Chase Utley, Second Base, Los Angeles Dodgers, #26


Date of Birth: 12/17/1978
Birthplace: Pasadena, California
College: UCLA
Current Salary: $2,000,000
Nickname: The Man

Chase Utley, long-time second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1997 but he opted to play for UCLA instead. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000 and he spent almost four years in the minor leagues before making his first appearance with the Phillies in 2003.

Utley played in 43 games with the Phillies in 2003 and 94 games in 2004. He became the team's regular second baseman in 2005, his first full season in the major leagues. That year, he batted .291 with 158 hits, 39 doubles, 28 home runs, 105 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases in 147 games. The next season, he set a record with a 35 game hitting streak. He won his first of four consecutive Silver Slugger awards in 2006.

In January, 2007, Utley signed a seven-year, $85 million contract with the Phillies. He followed the signing with one of his best seasons with career highs in doubles (48) and batting average (.332). He had 176 hits, 22 home runs, and 103 RBIs in 132 games. Utley won his second Silver Slugger award in 2007. He won his third and fourth Silver Slugger awards in 2008 and 2009.

From 2010 through 2013, Utley suffered from assorted injuries. In 2012, he played in just 83 games and in 131 games in 2013. The following year, he batted .284 with 135 hits, 25 doubles, and 18 home runs.

In August, 2013, Utley signed a two-year, $27 million contract extension. He finished the 2014 season with 159 hits, 36 doubles, 78 RBIs, and a .270 batting average in 155 games.

Utley was traded to the Dodgers on August 19, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 79 hits, 21 doubles, 39 RBIs, and a .212 batting average in 73 games with the Phillies and 34 games with the Dodgers. As a second baseman in 88 games, he made 230 assists, 53 double plays, 154 putouts, and 8 errors.

Utley finished the 2016 season with 129 hits, 26 doubles, 14 home runs, 52 RBIs, and a .252 batting average in 138 games. Defensively, as the Dodgers' second baseman in 134 games, he made 266 assists, 49 double plays, 195 putouts, and 5 errors. In the postseason, he batted just .107 with 3 hits in 28 at-bats in 10 games.

Statistics for Utley in 14 seasons (2003-2016) in the major leagues include:

  • 6 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 203 in 2006
  • 5 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 48 in 2007
  • 5 seasons with over 20 home runs, with a high of 33 in 2008
  • 4 seasons with over 100 RBIs, with a high of 105 in 2005
  • 2 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .332 in 2007

Career batting statistics for Utley through 2016 include:

  • 1,723 games played
  • 1,777 hits
  • 381 doubles
  • 250 home runs
  • 145 stolen bases
  • 977 RBIs
  • 1,102 strikeouts to 675 walks
  • .278 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Utley at second base through 2016 include:

  • 1,613 games played
  • 4,340 assists
  • 951 double plays
  • 3,281 putouts
  • 139 errors
  • .982 fielding percentage

Charitable Work

Utley established The Utley Foundation to aid the fight against animal abuse. Information on the foundation is available at theutleyfoundation.com.

Personal Life

Utley and his wife Jennifer have one son.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Chase Utley
ESPN - Chase Utley