Played college baseball at the University of Arizona (2010- 12)... Named PAC-12 Conference Player of the Year (2012) and Defensive Player of the Year (2012)... Helped the Arizona Wildcats to a National Championship in 2012 as the starting shortstop... His father, Carlo, was an All-American shortstop at Pepperdine University. Both his sisters (Bianca & Krystal) played college softball at Long Island University... Cousin of Major League pitcher Marco Estrada, who has played with the Brewers, Nationals and most recently Blue Jays... Graduated from El Camino Real (Calif.) High School... Resides in Sylmar, California.
Was purchased from Memphis (AAA) on June 29 and made his Major League debut at ARI (6/29) in a start at second base... Recorded first MLB hit with an RBI single off Gio Gonzalez vs. WSH (7/1) and later knocked in the game-winning run with a solo home run off Sammy Solis in the 8th inning of a 2-1 win... Played in 29 games, starting 10 (3B-4, SS-3, 2B-3) and also appeared at first base... Made only one error in 49 total Major League chances while turning six double plays... Played in 118 games between Springfield (AA) and Memphis, posting career-highs batting .291 with 7 HR, 57 RBI and 32 doubles while tallying four four-hit games... Committed only one error in 217 total chances at Memphis playing all four infield positions and nine errors in Springfield over 284 chances playing shortstop. Turned 82 double plays and committed 10 errors in 501 total chances (.980 fielding percentage)... Ranked among Cardinals minor league leaders in doubles (32, T2nd), hits (126, 5th) and RBI (57, T8th)... Rated as the "Best Defensive Infielder" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.