Nick Markakis, Right Field, Atlanta Braves, #22
Date of Birth: 11/17/1983
Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York
College: Young Harris College
Nick Markakis, right fielder for the Atlanta Braves, started in college as a pitcher and outfielder. His pitching statistics were as impressive as his batting ones, having a 12-0 win-loss record with a 1.68 ERA and a .439 batting average.
Markakis was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2003 and he spent his first two years in their minor league teams, playing very well for them. In 2006, he joined the Orioles and finished his rookie year with a .291 batting average, 143 hits, 25 doubles, and 16 home runs. The next year was perhaps his best season, with a .300 batting average, 191 hits, 43 doubles, 23 home runs, 112 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases.
In 2013, Markakis batted .271 with 172 hits and 24 doubles in 160 games. He finished the 2014 season with similar numbers, batting .276 with 177 hits and 27 doubles in 155 games. In the postseason, he had 8 hits, including 1 double and 1 home run, and 3 RBIs in 31 at-bats in 7 games.
Known as a very good fielder, Markakis won a Gold Glove in 2011. That season, he led the major leagues in outfield fielding percentage, making no errors in 157 games in right field. He won a second Gold Glove in 2014, again making no errors as a right fielder.
On December 3, 2014, Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Atlanta Braves. He finished the 2015 season with 181 hits, 38 doubles, 53 RBIs, and a .296 batting average in 156 games. As a right fielder, he made 295 putouts and 1 error for a .997 fielding percentage.
Markakis batted .269 in 158 games with the Braves in 2016. He had 161 hits, 38 doubles, 13 home runs, and 89 RBIs. Defensively, as the Braves' right fielder in 150 games, he made 311 putouts and 4 errors for a .988 fielding percentage.
Markakis had a good season in 2017, finishing with a .275 batting average in 160 games. He had 163 hits, 39 doubles, 76 RBIs, and 110 strikeouts to 68 walks. Defensively, as the Braves' right fielder, he made 286 putouts and 1 error. He had a .997 fielding percentage
Statistics for Markakis in twelve seasons (2006-2017) in the major leagues include:
- 2 seasons with a batting average of .300 or better, with a high of .306 in 2008
- 6 seasons with over 180 hits, with a high of 191 in 2007
- 8 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 48 in 2008
Career batting statistics for Markakis through 2017 include:
- 1,839 games played
- 2,052 hits
- 431 doubles
- 165 home runs
- 876 RBIs
- 1,068 strikeouts to 762 walks
- .288 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Markakis as a right fielder through 2017 include:
- 1,784 games played
- 3,497 putouts
- 23 errors
- .994 fielding percentage
Markakis and his wife Christina founded The Right Side Foundation in 2009. The foundation, which now is frozen, aided distressed children.
Markakis and his wife Christina have three sons.