Josh Donaldson, Third Base, Toronto Blue Jays, #20
Date of Birth: 12/8/1985
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida
Current Salary: $17,000,000
Josh Donaldson, third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, was first drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007. After playing in the Cubs' minor league system, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2008. Two years later, he made his first major league appearance, playing in 14 games with the Athletics. The following year, he was again in the minor leagues, playing in 115 games in the minors in 2011. Donaldson ended his minor league career with a .275 batting average.
In 2012, Donaldson batted .241 with 66 hits in 75 games with the Athletics. He had a strong rookie season in 2013 with the Athletics, batting .301 with 174 hits, 37 doubles, 24 home runs, and 93 RBIs in 158 games. He finished the 2014 season with 155 hits, 31 doubles, 29 home runs, 98 RBIs, and a .255 batting average.
On November 28, 2014, Donaldson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie. He signed a one-year, $4.3 million contract with the Blue Jays in February, 2015.
Donaldson had a strong 2015 season, finishing with career highs in hits (184), doubles (41), home runs (41), and RBIs (123). He batted .297 in 158 games. He won his first Silver Slugger award and he was named the American League MVP. He also won the Sporting News MLB Player of the Year award and the AL Hank Aaron award. As the Blue Jays' third baseman, he made 287 assists, 32 double plays, 137 putouts, and 18 errors in 150 games. In 41 at-bats in 11 postseason games, he batted .244 with 10 hits, including 3 doubles and 3 home runs, and 8 RBIs.
Donaldson had another good offensive year in 2016, winning his second consecutive Silver Slugger award. He batted .284 with 164 hits, 32 doubles, 37 home runs, and 99 RBIs in 155 games. He fared even better in the postseason, batting .417 with 15 hits, including 6 doubles and a home run, and 5 RBIs in 36 at-bats in 9 games. Defensively, as the Blue Jays' third baseman in 136 games, he made 237 assists, 110 putouts, and 14 errors.
Career batting statistics for Donaldson through 2016 include:
- 718 games played
- 748 hits
- 158 doubles
- 141 home runs
- 450 RBIs
- 565 strikeouts to 350 walks
- .278 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Donaldson at third base through 2016 include:
- 662 games played
- 1,259 assists
- 138 double plays
- 574 putouts
- 83 errors
- .957 fielding percentage