Mark David Canha (/ˈkænə/; born February 15, 1989) is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the New York Mets. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics. Canha made his MLB debut in 2015.

Mark Canha
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Canha with the Oakland Athletics in 2019
New York Mets
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1989-02-15) February 15, 1989 (age 32)
San Jose, California
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 2015, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Batting average.244
Home runs89
Runs batted in294


Amateur careerEdit

Canha attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. In 2007, his senior year, he batted .440 with 11 home runs.[1] After graduating from high school, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he played college baseball for the California Golden Bears baseball team. In 2009, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[2][3] In 2010, his junior season, he hit .319 with ten home runs and 69 runs batted in (RBIs) in 54 games.

Miami MarlinsEdit

After the season, the Florida Marlins selected Canha in the seventh round of the 2010 MLB draft.[4][5] In 2014, Canha played for the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL).[6]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

The Colorado Rockies chose Canha in the 2014 Rule 5 draft from the Marlins,[7] and then traded him to the Athletics for Austin House.[8] During spring training in 2015, Canha led the Athletics in home runs, but led all major league players in strikeouts. Due to the team's need for a power hitter following the offseason trades of Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss,[9] Canha made the Athletics' Opening Day roster.[10] In his major league debut, on April 8, Canha had three hits and four RBIs.[11] Canha remained with the Athletics throughout the 2015 season, and led all American League rookies in RBIs.[12] He finished the season with 16 home runs and 70 RBIs, while playing multiple positions for the A's.[citation needed]

Canha underwent season-ending hip surgery after only 16 games with Oakland in 2016. Returning in 2017, he played six games with the A's before being optioned to the Nashville Sounds of the PCL on April 15.[13] On November 8, 2017, Canha underwent right wrist surgery to remove a cyst.[14]

In 2018, Canha hit a career-high 17 home runs with 52 RBIs and a .249/.328/.449 batting line.[15] In 2019, Canha set career highs in average (.273), home runs (26), runs (80) and walks (67) in 126 games. In 2020, Canha slashed .246/.387/.408 with 5 home runs and 33 RBIs in 191 at-bats for the club.[16]

On May 2, 2021, Canha was hit by a pitch for the 60th time in his career, most all-time in the Oakland history of the Athletics franchise. In 2021 he tied for the major league lead in hit by pitches, with 27.[17] After the season, Canha became a free agent and the Athletics did not make an $18.4 million qualifying offer.[18] During his time at Oakland, Canha recorded 645 appearances and recorded a .244 batting average, a .344 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage. He hit 89 home runs and drove in 294 runs.[19]

New York MetsEdit

On November 26, 2021, Canha agreed to terms with the New York Mets on a 2-year deal worth $26.5 million.

Personal lifeEdit

Canha's wife, Marci, is an architect originally from San Jose.[20] They live in San Francisco during the season and spend their offseasons in Arizona.[12] Canha is of Portuguese heritage.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mark Canha '07: Playing in the Big Leagues". March 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "2009 Brewster Whitecaps". Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  3. ^ "Mark Canha". June 24, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  4. ^ "Three former Bells are selected in MLB draft". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Former Cal player Mark Canha is busting out with the New Orleans Zephyrs". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Former Cal player Mark Canha is busting out with the New Orleans Zephyrs". July 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Marlins add reliever, lose slugger Canha in Rule 5 draft". Miami Marlins. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "A's trade for Rule 5 pick Mark Canha, who may find niche". CSN Bay Area. Archived from the original on January 10, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "A's hoping for power from rookie Canha". SFGate. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  10. ^ "Athletics first baseman Mark Canha earns roster spot". Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  11. ^ "A's Mark Canha enjoys a smashing major-league debut". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Year of change for A's rookies Burns and Canha". Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Oakland A's call up Jaff Decker, option Mark Canha". April 15, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  14. ^ "Mark Canha has wrist surgery". MLB. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "Evaluating A's arbitration in 2018 MLB offseason: Mark Canha". RSN.
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  17. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2021 » Batters » Standard Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball".
  18. ^ "Mark Canha does not receive $18.4M qualifying offer from Athletics | RSN". Retrieved November 27, 2021.
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  20. ^ Slusser, Susan (December 11, 2014). "A's trade for Rule 5 player Mark Canha, a Cal alum". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 3, 2015.

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