Edward James Jurak
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- High School San Pedro High School
- Debut June 30, 1982
- Final Game June 26, 1989
- Born October 24, 1957 in Los Angeles, CA USA
Ed Jurak was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the 1975 amateur draft. The 18-year-old's first season was spent with the Elmira Pioneers of the class A (short season) New York-Pennsylvania League.
Jurak spent until 1982 in the Boston minor league chain before getting his first taste of major league ball. He appeared in 12 games for the Red Sox before being sent to the International League Pawtucket Red Sox for the rest of that season.
The infielder was back in Boston for the 1983 season as well as 1984 and 1985. After getting into only 26 games in 1985, he was sent back to Pawtucket, where he finished out the year. On March 19, 1986 he was released by the Red Sox.
In February of 1987 Jurak signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers. After spending the year in the minors, he was granted free agency on October 15th, signing as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics on November 10th of the same year. He appeared in only 3 games with the American League team in 1988 and on October 15th he was again granted free agency signing on November 3rd with the San Francisco Giants.
Ed's major league stats show him with parts of six different years, playing in 193 games, 302 at bats with 80 base hits for a .265 batting average. His OBP was .346. His overall fielding, mostly as an infielder, showed an overall .958 percentage.
Jurak's minor league figures showed him in 10 different leagues with 13 teams. He appeared in 1,296 games, 3,943 at bats with 1,192 base hits for a .280 batting average. His OBP was .392. Playing primarily at SS and 3B, his fielding percentage came to .944.
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