Single…represented Italy in the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic…played for the World Team in the
2009-11 All-Star Futures Game…attended Istituto Aicardi Agraria in Italy.
Split the season between Seattle, Class AAA Tacoma and Class AAA Norfolk in the Baltimore organization… started the season at Tacoma before being recalled by Seattle on 5/29 … appeared in eight games, including four starts at first base … made his season debut on 5/30 at San Diego (0-1) … recorded his only hit of the season, a double, on 6/9 vs. the Yankees … was optioned to Tacoma on 6/18 and designated for assignment on 6/28 … was traded by the Mariners to Baltimore in exchange for cash considerations on 7/6 … was optioned to Norfolk the same day and finished the season with the Tides … combined to hit .245 (104-425) with 20 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs, 65 RBI and 66 runs scored over 108 games between Tacoma and Norfolk … hit .348 (24-69) with three homers and 31 RBI with RISP and .321 (9-28) with 11 RBI with RISP/two outs with the Rainiers … recorded 18 multihit and 12 multiRBI efforts … homered with five RBI on 7/10 vs. Gwinnett --...appeared in five games with Team Italy at the World Baseball Classic, hitting .235 (4-17).
Appeared in 38 games in two stints withthe Mariners, Opening Day-June 12 &Sept. 4-end of season...made 30 starts(3B-19, LF-6, 1B-5) ... With AAA Tacoma hit .270 (80x296) with39 runs, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 11 homeruns, 30 RBI, 24 walks in 76 games ... Hit his first career grand slam May 23 vs.Texas in the 5th inning...4 RBI were alsocareer-high; Grand Slam marked only11th grand slam by rookie in club historyand first rookie grand salami since MikeCarp in 2011 (9/19/11 at Cleveland) ... Career-high 6-game hitting streak April20-27, hitting .360 (9x25) with 3 runs, 1double, 2 home runs and 4 RBI ... Homered in back-to-back games April 24-25 at Detroit as part of a 6-game hitting streak ... On April 24 became just fourth rookie in club history to record least three hits, hit a homerun and steal a base in the same game...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, joinedRuppert Jones (6/5/77 vs. CLE), Ken Griffey Jr. (4/26/89 vs. TOR) & Bret Boone (9/26/93vs. OAK) as only Mariners rookies to record 3+ hits, hit a HR & steal a base in same game.
Made his Major League debut Sept. 7 at LAA starting at third base...became the first graduate of the Major League Baseball International European Academy to play in the Major Leagues...also the first Italian-born and developed playerto play Major League Baseball, and only the 7th Italian to ever play in MLB (first since Reno Bertoia - 1953-62). One of 18 rookies to appear on Seattle'sroster this season, including one of 12 tomake Major League debut. Recorded first Major League hit Sept. 9vs. Kansas City (2B off Jeff Francis). Hit first Major League home run Sept. 19 at Cleveland (off D. Huff)...first home run by anItalian born player since Aug. 30, 1961 by Reno Bertoia. Homered in consecutive games Sept. 19 (at CLE) and Sept. 20 (at MIN). In 138 games with AAA Tacoma, batted .259 (145x559) with 121 R, 32 2B, 3 3B, 30 HR,104 RBI...named Tacoma's MVP by both the Rainiers and the Mariners. One of 4 minor leaguers to record 100 runs and 100 RBI (non-roster invite Vinnie Catricalaalso on this list)...only player with 100 runs, 100 RBI and 30 home runs...2nd among allminor leaguers in runs scored, T12th in home runs and T14th in extra base hits (65). Set Rainiers franchise record & ranked 1st in PCL with 121 runs scored...also 1st in PCLin at-bats (559) and games played (138), 3rd in extra base hits (65), home runs (30) andtotal bases (273), and 4th in RBI (104). Selected to play on the World Team in the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game.
Made the jump to Double-A appearing in 134 game at West Tenn...hit .281 (141x502) with 78 runs, 37 doubles, 8 triples, 15 home runs and 92 RBI...Named the Mariners West Tenn MVP...also selected as a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star and played in the All-Star Futures Game...Led the Southern League with 92 RBI and 60 extra base hits (tied)...also ranked amongstSL leaders in total bases (2nd, 239), strikeouts (2nd, 145) and doubles (T4th, 37)....Named Southern League Player of the Week for June 7-13 (.391, 9x23, 2 HR, 7 RBI) andJuly 19-25 (.360, 9x25, 3B, 5 HR, 12 RBI)....Played for Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League (.218, 24x110, 6 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI).
Spent season with High Desert (A), setting career-highs in nearly every offensive category...led all minor league players in batting average (.345), while sharing the California League batting title with Colby Clemens...among Mariners farmhands ranked T1st in RBI (104) and 5th in home runs (23)...named California League MVP...named Mariners MinorLeague Player of the Year and High Desert's MVP by the Seattle Mariners...named midseasonand post-season Cal League All-Star...named California League Player of theYear by Topps...hit .405 (67x166) vs. left-handed pitchers, compared to .315 (103x327)vs. righties...hit .333 (49x147) with RISP and .340 (83x2244) with runners on base.
Spent second season with Wisconsin, appearing in a 125 games...recorded a career-high 5 hits (5x5, 3 R, 2 2B), June 14 at Clinton (G#2)...participated in the Mariners Advance Development League.
Spent season with Wisconsin...led the Timber Rattlers in doubles (28), RBI (52), atbats(400), games played (113) and total bases...41% (39x96) of hits went for extra bases(2B-28, 3B-3 and HR-8)...recorded a RBI in 6 consecutive games (8 RBI), May 28-June 2.
Began pro career with Peoria in the Arizona League, hitting safely in 34 of 47 games...finished T4th in the Arizona League in hits (57) and slugging percentage (.500), 5th in extra base hits (22) and T9th in average (.313)...also led team with 13 doubles...promoted toWisconsin (A) on Aug. 24.