Resides in Burrton, KS during the offseason...In 54 games during his freshman season at Hutchinson Community College in 2005, he hit .341 (57x167) with 35 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 26 RBI and 19 stolen bases...Batted .301 (50x166) with 30 runs scored, seven doubles, 12 RBI and 34 stolen bases with Fayetteville in the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2005...Hit .415 (56x135) with 59 runs scored, 10 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 52 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 46 games as a sophomore at Hutchinson Community College in 2006...In 60 games with Brainerd in the Northwoods League during the summer of 2006, he batted .308 (74x240) with 56 runs scored, 13 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 18 RBI and 34 stolen bases...Batted .320 (80x250) with 51 runs scored, 11 doubles, three home runs, 31 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 64 games as a junior at Wichita State University in 2007 to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference honorable mention honors...Saw action with Brainerd in the Northwoods League during the summer of 2007 and he earned all-star honors after hitting .347 (70x202) with 48 runs scored, 13 doubles, seven triples, three home runs, 22 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 53 games...reached base in 52 consecutive games to establish a Northwoods League record...An All-Missouri Valley Conference selection as a senior at Wichita State University in 2008, he hit .388 (97x250) with 84 runs scored, 22 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 62 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 65 games...selected to the First-Team All-American Baseball Coaches Association Midwest All-Region Team and he was tabbed a Third-Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association...Actively participates with Tigers Dreams Come True and the Detroit Tigers Autographed Memorabilia Donation Program, participated in "Tip a Tiger," served as the celebrity judge for the Comerica Bank Grand Slam Grant program, supports Gloves for Kids, and participated in the Tigers Winter Caravan...Recommended/signed by Chris Wimmer for the Tigers.
Completed his second full season at the major league level with the Tigers in 2013, appearing in a career-high 130 games...Established career highs with 60 runs scored, 112 hits, nine home runs, and 37 RBI on the season...Hit his first career grand slam on May 13 versus Houston -- matched a career high with four RBI in the game...Established a season-high six-game hitting streak June 19-26, batting .444 (8x18) during that stretch...Batted .286 (18x63) with 13 runs scored, a home run and five RBI in 21 games during August...Established a career high with five hits and four runs scored on September 6 at Kansas City...Hit his second career pinch-hit home run on September 21 versus the Chicago White Sox...Hit .266 (18x69) with nine runs scored, two doubles, a triple, one home run and seven RBI in 21 games during September...Posted a .234 average (18x77) against lefthanded pitchers...hit .260 (94x361) with righties on the mound...Hit .284 (58x204) at Comerica Park...batted .231 (54x234) on the road...Batted .243 (67x276) with six home runs and 23 RBI in 78 games prior to the All-Star break...batted .278 (45x162) with three home runs and 14 RBI in 53 games after the break...Appeared in three games in the postseason for the Tigers.
Completed his first full season at the major league level with the Tigers in 2012, hitting .322 in 88 games. ... Equaled a career high with four hits on May 10 at Oakland. ... Batted .343 (35x102) with eight doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in 27 games during May -- sixth in the American
League with a .343 batting average during the month, while he tied for eighth with 35 hits. ... Sidelined May 31-August 3 with right achilles tendinitis. ... Assigned to Triple A Toledo on an injury rehabilitation assignment on July 22 -- hit .216 (8x37) with a double, two home
runs and five RBI in 10 games with Toledo. ... Hit .341 (29x85) with seven doubles, a triple, home run and 11 RBI in 25 games during August -- finished 10th in the American League with a .341 batting average during the month. ... Hit .417 (20x48) over his final 13 games of the season September 19-October 3. ... Batted .347 (52x150) in 43 games at home...hit .299 (49x164) in 45 games on the road. ... Hit .328 (44x134) in 37 games prior to the all-star break...batted .317 (57x180) in 51 games following the all-star break. ... Batted .336 (81x241) versus righthanded pitchers...hit .274 (20x73) with lefties on the mound. ... Hit .321 (25x78) with runners in scoring position. ... Matched a club record for hits during an American League Championship Series game as he finished with three hits in
Game Four on October 18 versus the New York Yankees.
Saw his first action at the major league level in 2011, playing in 78 games during two separate stints with the Tigers...Assigned to Triple A Toledo to begin the season -- connected for a season-high two home runs with the Mud Hens on
April 18 at Columbus...equaled the high with two home runs on April 23 versus Louisville...Tabbed the International League Player of the Week for April 25-May 1 -- batted .433 (13x30) with three doubles, a
home run and five RBI in seven games during the week...Selected the Tigers Minor League Player of the Month for April after hitting .330 (30x91) with six doubles, a triple, six
home runs and 15 RBI in 24 games...Had his contract purchased from Toledo by the Tigers on May 13 -- tied for second in the International League with 43
hits at the time of his promotion, while he was tied for third with 25 runs scored and 10 stolen bases and tied for
seventh with a .328 batting average...Made his major league debut on May 16 versus Toronto, starting in left field -- collected his first major league hit, a
single to left field in the fifth inning off Kyle Drabek...Belted his first major league home run on May 23 versus Tampa Bay, a solo shot off Jeremy Hellickson...Homered in three straight games June 28-30, becoming the first Tigers rookie to hit a home run in three straight games
since Jeff Larish did so in May of 2009...Established a career high with four hits on August 12 at Baltimore...Optioned to Toledo by the Tigers on August 19 -- hit .308 (8x26) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in seven
games with the Mud Hens before he was recalled by the Tigers for the remainder of the season on September 1...Collected a career-high four RBI on September 4 versus the Chicago White Sox...Batted .323 (10x31) versus lefthanded pitchers...hit .239 (45x188) with righties on the mound...Hit .290 (18x62) with runners in scoring position...Saw action in 16 games with Este in the Dominican Winter League following the season, batting .262 (17x65) with four
doubles, two triples and four RBI.
Combined to hit .296 (141x476) with 78 runs scored, 30 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, 63 RBI and 22 stolen
bases in 120 games between Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo during the 2010 season to earn Tigers Minor League
Player of the Year honors...named Erie's Player of the Year...Assigned to Erie to begin the season -- selected to the Eastern League's mid-season all-star squad...Led all Eastern League outfielders with 16 assists, while he tied for the lead with five double plays...Collected a season-high four hits on June 4 at Bowie -- equaled the high with four hits on June 23 versus Trenton...Hit .333 (37x111) with six doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI in 27 games during June...Had his contract transferred from Erie to Toledo on August 3...Sidelined August 20-30 with a right hamstring strain...Named the 11th-best prospect and best defensive outfielder in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball
America...Saw action in 46 games with Este in the Dominican Winter League following the season, hitting .315 (52x165) with 27
runs scored, seven doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 26 RBI and 10 stolen bases -- led the league with seven
triples, while he finished second with 88 total bases, tied for second 52 hits, finished third with a .315 batting average
and .533 slugging percentage, tied for third with 26 RBI, finished fourth with 27 runs scored and tied for fourth with 19
Assigned to Single A Lakeland to open the 2009 season before his contract was transferred to Erie for the remainder of
the season on May 8...Tabbed the Florida State League Player of the Week for May 4-10 after hitting .714 (10x14) with a double and seven
RBI in four games...Compiled a season-best 11-game hitting streak May 26-June 6 with Erie, batting .432 (19x44)...Finished 15th in the Eastern League with a .325 batting average (26x80) in 21 games during May...Collected a season-high four hits on August 14 at Connecticut...Sidelined August 18-27 with a left wrist sprain.
Made his professional debut with Single A West Michigan after being selected by the Tigers in the eighth round of the
June 2008 draft...Sidelined June 24-September 3 with a right hand fracture...Saw action in 10 games with the Gulf Coast League Tigers during an injury rehabilitation assignment August 14-28...Collected a season-best four hits on August 20 at the Gulf Coast League Yankees.