Graduated from Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit High School in 2002, the same high school to produce manager Lou Piniella, Brad Radke, Jason Michaels and Dave Magadan...lettered all four years in both baseball and football and was recruited by Duke and Stanford for football...Jesuit retired his No. 3 in football...was named first team All-State in baseball and football his junior and senior seasons... played college baseball for Florida State and started all 202 games during his career, and is the only player in FSU history to steal 100 bases over his time there...compiled a 40-game hitting streak at FSU in 2005 (T11th all-time NCAA), snapping J.D. Drew's school record of 34 - Florida's House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing the streak...that same year led the NCAA in runs scored (96) and was the first player in school history to have 100 hits and steal 40 bases in the same season...named 2005 National Player of the Year...played for Team USA in 2005...resides in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife, Jessica, and their daughter, Tinley Anne (4/26/12).
Spent his first full season at the Major League level aside from injury rehab stint at Springfield (AA) during his stay on the disabled list (7/31-8/15) for a right shoulder strain... Played in 99 games, starting 30 (5 LF, 21 CF, 4 RF). Posted an RBI in each of his last four games started... Had five multi-hit games with two three-hit games, tying his career-best... Stole a season-best five bases, while tying his season-high of 16 RBI and 22 runs... Went 5-for-18 (.278) as a pinch-hitter. The 5 PHs were T2nd-most on the team (Matt Adams, 11)... Homered twice in the span of a week with solo home runs vs. ARI (6/4) and at NYM (6/11)... Hit his first MLB triple (7/24 vs. PHI).
Rookie OF began the season on the Major League roster and spent the majority of his season with St. Louis. Made 29 starts (CF-27, RF-1, LF-1). Led all MLB rookies with 11 pinch-hits (T9th among all National League players). Led the team with 48 pinch at-bats. Was optioned 5/12 (Berkman activated) butrecalled three days later(5/15, Jay DL). Remained on the roster until an option on 7/13 to Memphis (AAA), before a final recall on 8/3. Had one of his best offensive games 6/7 at HOU, going 3-4 with HR &2 RBI. Went 2-4 with game-winning RBI(1st of his career) 7/1 vs.PIT. Batted .300 BA(21-70) with 5 steals in 18 games while at Triple-A. 2012 POSTSEASON: Played in his first Major League postseason...appeared in 10 games with nine plate apps.(pinch ran)....went 0-6 as a pinch hitter, with one pinch walk and appeared in the field three times (two in LF,once in RF) ... walked & scored in pinch AB during Division Series Game 5 at Washington...had RBI groundout in League Championship Series Game 3 vs. San Francisco.
Started the season at Memphis (AAA) before a fractured cheek bone, suffered in an outfield collision with Andrew Brown just six games into the season, sidelined him for nearly three months (4/17-7/14). Finished the season in St. Louis following his purchase on 9/2. ... Played nine games at the Major League level recording seven at-bats while filling in defensively at all three outfield positions. ... In 56 total minor league games, batted .309 (68-220) with 7 HR and 31 RBI and was 9-of-10 in stolen base attempts. ... Despite playing in only 43 games at Memphis, ranked third on the team in triples (3) and stolen bases (9). ... Rehabbed for six games with the Gulf Coast Cardinals (R) from 7/6-13 before getting recalled to Springfield (AA). ... Batted .484 (15-31) in seven games in Springfield (AA), recording a hit in each game and going 5-for-5 with his first career multi-HR game vs. Tulsa (7/20). ... Hit walk-off grand slam vs. Iowa (8/1) off Scott Maine with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. It was his second multi-HR game during the season and second in 12 days. The grand slam was his second career. ... Committed one error in 120 total chances for a .992 fielding percentage.
Played 26 games, starting 25 in centerfield at Memphis (AAA), before dislocating his left-shoulder on 5/8 sidelining him for therest of the season. ... Batted .476 (10-21, 2 HR, 12 RBI) with runners in scoring position and .500 (6-12) w/RISP and 2 outs. ... Committed one error in 66 total chances for a .985 fielding percentage, while registering one outfield assist. ... Smacked left-handed pitchers at a .458 clip (11-24). ... Knocked in a run in seven of his last nine games before season-ending surgery on his left shoulder (5/8). ... Rated as the "Best Defensive Outfielder" in the Cardinals organization for the second consecutive season by Baseball America
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Started the season in Memphis (AAA), but was called up on 5/7 vs. PIT making his Major League debut for 11 games beforegetting optioned back to Memphis on 5/20. Batted .240 (6-25) while playing mostly in right and center field...Recorded first ML hit, a pinch-hit double, off Jared Burton at CIN (5/10)...Went 2-for-4 with first ML stolen base vs. MIL (5/16), culminating a five-game hitting streak (6-16, .375) from 5/10-16...Played in100 games at Memphis, starting 96 in center field. Missed time from 4/28 to 5/5 with a cyst on his right shin...Tied for team lead with eight sac hits, third in stolen bases (16), fourth in doubles (18) and fifth in runs (46) and hits (82)...Totaled second-best RBI mark knocking home five runs at SLC (8/6) including first pro grand slam off Francisco Rodriguez...Recorded the ninth best average (.333, 7-21) in the AAA playoffs, including hits in six of seven playoff games...Has only had one period of his career (4 games from 7/22-8/17/08...including injury time) in which he went more than threegames without a hit...Listed as "Best Defensive Outfielder" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey.
Played in 105 games between Springfield (AA) andMemphis (AAA)...named Cardinals organizational Player of theMonth for April (.410 avg, 32-78)...honored as Texas LeaguePlayer-of-the-Week (5/5-11) batting .652 (15-23) with four doubles...selected to the Texas League All-Star Game but did not appeardue to recall to Memphis...placed on the D.L. from 7/25 to 8/15with a strained right oblique...went without a hit for six games(7/18-8/17), the first time in his career without a hit for more thana three-game stretch...appeared in 26 games for the PeoriaSaguaros of the Arizona Fall League and batted .280 (30-107)while leading the team in runs (27) and at-bats (107)...had two HRsand 24 RBI...tied for 3rd in the AFL with eight stolen bases.
Foot injury limited him to 47 games between Palm Beach (A) and a rehab stint at Gulf Coast ... recorded hits in 35 of 43 games at Palm Beach ... was third on the squad w/14 stolen bases.
Played in 63 games at Quad Cities (A) following the draft ... recorded hits in 47 of 63 games ... put together a Midwest League best 21-game hitting streak from 7/2-26 (32-86, .372) ... only committed one error in 146 TC to lead outfielders (.993) and finished second on the team with five outfield assists.