Resides in Livonia, MI during the offseason with his wife, Maria, and children, Santino, Francesca and Giorgia...Participated in the Tigers Winter Caravan...Graduated from Divine Child High School in Dearborn, MI in 2011, playing on two state championship teams...as a senior, was selected Michigan's Mr. Baseball by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association, an annual award given to Michigan's top prep player and was named Division II First-Team All-State by the MHSBCA as a junior and senior.
Saw his first action with the Tigers in 2020, going 3x17 in seven games and driving in a pair of runs...Was recalled from the alternate training site on September 15, and made his Tigers debut the next day vs. Kansas City...Notched his first hit as a Tiger in the fourth inning on September 19 vs. Cleveland, followed by his first RBI to tie the game in the eighth…went 2x4 with a RBI and a run scored.
Established a career high with 28 home runs in 2019 with Triple A Columbus...also saw time at the Major League level for the second straight season, appearing in 10 games with Cleveland...Selected to the International League midseason and postseason All-Star Team and was named a Cleveland organization All-Star by MiLB.com...tabbed the IL's Top Star at the Triple A All-Star Game...Ranked tied for fifth in the IL in home runs, while he was 10th with a .517 slugging percentage...Threw out 41.7% (30-of-72) base stealers at Columbus...finished the year tied for the IL lead with 30 runners caught stealing...Had a pair of multi-homer games during the season, hitting two home runs on June 7 vs. Norfolk and July 5 vs. Louisville...Hit .304/.402/.620 with five doubles, one triple, six home runs and 15 RBI in 24 games during June...Belted the first home run of his Major League career on September 28 at Washington, connecting for a three-run shot off Patrick Corbin.
Spent virtually the entire minor league season in AAA Columbus, batting .236 (102-for-433) with 24 doubles, 3 triples, 20 home runs and 71 RBI in 120 games (.288/.443/.732)...At the time of his Sept. 1 recall to Cleveland he was tied for fourth in the International League in home runs, sixth in RBI, eighth in total bases (192) and 11th in slugging pct. (.443)...The International League Mid-Season All-Star's 20 homers were tied for second-most in the Indians organization and his 71 RBI were fourth-highest in the club's Minor League system...Threw out 48.5% (33-of-68) of baserunners attempting to steal this season at Triple-A...Made his Major League debut with Cleveland on Sept. 2 as an 8th-inning defensive replacement and appeared in nine games in September, collecting two hits in 16 at-bats...Notched his first career hit on Sept. 16 vs. Detroit, an RBI-single in the bottom of the 4th inning off of Francisco Liriano.
Posted career-best numbers with the RubberDucks, batting .258 with 26 home runs, 59 RBI and 59 runs scored across 95 games...His 26 home runs led the team and ranked third in both the Eastern League and the Tribe's organization (27 homers between Akron and Columbus) ...Ranked second in the Eastern League in slugging pct (.574) and OPS (.923)...Ranked first and third, respectively, in slugging (.570) and OPS (.930) in the organization for the year...Called up to Columbus on August 31...Set an Akron record with 15 home runs in Canal Park. The 24-year-old catcher was named Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of July 3-9 after batting .400 (10/25) with two doubles, one triple, four home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored in six games played...He was also selected to his first ever All-Star team, earning Postseason All-Star honors after batting .260 with 13 homers and 29 RBI in July and August...Batted .298 (25/84) off LHP with Akron with 8 HR & 19 RBI (1.058 OPS)...Added to 40-man roster on Nov. 6...Rated the 8th-best prospect in the Indians system by ESPN's Keith Law and 10th-best prospect entering 2018 by Baseball Prospectus.