First name is pronounced: Ay-dron...Graduated from Pensacola (Fla.) High School in 2005, where he was primarily a football star...played quarterback and was the Pensacola News-Journal All-Area Offensive Player of the Year producing 2,800 yards of total offense and scoring 25 touchdowns...Went on to attend Mississippi State on a football scholarship as a defensive back...played in five games as a freshman in 2006 and recorded one interception...Transferred to Pensacola State College (JC) to resume his baseball career in 2007... hit .358 with 16 stolen bases before being drafted that season by St. Louis in the 38th round of the June 2007 draft...Signed by Houston to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training on Jan. 17, 2014.
Spent most of the season at Triple A Memphis with two stints with St. Louis...recalled from Aug. 1-15 and again on Sept. 1 as a September call]up...appeared in 25 games, and was 4x25 at the plate...all four of his hits came vs. NL Central opponents...went 1x11 with two walks as a pinch-hitter...hit the game-ending RBI single on Aug. 13 vs. PIT, scoring Jon Jay with one out in the 14th...batted .252 with eight HR, 43 RBI & 16 SB at Triple A Memphis...tallied 22 multi-hit games...had a hot July, batting .354 (29x82) with four HR and 16 RBI.
Spent most of the season at Triple-A Memphis and had two stints with St. Louis. First recalled to St. Louis on 5/18-6/21. Made his first career start on 5/22 vs.SD. Recalled for a second time on 9/4 until the end of the season. Had a season high hit-streak of three games from 6/3-5 (4-9, .444, 3B, 3 RBI), in two starts (6/3-4) and AB off the bench. Made eight starts for St. Louis, six in CF and one each in LF and RF. Went 2-for-13 for STL as a pinch hitter. Had his first career MLB stolen base 9/22 at CHI as pinch runner in the 9th. Also stole a base in his start 10/3 vs. CIN. At Memphis batted .319 with 3 HR and 44 RBI in 96 games. Had 30 multi-hit games, batted .413 with RISP and tied for Memphis' team lead with 51 walks. His 114 hits were 3rd-most on the team. Hit .306 vs. LHP and .324 vs. RHP while at Memphis. Hit over.300 in May (.327), July (.349) and Aug.(.321). 2012 POSTSEASON: Despite spending most of the year again at Triple A, for a second time was addeed to the team's postseason roster for all rounds ... pinch ran and scored in the Wild Card game vs. Atlanta...pinch ran in three games of the Division Series vs. Washington, scoring the tying run in the decisive Game 5 in the top of the 9th ... appeared in four games of the League Championship
Series against San Francisco, twice in the OF(3.0 inn.) and was 0-2 at the plate with a walk.
Spent majority of season at Triple-A Memphis where he was the team's everyday centerfielder. ... Was recalled on 9/6 and made his Major League debut as a pinch-runner in 8th vs. MIL. ... Played in 18 games with St. Louis batting .375 (3-8) with two runs scored and four RBI. Cards were 13-5 in games he appeared. ... First Major League hit was the game-winning single off Michael Schwimer in the 11th inning at PHI (9/16) following an
intentional walk to Albert Pujols. Entered in the 9th as a pinch-runner and remained in the game playing both LF and CF. ... Hit a bases-loaded pinch-hit triple 9/20 vs. NYM. ... Was 2-for-5 (.400) with 3 RBI as a pinch-hitter. Also was 2-for-2 with four RBI when preceded by an intentional walk. ... Pinch-ran for Molina in the 9th on 9/24 vs. CHI and scored the winning run in walk-off fashion on a wild pitch. ... Appeared in 128 games at Memphis, batting .277 (118-426) with five triples and career highs of 10 HR and 19 doubles. ... Batted from the leadoff spot in the majority of his games at Triple-A (44 GS, .256 (46-180, 21 walks). Led Memphis with 22 stolen bases. ... Named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for June batting .333 (28-84) with 6 HR, 16 RBI and 16 runs scored. ... Had two multi-HR games 6/1 vs. Albuquerque and again at Iowa (6/21), the only two multi-HR games of his career.
2011 POSTSEASON: Made appearances in 10 postseason games with five coming in both the NLDS and NLCS ... was 1-3 with two RBI as a pinch-hitter and scored a run as a pinch-runner ... singled in his first postseason at-bat with an RBI pinch-hit single in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the NLDS at PHI ... hit a sacrifice fly as a pinch-hitter in Game 6 of the NLCS vs. MIL (10/16) scoring David Freese ... was added to the World Series roster for Game 7 after a hand injury to OF Matt Holliday.
Played in 112 games between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA). Batted .290 in Memphis and .282 in Springfield...Posted a team best .452 BA (14-31) in Memphis during the month of August...Batted .310 (22-71) with runners in scoring position with 28 RBI and recorded 25 multi-hit games for his entire season...Ranked T10th among Cardinals minor leaguers with 14 SB and T4th with four triples...Batted .328 (22-67, 2 HR, 13 RBI ) in Springfield in June prompting a promotion to Memphis following the Triple-A all-star break, in which he started with a six-game hitting streak...Had nine outfield assists between Springfield and Memphis. His eight OF assists in Springfield ranked T10th in the Texas League...Selected to the Texas League All-Star Game and went 0-for-2 as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement in centerfield...Played in 18 games for the Suprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. Batted .333 (T-14th) with 1 HR, 10 RBI and was a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases ranking second in the league. Hit safely in 14-of-18 games.
Led all of professional baseball (minors and majors) with 16 triples, becoming the first Cardinals minor league since Ray Lankford (1988) to hit 16 triples in a season...named Florida State League player of the week (6/15-21) batting .500 (9-18) with five RBI and all multi-hit games...finished fifth in the FSL in OBP (.370) and 11th in batting (.283)...ranked sixth among Cardinals minor leaguers in runs (66) and hits (127)...registered 41 multihit games including a streak of seven consecutive multi-hit games (6/15-6/24) batting .533 (16-30) with a home run and 7 RBI during that span...played in 122 games at Palm Beach, sixth most in franchise history and led team with 47 walks...tallied 41 multi-hit games...tied for 4th in the FSL with 11 outfield assists.
Played all three outfield positions through 95 games at Quad Cities (A), second most games played on squad...led the team with seven triples and 10 HBP, while ranking second on the team with 56 runs, 13 stolen bases and 33 walks...recorded eight outfield assists...had a nine-game hitting streak from 7/16-28 (11-36, .305)...hit first professional home run off Justin Miller at GLL (7/27).
Played in 36 games at Johnson City (R)...recorded first pro hit,going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and a stolen base vs. BLU (7/10)...batted .349 (15-43) at home.