Acquired by the Atlanta Braves along witha player to be named later (LHP Tyler Pike,December 9, 2016) from the Seattle Marinersin exchange for RHP Rob Whalen and RHP MaxPovse on November 28, 2016
Split the season between Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi, hitting a combined .201 with eight home runs and a .647 OPS in 99 games ... Began the season with the M-Braves before joining the Stripers on 7/15…Hit .200 (45-for-225) with five home runs in 64 Double-A games ... Finished the season with the Stripers, making his Triple-A debut on 7/16 vs. Indianapolis ... Went 4-for-31 (.129) against Triple-A lefties…Hit .234 (18-for-77) against righties at that level ... Threw out 24 of 84 combined base stealers (28.6%) ... Added to the 40-man roster on 11/2.
Split the season between Single-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi in his first season in the Braves organization…Earned mid-season All-Star honors while with the Fire Frogs…Also named by Baseball America as a High Class-A All-Star...Moved back behind the plate after playing the outfield during his time in Seattle's organization... Caught in high school...Combined to hit .267 (98-for-367) with a career-best 19 home runs and 65 RBI despite missing a month (5/19-6/19) with a left wrist sprain…His 19 home runs were the fourth most by a Braves minor leaguer...Started the year with Florida, and hit .301 (46-for-153) with 10 home runs before injuring his wrist…Missed the All-Star game due to his injury...Made his Double-A debut on 7/30 and spent the remainder of the season with the M-Braves...Caught 16 of a combined 77 (21%) potential base stealers...Played for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League…Named to the AFL All-Prospect team after hitting .263 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 20 games.
Played the full season with Single-A Clinton, where he led the team with 11 home runs ... Named the Mariners No. 1 prospect by Baseball America heading into the season.