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Jayson Richard Gowan Werth

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 5", Weight 190 lb.

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Jayson Werth comes from an impressive athletic family. His stepfather, Dennis Werth, played in parts of four seasons (1979-1982) with the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and his mother, Kim Schofield Werth, competed in the U.S. Olympics Trials in the long jump and 100 meter dash. His father, Jeff Gowan, played a year in the minor leagues after having a fine college football career. His grandfather, Dick "Ducky" Schofield, played 19 years in the Majors as an infielder while his uncle, Dick Schofield, played 14 years in the Majors, also as an infielder, and was the 3rd overall pick in the 1981 amateur draft.

Werth started his minor league career as a catcher but was moved from the position when the Toronto Blue Jays' new front office, led by GM J.P. Ricciardi felt he was too big for the position.

Unlike his uncle and grandfather, Werth is a big outfielder with power, while they were slap-hitting shortstops with good gloves. Like them however, Werth is considered a fine athlete and has solid speed.

Werth had his first solid campaign as a major league hitter with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004, when he hit 16 homers and drove in 47 runs with a .262 average in only 87 games as a part-time rightfielder, then added a double and two homers in four games in the NLDS. After a down year in 2005, in which he hit only .234, he was out of the major leagues in 2006, missing the entire season with an injury, then re-emerged as the starting right fielder with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007, hitting .298 in 94 games. He finally became a star in 2008, the year the Phils won the second World Championship in their history, when he hit 24 homers and drove in 67 runs in 134 games. In 2009, he made the All-Star team on the strength of 36 homers and 99 RBI in 159 games as the Phillies returned to the World Series. In 2010, he continued his solid hitting, this time leading the National League with 46 doubles, while adding 27 homers and 87 RBI with a .296 average. Over the four seasons in Philadelphia, he hit .282/.380/.506 with 85 homers as the Phillies made the postseason all four years. He slugged 8 doubles and 11 homers during those money games, and generally was a key member of a power-hitting line-up, coming up as a right-handed bat counter-balancing lefties Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez.

On December 5, 2010, Werth signed a 7-year free agent deal worth $125 million with the Washington Nationals. The deal came a few days after Adam Dunn had left the Nationals as a free agent, and was surprising in being for so many year given Werth's age at the time - 31, and his status as a late bloomer. Indeed, his first season in Washington in 2011 was not an easy one. He slumped to .232 in 150 games, hit 20 homers and drove in only 58 runs. He was off to a much stronger start in ­2012, and was hitting .271 with 3 homers and 12 RBI in 26 games when he broke his wrist trying to make a sliding catch in the outfield in a game against his former team the Phillies on May 6th. The injury meant that he would be out at least six weeks, during which time the Nats' young phenom, Bryce Harper, who had made his major league debut only a week before, was to take his place. This created more question marks for Werth's future, as the injury gave the supremely-talented Harper the chance of grabbing on to the starting spot in right field. He was back in the line-up on August 2nd, playing centerfield and going 1 for 3 with an RBI in a 3-0 Nationals win over his former team. He finished the season with a solid batting line of .300/.387/.440 in 81 games, with 21 doubles and only 5 homers. His most important hit of the year came in Game 4 of the NLDS on October 11th, however. With the score tied at one, he led off the bottom of the 9th against Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals and after an epic 13-pitch at-bat, hit a walk-off home run to force a decisive fifth game.

Werth was hitting .260 with 4 homers after 27 games in 2013 when he went on the disabled list with a pulle hamstring on May 3rd; he was scheduled to return to action on May 20th but suffered a setback, spending another two weeks out of action. The time lost cost him a chance at being an All-Star for the second time, because otherwise, his numbers were as good as ever. In July, he was named the NL's Player of the Month for the first time on the strength of a .367 average, 7 homers and 22 RBIs in 27 games.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL All-Star (2009)
  • NL Doubles Leader (2010)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (2008-2011 & 2013)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2009)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2010)
  • Won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008

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