Is married.....wife's name is Charity.....the couple has a son named Canyon…Graduated from Broken Arrow (OK) High School…Attended the University of Arkansas…Was selected to play for the United States Collegiate National Team in 2009.
Was claimed off waivers by Toronto from Chicago-AL on 3/29…Began the season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he batted .264 with 0 HR and 9 RBI in 21 games before he was traded to Los Angeles on 5/3 in exchange for cash…Finished the year at Triple-A Oklahoma City, batting .249 with 18 HR and 70 RBI in 105 games…Was claimed off waivers a total of four times beginning 9/6 when he was claimed by Baltimore from Los Angeles.....was also claimed in the offseason on 12/2 (Seattle from Baltimore), 12/14 (Texas from Seattle) and 12/23 (Milwaukee from Texas)…Played for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League (10g, .194, 0hr, 1rbi).
Spent most of the season with Class AAA Charlotte...Also appeared in 17 games with the White Sox...Made 11 starts with the Sox, including eight at first base and three as the designated hitter, after his contract was purchased from Charlotte on 8/31...Made his major-league debut that day as the first baseman vs. Detroit...Recorded his first career hit on 9/7 at Cleveland, a fifth-inning double off Carlos Carrasco...Registered his first RBI (single) on 9/13-1 vs. Minnesota...Collected his only multihit effort in the season finale on 9/28 vs. Kansas City...Replaced Paul Konerko at first base in the sixth inning of his final game...Led the International League in home runs (30), extra-base hits (69) and total bases (274), tied for the lead in RBI (85), ranked second in doubles (38) and slugging percentage (.558), fourth in hits (144) and runs (79) and 10th in average (.293)...Was named to the IL postseason All-Star Team...Led the Knights in runs, hits, total bases, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and extra-base hits...Batted .360 (41-114) with 12 homers and 61 RBI with RISP and .306 (19-62) with RISP/two outs...Hit .379 (61-161) with 16 doubles, 14 home runs, 39 RBI, 37 runs scored and a 1.178 OPS in the second half...Was named the IL Player of the Month for July after hitting .431 (47-109) with 12 home runs and 31 RBI in 27 games...Posted a season-high, 12-game hitting streak from 7/13-26, going 27-49 (.551) with 10 home runs and 24 RBI...Owned 10 multihit and four multihomer efforts during the streak...Was named IL Batter of the Week in consecutive weeks on 7/14-20 and 7/21-27...Combined to hit .532 (25-47) with 10 homers and 24 RBI...Hit a three-run homer and grand slam as part of a seven-RBI game on 7/23 at Indianapolis...Went 3-6 with a homer and five RBI on 8/18 vs. Gwinnett.
Appeared in 125 games between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte, hitting a combined .277 (127-458) with 29 doubles, 17 home runs, 79 RBI and 62 runs scored…was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team…ranked among the White Sox organizational leaders in RBI (4th), home runs (T4th), extra-base hits (T6th, 46), doubles, (7th), total bases (7th, 127) and walks (9th)…began the season with Birmingham, appearing in 43 games at first base and 24 as the designated hitter…hit .317 (26-82) with RISP and .345 (10-29) with RISP/two outs…compiled a nine-game hitting streak from 5/3-12, going 14-38 (.368) with four home runs and 10 RBI…hit a pair of home runs on 5/7 at Tennessee…registered a 13-game hitting streak from 5/18-6/2, going 17-48 (.354) with two homers and 15 RBI…was promoted to Charlotte on 6/24, where hit safely in his first eight games and 10 of his first 11…was 19-59 (.322) with RISP with the Knights…recorded his second multihomer game on 7/14 at Norfolk…hit safely in 10 consecutive games from 7/12-26 (.471, 16-34)…entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 12 Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Ranked among Southern League leaders in home runs (7th, 17), RBI (8th, 69), doubles (T8th, 28) and walks (9th, 63) at Class AA Birmingham…led the Barons in doubles, home runs, extra-base hits (46) and RBI…ranked among White Sox organizational leaders in home runs (4th), walks (7th), doubles (T7th), RBI (8th) and extra-base hits (9th)…appeared in 93 games at first base, 18 as the designated hitter and five at third...compiled a 20-game road on-base streak from 4/5-6/6…was on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation from 5/12-29…recorded a RBI in five consecutive games from 6/1-5…went 5-6 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI on 6/27 at Tennessee.
Ranked among Carolina League leaders in home runs (2nd, 23), RBI (2nd, 89), games (2nd, 134), total bases (3rd, 239), doubles (3rd, 33), extra-base hits (3rd, 56), slugging percentage (4th, .485), hits (5th, 137) and average (10th, .278) at Class A Winston-Salem…was named to the CL mid and postseason All-Star Teams…earned CL Batter of the Week honors twice (5/23-29 and 8/29-9/5)…posted a .317 average (78-246) with 13 home runs and 56 RBI in the second half…went 5-6 with a double, home run and five RBI on 7/2 vs. Salem.
Ranked fifth among Sox farmhands in average (.307) and on-base percentage (.396) in his professional debut with Advanced Rookie Great Falls…was named to the Pioneer League postseason All-Star Team…collected a season-high five RBI on 7/29 at Helena…rated by Baseball America as the Best Pure Hitter and Best Power Hitter in the White Sox 2010 draft class…was recommended/signed by Clay Overcash.