Justin Smoak, First Base, Toronto Blue Jays, #14
Date of Birth: 12/5/1986
Birthplace: Goose Creek, South Carolina
College: University of South Carolina
Current Salary: $4,125,000
Justin Smoak, first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, was first drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2008. He played for two seasons in the minor leagues before being called up to the Rangers in 2010. On July 9, 2010, after playing in 70 games with the Rangers, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners sent him back to the minor leagues until mid-September. He then played in 30 games with Seattle.
In 2011, his first full season in the major leagues, Smoak played in 123 games with the Mariners and he batted .234. The following year, he batted just .217 in 132 games. In 2013, he batted .238 with 108 hits, 19 doubles, and 20 home runs in 131 games. He finished the 2014 season with 50 hits and a .202 batting average in 80 games.
On October 28, 2014, Smoak was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Blue Jays on December 3, 2014.
Smoak hit his first career grand slam on August 8, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 67 hits, 18 home runs, 59 RBIs, and a .226 batting average in 132 games. As a first baseman in 110 games, he made 44 assists, 74 double plays, 666 putouts, and 4 errors. He had no hits in eight at-bats in eight postseason games.
Smoak signed a new one-year, $3.9 million contract with the Blue Jays on December 2, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with 65 hits, 14 home runs, and a .217 batting average in 126 games. Defensively, as the Blue Jays' first baseman in 111 games, he made 38 assists, 69 double plays, 753 putouts, and 3 errors. In 3 postseason games, he had no hits and 2 strikeouts in 2 at-bats.
Career batting statistics for Smoak through 2016 include:
- 824 games played
- 571 hits
- 110 doubles
- 106 home runs
- 307 RBIs
- 690 strikeouts to 307 walks
- .223 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Smoak at first base through 2016 include:
- 758 games played
- 352 assists
- 581 double plays
- 5,798 putouts
- 30 errors
- .995 fielding percentage
Smoak and his wife Kristen were married in November, 2010. They have one daughter.