Luke Maile

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Luke Richard Maile

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Luke Maile is a catcher better known for his defensive play than his bat. He reached the majors for the first time with the Tampa Bay Rays in September of 2015, hitting .171 in 15 games. The Rays had drafted him in the 8th round in the 2012 amateur draft. In 2016, he hit .227 in 42 games, with 3 homers and 15 RBIs.

He signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays just before the start of the 2017 season and received some playing time due to an injury to starter Russell Martin. he hit just .146 in 46 games, with 2 homers and 7 RBIs. None of the catchers brought in by the Jays to spell Martin hit much, including major league veteran Miguel Montero and minor leaguers Rafael Lopez and Mike Ohlman, but Maile distinguished himself as the best of the lot on the defensive side. That is how he won the back-up job to Martin in 2018. In the early going, he seemed completely transformed as a hitter as he hit a pair of doubles in his second game, on April 3rd, and was hitting .309 on May 9th. On May 11th, he had the best game of his career against the Boston Red Sox, when he hit a game-tying homer off Chris Sale in the 7th, and then won the game with a walk-off homer in the 12th inning off Brian Johnson for a 5-3 win. Earlier in the game, he had made a rare costly error behind the dish, with a dropped third strike combined with a wild throw that had allowed Sandy Leon to go all the way to third base with two outs, and then score a run.

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