Signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on April 28, 2012...Signed by the New York Yankees' international scouting department...Signed by the Atlanta Braves to a minor league contract on April 7, 2015.
Spent his second season in the Braves organization playing the majority of the year with the Major League club, appearing in 134 games with Atlanta and 19 games with the organization's Triple-A affiliate...Opened the 2016 campaign with Atlanta and batted .260 (27-for-104) with one home run and eight RBI in 28 games before being optioned to Gwinnett (AAA) on 5/6...Played 19 games with Gwinnett from 5/7-25…Collected at least one hit in 18 of his 19 games while batting at a .356 (26-for-73) clip…Eleven of his 26 hits went for extra bases, including four consecutive games with a home run, 5/12-15...Started 17 of his 19 games with GWN in left field...Returned to the Major League club on 5/27 and batted .276 (118-for-428) with 27 doubles, 13 home runs and 57 RBI in the final 106 games...Had a .303 (92-for-304) batting average, a .342 on-base percentage and an .809 OPS over his final 72 games of the season (7/6-10/2)...Had 24 RBI in his last 37 games of the season, 8/21-10/2...Six of his 14 home runs in 2016 and 11 of 24 in his career have either tied the game or given the Braves a lead...Eight of his 24 career home runs have come in the eighth inning or later...Ranked second on the club in two-out RBI with 25…Tied for second in game-winning RBI with nine…Ranked third in extra-base hits (43) and go-ahead RBI (18)...Set a single-game career high with four hits (4-for-5, two doubles) on 7/8 at CWS...Produced a .337 (32-for-95) batting average in 24 July games…Was tied for second in the majors with 10 doubles during the month...Batted .302 (42-for-139) with eight doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI against left-handed pitchers…His batting average was .262 (103-for-393) with 21 doubles, 12 home runs and 49 RBI off righties...Following the season, played in 32 games for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League...Batted 293 (36-for-123) with eight doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI.
Joined the Braves organization after signing as a minor-league free agent on April 7, 2015 and split the season between Gwinnett (AAA) and Atlanta. ... Opened the year with Gwinnett and batted .284 with 17 doubles, three home runs and 47 RBI before having his contract purchased on 5/19 and joining the big-league club. ... Completed his first Major League season playing in 58 games, while batting .277 (53-for-191) with 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 26 RBI and 20 runs scored. ... Made his Major League debut on 5/19 as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning (strikeout). Made a second pinch-hit appearance (walk) on 5/20 prior to being optioned back to GWN on 5/22. ... Selected by the organization as the Gwinnett Braves Player of the Year. ... Ranked second in the International League at the time of his promotion in batting average (.351), hits (47) and doubles (11). ... Stroked his first career home run - a solo shot in the sixth inning on Michael Wacha - 7/26 at STL. ... His second career homer came one day later on 7/27 at BAL. ... Poked a two-run homer (the third of his career) in 8/3's 12th inning vs. SF for his first career game-ending hit (and home run). ... His first three career home runs were all go-ahead homers. According to Elias, the last Braves player to accomplish this feat was Brett Butler, in 1983. ... Belted his first career pinch-home run on 9/12 vs. NYM. ... 20 of his first 50 career hits went for extra bases (12 2B, 8 HR). ... Went 16-for-46 (.348) in his final 17 games of the season. Hit .315 (23-for-73) in 19 games, 8/8-30. ... Was named Gwinnett's Player of the Month for April after hitting .328 (22-for-67) with nine runs, five doubles, one home run and 10 RBI in 18 games. ... In his second stint with Gwinnett (5/22-7/25) batted .259 (47-for-197) in 53 games during that span. ... Following the season, played for Braves' third base coach Eddie Perez for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League. Led the team with a .370 (50-for-135) batting average with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs and 22 RBI in 36 games helping the Club reach postseason play. Batted .308 (8-for-26) with one double and two RBI in six games during the Caribbean Series.
Batted .319 (109-for-342) with 58 runs, 20 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 45 RBI in 86 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization...Tallied three hitting streaks of at-least 10 games, hitting .356 (16-for-45) during an 11-game stretch from 4/9-23 before recording a hit in 17 straight games from 5/3- 20, batting .451 (32-for-71)...Recorded a league-high 21-game hitting streak from 7/17-8/30 and hit .386 (34-for- 88) during that span...Stole a career-best 11 bases in 14 attempts (78.6%)..Following the season, was tabbed an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com...Batted .313 (73-for-233) with 28 runs, seven homers and 41 RBI in 57 games with Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League following the season.
Played in 6 games with the GCL Yankees 1 and 2, batting .278 (5-for-18) with 1HR… joined Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 7/1 and hit safely in 21 of his first 25G (.320, 32-for-100)… overall for the RailRiders, batted .256 (51-for-199) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 3HR, 10RBI and 17R in 50G…stole 4 bases in 8 attempts (50.0%)… following the season, appeared in 53G for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League, batting .325 (75-for-231) with 15 doubles, 1 triple, 8HR, 39RBI and 38R…hit safely in 28 of his final 30G, batting .375 (30-for-80) during a 17-game hitting streak from 11/26-12/18.
Made his professional debut and combined to bat .263 (59-for-224) with 19 doubles, 5HR and 29RBI in 57G with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton… started the season with Tampa, where he batted .236 (25-for-106) with 7 doubles, 1HR and 15 RBI in 29G… was promoted to Trenton on 8/3 and ended the season with the Thunder, registering a .288 (34-for-118) batting average with 12 doubles, 4HR and 14RBI in 28G… following the season, played in 39G with the Indios de Mayaguez of the Puerto Rican Winter League, hitting .292 (45-for-154) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6HR and 26RBI… tied for first in the league in extra-base hits, tied for second in RBI and ranked third in home runs, earning a spot on the PWL Post-Season All-Star roster.