Steve Pearce, Infield, Toronto Blue Jays, #28
Date of Birth: 4/13/1983
Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida
College: University of South Carolina
Current Salary: $6,250,000
Steve Pearce, infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, was drafted first by the Minnesota Twins in 2003 but he opted for college. A year later, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox but he again chose college. He was a top player in college and in 2005, he finally decided to sign with the team that drafted him, the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played in the Pirates' minor league system from 2005 through 2011, playing in just 185 games with the Pirates from 2007 through 2011.
In December, 2011, Pearce signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins but he never played with them. They released him on March 27, 2012 and two days later, he signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.
After just a few months in their minor league system, the Yankees traded Pearce to the Baltimore Orioles on June 2, 2012. He lasted less than two months and 28 games with the Orioles before they designated him for assignment on July 21, 2012. A week later, he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.
Pearce played in 21 games with the Astros before they traded him back to the Yankees. After 12 games with them, the Yankees designated him for assignment on September 25, 2012. Four days later, the Orioles decided they again wanted Pearce so they claimed him off waivers on September 29th. He finished the 2012 season with a .239 batting average in 61 games with three teams (Orioles, Astros, Yankees). In 2013, he batted .261 in 44 games with the Orioles.
Pearce had his best season in 2014. He played in a career high 102 games and he finished with 99 hits, 26 doubles, 21 home runs, 49 RBIs, and a .293 batting average. He didn't do well, however, in the postseason, finishing with just 4 hits, 1 double, 1 RBI, and a .148 batting average in 27 at-bats in 7 games.
Pearce played in 92 games with the Orioles in 2015. He finished the season with 64 hits, 15 home runs, 40 RBIs, and a .218 batting average. Defensively, he played 28 games at first base, 18 games at second base, 41 games in left field, and 8 games in right field.
Pearce signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on January 28, 2016. He returned to the Orioles for the third time in a trade made on August 1, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 76 hits, 13 doubles, 13 home runs, 35 RBIs, and a .288 batting average in 60 games with the Rays and 25 games with the Orioles. Defensively, he played 40 games at first base, 15 games at second base, 2 games at third base, 7 games in left field, and 6 games in right field.
On December 5, 2016, Pearce signed a two-year, $12.5 million contract with the Blue Jays.
Career batting statistics for Pearce through 2016 include:
- 569 games played
- 416 hits
- 96 doubles
- 215 RBIs
- 369 strikeouts to 177 walks
- .254 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Pearce as an infielder through 2016 include:
- 212 games played at first base, 33 games played at second base, 12 games played at third base
- 212 assists
- 162 double plays
- 1,567 putouts
- 13 errors
Career fielding statistics for Pearce as an outfielder through 2016 include:
- 122 games played in left field, 97 games played in right field
- 316 putouts
- 5 errors