Jason Donald (baseball)
|Kansas City Royals|
September 4, 1984 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 18, 2010 for the Cleveland Indians|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs Batted In||43|
|Competitor for United States|
Donald was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round (97th overall pick) of the 2006 MLB Draft. He was originally drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 20th round of the 2003 MLB Draft directly from high school, but chose not to sign.
Donald was selected and participated in several All-Star games during the course of the 2008 season including the Eastern League All-Star game, and the premier event for minor leaguers, the MLB All-Star Futures Game (which in 2008 was played at Yankee Stadium.
In 2009, Donald played nine games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, going 6 for 26 (.231) before being assigned to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs of the International League. While with the Pigs, Jason had a .236 batting average with one home run over the course of 51 games.
Major league career
On May 18, 2010, replacing injured Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrúbal Cabrera, Donald played against the Tampa Bay Rays and recorded his first major league hit on his first plate appearance. In his second at bat, he singled to right field against Rays starter David Price to begin his major league career 2-for-2. He then walked in his third at bat. 
On June 2, 2010, Donald hit a ball to Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera that should have been the final out of a perfect game. When Cabrera tossed the ball to Armando Galarraga who was covering at first, umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly called Donald safe, thus nullifying Galarraga's perfect game. Donald was ultimately credited with an infield single, and Galarraga finished the game, recording a 1-hit shutout. After the game, Joyce made a statement regarding the call, "I took a perfect game away from that kid. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay." When asked about the play, Donald said, "I didn't know if I beat the throw or not. But given the circumstances, I thought for sure I'd be called out."
On December 11, 2012, Donald was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal that also involved the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shin-Soo Choo went with Donald to Cincinnati. Cleveland acquired Drew Stubbs from the Reds and Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the Diamondbacks. Arizona received Lars Anderson and Tony Sipp from the Indians and Didi Gregorius from the Reds.
Kansas City Royals
Donald signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals on December 28, 2013.
Donald and Indians backup catcher Lou Marson were selected to the United States national baseball team. Donald helped lead the United States to a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Donald homered in the bronze medal game and led the team at the games in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Donald batted .381 for the Games.
Awards and honors
- Hagen, Paul (July 14, 2008). "Phillies prospects could be with Team USA at Beijing Olympics". Philadelphia Daily News.[dead link]
- Castrovince, Anthony (29 July 2009). "Lee, Francisco traded to Phillies". MLB.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "Umpire: 'It was the most important call of my career and I kicked the s--t out of it. I took a perfect game away from that kid.'". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- "MLB deciding whether to review call". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- Winston, Lisa (November 19, 2008). "Donald garners 2008 Stenson award". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Scout.com profile
- Team USA profile