Jake Smolinski, Outfield, Oakland Athletics, #5
Date of Birth: 2/9/1989
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois
Current Salary: $545,000
Jake Smolinski, outfielder for the Oakland Athletics, was first drafted in 2007 by the Washington Nationals. After two seasons in the Nationals' minor league system, he was traded to the Miami Marlins. He played with the Marlins' minor league teams through 2012. In November, 2013, he signed with the Texas Rangers.
As a minor league player from 2007 through part of 2014, Smolinksi had 673 hits, 165 doubles, 285 RBIs, and 443 strikeouts to 335 walks in 720 games. Defensively, he played all fielding positions except for shortstop. He was primarily a left fielder (390 games) and a third baseman (141 games).
Smolinski joined the Rangers for 24 games in 2014. During that time, he had 30 hits, three of which were home runs and two were doubles, for a batting average of .349.
Smolinski was claimed off waivers by the Athletics on June 21, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with a .193 batting average and 32 hits in 35 games with the Rangers and 41 games with the Athletics. Defensively, he played 52 games in left field and 16 games in right field. He made 89 putouts with no errors.
In 2016, Smolinski batted .238 in 99 games. He finished the season with 69 hits and 27 RBIs. Defensively, he played 18 games in left field, 49 games in center field, and 29 games in right field.