LeMahieu with the Colorado Rockies
|Born: July 13, 1988|
|May 30, 2011, for the Chicago Cubs|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||349|
|Career highlights and awards|
David John LeMahieu (//; born July 13, 1988) is an American professional baseball second baseman who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. He was the second round draft pick of the Cubs in the 2009 MLB draft, and made his MLB debut for the Cubs in 2011 before being traded to the Rockies. LeMahieu won a Gold Glove Award in 2014, 2017, and 2018 and was named an MLB All-Star in 2015 and 2017, and won the National League batting title in 2016.
Early life and career
LeMahieu was born in Visalia, California. His family moved to Michigan, where he played shortstop and pitcher for the Brother Rice High School Warriors in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan. In his senior year, as a leadoff hitter he hit .574 with eight home runs, 16 doubles, seven triples, 70 runs, 32 RBI and 39 stolen bases. In 92 at-bats as a senior, LeMahieu struck out twice. His career average in high school was .459 with 201 hits. As a junior, he was an Aflac All-American. He was also a two-time Gatorade player of the year and Louisville Slugger Player of the Year for the State of Michigan.
LeMahieu enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college baseball for the LSU Tigers. He helped lead LSU to the 2009 National Championship. LeMahieu was selected to the 2009 College World Series All-Tournament team. He hit .444 in the series leading all players in the series with 12 hits. LeMahieu's biggest hit was a 2 run double with two outs in the 9th inning of the first game in the championship series against Texas. LeMahieu then walked in the 11th and scored the go-ahead run.
As a freshman at LSU, he started in 67 of 68 games. For the 2008 season, he hit .337 overall, and helped LSU reach the NCAA post-season play for the first time since 2005. In the post-season, he was selected to the All-Tournament team for the Baton Rouge regional after hitting .300 and scoring 7 runs during the regional. During his sophomore campaign, LeMahieu started 72 of the 73 games LSU played. He led the team in batting average .350 and hits with 96. He had a 25-game hitting streak spanning the last 16 games of 2008 and the first 9 games of 2009.
As a member of the LSU baseball program, LeMahieu participated in the 2008 and 2009 College World Series. LeMahieu was named a pre-season All American by Collegiate Baseball prior to the 2009 season. He was also named the No. 6 prospect in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2008 by Baseball America magazine. In 2009, he led the LSU Tigers to the NCAA National Championship and was named to the 2009 College World Series All-Tournament Team.
The Chicago Cubs selected LeMahieu in the second round, with the 79th overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. He played for the Cubs affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs, in 2009 for a brief stint after the Draft. In 38 games, he hit .316 with 30 RBIs. He spent the 2010 season with Chicago's High-level A affiliate, the Daytona Cubs, batting .314 with 73 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 135 games.
LeMahieu began the 2011 season with the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League. On May 30, the Cubs promoted LeMahieu to the major leagues when Jeff Baker was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. That day, LeMahieu made his major league debut pinch-hitting for the pitcher John Grabow, grounding into a double play. He did not stay in the game, a 12-7 loss to the Houston Astros. The Cubs demoted LeMahieu to the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in June. He returned to the major leagues in September.
The following May 23, 2012 LeMahieu was called up to the Major Leagues to replace injured Jonathan Herrera as a utility infielder. On August 14, 2012, he recorded a career-best four hits in a 9-6 Rockies win over the Milwaukee Brewers and in his first game against his former team, the Chicago Cubs, LeMahieu registered three hits in four at-bats. Later in August, LeMahieu wrote his name into the record books, as he recorded 12 assists in a 9-inning victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 28th. This mark tied a record held by several players.
LeMahieu had an excellent season defensively in 2014. Finishing with an Ultimate Zone Rating of 11.0, which was first in the National League and third in all of the majors. He won his first Gold Glove with 16 Defensive Runs Saved and led the majors with 99 double plays.
Again in 2017, LeMahieu collected the National League Gold Glove for second basemen and earned a spot on the 2017 National League All-Star Team. Additionally, he won the Fielding Bible Award for all major league second basemen.
The 2018 season, LeMahieu hit a career-high 15 home runs. In addition to an increase in power numbers, his defensive excellence continued. LeMahieu finished the 2018 season with a 19.5 SDI (SABR Defensive Index) highest of all National League players and his 2.2 defensive WAR was eighth best among all of Major League Baseball. The .993 fielding percentage, .859 zone rating and 18 defensive runs saved also were best for all NL second basemen. This defensive performance was good enough to earn both a third Gold Glove and a third Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award.
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