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Full Name: Jayson Richard Gowan Werth Primary Position: OF,LF,RF
Height/Weight: 6' 5"/215 First Game: September 1, 2002
Birthdate: May 20, 1979 Final Game: October 2, 2005
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois MLB Experience: 4 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

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.


Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2002 TOR A 15 46 4 12 0 6 .261 .340 .348 2 1 6 11 0 0 1 0 4
2003 TOR A 26 48 7 10 2 10 .208 .255 .417 4 0 3 22 0 0 1 0 0
2004 LA N 89 290 56 76 16 47 .262 .338 .486 11 3 30 85 4 1 4 0 1
2005 LA N 102 337 46 79 7 43 .234 .338 .374 22 2 48 114 6 1 11 2 10
Total NL 191 627 102 155 23 90 .247 .338 .426 33 5 78 199 10 2 15 2 11
Total AL 41 94 11 22 2 16 .234 .298 .383 6 1 9 33 0 0 2 0 4
Total 232 721 113 177 25 106 .245 .333 .420 39 6 87 232 10 2 17 2 15

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2002 TOR A OF 15 13 121 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 TOR A CF 1 1 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 TOR A RF 10 10 90 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 TOR A LF 4 2 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 TOR A DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 TOR A OF 20 11 108 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 TOR A CF 1 1 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 TOR A RF 19 10 99 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 LA N LF 65 58 526 116 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .968
2004 LA N DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 LA N RF 14 8 74 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 LA N OF 79 70 644 146 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .974
2004 LA N CF 6 4 44 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 LA N LF 64 36 345.1 84 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 LA N DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 LA N RF 43 37 291 71 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 LA N OF 101 96 831 218 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2005 LA N CF 30 23 194.2 63 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .955
Total LF 133 96 893.1 205 9 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .982
Total CF 38 29 256.2 86 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .966
Total OF 215 190 1704 424 14 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 .984
Total DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 86 65 554 134 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

Transactions

  • 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).

Trivia

  • 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.



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