*Jason Alan Bartlett’ was born on October 30, 1979, in Mountain View, California. He is a shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays. High SchoolJason attended St. Mary’s High School in California, where he was on the baseball team.CollegeBartlett went to the University of Oklahoma. *Minor Leagues’Jason was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 13th round of the 2001 amateur draft, and signed on June 14, 2001.
2001 - Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League2002 - Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League, then the Ft. Myers Miracle in the Florida State League 2003 - New Britain Rock Cats in the Eastern League2004 - GCL Twins in the Gulf Coast League, then the Rochester Red Wings in the International League 2005/06 - Rochester Red Wings
Major LeaguesJason made his major league debut on August 3, 2004 for the Minnesota Twins. He would not become a regular starter until 2006.
When on the Twins, Bartlett was one of four players known for speed and small ball. They were nicknamed “The Piranhas” by Chicago White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillén. The other Piranhas were Jason Tyner, Luis Castillo, and Nick Punto.
In 2007 he led all major league shortstops in errors, with 26.
On November 28, 2007, the Twins traded Jason, along with Matt Garza and Eduardo Morlan, to the Tampa Bay Rays for Delmon Young, Jason Pridie, and Brendan Harris.
PersonalJason and wife Kelly have a son, Jayden Anthony Bartlett, born on June 25, 2008.