ... Batted .354 (45-for-127) with runners on base and .316 (25-for-79) with runners in scoring position, including a perfect 3-for-3with the bases loaded ... hit .324 (35-for-108) from the seventh inning and later and .311 (28-for-90) with two outs ... Ranked fourth on the team with 66 runs scored despite playing in only 97 games ... the Dodgers went 31-17 when he scored arun and 13-2 when he scored twice ... Led the Dodgers with 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts ... stroked a team-best seven triples ... Tied a career high for the third time with five hits on June 15 at Cincinnati ... tied for 18th in the NL with 13 games with three ormore hits ... had 34 multi-hit games in just 97 contests ... On June 13 vs. Angels, hit his 26th career first inningleadoff home run ... was his 14th in a Dodger uniform,which ranks second in franchise history behind DaveyLopes' 28 ... Appeared in 97 games, missing a total of 52 gameswhile on the disabled list due to a strained left hamstringfrom April 28-May 25 and a low back strain from Aug.3-Sept. 3 ... was placed on the bereavement list fromJune 17-23 while mourning the loss of his father ... Named Farmers Insurance Dodger Player of the Monthfor June after ranking seventh in the National Leaguewith a .362 batting average (34-for-94) and tyingfor fourth on the circuit with 21 runs in 22 games inthe month ... also had six doubles, three triples, threehomers, 16 RBI and four steals in June ... Batted .512 (22-for-43) during his season-long 10-game hitting streak from June 26-July 6, which includedseven-consecutive multi-hit games from June 26-July 3 ... Scored a run in 12 straight games from June 24-July6 to set a new Los Angeles Dodgers' record ... thenext longest run-scoring streak in Dodger history isBrooklyn Dodger Zack Wheat's 13-game streak fromAug. 18-28, 1925 ... Selected as the Bank of America Presents NL Playerof the Week Award for June 28-July 4, batting a MajorLeague-best .538 (14-for-26) with nine runs, two homers and five RBI in six games ... Hit the 100th home run of his career on July 30 at San Francisco with a third-inning solo shot off Tim Lincecum ... drove in the500th run of his career on July 8 with a seventh-inning two-run homer off of Randy Wells, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 comebackvictory over the Cubs ... Moved into third place on the Los Angeles Dodgers' all-time games played list at shortstop with 572 ... Rated by Baseball America as having the National League's best infield arm and as the circuit's third-best bunter in the publication's2010 annual "tools" issue.
Started 141 of the Dodgers' 162 games at shortstop, including 69 of 74 after the All-Star break...His 150 games played were his most since 2006, when he played in 159 games in his first year in a Dodger uniform...Batted .296 (42-for-142) against left-handers and .261 (123-for-471) against right-handers...Stole only 12 bases, his lowest total in any of his nine full Major League seasons...Committed 20 errors to tie for third among National League shortstops with Washington's Cristian Guzman behind San Diego'sEverth Cabrera (23) and Houston's Miguel Tejada (21)...Hit .330 (37-for-112) in 27 games in September/October to rank second on the team...led the club in September/October witheight doubles and 21 runs scored...Reached base safely in 24 straight games to end the season, batting .350 (35-for-100) with 12 walks, a hit batsman and a .425on-base percentage...Hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games beginning September 14, batting .387 (24-for-62) with 13 runs scored to raise his averageto .269 from .256...Had a season-high 12-game hitting streak from September 14-29, when he batted .404 (21-for-52) with 12 runs scored...in factfrom September 4 through the end of that streak, hit safely in 21 of 22 games, batting .344 (32-for-93) with 20 runs scored inthat time...Stole six bases in his final 15 games after going 43 consecutive games without a stolen base from July 29-September 13...Hit two first-inning lead-off home runs: April 16 vs. San Francisco and August 5 vs. Milwaukee...has 25 such homers in his career,13 in a Dodger uniform...Reached base safely in each of his first 24 games played through May 4, but batted only .257 (26-for-101) with 12 walks and a.336 on-base percentage in that span...was one of only four players to accomplish the feat, joining Carlos Beltran, Nick Markakisand Albert Pujols...On June 6 vs. Philadelphia, hit a game-tying solo homer off Brad Lidge with one out in the ninth to tie it at 2-2...Had a season-high four hits three times: July 3 at San Diego, September 22 and 24 at Washington...Went 10-for-14 (.714) in a three-game series at Washington from September 22-24...since the franchise moved to Los Angelesafter the 1957 season, only one other Dodger player had a .700-or-higher average in at least 12 at-bats in one series...Jimmy Wynnwas 13-for-18 (.722) in a four-game set against the Padres in 1974 (thanks Elias)...Had an 11-game hitting streak from July 20-31, when he batted .373 (19-for-51) with eight runs scored...would go on to hit safelyin 17 of 18 games through August 7, batting .329 (28-for-85) during that time...had a 10-game hitting streak from June 5-17, butbatted just .294 (10-for-34) in that time...Started each of the Dodgers' eight postseason games...tied with Andre Ethier for the club lead with six hits in the Division Seriesvs. St. Louis, batting .500 (6-for-12) with a triple and two RBI in three games
Missed 125 games with an injured lower back...went on the 15-day disabled list on May 13 (retroactive to May 6), and did not returnuntil September 24...had surgery on his back on July 3...finished the year hitting .357 (51-for-143) with five homers and 16 RBI in just36 games...Appeared in four games (three starts) during the final week of the season...struck out as a pinch-hitter in his first game on Sept. 24 vs.San Diego...then started three straight games at shortstop from September 25-27...went 2-for-9 with a walk and two strikeouts in thefour games...From Opening Day to May 5, led the Dodgers with a .366 average (49-for-134), 12 doubles, five homers, 34 runs scored, a .448 onbasepercentage, and a .597 slugging percentage in 32 games...batted leadoff in 31 of those games...Led the Majors with 49 hits and 34 runs scored through games of May 5...also ranked second with a .366 batting average, third with a.448 on-base percentage, and 10th with a .597 slugging percentage...Established a Los Angeles Dodger record with 17 extra-base hits in March/April (12 doubles, two triples and three home runs)...passedthe previous record holder Tim Wallach, who had 16 extra-base hits in March/April 1994...Reached base safely in each of his first 30 games, becoming the first Dodger to accomplish the feat since Hall of Famer Duke Sniderreached base safely in his first 34 games of the 1955 season...Underwent back surgery on July 3...the one-hour, 15-minute procedure, called a microdiscectomy, was performed by Dr. RobertWatkins at Marina Del Rey Hospital...Began a rehabilitation assignment on June 30, played one game, and had to shut it down again due to continued soreness...was transferredto the 60-day disabled list on July 4, when Nomar Garciaparra returned to the 40-man roster from the 60-day disabled list...Appeared in eight postseason games, batting .258 (8-for-31) with a home run, three RBI, and nine runs scored...Hit three first-inning leadoff home runs, running his career total to 23...turned the trick April 12 vs. San Diego, April 21 at Cincinnati,and May 5 vs. New York Mets...has 11 such homers as a Dodger to rank second in franchise history behind Davey Lopes, who hit 28from 1973-81...Tied a career high with five hits on April 30 at Florida, going 5-for-6 with a double and three runs scored...also had five hits July 10,2005 vs. Milwaukee with Atlanta...Scored at least one run in 10 straight games from April 23-May 3 (16 total)
Began the season on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a sprained left ankle during Spring Training when he collided with Jason Repko in center field on March 22...came off the DL on April 13 but was never at full strength throughout the season...snapped a streak of seven consecutive seasons in which his teams reached the postseason, the second-longest active streak in the NL behind Jason Marquis (8)...put together one of the greatest three-game stretches in Major League history from May 13-15...became the first player in Los Angeles Dodger history and just the fifth Major Leaguer in the last 55 years to record three consecutive four-hit games...during the tear, had eight straight hits, which tied the L.A. Dodger record held by Ron Cey...went 2-for-4 the day before the three-game stretch to give him 14 hits in 16 at-bats, becoming the first Major Leaguer to accomplish that feat since Derek Bell from April 20-24, 2000...also became the fifth Los Angeles Dodger with two consecutive four-hit games, joining Willie Davis (1966), Manny Mota (1969), Jimmy Wynn (1974), and Steve Garvey (1976)...tied his career high and the Dodger season high with a 15-game hitting streak from May 12-30, raising his average from .218 to .309 during the streak.
Became the first Dodger since Jason Repko in 2005 to hit two triples in a game when he accomplished the feat on June 13 against the Mets...hit two leadoff home runs during the season to give him 20 in his career and eight as a Dodger, which is fourth in franchise history behind Davey Lopes (28), Johnny Frederick (10), and Jim Gilliam (9)...ranked second on the Dodgers with 25 stolen bases, including a career-high four on Sept. 15 vs. Arizona to join Kenny Lofton as the only Major Leaguers to steal four bases in a game in 2007...had a span of eight stolen bases in four games, joining Maury Wills as the only Los Angeles Dodgers to accomplish that feat...was 12-for-12 in stolen bases during the month of September and will enter 2008 with a streak of 13 consecutive steals without getting caught...among all Major League shortstops, ranked second with a 4.92 range factor, which is calculated similarly to ERA (by adding a player's putouts and assists and dividing by nine...those with the best range tend to have more putouts and assists per nine innings than other shortstops)...only Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (5.39) was better...batted .313 vs. left-handed pitchers and .254 vs. right-handers...batted .397 (29-for-73) when putting the first pitch in play...batted .298 (88-for-295) at Dodger Stadium...had his best months in May (.371 average and .441 on-base percentage) and July (.324 BA and .372 OBP)...had a Dodger season high and equaled his career high with four runs scored on Aug. 22 at Philadelphia...the Dodgers were 73-65 in games in which he started...his eighth-inning, game-winning homer gave the Aguilas a 2-1 victory for the Dominican League title...hit .361 with a .395 OBP during the regular season and then led all Dominican players during the round-robin tournament in RBI (15) and stolen bases (7)...was tied for the lead with three triples and second in the league with 27 hits...during the playoffs, he got on base at a .398 clip and posted a .440 slugging percentage.
In his first season with the Dodgers, ranked among National League leaders in hits (196, T-5th), multi-hit games (62, 4th), at-bats (654, 4th), games played (159, T-6th), plate appearances (736, 4th), singles (140, 2nd), stolen bases (37, 7th), runs scored (113, 10th), home batting average (.333, 9th), bunt hits (9, 6th), average with runners in scoring position (.346, 8th) and was the ninth hardest player to double up in the NL (one GIDP per 93.4 at-bats)...Was awarded the inaugural Roy Campanella Award as the "Most Inspirational Dodger" as voted upon by his teammates and coaches...His 196 hits were the most by a first-year Dodger since Johnny Frederick logged 206 for Brooklyn in 1929...Set career highs in batting average (.300), games (159), RBI (63) and hits (196) and tied his career high in homers (15)and walks (73)...From May 1 through the end of the season, batted .317 with all 15 homers and 61 of his 63 RBI...ranked eighth in the league in average during that span...His 113 runs scored were the most by a Dodger since Shawn Green (121 in 2001) and the most by a Dodger leadoff hitter since Maury Wills (130 in 1962)...scored 100 runs for the fourth consecutive season since 2003, one of only five Major Leaguers to accomplish that feat, joining Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Ichiro Suzuki...his 113 runs rank fourth on the L.A. Dodger single-season runs scored list...In the second half, batted .339, tying him for the 10th highest average in the NL with Paul Lo Duca...With 56 extra-base hits and 37 steals, became just the fifth Dodger in L.A. history to notch 50 extra-base hits and 30 stolen bases in the same season, joining Raul Mondesi (1997, 1999), Kirk Gibson (1988), Steve Sax (1986) and Davey Lopes (1979)...His 736 plate appearances ranks third on the all-time Dodger list behind Maury Wills (759 in 1962) and Pee Wee Reese (743 in 1949)...In his last 30 games, had a hit in 27 of them and batted .365 (46-for-126) to raise his average from .282 to .300...His 15 homers were the second most by a shortstop in L.A. Dodger history behind Don Zimmer (17 in 1958)...his 63 RBI by a Dodger shortstop were the third most by an L.A. Dodger shortstop since Bill Russell had 65 in 1974 and 1976...Hit six leadoff homers to give him 18 in his career...became just the third player in Dodger history to hit six in a single season, joining Davey Lopes (7-1979, 6-1980) and Todd Hollandsworth (6-2000)...is tied with Hollandsworth for fifth on the all-time franchise leadoff homer list behind Lopes (28), Johnny Frederick (10), Jim Gilliam (9) and Steve Sax (7)...Has reached the postseason in each of his first seven seasons in the Majors...the only other National Leaguers whose teams have reached the postseason the past six years (including 2006) are Jason Marquis (7 seasons) and Julio Franco (6 seasons)...there are seven American Leaguers who will be playing in at least their seventh consecutive postseason, all of whom are Yankees...Hit .324 vs. left-handed pitchers (as a right-handed batter)...In the month of May, batted .311 (37-for-119) with 22 runs scored and a .366 on-base percentage in 28 games...hit .333 (36-for-108) with eight stolen bases in July...batted .313 in August and .369 in September...When leading off an inning, batted .316 (89-for-282) with 19 walks and a .359 on-base percentage...Reached base five times on April 3 vs. Atlanta and scored three runs in his Dodger debut...Batted .393 (11-for-28) in Spring Training while scoring four runs and driving in four...tied for team lead with three stolen bases...Logged his 1,000th career hit on June 25 vs. Pittsburgh...On June 23, joined teammate J.D. Drew in an hour-long Father's Day autograph session at the Macy's in Northridge...Furcal became a father for the first time in the offseason (Rafael Jr., 1/26/06)...On Aug. 9, joined Dodger Owner Frank McCourt and teammates Russell Martin and Chad Billingsley in a visit to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, visiting with patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases...Is expected to take part in the MLB All-Star tour of Japan following the season.
Batted .284 with a career-high 46 stolen bases, 194 hits and .981 fielding percentage in 154 games ... Reached double figures in doubles (31), triples (11) and home runs (12) ... Ranked third in the National League in stolen bases and triples (11)...ranked fourth in the NL in hits ... His .338 batting average (99-for-293) from July 7 through the end of the season ranked second in the NL and fifth in the Majors ... Hit safely in 67 of his last 85 games (.333, 112-for-336) ... Went 46-for-56 in stolen bases, giving him 189 in his career to surpass Otis Nixon on Sept. 21 for the Braves' all-time record ... Went 4-for-4 on Aug. 17 vs. Los Angeles, his second game of four or more hits on the season ... Hit .390 in July, the second-best mark in baseball ... Homered from both sides of the plate on July 31 vs. Pittsburgh and April 15 at Philadelphia ... Had a career-best five hits on July 10 vs. Milwaukee ... Tied a Major League record (7th time) by reaching base via error three times on May 21 at Boston...became the first NL player to accomplish the feat since 1975 (Jerry Grote) ... Set a career high with three stolen bases on April 25 at New York ... Appeared in the NL Division Series and hit .150 (3-for-20) with three stolen bases...had two stolen bases and two hits in the Game 2 win ... Underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 11, 2006 to remove torn cartilage.
Played in 143 games, but was limited to just 131 games in the field due to a series of early-season injuries ... Notched 100 runs for the second straight season with 103 ... His 14 home runs were just one shy of his career best of 15 set in 2003 ... Owned a team-high 42 multi-hit games ... Was successful in 21 of his 24 steal attempts in the second half and he hit safely in 39 of his last 53 games after Aug. 4 ... Was out of starting lineup for 19 games after jamming his right ring finger on May 1 at Colorado...was limited to mostly pinch-hitting duty for three weeks before returning to the starting lineup on May 23 ... Hit his 10th career leadoff homer on June 16 vs. KC ... Was named NL Player of the Week for the week of July 5-11...hit .385 (10-for-26) with four homers, eight RBI, two doubles and nine runs scored ... Homered in three straight games for the first time in his career from July 7-10 ... Hit two homers (second career multi-homer game) and had a career-high six RBI on July 9 at Philadelphia ... Appeared in the NL Division series vs. Houston and batted .381 (8-for-21) while scoring five runs in the series... clubbed two homers, including a 10th-inning game-winning shot in Game 2 off Dan Miceli.
In his 4th season, set career highs with 194 hits, 130 runs, 61 RBI, 15 HR, 10 triples and 35 doubles...130 runs are within 1 of Dale Murphy's modern day franchise season record of 131, set in 1983...Braves were 65-20 (.765) when he scored at least one run; team was 72-20 (.783) in 2002 when he scored; Braves' record with Furcal scoring over last two years: 137-40 (.774)...Tied for NL lead with 10 triples, 3rd with 130 runs, T4th with 194 hits, 7th with 25 SB and 10th with a .324 day BA...Turned 11th unassisted triple play in major league history Aug. 10 at St. Louis; it was the 2nd in Braves franchise history (other by SS Ernie Padgett, Oct. 6, 1923, vs. Phillies)...Tied for lead among NL shortstops with 481 assists, led with 749 total chances and was 2nd in number of double plays participated in by a shortstop with 108...Furcal's 194 hits are a franchise record for hits by a shortsop and his 130 runs are the most scored by a Bravesshortstop in the modern era...Selected to his 1st All-Star Game in a vote by players, coaches and managers; went 1 x 3 with 1 run...Hit 4 leadoff HRs, last coming July 10 at Wrigley Field; has 9 in career...Was 25 of 27 in SB attempts; Rangers' Todd Greene was only catcher to throw him out (June 4 in Atlanta); Furcal's other CS was a 1-3-6 putout August 1 vs. LA...Went 443 ABs without a GIDP before hitting into one July 28 at Montreal; finished with best GIDP ratio in NL(1 in 664 ABs)...Reached base in 36 consecutive games April 19-May 28; scored at least 1 run in 10 straight games May 10-20...Hit .345 (30 x 87) in last 23 games, starting September 5...2003 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Chi.): Hit .211 (4x19) with a team-leading three runs scored and the lone Braves' stolen base in five games vs. the Cubs...Went 2x3 with two runs and a walk in Game 2...Scored lone Braves' run Game 5's 5-1 loss.
Three triples April 21 vs. Fla tied modern M.L. record, last accomplished by Lance Johnson of White Sox Sept. 23, 1995, at Minnesota; last Brave to perform the feat was Danny O'Connell June 13, 1956, vs. the Phillies...Ranked 2nd in the majors with 21 bunt hits (Juan Pierre, 24) and 3rd in the NL with 38 infield hits...Four hits Aug. 22 at SD and Aug. 6 at AZ matched his career high...Braves went 64-14 (.821) when he scored at least 1 run, starting May 1...Had 4 leadoff home runs, the last coming Sept. 24 at Phi., to raise his career total to 5...Had a 10-game hitting streak (19 x 45, .422) Aug. 14-23, a career-high 15-game streak (21 x 55, .382, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 13 R) June 21-July 6 and a 10-game streak (15 x 41, .366) April 23- May 3...Led the Braves with 27 stolen bases...Ranked 2nd in the NL with 111 double plays turned...Played 4 games at 2B and 150 games at SS...Had just 1 error in 44 games May 14-July 2 after committing 13 in his first 38 games...Hit .342 (26 x 76) with RISP May 31-end of season.
Braves' offense suffered major blow as leadoff catalyst was lost for season whendislocated his left shoulder while stealing second in a July 6 game at Boston...Underwent successful surgery torepair dislocation July 10 in Birmingham, performed by Dr. James Andrews...Overcame a slow start (.231 BAthrough 48 games) by rebounding with a .358 BA (34 x 95) in June, lifting his BA by month's end to.281...Also stole 10 bases in 11 attempts in June...Set a career high with a 12-game hitting streak (18 x 52,.346) May 25-June 7...Added an 11-game streak (20 x 50, .400) June 13-30...Established another career-highwith 4 hits, including a bunt double, June 24 at NYM...Hit safely in 28 of his final 33 games before seasonendinginjury (46 x 138, .333)...His 4-RBI game in the season opener at Cincinnati, a 10-4 Braves win, alsoset a career best...Homered on Opening Day after not hitting his first one in his rookie season until Sept.2...The opening day blast was his first as a right-handed hitter...Missed 6 games June 15-21 with a partial leftshoulder separation...Ranked 5th in the NL with 22 steals when he was placed on 15-day D.L. July 7....Transferredto the 60-day July 12...Batted .349 (29 x 83) vs. lefthanders, and .249 (60 x 241) vs. righthanders.
Made the jump from Class A to the majors, in outstanding fashion, winning the BBWAA National League Rookie of the Year Award...Led all NL rookies in runs (87), walks (73), stolen bases (40) and OBP (.384)...Hit .293 (98x334) with 4 HR, 30 RBI, 65 R, 30 SB, 59 BB in the leadoff sport...Hit .256 (20x78) with 8 BB and 16 R when leading off the game...Posted a .269 average (29x108) as a 2nd baseman with 2 HR, 11 RBI and 6 SB; .303 as a SS (105x346) with 2 HR, 26 RBI, 33 SB and a .414 OBP...Had no homers prior to Sept. 2; had 4 after...Had an 11-game hitting streak (19 x 47, .404, 5 SB) Sep. 6-17...Hardest to double up in ML (2 GIDP) with a GIDP every 227.5 at-bats...September.. .315 (34 x 108), 11 SB, .431 OBP...Hit .306 vs righties (110x359) while posting a .250 BA (24x96) against lefties...Liked Turner Field better than the road with a .338 average (79x234) at home and a .249 average (55x221) away...Only hit below .290 and posted an OBP below .390 for one month of the season, August: .256 (30x117) and a .346 OBP...His 40 steals were 5th in the NL, set a Major League record for stolen bases by a 19-year old, breaking Ty Cobb's mark of 23 set in 1906, and an Atlanta rookie record... Last Brave to steal at least 40 bases - Otis Nixon (47) in 1993...Stole 11 bases in July and September...Hit .389 (14 x 36) with 7 runs, 3 RBI, 3 SB, 3 2B, 4 BB in 9-game road trip to AZ, StL and Cinci Aug. 1-9...On 15-day DL June 13-29 with a strained right hamstring...Had a 6-game hitting streak (14 x 26, .538, 8 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B, 1 SB) May 14-20...Led the team with 3 last at-bat game winnning RBI...Stole home on April 9 in the bottom of the 3rd vs. San Francisco...2000 POST SEASON: Division Series:Went 1 X 11 in 3 games, with 2 runs and 1 steal in 3 games.
Named Braves' top minor league prospect by Baseball America
after compiling a sensational campaignwith Class A Macon and Class A Myrtle Beach while being converted from second base to shortstop...Led all ofminor league baseball with 96 steals (in 126 attempts)...Named the South Atlantic League's top prospect afterleading circuit with 73 steals in only 83 games...Stole 5 bases in a 7-4 win at Greensboro April 15...Compileda 15-game hitting streak June 5-25 (25 x 62, .403, 15 SB), raising his BA from .317 to .336...Batted .415 (27 x65) in 18 games June 12-July 20...Earned late July promotion to Myrtle Beach...Sizzled at plate immediately,batting .436 (24 x 55) in first 12 games with Pelicans (7 steals)...Played 21 straight errorless games July 25-Aug.15, and made only 4 errors in 43 games after promotion.
Tabbed the Appalachian League's top prospect by league managers after standout campaign with Danville (Rookie Advanced)...Batted .328 in 66 games and stole a league record 60 bases...Ranked 3rd in the circuit with 88 hits, and 56 runs, 6th in BA at .328 and 8th in OB% at .412... Named Danville's Player of the Year by the organization...Batted .490 (24 x 49, 15 SB) in 12 games June 27-July 10...Reached base safely via a hit or walk in 33 consecutive games June 30-Aug. 5 (47 x 134, .351, 27 SB)...Stole 5 bases in a 6-1 loss at Elizabethton Aug. 19.
Began pro career with Gulf Coast League Braves.