Joey Votto, First Base, Cincinnati Reds, #19
Date of Birth: 9/10/1983
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Current Salary: $22,000,000
Joey Votto, the power hitting first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, was first drafted by the team straight out of high school in 2002. However, Votto spent almost six years in the minor leagues before finally getting a chance to play with the Reds in September of 2007. He played in only 24 games in 2007 but the following year, his rookie year, Votto played in 151 games. That year, he broke the Reds' record for most RBIs by a rookie with 84.
In 2013, Votto batted .305 with 177 hits, 30 doubles, 24 home runs, and 73 RBIs in a career high 162 games. He spent much of the 2014 season on the DL, playing in just 62 games. He finished the season with 56 hits and a .255 batting average.
Votto had a strong 2015 season, finishing with a .314 batting average, 171 hits, 33 doubles, 29 home runs, and 80 RBIs in 158 games. On June 9th, he hit three home runs in one game. He had the most walks of any major league player in 2015 with 143 (to 135 strikeouts). He had 19 more walks than his closest competitor (Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals with 124 walks to 131 strikeouts).
Votto had another strong season in 2016, finishing with a .326 batting average. In 158 games, he had 181 hits, 34 doubles, 29 home runs, and 97 RBIs. He was fourth on the walks list with 108 walks to 120 strikeouts. As the Reds' first baseman, he made 107 assists, 124 double plays, 1,168 putouts, and 8 errors in 154 games. He had a .994 fielding percentage.
In his ten seasons with the Reds, Votto has set impressive numbers with:
- 8 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .337 in 2012
- 7 seasons with over 20 home runs, with a high of 37 in 2010
- 9 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 44 in 2012
- 7 seasons with 150 or more hits, with a high of 185 in 2011
Votto's accomplishments have included the NL MVP and the Hank Aaron awards in 2010. The following year, he won the NL Gold Glove award.
Career batting statistics for Votto through 2016 include:
- 1,268 games played
- 1,407 hits
- 310 doubles
- 221 home runs
- 730 RBIs
- 1,004 strikeouts to 862 walks
- .313 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Votto at first base through 2016 include:
- 1,240 games played
- 1,128 assists
- 939 double plays
- 9,564 putouts
- 76 errors
- .993 fielding percentage