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Jayson Werth (Jayson Richard Gowan Werth) was born on May 20, 1979 in Springfield, Illinois. He made his Major League debut on September 1, 2002 for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2004, his rookie year, he hit .262 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI. Werth played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers over the course of his 4 year career.
Most people believe that Jayson Werth's best season was 2004, when he slugged 16 home runs.
Werth's baseball talents first gained attention while attending Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois, where he compiled a .652 batting average in his senior year with 15 home runs in 31 games. He initially planned on playing college ball at the University of Georgia, but abandoned that plan when he was drafted in the first round by Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles on June 13, 1997. Prior to making his Major League debut, the Orioles traded Werth to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher John Bale. Werth broke into the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002. On March 29, 2004, Werth was then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jason Frasor after compiling two seasons in Toronto.
- Selected by Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (22nd pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1997 - signed June 13, 1997).
- Traded by Baltimore Orioles to Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for John Bale (December 11, 2000).
- Traded by Toronto Blue Jays to Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Jason Frasor (March 29, 2004).
- Granted free agency (December 12, 2006).
- Signed by Philadelphia Phillies (December 19, 2006).
- Son of Jeffrey J. Gowan - 2 sport standout in baseball and football at Illinois State University in 70's. Played OF in St. Louis Cardinals minor league Affiliate, Johnson City Cardinals in 1978. Led all Division I wide receivers in receptions, 1976. Held all ISU receiving records as football wide receiver 1976 - 1977.
- Is the grandson of Ducky Schofield, a Major League Baseball infielder for 19 years.
- His uncle, Dick Schofield, was also a Major League Baseball infielder, playing a total of 14 years, including 1995 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Werth's stepfather, Dennis Werth, played in parts of four seasons with the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees from 1979-1982.
- Kim Schofield Werth, Jayson's mother, competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump and 100 meters.