Full name JORDAN THOMAS LUPLOW...Is a 2012 graduate of Buchanan High School in Clovis, CA...Named first-team all-conference as a junior after hitting .420 with eight home runs, 11 doubles and 30 RBI…Participated in California North/South series and Rawlings NorCal World Series in 2011…Missed most of his senior high school season rehabbing from injury and appeared in just four games…Was also a first-team all-conference selection in football as a kicker and defensive back...Played baseball at Fresno State for three seasons (2012-2014); was a teammate of New York’s Aaron Judge in 2012 and 2013... Was honored as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year in 2014 after hitting .377 with 21 doubles, one triple, nine homers, 48 RBI and 40 runs scored in 57 games...Was also announced as a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist in 2014 and was named a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award, recognizing college baseball’s breakout player of the year...Was named a second-team NCAA All-American and a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Louisville Slugger third-team All-American in 2014...Batted .314 with 14 home runs and 103 RBI in 157 games during his three seasons at Fresno State...Hit .325 in 41 games with the Orleans Firebirds in the 2013 Cape Cod League... His great uncle, Al Luplow, spent seven seasons in the Majors (1961-1967) and played in 481 games for Cleveland from 1961-65.
Got better as the season went along, batting .313 (10-for-32) in September with 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR and 5 RBI in 12 games (.389/.594/.983)...The club faced a LHP starting pitcher in just 22% of its games in 2020 (13 of 60) compared to 34% in 2019 (55/162)... Started the year 0-for-21 after being slowed in Summer Camp with lower back and hamstring soreness and was 2-for-31 over his first 11 games thru Aug. 22...From Aug. 23-end of season he posted an OPS of .864 (12 games)...Batted .270 (10-for-37) vs. LHP with 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI (.781 OPS) and .122 (5-for-41, .558 OPS) vs. RHP...Made 18 starts in LF (21 games) and 6 starts in RF (9 games)...Enjoyed his first career walk-off home run, Sept. 23 vs. Chicago-AL, a ninth inning solo shot off Gio Gonzalez that broke a 2-2 tie...His pinch-hit, 2-run double in the bottom of the 7th of G2 of the AL Wild Card Series vs. NYY marked the first pinch-hit, game-tying plate appearance in postseason club history (tied game at 8-8).
Spent most of the season on the Major League roster in his first campaign in the Indians organization and was a highly effective weapon against left-handed pitching, finishing 4th in the American League with 14 homers against LHP and recorded the 4th-highest slugging pct. (.742) and on-base pct. against lefties (.439)...Season OPS vs. LHP was 1.181 and .573 vs. RHP as 25 of his 31 extra-base hits came against lefties...The OPS vs. lefties was fourth-highest in all of MLB (min. 100 PA) behind J.D. Martinez, Nelson Cruz and Alex Bregman...Overall on the year he made 32 starts in right field (42 games), 25 starts in left field (34 games) and 3 starts in center field (4 games)... Entered the year with just one career start in center...Was on the 10-day Injured List, August 6-Sept. 1, with a right hamstring strain suffered sliding into third base on August 5 vs. Minnesota...Opened the year on the Major League roster, going 3-for-15 (.200) in 7 games before being optioned to AAA Columbus on April 13...Was recalled on April 28 and spent the remainder of the year on the Major League roster or IL, batting .281 (59-for-210) with 15 2B, 15 HR and 38 RBI over his final 85 games (.377/.576/.953)...Following his August IL stint he batted .303 (10-for-33) in September with 2 2B, 4 HR and 9 RBI in 16 games over the final month of the season...Overall in 2019 at Triple-A he hit .311 (14-for-45) w/3 2B, 2HR,and 7 RBI over 13 games w/a .385 (5-for-13) mark vs LHP...Enjoyed a trio of two-homer games in 2019, two against the White Sox (May 9 and May 14) and added a third Sept. 28 at Washington...Now owns four career two-homer games... Connected for four homers off Chicago lefty Manny Bañuelos... Was 5-for-26 (.263) as a pinch-hitter and hit .308 (28-for-91) with runners on base...From July 27-end of season he batted .346 (18-for-52) with 5 2B, 5 HR and 10 RBI over his final 22 ML games.
Split the season between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh...Began season with Triple-A Indy...Had two home runs and five RBI on May 2 at Toledo...Produced a .330 (70-for-212) average, 31 extra-base hits, 41 RBI and 31 runs scored in 59 games between May 1-July 4...Was tied for second in the International League in doubles (22), ranked fourth in RBI (47) and fifth in extra-base hits (34) at the time of his recall to Pittsburgh on July 6...Homered twice on July 14 vs. Milwaukee (game two) while playing the entire game in left field; also had an assist...Started in left field and went 0-for-4 as the leadoff batter on July 25 at Cleveland... Overall spent four stints with Pittsburgh...Was recalled for final time on Sept. 4 and hit .196 (9-for-46) in 15 games in September...Had a career-high three hits on Sept. 12 at St. Louis...Collected seven hits in his first 16 at-bats to begin the final month before producing just two hits in his last 30 at bats...Made his first professional start in center field on Sept. 24 at Chicago (NL)...Made 16 appearances (12 starts) in left field, 11 appearances (eight starts) in right field and three appearances (one start) in center field with the Pirates...Had an appendectomy on 9/27 at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago.
Hit .302 (125-for-414) with 22 doubles, 23 home runs and 56 RBI in 117 minor league games and was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Player-of-the-Year...Also produced a .381 OBP and a .907 OPS during his time in the minors...His 23 home runs led the minor league system and were the most by a Pirates minor league player since JaCoby Jones hit 23 in 2014...Set minor league career highs in batting, games, hits and home runs; tied career high in runs scored (also 2015)...Began season with Double-A Altoona, where he was named to the Eastern League midseason All-Star team...Hit .500 (11-for-22) with five homers in seven games between 5/29 and 6/4 and was named Eastern League Player-of-the-Week...Became fastest Curve player ever to reach 14 home runs to open a season on 6/6, accomplishing the feat in 52 games...Was tied for fifth in the Eastern League with 16 home runs when he was promoted to Indianapolis on 6/30...Hit safely in each of his first seven Triple-A games, going 10-for-27 (.370) with three homers and seven RBI...Scored four runs on 7/6 at Columbus; the first Indy player to do so since Steve Pearce on 5/29/09... Was selected by Pittsburgh on 7/28 and made Major League debut that night in San Diego; started in right field and went 0-for-3 at the plate...Went hitless in nine at bats (four games) with the Pirates before being optioned back to Triple-A on 8/2...Was recalled on 8/28 and hit .246 in 20 games during the month of September...Singled off Cincinnati's Tyler Mahle for first big league hit on 9/2, snapping an 0-for12 streak to begin his career...Connected off Cincinnati LHP Wandy Peralta for first Major League homer on 9/2... Collected first Major League triple on 9/24 vs. St. Louis (also homered in the game)...Made 13 starts in right field and seven in left field for the Pirates...Hit .225 (16-for-71) with three doubles, three homers and 11 RBI in his 20 starts.
Spent entire season with High-A Bradenton...Made all 81 defensive appearances (79 starts) in left field...Hit .317 (19-for-60) in 19 games during the month of June.
Made a position change from outfield to third base while playing the entire season with West Virginia...Ranked second in the South Atlantic League in extra-base hits (51) and tied for second in runs scored...Also tied for fourth in doubles and slugging percentage...Set minor league career highs in doubles and RBI...Also swiped 11 bases in 13 attempts...Made all 86 defensive appearances at third base...Was named the league's Player-of-the-Week after hitting .382 (13-for-34) with two homers and eight RBI during the week of 8/3-10...Hit safely in 13 straight games between 8/2-15 (21-for-53, .396).
Spent first professional season with Jamestown after being selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the FirstYear Player Draft...Was named the team's Most Valuable Player...Led all New York-Penn outfielders with 17 assists... Made 46 appearances (45 starts) in left field and 12 starts in right field...Had nine assists from LF and eight from RF... Hit .366 (15-for-41) with two home runs and eight RBI in his first 12 pro games thru 7/3.