Matt Joyce, Left Field, Oakland Athletics, #23
Date of Birth: 8/3/1984
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida
College: Florida Southern College
Matt Joyce, left fielder for the Oakland Athletics, was first drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2005. After three and a half years in the minor leagues, Joyce was called up to the Tigers in 2008 to play in 92 games with them. That season, he batted .252 with 61 hits, 16 doubles, and 12 home runs.
In December, 2008, the Tigers traded Joyce to the Tampa Bay Rays. He played in just 11 games with the Rays the following season, spending the rest of the time in the minor leagues. He was on the DL in 2010, playing in just 77 games with the Rays that year.
Joyce had his best season in 2011 when he had career highs in hits (128), doubles (32), home runs (19), stolen bases (13), and batting average (.277). The next year, he had a wrist injury that limited his playing time to 124 games. In 2013, he batted .235 with 97 hits, 22 doubles, and 18 home runs in 140 games. He finished the 2014 season with 106 hits, 23 doubles, 52 RBIs, and a .254 batting average in 140 games.
Joyce was traded to the Los Angeles Angels on December 16, 2014. He played in 93 games with the Angels in 2015, batting just .174 with 43 hits. In a collision in late July, he suffered a concussion and spent time on the DL.
Joyce signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on February 20, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 56 hits, 13 home runs, 42 RBIs, and a .242 batting average in 140 games. Defensively, he played 26 games in left field and 43 games in right field.
Joyce signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Athletics on November 30, 2016. He finished the 2017 season with 114 hits, career highs in doubles (33) and home runs (25), 68 RBIs, and 113 strikeouts to 66 walks in 141 games. Defensively, as a right fielder in 115 games, he made 205 putouts and 7 errors.
Career batting statistics for Joyce through 2017 include:
- 1,099 games played
- 759 hits
- 182 doubles
- 131 home runs
- 444 RBIs
- 780 strikeouts to 454 walks
- .243 batting average