Donovan Tate
Personal information
Born: (1990-09-27) September 27, 1990 (age 31)
Cartersville, Georgia
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career history

Donavan Reed Tate (born September 27, 1990) is an American former college football quarterback for the Arizona Wildcats of the University of Arizona. Previously, he was a Minor League Baseball outfielder who was selected third overall by the San Diego Padres in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.


High school career

Tate attended Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia. He played baseball and American football for Cartersville, and was named a High School All-American in both sports. In his senior year, he broke a rib playing football. Tate committed to play baseball and college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels.[1]

Baseball career

The San Diego Padres selected Tate in the first round, with the third overall selection, in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.[2][3] Tate chose to sign with the Padres for a $6.7 million signing bonus rather than attend North Carolina.[4] His professional baseball career was limited by injuries. In his first two seasons, he had surgery for a sports hernia, broke his jaw, and sprained a shoulder.[5] He also underwent treatment for substance abuse.[6][7] The Padres released Tate after the 2015 season, and he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2016 season.[8] He played six seasons in Minor League Baseball, but never played above Class A-Advanced, last playing for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before being released by the Dodgers in 2016.[9][10]

College football career

In 2017, after his release from the minor leagues, Tate returned to college and joined the Arizona Wildcats football team as a quarterback.[11] On December 24, 2017, Tate left Arizona to be closer to his family in Georgia.[12]

Personal life

Tate is the son of former NFL tailback Lars Tate.[13] He is married and has four children.[14]


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  2. ^ "Tate is front and center". June 10, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Tate brings tools, no trials". June 9, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Friars sign No. 3 overall Draft pick Tate. MLB (August 17, 2009). Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 25, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Brock, Corey (January 20, 2016). "Former first-round Draft pick Donavan Tate rebooting San Diego Padres career". MLB. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Calcaterra, Craig (June 18, 2013). "Donovan Tate, a spring training no-show, has finally returned to the Padres organization". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Barry Lewis (January 18, 2016). "Pro baseball: Dodgers assign former Padres' top draft choice to Drillers | Pro Baseball". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "Donavan Tate". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Dorman, Daryll (January 24, 2016). "Catching up with 2009 Padres Draft Pick Donavan Tate". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Lev, Michael. "Donavan Tate, former MLB megaprospect, to join Arizona Wildcats as walk-on QB | Arizona Wildcats football". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  12. ^ Lev, Michael. "QB Donavan Tate no longer with Arizona Wildcats; family reasons cited for departure".
  13. ^ – Donavan Tate: Two Sport Star Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on July 9, 2011.
  14. ^ "Padres' Donavan Tate starting anew in Lake Elsinore". The San Diego Union-Tribune. July 23, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2017.

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