Randal Alexander Grichuk...Pronounced GRICH-ick...Played in the Little League World Series in 2003 and 2004 for Lamar (Texas)...Batted .632 (12-for-19) with four homers and 11 RBI in his 12-year-old season at the LLWS, helping Lamar to a 3rd-place finish...Played for Team USA in the 2007 World Youth Baseball Championship in Venezuela, hitting three home runs en route to the Gold Medal...Played high school baseball at Lamar Consolidated HS in Rosenberg, TX...Hit .613 with a nation-leading 21 home runs to go with 46 RBI in 28 games in his senior year...Combined for 38 home runs over his junior and senior seasons...Signed a letter of intent with the University of Arizona...Selected ahead of Mike Trout in back-to-back Los Angeles Angels picks (24th and 25th overall) in the 2009 draft.
Set career highs in games (151), runs (75), hits (136), home runs (31), RBI (80), walks (35) and strikeouts (163)...Led the team in games played, runs, hits, doubles (29), triples (5), home runs and RBI...Nominated for the Hank Aaron Award as the Blue Jays' top hitter...Was also Toronto's 2019 Roberto Clemente Award nominee…The award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field...Hit his 1st home run of the season on April 1 vs. BAL, ending a 0-for-14 drought to start the year...Added a double in the 9th inning...Signed a five-year contract extension (through 2023) worth $52 million on April 2...Hit two solo homers on April 3 vs. BAL for his 6th career multi-HR game...On April 16 at MIN, drew three walks in a game for the 2nd time in his career (also April 10, 2016 at ATL)...Belted a 469-foot home run on May 31 at COL, which was the longest by a Blue Jay in 2019...Has hit the three longest home runs on the team since he arrived in 2018...Connected for his 10th homer of the season on June 4 vs. NYY, his 7th to give the Blue Jays their first run(s) of the game...Hit a pair of homers on June 5 vs. NYY for his 7th career multi-HR game...Homered in consecutive games for the 14th time in his career (2nd time in 2019)...Tied a career high with a four-hit game on July 1 vs. KC (4th time, last: Aug. 28, 2018 at BAL)…Reached the 500-hit mark for his career...Singled, tripled and homered (17th) in the same game for the 1st time in his career on July 29 vs. KC...Singled twice and doubled twice on Aug. 4 at BAL to tie a career high in hits for the 5th time, and 2nd time during the season (July 1 vs. KC)...Hit his 19th homer of the season on Aug. 7 at TB, his 3rd in nine games on the road trip...Notched his 20th home run on Aug. 9 vs. NYY, reaching the 20-HR mark for the 4th straight season...Belted his 22nd homer of the campaign on Aug. 13 vs. TEX…Marked his 300th career RBI…Homered in consecutive games for the 15th time in his career...Followed up a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. home run with his own on Aug. 16 vs. SEA, helping Toronto set a new franchiserecord with its 12th set of back-to-back homers of the season (11 in 1999)...Hit his 24th home run of the season and his 12th career interleague home run on Sept. 2 at ATL...On Sept. 8 at TB, recorded his 25th homer to tie a career high (2018)...Set a career mark with his 26th home run on Sept. 13 vs. NYY...Recorded his 8th career multi-HR game and his 3rd of the season on Sept. 15 vs. NYY...Gave him eight homers vs. NYY, the most by any player in 2019...Became the 20th player all-time with eight home runs against the Yankees in a single season...On Sept. 17 at BAL, homered in consecutive games for the 16th time in his career and the 4th time of the campaign...Belted his 2nd career grand slam with two out in the 9th inning to give the Blue Jays a 10-9 lead on Sept. 18 at BAL... Became the 5th player in club history with a slam in the 9th inning or later when down three runs...Reached the 30-HR mark for the 1st time...Homered in three straight games for the 3rd time in his career (2x in 2017)...Put together a career-long 11-game hitting streak from Sept. 6-19...Hit .283 (13-for-46) with four doubles, a triple and six home runs over that span...The streak was tied with Bo Bichette for the longest by a Blue Jay in 2019...Hit his 31st homer to extend his career high on Sept. 23 vs. BAL.
Set a career high with 25 home runs (24 in 2016) which tied Justin Smoak for the team lead ... Also set career bests with 32 doubles and 58 extra-base hits... His 55.8 XBH% (58/104) ranked 3rd highest among all qualified batters ... Tied for 2nd in the AL with 36 extra-base hits after the All-Star break (21-2B, 1-3B, 14-HR) ... Went 36-for-119 (.303) with 13-2B, 1-3B, 9-HR and 18-RBI over his last 34 games ... Hit his 1st HR as a Blue Jay on March 30 vs. NYY ... Doubled on April 9 at BAL to snap his career-long 0-for-26 drought, six more at-bats than his previous long (2x, last: April 25 - May 1, 2016) ... Was placed on the DL with a right knee sprain from April 30-May 31 ... Hit his 3rd home run on June 3 at DET, a two-run shot in the 8th inning... Also doubled for his 2nd multi-XBH game (April 17 (1) vs. KC: 2B, HR)...Marked his first road HR since Sept. 1, 2017 at SF ... On June 8 vs. BAL, hit his 4th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 5th inning to put the Jays up, 2-1... Marked his 20th career go-ahead HR ... Hit his 5th homer on June 9 vs. BAL, the 3rd of his last five contests...Homered in back-to-back games for the 1st time as a Blue Jay (last: Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2017) ... Hit a pair of solo homers for his 3rd career multi-HR game on June 17 vs. WAS (last: July 8, 2015 vs. NYM)... Added an RBI single for a season-best four-RBI game ... Hit a 471-foot home run on June 25 at HOU, the longest by a Blue Jay in 2018 ... Tied a career best with four hits on Aug. 4 at SEA (also July 26, 2017 vs. COL) ... Homered in back-to-back games for the 2nd time of the season on Aug. 8 and 9 vs. BOS (also June 8-9 vs. BAL)... Had three RBI in consecutive games for the 1st time in his career ... On Aug. 28 at BAL, recorded his 19th home run and singled three times to tie a career high with four hits (3rd time) ... On Aug. 29 at BAL, doubled twice, singled and walked to reach base four times in consecutive games for the 1st time in his career ... Homered twice in a game for the 4th time in his career on Sept. 8 vs. CLE... Marked his 20th and 21st home runs, hitting the 20-HR mark for the 3rd straight year ... Recorded his 5th career multi-HR game and 3rd of the season on Sept. 15 at NYY... The three multi-HR efforts led the team ... Hit his 25th HR to set a career high (24 in 2016) on Sept. 26 vs. HOU ... Notched a pinch-hit, bases-loaded triple on Sept. 28 at TB, the first by a Blue Jay since Jason Smith did so on April 4, 2007 at DET ... Had each of his 10 hits go for extra-bases (5-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR) from Sept. 15-28, one shy of a franchise record (Jose Cruz Jr. - 11 in 2000).
Started 100 games in the outfield (50-RF, 48-LF, 2-CF) ... Of his 22 home runs, 15 were solo homers and 17 of the 22 were hit in the No. 7 position or later in the lineup (T-3rd in NL) ... Homered on Opening Day and also the final day of the regular season ... 50 of his 98 hits (51%) went for extra-bases...Tallied 50 XBH for a second consecutive season...Ranked 2nd on St. Louis behind Matt Carpenter (194) with 153 extra base hits from 2015-2017 ... Hit six home runs against the Cubs, the most by any opposing player in 2017...Went 16-for-45 (.356) in 14 games vs. CHC with 2-2B, 1-3B and 6-HR for an OPS of 1.240 ... Played in 16 minor league games between Class-A Palm Beach, Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, batting .271 (19-for-70) with 7-HR and 13-RBI ... Recorded his 2nd career walk-off RBI with an RBI single off Mike Montgomery vs. CHI in an Opening Day win on April 2 ... Put together a season-long 7G hitting streak from April 21-28 (10-for-26, .385, 5-XBH, 5-RBI) ... Hit a two-run HR with two out off Roberto Osuna to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th inning on April 27 vs. TOR (GM1) ... Stole two bases on May 6 at ATL for his 1st career multi-steal game ... Posted a season-high five RBI on June 29 at ARI, one shy of his career best (July 18, 2015 vs. NYM) ... Landed on the disabled list with a lower back strain from July 10-20 ... Homered in four straight games from July 21-24, matching Dexter Fowler for the longest streak by a Cardinal in 2017 ... Recorded a career-high four hits on July 26 vs. COL (4-for-5, R, K) ... Stole his 6th base for a new personal best (5-SB in 2016) on Sept. 5 at SD ... Hit his 20th home run on Sept. 10 vs. PIT, giving him back-to-back seasons of 20+ HR.
Began the season on the Opening Day roster for the 2nd straight season. Was optioned to Memphis (AAA) twice...Posted single-season career highs in nearly all offensive categories including home runs (24), RBI (66), doubles (29), hits (107), runs (66), stolen bases (5) and extra base hits (56)...Over the last two seasons, led the Cardinals in slugging (.508), hit 41 home runs (2nd on the team behind Carpenter-49) and hit a home run every 18.76 at-bats...Of his 107 hits, 52 were for extra bases (52.3%), and 113 of 223 (50.3%) in his career have gone for extra bases...Was 6-for-14 (.429) with a home run as a pinch-hitter; pinch HR coming at CHI in his first game back from Memphis on 8/11...Posted an RBI in four straight games on four separate occasions...Recorded eight outfield assists in centerfield, leading the Cardinals and ranking 4th among N.L. centerfielders...Scored in a career-high six straight games (4/10-16) including one as a pinch-hitter...Walked a career-high three times at ATL (4/10)...Hit home runs in consecutive games three times during the season (4/14-15, 7/10-15, 8/23-24)...Hit his 1st career walk-off home run on 5/23 vs. CHI (A. Warren)...Tallied a double and triple on 5/28 at WSH, his 1st multi extra-base-hit game since 8/5/15...Hit a grand slam on his 25th birthday at CHI (8/13), becoming the 5th Cardinal to hit a grand slam on his birthday joining Colby Rasmus (2010), Todd Zeile (1993), Ted Simmons (1974) and Julian Javier (1961)...His 7 home runs in August were a career-best and had 15 extra base hits in Aug. (T8th in N.L.)...Hit 10 homers over 23 games from 8/11 to 9/6 after his recall from Memphis, T4th in MLB over that period, and his 20 extra base hits ranked 2nd in MLB (Dozier, MIN, 24)...Had eight consecutive hits for extra bases 8/11-19 (4 doubles, triple, 3 home runs)...Led the Cardinals with 14 extra base hits, 9 doubles and 18 RBI in Sept./Oct...Posted a career-best nine-game hit streak from 9/2-10 (.353 BA, 12-34)...Hit his 22nd home run at PIT (9/6), the GW-RBI, part of a 3-home run 9th inning for the Cardinals in a 9-7 win.
Spent the entire season in the majors for the first time…Ranked among MLB rookie leaders in several categories despite having 50 less games played and almost half as many at-bats as most other rookie leaders…Had 47 extra-base hits, 2nd among rookies, out of 89 total hits on the season (53%)…Extra base hits consisted of 23 doubles, 7 triples, 17 home runs. Became the first STL rookie since Johnny Mize in 1936 (30 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 19 HR) to post at least that many totals in all three categories…Ranked among N.L. rookies in doubles (23, 6th), triples (7, T1st), home runs (17, 4th) and RBI (47, T11th)…His 7 triples ranked T5th in the N.L. and were the most by a Cardinal since M. Carpenter had 7 in 2013…Was on the disabled list 4/17-5/15 with a lower back strain, missing 27 games. Played in 3 games at Extended Spring Training (6-10, .600, HR) during recovery…Placed on the 15-day disabled list 8/17 with a right elbow strain. Missed 18 games before being activated on 9/6…Had his 1st career multi-HR game on 6/20 at PHI. Led STL with 5 home runs, 17 runs and 13 extra-base hits in June…Led St. Louis with 15 RBI in July (career-best month). Had a season high eight-game hit streak 7/26-8/5 (12-32, .375, 3 2B, 3B, 2HR, 4RBI)…Went 3-3 with 2 home runs and a career high 6 RBI on 7/18 vs. NYM, reaching in all 5 PA's (HBP, BB). It was his 2nd multi-homer game…His home run was the game-winning RBI in the 13th on 8/5 at CIN...Hit 451 ft. HR in pinch-hit at-bat on 9/8, his 2nd career PH-HR. Went 3-16 as a pinch-hitter…Named to the 2015 Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team as an outfielder and shared St. Louis BBWAA Rookie of the Year honors with Stephen Piscotty.
Began first year in the Cardinals organization at Memphis (AAA), but joined St. Louis three separate times during the season...His 28 combined home runs (Memphis 25, St. Louis 3) led the entire organization...Played a total of 164 games between Memphis (108) and St. Louis (47), and on into the MLB postseason (9)...Was recalled to St. Louis on 4/28 and made his Major League debut that night vs. MIL, coming off the bench and playing both right field and center field, went 0-for-2...Picked up his first Major League hit with a single off Kyle Lohse (4/29 vs. MIL) and first home run off Mark Buerhle (6/7 at TOR)...Slugged .435 vs. left-handed pitchers, including all three of his home runs. Two of his three home runs broke scoreless ties...Tied for 4th on the team with 2 outfield assists. Ranked T9th among National League rookie outfielders in assists...Was recalled for the final time of the season on 8/26 and batted .318 (21-66) in the remaining 28 games with an OPS of .823...Went 6-for-18 (.333) as a pinch-hitter, and had five hits in his first six pinch-hit at-bats after his recall on 8/26...Had an RBI in three consecutive games (9/18-20) which included home runs in back-to-back games vs. CIN (9/19 & 20). His home run on 9/20 vs. CIN was his first career pinch-hit homer, a 448-foot solo shot...Scored from second base on a wild pitch at ARI on 9/27...Led all Cardinals minor leaguers with 25 home runs and ranked in the Top 10 in runs (73, T3rd), hits (113, 9th), doubles (23, T6th), RBI (71, T2nd), slugging (.494, 3rd) and on-base + slugging (.805, 10th)...Led Memphis with 25 home runs, ranking 6th in the Pacific Coast League. Hit 12 HR vs. left-handers and 13 vs. right-handers...Ranked 7th among Pacific Coast League outfielders with nine assists...Rated as the No. 4 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America. Listed as the "Best Athlete" and "Best Power Hitter" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey...Started each of the nine postseason games in right field...Batted .171 with 2 HR and 3 RBI, hitting safely in 6-of-9 games...Homered off Clayton Kershaw in his first postseason plate appearance, coming at Dodger Stadium in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at LAD (10/3)...became the first Cardinals rookie to homer in a postseason game since Matt Carpenter in Game 3 of the 2012 NLCS...Became the 6th Cardinals player to homer in his first postseason game, the 2nd Cardinals rookie to homer in his first postseason plate appearance (George Watkins, 10/2/1930 vs. PHA, Game 2 WS) and 3rd Cardinals rookie to homer in his first game joining Watkins and Mike Shannon (10/7/1964 vs. NYY, Game 1 WS)...hit game-tying home run in Game 3 of the NLCS at SF (10/14) off Tim Hudson in the 7th inning, the first of his career vs. a right-handed pitcher.
Played in 128 games at Arkansas (AA), his second highest total for games in a season. Made 95 starts in right field and 23 in centerfield. Was designated hitter for 10 starts... Was one of only two players in Minor League Baseball with at least 20 doubles, 8 triples and 20 home runs (Scott Schebler, Rancho Cucamonga-A)... Led the Texas League in runs scored (85) and extra base hits (57), while ranking second in total bases (237)... Recorded 11 outfield assists, ranking T5th in the Texas League... Posted single-season career highs with 22 home runs, 28 walks and 85 runs scored... Named Texas League Player of the Week (8/5-12), batting .458 (11-24) with 3 HR, 7 RBI and six runs scored... Had three multi-HR games, hitting two in each game (5/11 at Tulsa; 8/11 at Corpus Christi; 8/23 at Tulsa)... Went 4-for-4 with 2 HR and 5 RBI at Corpus Christi on 8/11, a season high in RBI... Tallied 38 multi-hit games with 10 games recording multi-extra base hits.
Played his first full season since 2009 appearing in a single-season high 135 games at Inland Empire (A)... started 88 games in RF, 38 in CF and 7 in LF...tied for the league lead in games (135)...ranked T2nd in at-bats (537), was 2nd in hits (160), T4th in triples (9) and 2nd in total bases (262)...led Inland Empire in runs (85), hits and triples...posted a 12-game road hitting streak from 6/6-7/17, batting .408 (20-49)...named California League Player of the Week (7/30-8/6) batting .556 (15-27) with 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 runs and 4-for-4 in stolen bases; the week started a season-high 10-game hitting streak (7/30-8/10)...hit first pro grand slam as part of two homer game at Rancho Cucamonga (8/1)...selected as MiLB.com organizational All-Star...ranked as the Angels No. 6 prospect by Baseball America.
Played at three different levels throughout the year, starting in the Arizona Summer League for seven games, before moving up to Cedar Rapids (A) for 32 games and finishing the season at Inland Empire (High-A) for the final 11 games of the season...suffered a broken knee cap from a foul ball during Spring Training, putting him on the disabled list until 7/10 when he started playing for the Arizona League Angels... finished the season compiling a combined .256 BA with 12 doubles, 7 triples, 3 HR and 25 RBI.
Suffered injuries stemming from a torn ligament and a broken left wrist while diving for a ball... despite playing in only 53 games for Cedar Rapids (A), still ranked T5th on the team in doubles (19), T6th in triples (4) and T5th in home runs (7).
Played in 53 games for the AZL Angels, starting 39 games in LF, 13 in CF and 5 in RF...led the league in hits (76), triples (10) and at-bats (236)...ranked 2nd in RBI (53), extra base hits (30) and total bases (13)...also ranked in batting (10th, .322), slugging percentage (5th, .551) and runs (3rd, 47)...hit safely in 39-of-53 games with 23 multi-hit games...posted first multi-HR game vs. AZL Indians (8/17)...went 6-for-7 with 4 RBI and 3 doubles in an 18-3 rout of the AZL Rangers (7/5)...raced out two triples twice (7/3 at Royals & 7/31 vs. Indians)...posted 11 multi-RBI games with five games with 4 or more RBI, knocking in a season and career-best 7 RBI vs. AZL Dodgers (7/20), a game in which he hit his first professional home run...rated as the No. 5 prospect in the Arizona League by Baseball America and the No. 7 prospect in the Angels organization by Baseball America.