Graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Marietta, GA...as a senior in 2015 hit .415 with eight HR and 25 RBI...committed to Georgia Tech but signed with the Reds...participated in the 2019 Reds Caravan...follow on Twitter @Tyler_Step22.
Was one of five Reds players to make Major League debuts (OF Shogo Akiyama, RHP Tejay Antone, OF Mark Payton, SS Jose Garcia)... Produced an OPS of 1.047 in eight apps and four starts during two stints with the Reds (2gs at C, 2gs at DH)... Spent three days on the active roster from 7/26-7/28, when 2B Mike Moustakas was on the injured list, and in his Major League debut made an appearance as a defensive replacement on 7/27 vs Cubs...from 9/8-9/22 went 3-for-15 in seven apps and four starts... Had four stints on the Taxi Squad (3g from 7/31-8/2 at Det, 10g from 8/19-8/27 at KC/StL/Mil, 4g from 9/4-9/6 at Pit, 4g from 9/23-9/27 vs Mil/at Min)...also traveled to the Wild Card Series at Atl as part of the Reds' 40-player Postseason pool but did not appear on the active roster... Made his 2 starts behind the plate in the 8-5 loss on 9/10 at Chi and the 10-5 win on 9/13 at StL...in those starts went 2-for-7 (.286, 2rbi, 1bb, 1r)... Made his last two apps for the Reds on 9/19 vs WSox and 9/22 vs Mil, started as the team's designated hitter...was optioned to the alternate training site on 9/23, when with four games left in the season LHP Wade Miley was reinstated from the 10-day injured list... On 7/27 vs Cubs made his Major League debut, entered the game as a defensive replacement at catcher in the top of the seventh inning and in the bottom of the frame homered in his first career plate appearance (off Duane Underwood Jr.)... Became only the third Reds batter to produce a home run in his first Major League plate appearance, joining pinch hitter Ted Tappe (9/14/50 at Brooklyn) and Clyde Vollmer (5/31/42/g2 vs Pit)... Reached base safely in each of his first three Major League plate apps (HR, single, bases-loaded walk)... In the 8-5 loss on 9/10 at Wrigley Field made his first career start (1-4, 1rbi)...in the bottom of the seventh inning, threw out Billy Hamilton trying to steal second base...through the 2020 season, Hamilton had 305 career stolen bases and had been caught just 71 times. In the 3-1 win in the opener of the 9/14 doubleheader vs Pit, in his fifth Major League appearance, snapped the 1-1 tie with a walk-off HR off Sam Howard...became the first Reds batter with a pinch-hit, game-ending homer since Laynce Nix did it on 5/3/2010 vs NYM off Manny Acosta...became the first Reds player with a walk-off HR within his first five career apps since Drew Stubbs did it in his second game on 8/20/2009 vs SF... At 23 years old, entered spring training as the youngest position player on the Reds' 40-man roster... Entered the season rated by Baseball America the fourth-best prospect in the organization and by MLB. com the seventh-best... Entered the season rated by Baseball America the organization's best minor league hitter for batting average.
In his first season at Class AA was voted the best defensive catcher in the Southern League...Following the season played for Glendale in the prestigious Arizona Fall League (13g, .347, 7 2b, 6rbi, .908ops) and earned a spot on the Fall Stars Game post-season roster...was an AFL Rising Star and recipient of the Dernell Stenson Award, named after the former Reds minor leaguer who died during the 2003 AFL season, for his unselfishness, hard work and leadership...On 11/20 was added to the 40-man roster...Entered the season rated by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline the sixth-best prospect in the organization.
In a career-high 109 apps, at Daytona was a Florida State League All-Star...led Florida State League catchers in fielding percentage (.996)...was rated by Baseball America the 18th-best prospect in Florida State League.
2017: At Class A Dayton was a Midwest League All-Star...was rated by Baseball America the 17th-best prospect in the MWL and by MLB.com (8th) and Baseball America (10th) among the organization's top prospects...2016: Was rated by Baseball America (10th) and MLB.com (10th) among the Reds' top prospects...2015: Following his first pro season was named the Reds' fourth-best prospect by Baseball America and fifth-best by MLB.com.