Graduated from North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Fla., where he played varsity baseball for five seasons...Played for two FHSAA State Championship teams in 2007 as an 8th grader and his senior year in 2011. Named First Team All-State as a sophomore, junior and senior...Named FHSAA Class 2A Player of the Year twice...Batted .530 with 12 HR and 40 RBI as a senior...A two-sport athlete, scored over 1,000 points while playing basketball...Played college baseball for hometown school Florida State Univ. where he was First Team All-ACC in 2014...Had a career batting average of .280 with 7 HR and 105 RBI while posting 91 walks to 80 strikeouts...Was a teammate of former Cardinals first-round pick RHP Luke Weaver and Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston on the Seminoles baseball team in 2013...Named Player of the Year in the 2013 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball Summer League helping the Amsterdam Mohawks to the PGCBL championship title...Originally selected by Oakland in the 34th round (1,032nd overall) of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft...Resides in Tallahassee, Florida.
Made his Major League debut at Chicago White Sox (8/16) starting at first base...Went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout...Collected his first MLB hit with a single to centerfield off Dallas Keuchel...Was optioned on 8/17...Recalled for two games on 8/29, but did not play... Optioned back to Alternate Training Site on 8/31.
Played a career-high 117 games for Memphis (AAA), starting 103 at first base, while posting career-highs in home runs, RBI, doubles, hits and runs in his 6th pro season...Led Cardinals minor league players in walks (69), while ranking in the Top 10 in batting (.295, 4th), homers (15, T5th), RBI (75, 3rd), on-base pct. (.413, 2nd), slugging (.476, 4th), hits (112, 8th), runs (77 3rd), doubles (22, T10th), extra-base hits (38, T7th) and total bases (181, 7th)...Ranked 6th in the Pacific Coast League in on-base percentage (.413) and 5th in walks (69)...Entered the season rated as having the "Best Strike Zone Discipline" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America...Hit 12 of his 15 home runs off right-handed pitchers...Posted a 15-game hitting streak (6/14-30), batting .441 (26-59) over the span, 2nd-longest on the Memphis club (Rangel Ravelo, 19 games)...Reached base safely in 20 straight games (6/14-7/5)...Collected his second career multi-home run game with a pair of shots at Round Rock (7/18)...Hit his second career grand slam, coming vs. New Orleans (7/18), off Robert Dugger...Drew a career-high four walks at Omaha (7/21) on an 0-for-2 day in six plate appearances. Had 12 games with multiple walks...Ranked 3rd in batting (.316), on-base percentage (.413), slugging (.474), and T4th in RBI (22) in the Dominican Winter League, despite playing in only 31 games...Rated as the "Best Defensive First Baseman" in the PCL in Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey.
Appeared in 91 games in his first full season in the Cardinals organization playing eight games in the Gulf Coast League (R) before finishing the season with 83 games in Springfield (AA). Combined to bat .312 with a then career-high 12 HR and 64 RBI, while improving his on-base pct. to .394...Ranked among Cardinals minor leaguers in RBI (64, T6th) and walks (44, T8th)...Posted an 11-game hitting streak (4/17-30) and a 13-game on-base streak (7/21-8/3)...Recorded an RBI in seven straight games (4/17-26) totaling 14 RBI...Caught the second out of a triple play vs. Arkansas (4/30)...Hit his first career grand slam at Arkansas (4/19) a 7th inning shot off Stephen Perakslis.
Began the season with the Sioux City Explorers of the Independent League American Association. Played 34 games and won the league batting title with a .402 average and also led the league in on-base percentage (.482)...Signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent on June 27 and played the remainder of the season in Springfield (AA), leading the team with a .378 on-base pct...Played for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League, batting .188 (6-32) with four doubles and two RBI in nine games.
Played in 91 games between Stockton (A) and Midland (AA) combining to bat .273 with 8 HR and 38 RBI.
Played the entire season at Stockton (A) totaling 96 games in his first full season of professional baseball...Had his first career two homer game vs. Bakersfield (7/19), going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a double.
Combined to bat .264 with a home run and 32 RBI over 58 games between the Arizona League Athletics and Vermont in his first season in professional baseball...Posted two four-hit games during the season; going 4-for-5 at AZL Rangers (6/30) and another 4-for-5 at Lowell (7/23).