Marcus Andrew Semien was originally signed by White Sox scout Adam Virchis…he and his wife, Tarah, have a son, Isaiah…graduated from St. Mary's High School in Berkeley, Calif. in 2008…attended the University of California-Berkeley…earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2010…helped lead Cal to the College World Series in 2011…was the A's recipient of the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award in 2016, which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
Finished in the top five in Oakland history in eight different categories…scored 123 runs, which tied the Oakland record set by Reggie Jackson in 1969…also tied the record for games played (162)…ranked second in at bats (657), third in extra base hits (83), tied for third in hits (187) and total bases (343), tied for fourth in doubles (43) and fifth in multiple hit games (53)…was fourth in Athletics history in at bats, tied for eighth in extra base hits and tied for 10th in runs…ranked second in the American League in total bases, tied for second in times on base (276), third in runs, doubles and extra base hits, fifth in hits, tied for fifth in triples (7), sixth in walks (87), tied for seventh in multiple hit games and ninth in plate appearances per strikeout (7.32)…also tied for the lead in games and ranked second in at bats… finished third in AL Most Valuable Player voting and was one of three players named on all 30 ballots… had 22 third place votes, six fourth place and two sixth place…had 747 plate appearances, which was the most in Athletics history and the most in the majors since Rickie Weeks had 754
for Milwaukee in 2010…was one of five players to appear in each of his team's games (Merrifield and Soler, KC; Villar, BAL; Castro, MIA) and played all but 30 innings at shortstop…it was the 14th time in Oakland history a player appeared in every game in a season…has a consecutive games played streak of 243 dating back to June 28, 2018 (all starts) and has played all but 37 innings at short over that span…his consecutive games started streak is second longest in Oakland history (347, Alfredo Griffin, April 9, 1985-April 30, 1987) while the consecutive games played streak is fourth best…had career highs in games, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs (33), RBI (92),
walks, extra base hits, total bases, batting average (.285), on-base percentage (.370), slugging percentage (.523) and OPS (.893) and matched his best in triples (7) and hit by pitches (2)…stole 10 bases and joins Rickey Henderson (7 times), Reggie Jackson (7) and Jose Canseco (5) as the only players in Athletics history with five or more seasons of 10 homers and 10 stolen bases… joins Jimmie Foxx (1930, 32, 33), Jackson (1969) and Jason Giambi (2001) as the only players in Athletics history with at least 80 walks and 80 extra base hits in a season…joins Al Simmons (1929, 30), Eric Chavez (2001) and Giambi (2001) as the only players with at least 40 doubles and
30 homers…in Major League history, the only players to equal or surpass his totals in runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks and stolen bases in the same season are Babe Ruth (1921, 23) and Lou Gehrig (1927)…led the A's in games, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBI, walks, extra base hits and batting average…led AL shortstops in fielding percentage (.981), total chances (634), assists (436) and double plays (85) and ranked second in putouts (186)…led ML shortstops in games (161), starts (161) and innings (1435.0)…his innings were the most ever by an Athletics shortstop…his fielding percentage was third best in Athletics history behind Mike Bordick in
1995 (.983) and 1993 (.982)…was hitting .271 with 12 home runs, 48 RBI and a .797 OPS in 92 games at the All-Star Break…then batted .304 with 19 home runs, 44 RBI and a 1.018 OPS after the break…led the majors in runs (62) after the ASB and ranked second in the AL in extra base hits (46)…was fifth in the AL in OPS, sixth in on-base percentage (.396) and seventh in slugging percentage (.621)…his extra base hits were the most in Oakland history after the break, third most in Athletics history and the most since Wally Moses had 52 in 1937…tied the Oakland record for most runs after the break (Giambi, 2001)…tied for the lead among AL shortstops in home runs (33) and ranked second in RBI (92) to the Red Sox Xander Bogaerts (33 HR, 114 RBI)…the home runs were second most in Athletics history by a shortstop to Miguel Tejada's 34 in 2002…the RBI were sixth most…now has 100 home runs over the last five years, which are fourth most by a ML
shortstop over that span (Lindor, 125; Story, 122; Correa, 101)…made a team-leading 145 starts batting leadoff where he hit .278 with 31 home runs and 84 RBI…ranked second among AL leadoff hitters in games, third in RBI and fourth in home runs…set Athletics records for home runs and RBI by a leadoff hitter and his 37 doubles and 75 extra base hits are the most since at least 1905…his games played tied for sixth most in Oakland history and were the most since Johnny Damon had 153 in 2001…started each of the A's final 133 games batting leadoff, which is the second longest streak of consecutive games batting first in Oakland history (148, Rickey Henderson, May 12, 1981-June 22, 1982)…batted .327 with a .702 slugging percentage and 1.147 OPS with runners in scoring position…the slugging percentage and OPS ranked second in the AL…hit .309 (55-for-178) against left-handed pitching, .276 (132-for-479) against right-handers…stole all 10 of his bases against right-handers…tied for the ML lead by reaching on an error 12 times…batted a Major League-leading .455 in the fourth inning.
Made his fifth consecutive Opening Day start at shortstop March 20 against Seattle in Tokyo, which ties the Oakland record for consecutive Opening Day starts by a shortstop (Campaneris, Bordick, Tejada and Crosby)…only Campaneris, with eight, has more Opening Day starts
at shortstop in an Oakland uniform…committed his first error of the season April 11 at Baltimore, snapping what was then a career-high 38-game errorless streak dating back to Sept. 5, 2018…did not make his second error until June 2 for a 42-game errorless streak from April 12-June 1…that tied for fourth longest in Athletics history by a shortstop…was batting .322 with a .400 on-base percentage over his first 31 games through April 29…then hit .183 over his next 29 games from April 30 to June 2…led off the game with a home run May 28 against Los Angeles (AL)…it was the first of four times he led off the game with a homer (July 19 at Minnesota, Aug. 28 at Kansas City, Sept. 27 at Seattle)…now has six for his career, which is fourth most in Oakland history…went hitless in three straight games from May 31 to June 2, which was the only time he went more than two straight games without collecting a hit…was ejected from a game for the first time in his
career June 1 against Houston…had a career-high 17-game hitting streak from June 4 to 20…hit .375 (27-for-72) with 16 runs, five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI during the streak, which was third longest in the AL in 2019 and the longest single-season hitting streak by an Athletic since a 22-game streak by Eric Byrnes from May 8-June 1, 2003 (Mark Ellis had a 17-game hitting streak from Sept. 21, 2010-April 5, 2011)…went 4-for-5 with three runs, two home runs and four RBI June 7 at Texas…it was his first of two four-hit games (Sept. 5 vs. Los Angeles-AL) and it was his first of three two-homer games (July 4 vs. Minnesota and Aug. 5 at Chicago-NL)…now
has seven career four-hit games and six two-homer contests…was named AL Player of the Week for the week of June 3-9 after going 13-for-31 (.419) with seven runs, two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and three walks…it was the first weekly award of his career…hit his 10th home run of the season June 15 to become the first Athletic to reach double figures in home runs in five consecutive seasons since Mark Ellis from 2005-09…is the 18th player in Oakland history with five or more 10-homer seasons…hit .194 over a 14-game stretch from June 21 to July 6…tied for fourth in the AL in hits in June (35)…was 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI July 4 against Minnesota…one of the home runs was a grand slam, the fourth of his career…went 16-for-42 (.381) with seven multiple-hit games over an 11-game stretch from July 26 to Aug. 7…ranked third in the AL in runs in July (23)…was batting .269 with 19 home runs, 65 RBI and an .820 OPS
over his first 122 games through Aug. 15…then hit .331 with 14 home runs, 36 RBI and a 1.107 OPS over his final 40 games beginning Aug. 16…led the majors in RBI and extra base hits (29) over that span…led the AL in runs (36), tied for the lead in doubles (13), ranked second in home runs and OPS and third in hits (54) and slugging percentage (.693)…had a career-high seven RBI Aug. 26 at Kansas City, which were the most RBI by an A's leadoff hitter since RBI became an official statistic in 1920…joins Miguel Tejada as the only shortstops in Athletics history with seven or more RBI in a game (Tejada had eight on June 30, 2001)…hit his 100th career home run Aug. 30 at New York (AL), a solo shot in the ninth inning of Nestor Cortes, Jr.…batted .282 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 26 games in August…the home runs were his most ever in a month and the RBI matched his most (Sept. 2018)…then hit .347 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games in September…it was the first time he hit .300 or better in a month in his career…led the majors in runs in September (25)…tied for the AL lead in extra base hits (18), tied for second in doubles (9) and walks (16), ranked fourth in OPS (1.134) and on-base percentage (.441) and tied for fourth in hits (35)…went 4-for-4 with a hit by pitch Sept .5 against Los Angeles (AL), which marked the second time he reached base five times in a game in his career (4-for-5 with a walk on April 8, 2014 with Chicago-AL vs. Colorado)…that started a 19-game stretch where he hit .405 with nine doubles, a triple, six home runs and 16 RBI…went 3-for-3 with three walks Sept. 21 against Texas
to become the first Athletic with three hits and three walks in a nine-inning game since Jimmie Foxx on July 13, 1935 against Detroit started at shortstop in the AL Wild Card Game against Tampa Bay on Oct. 2 and went 1-for-5 with the A's only run.
Batted .255 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI in 159 games…had career highs in at bats (632), runs (89), hits (161), doubles (35), walks (61), stolen bases (14) and sacrifice flies (7) and matched his high in games…his .388 slugging percentage and .706 OPS were his lowest in four seasons in an Oakland uniform…had his fourth consecutive season with 10 or more home runs and 10 or more stolen bases…is one of nine Major Leaguers with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in each of the last four seasons…now has 67 career home runs with Oakland, which is fourth most in Athletics history by a shortstop and fifth most by a Major League shortstop over the last four years…his 632 at bats tied for second in the American League and were fifth most in Oakland history…ranked second in the AL in games played, tied for seventh in sacrifice flies and tied for 10th in singles (109)…led the A's in at bats, hits and stolen bases and tied for the lead in sacrifice flies and sacrifice hits (2)…hit .257 with eight home run in 436 at bats against right-handed pitchers, .250 with seven home runs in 196 at bats against left-handers…slugged 11 of his 15 home runs against AL West competition, including five against Los Angeles…batted .429 with four home runs, 14 RBI and a .730 slugging percentage when putting the first pitch in play…hit .219 against a pitcher the first time he saw him in a game, .291 the second time and .336 after that…his career splits are .234, .259 and .288…led ML shortstops in total chances (676), assists (458) and innings (1423.2) but tied for the second most errors (20)…topped AL shortstops in games (159) and games started (158), ranked second in putouts (198) and was third in double plays (79)…now has 555 games played at shortstop in an A's uniform, which is fifth most in Oakland history and 10th most in Athletics history…made a team-leading 69 starts batting leadoff and hit .243 with a .311 on-base percentage…averaged 42.13 at bats per home runs, which was a career low…his average of 5.37 plate appearances per strikeout was the best mark of his career.
OAKLAND: Made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start at shortstop for the A's on March 29 against Los Angeles (AL) and went 3-for-5…that included his first career walk-off RBI, a single in the 11th inning…it was the fourth Opening Day walk-off in Oakland history (1972, 1982 and 1984), but he was the first Athletic with walk-off hit in an opener since Bing Miller had a walk-off single on April 17, 1934 in a 6-5 win over the Yankees…had a career-high tying nine-game hitting streak from April 2-11 (third time)…went 10-for-39 (.256) during the streak…hit .311 with 19 runs scored over a 14-game stretch from April 11 to 27…played in the 500th game of his career April 15 at Seattle…was hitting .268 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 55 games when he was placed on the paternity list May 30…missed two games and was reinstated June 1…hit .209 with two home runs and seven RBI over his first 33 games following his return…had a career-high tying 0-for-17 streak from June 2-6 (also Sept. 29, 2013-April 3, 2014)…singled in the second inning June 7 against Kansas City for his 500th career hit…his eighth inning double on July 10 at Houston was the 100th double of his career…went 16 consecutive games without an extra base hit from June 22 to July 9, which matched the longest such streak of his career (May 6-Sept. 9, 2014)…had a 23-game errorless streak from June 24 to July 23, which fell one short of his career high (24, Aug. 3-31, 2016)…missed his final game of the season on June 27 at Detroit…started each of the A's final 81 games at shortstop beginning June 28…hit .319 over a 34-game span from July 10 to Aug. 20…stole a base in three consecutive games for the first time in his career, July 12-14…tied for the AL lead with nine doubles in July…hit .283 with no home runs in 25 games in July and then batted .282 with four home runs in 27 games in August…had his third career two-homer game Aug. 11 at Los Angeles-AL (also May 10, 2015 at Seattle and April 12, 2016 vs. Los Angeles-AL)…the second home run was the 8000th in Oakland history…the first snapped a 43-game homerless streak, which was the second longest of his career (45, May 13-July 1, 2015)… also made his 19th error of the season that day against the Angels…then committed just one error over his final 45 games (.995 fielding percentage), including none over his final 22 games beginning Sept. 5…led off the game with a home run for the second time in his career Aug. 14 against Seattle (also Sept. 26, 2017 vs. Seattle)…both have come off James Paxton…hit .205 over his final 34 games beginning Aug. 24 but had 24 RBI over that span…had a career-high five RBI Sept. 20 against Los Angeles (AL) and drove in 14 runs over an eight-game stretch from Sept. 20 to 28…homered three times over a five-game stretch from Sept. 22 to 26…had 21 RBI in 26 games in September…the RBI tied for third in the AL and were his most ever in a month…started at shortstop in the Wild Card game on Oct. 3 at New York and went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Batted .249 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 85 games in a season shortened by a stint on the disabled list from April 15 to July 5…missed 74 games while on the DL after playing in all but 10 games over the previous two seasons…had career highs in stolen bases (12) and on-base percentage (.325)…went 12-for-13 (92.3%) in stolen base attempts and has stolen 10 or more bases in each of his three seasons with Oakland…is 38-for-48 (79.2%) in stolen base attempts in his career…reached double figures in home runs for the third consecutive season and now has 52 career home runs with the A's, which are fifth most in Athletics history by a shortstop…they are fourth most by a Major League shortstop over the last three years…his average increased each of his first three months as he hit .171 in April, .262 in July and .283 in August…then hit .232 in September…batted .258 (63-for-244) against right-handed pitching compared to .224 (22-for-98) against left-handers…entered the season with a .229 career average against righties compared to .288 against lefties…with 3-for-9 (.333) with a walk and two home runs with the bases loaded…tied for third in the American League in grand slams…was 7-for-38 (.184) with the bases full entering the season…all 85 of his games were starts at shortstop and he made nine errors for a .976 fielding percentage…that is his best mark in his three seasons with the A's…has 391 games played at shortstop in his three seasons with the A's, which is already ninth most in Oakland history…made a team-leading 47 starts batting second in the order…also started 33 games in the leadoff spot, four in the nine spot and one batting eighth. OAKLAND: Made his third consecutive Opening Day start at shortstop for Oakland on April 3 against Los Angeles (AL)…also started at second base for the White Sox in 2014 and is 1-for-12 (.083) with a run, RBI and three walks in four career openers…matched his career high with two stolen bases April 8 at Texas…was 6-for-35 (.171) with 10 walks (.370 on-base percentage) in 11 games before he was placed on the disabled list April 16 retroactive to April 15 with a right wrist contusion…it was his first career stint on the DL…was later diagnosed with a fractured scaphoid bone and had surgery to insert a screw into the bone April 18…the surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles…began a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton June 23 and went 6-for-17 (.353) with five RBI in five games with the Ports before he was transferred to Triple-A Nashville July 2…went 4-for-14 (.286) with three RBI in three games with the Sounds and combined to hit .323 with six runs, three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI a walk and three strikeouts on an eight-game rehab assignment…started five games at shortstop and three at designated hitter…was reinstated from the DL July 6 and batted .257 with all 10 of his home runs over his final 74 games…hit .132 with five walks over his first 10 games following his return…then had his fifth career four-hit game July 21 when he went 4-for-5 at New York (NL)…batted .370 with three home runs and 10 RBI over his final 11 games of July…hit his second career grand slam and a career-high tying four RBI July 31 against San Francisco…batted safely in a season-best eight consecutive games from Aug. 9 to 16 (11-for-31, .355)…had a 23-game errorless streak from Aug. 19 to Sept. 15…had his second two-steal game of the season and the fourth of his career Aug. 27 against Texas…hit his second grand slam of the season and the third of his career Sept. 8 against Houston…the four RBI in the game matched his career high (sixth time)… matched his season-high with an eight-game hitting streak from Sept. 17-26…went 11-for-34 (.324) with three home runs and six RBI during the streak…led off the game with a home run for the first time in his career, Sept. 26 against Seattle.
Played in all but three games and batted .238 with 27 home runs and 75 RBI in 159 games…is the fifth shortstop in Athletics history to hit 20 home runs (Miguel Tejada five times, Eddie Joost twice, Bobby Crosby and Bert Campaneris once) and his 27 home runs tied for fourth in Athletics history by a shortstop…they were the most since Miguel Tejada had 27 in 2003…tied Trevor Story (COL) for the most home runs in the majors by a shortstop…they were second most in the American League over the last 12 years (30, J.J. Hardy, Baltimore in 2011)…has 42 home runs over the last two years, which are the most in the majors by a shortstop…his 75 RBI ranked fifth among AL shortstops and sixth in Oakland history…led the A's with 51 walks, which were the fewest by a team-leader in Oakland history (previous: 53, Mitchell Page in 1978)…also topped the club in games and at bats (568)…had career highs in games, at bats, runs (72), doubles (27), home runs, RBI, walks, strikeouts (139), slugging percentage (.435), OPS (.735) and extra base hits (56)…tied for eighth in the AL in games played (159) and the only games he missed were for the birth of his son, Isaiah…was successful in 10-of-12 (83.3%) stolen base attempts…committed 21 errors, which tied Ketel Marte (SEA) for the Major League lead among shortstops, after setting an Athletics record with a ML leading 35 errors in 2015…is the first player to lead ML shortstops in errors in consecutive seasons since Starlin Castro (2011-13) but is the first AL shortstop to do it since Angel Berroa (2003-04)…also led ML shortstops in double plays (109), total chances (733), putouts (235) and assists (477) and ranked second in games (159)…the 109 double plays ranked fourth most in Oakland history by a shortstop…has 311 games played at shortstop in two seasons with the A's, which is already tied for ninth most in Oakland history…hit .257 (38-for-148) with 11 home runs against left-handed pitching (13.45 at bats per home run) compared to .231 (97-for-420) with 16 home runs against right-handers (26.25 at bats per home run)…slugged .514 against lefties, .407 against righties…tied for fourth in the AL in home runs against lefties and had the fifth lowest batting average against righties…his career splits are .288 (115-for-400) with 20 home runs a .493 slugging percentage against lefties, .229 (235-for-1024) with 30 home runs and a .380 slugging percentage against righties…batted .286 with runners on base compared to .205 with the bases empty…hit .290 with runners in scoring position but was 1-for-9 (.111) with the bases loaded…is 7-for-38 (.184) in his career with the bases full…hit .188 with a .229 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…the on-base percentage was third lowest in the AL…slugged nine home runs batting ninth, which tied for the Major League lead (Chirinos, TEX) and tied the Athletics franchise record (Hernandez, 2000)…hit seven home runs in the eighth inning, which tied the Oakland record (McGwire, 1992; Canseco, 1997) and tied for second in the majors…tied for sixth in the AL in home runs in the seventh inning or later (12) and tied for seventh in home runs with two strikes (13)…started games at every spot in the order except clean-up…led the A's with 51 starts batting seventh and 31 batting ninth… tied for third in the AL in reaching base on an error (8), had the ninth lowest percentage of swings at the first pitch (17.7%) and ranked 10th in most pitches per plate appearance (4.16).
Batted .257 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI in a team-leading 155 games in his first full season in the majors…started the year strong and finished strong but struggled in between…hit .314 with six home runs and 15 RBI over his first 40 games through May 18, .195 with two home runs and seven RBI over a 63-game stretch from May 19 to July 31, and .283 with seven home runs and 23 RBI over his final 52 contests…committed a Major League leading 35 errors to set an Oakland record for errors in a season… broke the previous mark of 34 set by Bert Campaneris in 1968…the errors were the most by an Athletic since Campaneris had 35 with the Kansas City A's in 1965 and they were the most by an A's shortstop since Dick Howser had 38 in 1961…they were the most by a Major League shortstop since Jose Valentin had 36 with Chicago (AL) in 2000…had a .947 fielding percentage, which was the lowest by an A's shortstop since Campaneris had a mark of .938 in 1965 and the lowest by an American League shortstop since Mike Caruso fielded .944 with Chicago in 1998…committed 28 errors in 89 games at shortstop before the All-Star Break but just seven in 63 games after the break…batted .329 (50-for-152) against left-handed pitching compared to .230 (93-for-404) against right-handers…his average against lefties ranked seventh in the AL…has a .306 (77-for-252) career average against lefties, .228 (138-for-604) against righties…tied for second among AL shortstops with 15 home runs (Correa, HOU 22)…tied for fourth in the AL with six home runs batting ninth…hit 13 of his 15 home runs during the day, 10 on the road and 10 with the bases empty…had a .208 batting average with runners in scoring position and was 4-for-23 (.174) with the bases loaded…batted .294 with 10 of his 15 home runs against AL West competition, .223 against everyone else…ranked second in the AL in highest line drive percentage (29.6%), sixth in most at bats per RBI (12.36) and tied for seventh in stolen bases off a left-handed pitcher (6)… was 6-for-7 (85.7%) in stolen base attempts against lefties, 5-for-9 (55.6%) against righties…appeared exclusively at shortstop on defense where he played in 152 games, including 147 starts…ranked third among AL shortstops in double plays (99) and fourth in total chances (656)…also went 3-for-7 (.429) with a double, triple and walk as a pinch hitter…is now 6-for-10 (.600) with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and two walks in the pinch in his career…led the A's with 50 starts batting ninth and 43 starts hitting eighth…hit in every spot in the order except third, fourth and fifth.
Made his first Opening Day roster with the White Sox and batted .234 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games over two stints with Chicago…had a .218 batting average, three home runs and 18 RBI in 43 games when he was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte June 1…hit .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 83 games with the Knights before returning to Chicago Sept. 2…batted .273 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 21 games September games with the Sox…struck out 70 times in 255 plate appearances overall, an average of 3.64 plate appearances per strikeout…hit .271 (23-for-85) with three home runs against left-handed pitching compared to .212 (31-for-146) with three home runs against right-handers…batted .304 with three of his six home runs with runners on base, .187 with the bases empty…had a .333 batting average with runners in scoring position and is a .329 (23-for-70) career hitter with RISP…went 2-for-5 (.400) with a triple, home run, two walks and nine RBI with the bases loaded…slammed four of his six home runs at home and six of his eight career home runs have come at U.S. Cellular Field…four were go-ahead shots in the sixth inning or later, which tied for the second most in the American League and tied for sixth most in the majors…hit .281 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 23 day games, .204 with one home run and 12 RBI in 41 contests at night…had a .323 batting average in 10 interleague games… was 7-for-13 (.538) when putting the first pitch in play and is 10-for-16 (.625) in his career…batted .180 when leading off an inning…started 31 games at third base, 25 at second base and one at shortstop… committed 10 errors as a third baseman for a .896 fielding percentage, and four at shortstop for a .970 fielding percentage…did not make an error in three games overall at shortstop…went 3-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI in four pinch hitting appearances…started games at every spot in the order except third, fourth and fifth and saw his most playing time with 27 starts batting second…hit .368 with eight RBI in four games batting leadoff.
CHICAGO: Was the White Sox Opening Day starter at second base March 31 against Minnesota and went 0-for-4…went 0-for-6 the next game but then connected on the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning against the Twins April 3 for his first hit of the season…it snapped a career-high 0-for-17 streak dating back to 2013…it also started a career-high seven-game hitting streak from April 3 to 9 (10-for- 31, .323)…had a career-high four hits April 8 at Colorado…joined Avisail Garcia (also four hits) as the first Sox teammates, 23 or younger, to collect four hits in the same game since Harold Baines and Harry Chappas on April 20, 1980 at Baltimore (Source: Stats, Inc.)…hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning April 13 vs. Cleveland, his second such homer of 2014…the last White Sox to hit two go-ahead homers in the eighth inning or later over the first 13 games of a season was Dick Allen in 1972 (source: Elias)…started in the leadoff spot April 20 at Texas and had his second career four-hit game while driving in a career-high four runs…matched his career high for RBI three games later at Detroit April23 when he hit his first career grand slam, a game-winning shot in the seventh inning off Ian Krol in the Sox 6-4 win…hit the game-winning, RBI double in the 12th inning May 5 at Chicago (NL)…was optioned to Charlotte June 1 when Jose Abreu was reinstated from the disabled list but returned Sept. 2 when the Knights season concluded…hit the game-winning, solo home run in the sixth inning Sept. 11 against Oakland…became the first White Sox number nine hitter to homer in a 1-0 win since Early Wynn on May 1, 1959 against Boston…had the game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning off David Price Sept. 23 at Detroit.
CHARLOTTE: Had a .502 slugging percentage with Charlotte, which was his best as a minor leaguer… joined the Knights June 2 and from that point through the end of the season, he led the International League in walks (53)…also ranked second in extra base hits (38) and tied for second in runs (152)…batted .321 (25-for-78) against left-handed pitching compared to .249 (56-for-225) against right-handers… hit 10 of his 15 home runs at home…10 were solo shots and seven came in the first inning…his average improved each month as he hit .188 in June, .286 in July and .326 in August…added 23 walks in 28 games in August for a .463 on-base percentage…appeared in 42 games at shortstop, 17 at third base, 11 in left field, eight at second base and seven at designated hitter…committed six errors, including five as a shortstop (.973 fielding percentage) and one as a third baseman (.981)…batted .327 as a shortstop, .212 at all other positions…saw his most action with 45 games from the three spot in the order…batted .183 over his first 30 games through July 4…then went 21-for-57 (.368) over a 14-game stretch from July 5 to 21 to boost his average to .247…homered in three consecutive games around the All-Star Break from July 12 to 17…reached base safely in 24 consecutive games from Aug. 5 to 30…hit .370 with a .500 on-base percentage over that stretch…had a season-best eight-game hitting streak from Aug. 18 to 25… went 15-for-30 (.500) with three home runs and seven RBI during the streak…homered in three straight games a second time, Aug. 22-24 against Norfolk.
Was named to Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Team and tabbed by the same publication as the Best Defensive Second Baseman and possessing the Best Strike-Zone Judgement in the SL … was honored as Southern League Most Valuable Player and Best Utility Player … appeared in 17 games at third base, three at shortstop and three at second with the White Sox … his contract was purchased from Charlotte on 9/3 … went 2-4 with a RBI as the starting third baseman in his major-league debut on 9/4 at New York-AL … connected on his first career homer on 9/23 vs. Toronto (two-run shot off J.A. Happ) … combined to hit .284 (147-518) with 32 doubles, six triples, 19 homers, 66 RBI, 24 stolen bases and 110 runs scored in 137 games between Birmingham and Charlotte … led the minors in runs scored and ranked sixth in walks (98) … played 73 games at shortstop, 41 at second base and 23 at third … ranked among the SL leaders in on-base percentage (1st, .420), runs scored (1st, 90), walks (T2nd, 84), slugging percentage (T2nd, .483) and average (T3rd, .290) … tied for second among Sox farmhands in homers … was named to the SL mid and postseason All-Star Teams … earned SL Player of the Week honors for 7/22-28 … reached base safely in 26 consecutive games from 6/29-7/28, the third-longest streak in the SL … went 19-36 (.528) with five homers, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored over his final 10 games with the Barons … appeared in 21 games with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League … played for the West in the AFL Fall Stars Game … entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 14 Prospect in the Sox system.
Ranked among Carolina League leaders in extra-base hits (2nd, 50), runs (3rd, 80), walks (5th, 55) and slugging percentage (5th, .471) at Class A Winston-Salem … ranked among organizational leaders in doubles (3rd, 31), extra-base hits (T4th), runs scored (5th), total bases (7th, 197), slugging percentage (7th) and home runs (T8th, 14) … appeared in 80 games at shortstop and 24 at second base … hit safely in a league-best 17 consecutive road games from 4/10-5/12 … recorded an 18-game hitting streak from 4/23-5/12, the third-longest in the CL … reached base safely in 28 straight games from 7/16-8/22, tied for the third-longest streak in the CL.
Made his pro debut with Class A Kannapolis … recommended/signed by Adam Virchis (White Sox).