Graduated from Olympia High School in Orlando...brother Joey was drafted by the Dodgers in 2011.
Was a finalist at designated hitter for the All-MLB Team... Led the team in on-base percentage (.388), slugging percentage (.544) and OPS (.932)... Also led the team with 35 starts as the designated hitter...made 12 starts in LF and 1 start in RF (9/26 at Min)... In his first 31 apps of the season through 8/28 hit .341 (6 2b, 9hr, 15rbi, .716slg, .453)...beginning the next day, in his last 23 apps of the regular season hit .131 (1 2b, 3hr, 8rbi, .295slg, .299obp)... From 9/11-9/14 missed five games with low back tightness...returned to hit .154 in his last 11 apps of the season (1 2b, 2hr, 4rbi)... In seven apps from 8/9-8/19 produced six HR and nine RBI... In five apps from 8/27-8/29, including doubleheaders on 8/27 & 8/29, produced four HR and seven RBI... From 8/9-8/12 homered in three consecutive apps for the first time in his career... His home run off Alec Mills on 8/29/g2 vs Cubs was clocked at 113mph, his highest exit velocity ever on a home run and the fourth-highest on a homer by any Reds batter in the StatCast era... In the third inning of the 7-1 win on 9/18 vs WSox hit a 3-run HR off Jonathan Stiever that snapped his career-high 0-for-23 skid and extended the Reds' lead to 6-0...was the longest hitless skid by a Reds batter in 2020 and dropped his batting average from .318 to .262... In the 16-2 loss on 9/1 vs StL served a one-game suspension received after he was ejected in the nightcap of the 8/29 doubleheader vs Cubs, along with Joey Votto and David Bell, when the benches cleared in the bottom of the fourth inning...was his second career ejection... Produced his first career two-homer games on 8/14 vs Pit (Chad Kuhl) and 8/27/g1 at Mil (Adrian Houser, Alex Claudio)... His third-inning solo HR on 8/11 vs KC off Kris Bubic produced his 100th career RBI... Following the 8/14 positive test of a Reds player for COVID-19, was deemed "high risk" and traveled separately from the team...did not miss any games on the 8/19-8/27 road trip to KC, StL and Mil... Started as the Reds' designated hitter in both games of the Wild Card Series sweep loss at Atl.
Made 113 apps and 87 starts, both career highs...Led the Reds in starts in LF (59) and in outfield assists (6)...Also started games in CF (16gs), RF (11gs) and DH (1gs)...Missed the last 39 games of the season with a cervical strain, including the last 36 games while on the injured list...Made his last appearance for the Reds as a pinch hitter on 8/18 vs StL and his last start on 8/14 at Wsh (CF, 1-3, 2bb)...In his last 27 apps beginning 7/18 hit .342 (25-73, 5 2b, 3hr, 9rbi, .982ops), raising his batting average from .249 to season-ending .269...In his last 17 apps beginning 7/29 hit .364 (16-44, 2 2b, 2hr, 5rbi, 1.007ops), raising his batting average from .255 to season-ending .269...Hit his eighth HR, a new career high, in his 28th appearance and 23rd start...Was 1 of 6 Reds players with at least 15 HR, 1 shy of the single-season club record (7 players, 2006, 2007)...Produced 4 leadoff HR and 1 pinch-hit HR...In the 11-3 win on 6/16 vs Tex produced career highs in hits (4) and RBI (5)...fell a triple shy of the cycle...While leading off the ninth inning of the 1-0 loss on 5/2 at NYM was ejected by HP umpire Marty Foster for arguing balls and strikes...manager David Bell was ejected for the third time this season...was the first ejection of Winker's career.
Was a candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year Award before he had season-ending surgery on 7/31 to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder...on 7/26 went on the 10-day disabled list and was transferred to the 60-day DL on 7/30, when the Reds acquired OF Preston Tucker, RHP Lucas Sims and RHP Matt Wisler from the Braves for OF Adam Duvall...when disabled ranked among the National League leaders in hitting (11th), on-base percentage (2nd, .405), hitting at home (3rd, .328) and hitting with RISP (7th, .358)...when disabled led NL rookies in walks while ranking second among rookies in hitting, hits, RBI (tied), multi-hit games (24) and on-base percentage...despite missing 60 games, finished the season ranked among the National League rookie leaders in hitting (2nd), on-base percentage (2nd, .405), walks (3rd), outfield assists (T3rd, 4), multi-hit games (4th, 24), RBI (6th), slugging percentage (6th, .431), doubles (T7th), hits (8th) and runs (9th)...finished the season hitting .299 (.29893)...would have hit .300 with 1 fewer at bat or 1 more hit...hit safely in 13 of his last 14 apps prior to the disabling (22-49, .449, 6 2b, 1hr, 10rbi, .633slg, .518obp), including a career-high 12-game hitting streak from 7/3-7/21 (21-42, .500, 6 2b, 1hr, 10rbi, .714slg, .563obp)...tied for the longest hitting streak by any rookie in the National League in 2018, was the longest hitting streak by a Reds rookie since Billy Hamilton's 12-game hitting streak from 6/10-6/24, 2014 and fell 1 game shy of Eugenio Suárez' pair of team-high 13-game hitting streaks...in his last 27g beginning 6/20 hit .420 (6 2b, 4hr, 24rbi, .642slg, .525obp)...beginning 6/30 reached base safely in each of his last 17 apps (.436, 1hr, 12rbi, .600slg, .516obp)...led the Major Leagues in hitting in July...hit .305 through April (0hr, 9rbi, .414obp), .174 in May (1hr, 3rbi), .308 in June (5hr, 20rbi, .432obp) and .442 in July (1hr, 11rbi, .615slg, .517obp, 1.132ops)...from 4/10-5/6 reached base safely in a career-high 22 consecutive apps (.296, .386obp), the second-longest on-base streak by a Reds batter in 2018 (José Peraza, 23g)...included in his 22-game on-base streak were 5 consecutive pinch-hit apps from 4/16-5/4 (walk, RBI-single, double, single, single)...was the first Reds batter to reach base safely in 5 straight pinch-hit apps since Todd Frazier did it from 4/20-5/2, 2012 and the first Red to produce a hit in 4 straight pinch-hit apps since Brayan Pena from 7/8-8/9, 2014...from 6/6-6/8 produced a hit in 5 consecutive plate apps and reached base safely in 6 straight plate apps (walk, single, single, single, 2-run walkoff HR, single)...his sixth-inning grand slam on 6/21 vs Chi off Randy Rosario is the only slam of his career and gave the Reds a 5-2 lead in their 6-2 win...was the sixth of the Reds' single-season team record 11 grand slams...in the 13-inning, 7-5 victory on 6/7 vs Col at Great American Ball Park became the first Major League player to come off the bench and finish 3-for-3 with a walkoff HR (off Chris Rusin) since NYY's Hector Lopez on 5/29/60 at Wsh...was Winker's first career walkoff hit...on 6/24 vs Cubs produced his third career pinch-hit HR (3-run off Pedro Strop)...made 42 starts in RF, 29 starts in LF and 3 starts at DH...when injured was leading the team with 35 starts batting leadoff...on 4/12 vs StL, with Joey Votto off, made his only career start batting third in the order..made his first Opening Day roster...was 1 of 5 rookies on the Opening Day roster (RHP Tyler Mahle, RHP Jackson Stephens, RHP Zack Weiss, OF Phillip Ervin)...was the Reds' Opening Day starter in LF...batted leadoff...entered the season rated by Baseball America the fifth-best prospect in the organization.
At Louisville was an International League mid-season All-Star...following the season his strike zone discipline was rated the best among all Reds minor leaguers...in his Major League debut made 47 apps and 28 starts during 4 stints the Reds...from 4/14-4/15 made 2 pinch-hit apps vs Mil...from 6/19-6/21 made 2 starts at DH at TB...from 7/7-7/17 made 4 pinch-hit apps and a start in RF on 7/16 vs Wsh...on 8/1 was promoted again after LHP Tony Cingrani was traded to the Dodgers and spent the rest of the season with the Reds (38g, 25gs, .305, 5 2b, 7hr, 11rbi, 1sb)...when promoted on 8/1 led the International League in hitting (.314) and OBP (.395) but didn't have enough plate apps to qualify as the season-ending leader...while with the Reds from 8/25-9/11 was disabled with a left hip flexor strain...led Reds batters with 2 pinch-hit HR, on 8/22 vs Chi (solo off Felix Pena) and on 9/26 at Mil (solo off Anthony Swarzak)...became the first Reds rookie with more than 1 pinch-hit HR in a season since Chris Heisey hit 4 pinch-hit HR in 2010...played LF (2gs, on 9/21 vs StL & 9/29 at Chi), RF (25g, 24gs) and DH (2gs)...in the batting order hit leadoff (8gs), second (7gs), fifth (3gs), sixth (2gs), seventh (7gs) and eighth (1gs)...produced 7 HR in 137 plate apps and 121 at bats...at Louisville hit 2 homers in 347 plate apps and 299 at bats...in his first 2 apps after that 8/1 promotion hit his first 2 Major League home runs...in the fourth inning on 8/1 at Pit produced his first career HR (solo off Jameson Taillon)...in the sixth, Starling Marte reached over the left field wall to catch what would have been a 2-run HR for Winker...the next night at Pit homered off Joaquin Benoit...over 10 apps from 8/18-9/16 produced 4 HR, including his first career leadoff home run (9/13 at StL off Jack Flaherty)...on 4/14 vs Mil pinch hit in his Major League debut (struck out vs Oliver Drake)...in the sixth inning of the 7-5 win vs Mil on 4/15 produced his first career hit and RBI, a 2-run double off Carlos Torres that snapped the 4-4 tie...was the first Reds batter whose first career hit went for extra bases and drove in the eventual game-winning run since RHP Brett Tomko in June 1997 vs NYM...the last Reds position player to do it was C Dann Bilardello in April 1983 vs Cubs...on 6/19 was promoted to replace injured SS Zack Cozart and that night at DH at TB made his first career start (1-5, 2-run single)...also started at DH on 6/21 at TB (1-4, 1 2b)...in the 2-1 win on 9/16 vs Pit, hit a solo HR while Sal Romano threw 8.0 shutout innings...was the first time in Reds history a rookie threw 8.0 scoreless innings to earn a win while another rookie homered in the same game..entered the season rated by Baseball America the sixth-best prospect in the organization and Reds minor league batter with the best plate discipline...in its preseason Top 100 list, was rated by MLBPipeline.com the 67th-best prospect in baseball.
In his first season above Class AA, for Class AAA Louisville ranked second in the International League in on-base percentage and seventh in batting average...struck out just once every 7.59 plate apps, the fourth-best ratio in the International League...including a rehab stint with the AZL Reds hit .308 overall, the third-highest average by any Reds minor league batter (Hernan Iribarren .327, Tony Renda .311)...from 6/17-7/12 was on Louisville's disabled list with a sprained right wrist...participated in his second straight Major League spring training camp as a non-roster invitee...in 7 exhibition apps overall hit .333 (1 2b, 2rbi) while making starts in LF (2gs) and RF (2gs)...entered the season rated by MLB Pipeline the Reds' Position Player Prospect of the Year and by Baseball America the fifth-best prospect in the organization overall, the best hitter for average and the hitter with the best strike zone discipline...finished the season rated by MiLB.com the fourth-best prospect in the organization...on 11/18 was added to the Reds' 40-man roster.
Played at Pensacola in his first full season at Class AA and was named the organization's Minor League Hitter of the Year...at age 21 for most of the season, was one of the youngest position players in the Southern League...following the season was rated the organization's Position Player Prospect of the Year by MLB Pipeline and the 18th-best prospect in the Southern League by Baseball America...ranked among the organizational leaders in hitting (3rd, .282), HR (T2nd, 13) and RBI (3rd, 55)...tied for the league lead in intentional walks (4) and ranked among the SL leaders in OBP (5th, .390) and walks (4th, 74)...from 8/11-8/15 homered in 5 consecutive games (5hr, 9rbi), tying teammate Kyle Skipworth's streak from earlier in the season (7/10-7/16, 5hr, 8rbi) and 1 shy of Derrek Lee's Pensacola club record...entered the season rated the third-best prospect in the organization, best hitter for average and hitter with the best strike zone discipline...was a non-roster invitee to Major League spring training camp.