Marcus Andrew Semien was originally signed by White Sox scout Adam Virchis…he and his wife, Tarah, have a son, Isaiah…graduated from St. Mary's High School in Berkeley, Calif. in 2008…attended the University of California-Berkeley…earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2010…helped lead Cal to the College World Series in 2011…was the A's recipient of the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award in 2016, which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
Played in all but three games and batted .238 with 27 home runs and 75 RBI in 159 games…is the fifth shortstop in Athletics history to hit 20 home runs (Miguel Tejada five times, Eddie Joost twice, Bobby Crosby and Bert Campaneris once) and his 27 home runs tied for fourth in Athletics history by a shortstop…they were the most since Miguel Tejada had 27 in 2003…tied Trevor Story (COL) for the most home runs in the majors by a shortstop…they were second most in the American League over the last 12 years (30, J.J. Hardy, Baltimore in 2011)…has 42 home runs over the last two years, which are the most in the majors by a shortstop…his 75 RBI ranked fifth among AL shortstops and sixth in Oakland history…led the A's with 51 walks, which were the fewest by a team-leader in Oakland history (previous: 53, Mitchell Page in 1978)…also topped the club in games and at bats (568)…had career highs in games, at bats, runs (72), doubles (27), home runs, RBI, walks, strikeouts (139), slugging percentage (.435), OPS (.735) and extra base hits (56)…tied for eighth in the AL in games played (159) and the only games he missed were for the birth of his son, Isaiah…was successful in 10-of-12 (83.3%) stolen base attempts…committed 21 errors, which tied Ketel Marte (SEA) for the Major League lead among shortstops, after setting an Athletics record with a ML leading 35 errors in 2015…is the first player to lead ML shortstops in errors in consecutive seasons since Starlin Castro (2011-13) but is the first AL shortstop to do it since Angel Berroa (2003-04)…also led ML shortstops in double plays (109), total chances (733), putouts (235) and assists (477) and ranked second in games (159)…the 109 double plays ranked fourth most in Oakland history by a shortstop…has 311 games played at shortstop in two seasons with the A's, which is already tied for ninth most in Oakland history…hit .257 (38-for-148) with 11 home runs against left-handed pitching (13.45 at bats per home run) compared to .231 (97-for-420) with 16 home runs against right-handers (26.25 at bats per home run)…slugged .514 against lefties, .407 against righties…tied for fourth in the AL in home runs against lefties and had the fifth lowest batting average against righties…his career splits are .288 (115-for-400) with 20 home runs a .493 slugging percentage against lefties, .229 (235-for-1024) with 30 home runs and a .380 slugging percentage against righties…batted .286 with runners on base compared to .205 with the bases empty…hit .290 with runners in scoring position but was 1-for-9 (.111) with the bases loaded…is 7-for-38 (.184) in his career with the bases full…hit .188 with a .229 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…the on-base percentage was third lowest in the AL…slugged nine home runs batting ninth, which tied for the Major League lead (Chirinos, TEX) and tied the Athletics franchise record (Hernandez, 2000)…hit seven home runs in the eighth inning, which tied the Oakland record (McGwire, 1992; Canseco, 1997) and tied for second in the majors…tied for sixth in the AL in home runs in the seventh inning or later (12) and tied for seventh in home runs with two strikes (13)…started games at every spot in the order except clean-up…led the A's with 51 starts batting seventh and 31 batting ninth… tied for third in the AL in reaching base on an error (8), had the ninth lowest percentage of swings at the first pitch (17.7%) and ranked 10th in most pitches per plate appearance (4.16).
Batted .257 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI in a team-leading 155 games in his first full season in the majors…started the year strong and finished strong but struggled in between…hit .314 with six home runs and 15 RBI over his first 40 games through May 18, .195 with two home runs and seven RBI over a 63-game stretch from May 19 to July 31, and .283 with seven home runs and 23 RBI over his final 52 contests…committed a Major League leading 35 errors to set an Oakland record for errors in a season… broke the previous mark of 34 set by Bert Campaneris in 1968…the errors were the most by an Athletic since Campaneris had 35 with the Kansas City A's in 1965 and they were the most by an A's shortstop since Dick Howser had 38 in 1961…they were the most by a Major League shortstop since Jose Valentin had 36 with Chicago (AL) in 2000…had a .947 fielding percentage, which was the lowest by an A's shortstop since Campaneris had a mark of .938 in 1965 and the lowest by an American League shortstop since Mike Caruso fielded .944 with Chicago in 1998…committed 28 errors in 89 games at shortstop before the All-Star Break but just seven in 63 games after the break…batted .329 (50-for-152) against left-handed pitching compared to .230 (93-for-404) against right-handers…his average against lefties ranked seventh in the AL…has a .306 (77-for-252) career average against lefties, .228 (138-for-604) against righties…tied for second among AL shortstops with 15 home runs (Correa, HOU 22)…tied for fourth in the AL with six home runs batting ninth…hit 13 of his 15 home runs during the day, 10 on the road and 10 with the bases empty…had a .208 batting average with runners in scoring position and was 4-for-23 (.174) with the bases loaded…batted .294 with 10 of his 15 home runs against AL West competition, .223 against everyone else…ranked second in the AL in highest line drive percentage (29.6%), sixth in most at bats per RBI (12.36) and tied for seventh in stolen bases off a left-handed pitcher (6)… was 6-for-7 (85.7%) in stolen base attempts against lefties, 5-for-9 (55.6%) against righties…appeared exclusively at shortstop on defense where he played in 152 games, including 147 starts…ranked third among AL shortstops in double plays (99) and fourth in total chances (656)…also went 3-for-7 (.429) with a double, triple and walk as a pinch hitter…is now 6-for-10 (.600) with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and two walks in the pinch in his career…led the A's with 50 starts batting ninth and 43 starts hitting eighth…hit in every spot in the order except third, fourth and fifth.
Made his first Opening Day roster with the White Sox and batted .234 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games over two stints with Chicago…had a .218 batting average, three home runs and 18 RBI in 43 games when he was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte June 1…hit .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 83 games with the Knights before returning to Chicago Sept. 2…batted .273 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 21 games September games with the Sox…struck out 70 times in 255 plate appearances overall, an average of 3.64 plate appearances per strikeout…hit .271 (23-for-85) with three home runs against left-handed pitching compared to .212 (31-for-146) with three home runs against right-handers…batted .304 with three of his six home runs with runners on base, .187 with the bases empty…had a .333 batting average with runners in scoring position and is a .329 (23-for-70) career hitter with RISP…went 2-for-5 (.400) with a triple, home run, two walks and nine RBI with the bases loaded…slammed four of his six home runs at home and six of his eight career home runs have come at U.S. Cellular Field…four were go-ahead shots in the sixth inning or later, which tied for the second most in the American League and tied for sixth most in the majors…hit .281 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 23 day games, .204 with one home run and 12 RBI in 41 contests at night…had a .323 batting average in 10 interleague games… was 7-for-13 (.538) when putting the first pitch in play and is 10-for-16 (.625) in his career…batted .180 when leading off an inning…started 31 games at third base, 25 at second base and one at shortstop… committed 10 errors as a third baseman for a .896 fielding percentage, and four at shortstop for a .970 fielding percentage…did not make an error in three games overall at shortstop…went 3-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI in four pinch hitting appearances…started games at every spot in the order except third, fourth and fifth and saw his most playing time with 27 starts batting second…hit .368 with eight RBI in four games batting leadoff.
CHICAGO: Was the White Sox Opening Day starter at second base March 31 against Minnesota and went 0-for-4…went 0-for-6 the next game but then connected on the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning against the Twins April 3 for his first hit of the season…it snapped a career-high 0-for-17 streak dating back to 2013…it also started a career-high seven-game hitting streak from April 3 to 9 (10-for- 31, .323)…had a career-high four hits April 8 at Colorado…joined Avisail Garcia (also four hits) as the first Sox teammates, 23 or younger, to collect four hits in the same game since Harold Baines and Harry Chappas on April 20, 1980 at Baltimore (Source: Stats, Inc.)…hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning April 13 vs. Cleveland, his second such homer of 2014…the last White Sox to hit two go-ahead homers in the eighth inning or later over the first 13 games of a season was Dick Allen in 1972 (source: Elias)…started in the leadoff spot April 20 at Texas and had his second career four-hit game while driving in a career-high four runs…matched his career high for RBI three games later at Detroit April23 when he hit his first career grand slam, a game-winning shot in the seventh inning off Ian Krol in the Sox 6-4 win…hit the game-winning, RBI double in the 12th inning May 5 at Chicago (NL)…was optioned to Charlotte June 1 when Jose Abreu was reinstated from the disabled list but returned Sept. 2 when the Knights season concluded…hit the game-winning, solo home run in the sixth inning Sept. 11 against Oakland…became the first White Sox number nine hitter to homer in a 1-0 win since Early Wynn on May 1, 1959 against Boston…had the game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning off David Price Sept. 23 at Detroit.
CHARLOTTE: Had a .502 slugging percentage with Charlotte, which was his best as a minor leaguer… joined the Knights June 2 and from that point through the end of the season, he led the International League in walks (53)…also ranked second in extra base hits (38) and tied for second in runs (152)…batted .321 (25-for-78) against left-handed pitching compared to .249 (56-for-225) against right-handers… hit 10 of his 15 home runs at home…10 were solo shots and seven came in the first inning…his average improved each month as he hit .188 in June, .286 in July and .326 in August…added 23 walks in 28 games in August for a .463 on-base percentage…appeared in 42 games at shortstop, 17 at third base, 11 in left field, eight at second base and seven at designated hitter…committed six errors, including five as a shortstop (.973 fielding percentage) and one as a third baseman (.981)…batted .327 as a shortstop, .212 at all other positions…saw his most action with 45 games from the three spot in the order…batted .183 over his first 30 games through July 4…then went 21-for-57 (.368) over a 14-game stretch from July 5 to 21 to boost his average to .247…homered in three consecutive games around the All-Star Break from July 12 to 17…reached base safely in 24 consecutive games from Aug. 5 to 30…hit .370 with a .500 on-base percentage over that stretch…had a season-best eight-game hitting streak from Aug. 18 to 25… went 15-for-30 (.500) with three home runs and seven RBI during the streak…homered in three straight games a second time, Aug. 22-24 against Norfolk.
Was named to Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Team and tabbed by the same publication as the Best Defensive Second Baseman and possessing the Best Strike-Zone Judgement in the SL … was honored as Southern League Most Valuable Player and Best Utility Player … appeared in 17 games at third base, three at shortstop and three at second with the White Sox … his contract was purchased from Charlotte on 9/3 … went 2-4 with a RBI as the starting third baseman in his major-league debut on 9/4 at New York-AL … connected on his first career homer on 9/23 vs. Toronto (two-run shot off J.A. Happ) … combined to hit .284 (147-518) with 32 doubles, six triples, 19 homers, 66 RBI, 24 stolen bases and 110 runs scored in 137 games between Birmingham and Charlotte … led the minors in runs scored and ranked sixth in walks (98) … played 73 games at shortstop, 41 at second base and 23 at third … ranked among the SL leaders in on-base percentage (1st, .420), runs scored (1st, 90), walks (T2nd, 84), slugging percentage (T2nd, .483) and average (T3rd, .290) … tied for second among Sox farmhands in homers … was named to the SL mid and postseason All-Star Teams … earned SL Player of the Week honors for 7/22-28 … reached base safely in 26 consecutive games from 6/29-7/28, the third-longest streak in the SL … went 19-36 (.528) with five homers, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored over his final 10 games with the Barons … appeared in 21 games with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League … played for the West in the AFL Fall Stars Game … entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 14 Prospect in the Sox system.
Ranked among Carolina League leaders in extra-base hits (2nd, 50), runs (3rd, 80), walks (5th, 55) and slugging percentage (5th, .471) at Class A Winston-Salem … ranked among organizational leaders in doubles (3rd, 31), extra-base hits (T4th), runs scored (5th), total bases (7th, 197), slugging percentage (7th) and home runs (T8th, 14) … appeared in 80 games at shortstop and 24 at second base … hit safely in a league-best 17 consecutive road games from 4/10-5/12 … recorded an 18-game hitting streak from 4/23-5/12, the third-longest in the CL … reached base safely in 28 straight games from 7/16-8/22, tied for the third-longest streak in the CL.
Made his pro debut with Class A Kannapolis … recommended/signed by Adam Virchis (White Sox).