James Darnell

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James Darnell
James Darnell.jpg
Free agent
Third baseman
Born: (1987-01-19) January 19, 1987 (age 28)
Fresno, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 2011 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .226
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 8

James T. Darnell (born January 19, 1987) is a professional baseball player who is a free agent. He was drafted in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft and played for the San Diego Padres in 2011 and 2012.

Amateur career[edit]

High school[edit]

Darnell attended Upland High School, Arrowhead Christian Academy and San Ramon Valley High School. He was a four-year varsity starter and a four-year All-League high school selection. He compiled a career batting average of .475 with 20 home runs and 50 stolen bases.


He attended the University of South Carolina where in his freshman season he played in 50 games, 29 for starts. He played multiple positions including second base, third base, shortstop and outfield. He finished his freshman season with a .239 average, three home runs and 18 RBIs. At season's end he played with the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

In his sophomore season Darnell played in 64 games, all starts. He led the team in hitting with a .331 average. He also had 19 home runs, 63 RBIs and 61 runs scored. He earned second team All-Southeastern Conference honors at third base.

In Darnell's junior season in 2008, he batted .306 with 19 home runs and 81 RBIs which led the team.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Padres[edit]

James Darnell tags out a runner in a 2009 game.

After being drafted by the Padres in 2008, Darnell was assigned to the Short-Season Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League. In 16 games Darnell hit .373 with nine runs, 25 hits, six doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs.

Darnell was promoted to the Class-A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League in 2009. He hit .329 with 17 doubles, seven home runs and 38 RBIs in 66 games with the TinCaps before his promotion to the Class-A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League. With the Storm he hit .294 with 18 doubles, 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 60 games giving him a combined total of a .311 average with 35 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs, 81 RBIs, eight stolen bases and 87 walks. At season's end he was named as the Padres' Organizational Player of the Year by MLB.com.[1]

On August 8, 2011, Darnell was called up to replace Chase Headley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured finger.[2]

Darnell was designated for assignment on June 14, 2013. He was released on June 19, 2013.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Darnell signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on January 6, 2014.


  1. ^ Jonathan Mayo (November 27, 2009). "Padres' farm system shows new depth". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  2. ^ Center, Bill (2011-08-08). "Daily Update: Focusing on third base, notes, minors". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 

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