Following the 2009 season, was rated by Baseball America the best defensive infielder and infielder with the best throwing arm in the Pirates organization...following each of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons was rated the best infielder in the Red Sox organization...in 2007 was a Hawaii Winter Baseball All-Star (32g, .358, 16rbi).
Spent the season with the Tigers' Class AAA affiliate in Toledo...following the season became a free agent and was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract...played for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League (42g, .245, 7 2b, 1 3b, 11rbi, 2sb).
Completed his second season in the Tigers organization in 2012, seeing action in 111 games at Triple A Toledo.
... Collected a season-high four hits on June 21 versus Lehigh Valley -- matched the high with four hits on July 8 at
Louisville ... Compiled a season-best 11-game hitting streak June 26-July 12, batting .421 (16x38).
... Saw action in 17 games with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season, hitting .129 (4x31).
Spent the entire 2011 season with Triple A Toledo after signing with the Tigers organization as a minor league free
agent during the off-season...Seventh in the International League with a .342 batting average (25x73) in 19 games during May...Hit .308 (16x52) in 15 games during June...Compiled a season-best nine-game hitting streak July 9-20, batting .432 (16x37)...Collected a season-high four hits on August 11 versus Louisville...Saw action in 41 games with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season, hitting .252 (28x111)
with five doubles, two triples and 14 RBI.
Assigned to Triple A Indianapolis by Pittsburgh to open the 2010 season before he saw his first major league action in
two separate stints with the Pirates...Compiled a season-high eight-game hitting streak for Indianapolis April 18-May 3, batting .400 (12x30)...Recalled by Pittsburgh from Indianapolis on April 21 -- made his major league debut that night versus Milwaukee as a
pinch-hitter...optioned back to Indianapolis on April 23...Recalled by Pittsburgh from Indianapolis for the remainder of the season on July 31...Singled off Mitchell Boggs as a pinch-hitter on August 1 at St. Louis for his first major league hit...Not tendered a contract by the Pirates for the 2011 season on December 2...Saw action in 21 games with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season, hitting .186 (8x43).
Hit .246 (104-for-423) with 32 RBI in 119 combined games between Portland (Red Sox' AA) and Triple-A Indianapolis
...Established minor league career highs in games and at bats...Made all 76 defensive appearances at shortstop while playing with Portland, where
he began the season...Hit safely in seven of his first nine games (10-for-31, .323)...Went hitless in back-to-back games on 4/25 and 4/28 before
hitting safely in 10 straight games from 4/29 thru 5/11 (15-for-39, .385)...Went 4-for-5 with four RBI on 5/4 at Binghamton...Produced another 10-
game hitting streak from 5/24 thru 6/5, going 14-for-38 (.368) and raising average from .245 to .277...Tallied 12 of his 24 RBI with Portland in 24
games during the month of May...Hit .238 with three RBI in 22 games during the month of June...Was acquired by Pittsburgh on 7/22 and was assigned
to Indianapolis...Made Triple-A debut on 7/23 and went 0-for-2 with a walk vs. Durham...Went hitless in first two games (five at bats) with Indy before
hitting safely in three straight (4-for-9)...Tallied first Triple-A RBI in third game on 7/25 vs. Buffalo...Hit safely in six straight games from 8/26-31,
going 10-for-24 (.417) and raising average from .194 to .238...Made all 43 defensive appearances at shortstop while playing with Indianapolis...Played
winter ball in Venezuela and hit .194 (24-for-124) with five RBI in 47 games with Magallanes.
Split the 2008 season between Single-A Lancaster and Double-A Portland combining
to hit 2 home runs while setting career highs with a .284 (112-for-395) batting average and 52
RBI over 110 games...Has increased his batting average and slugging percentage in each of his 3
professional seasons: .263 /.293 in 2006, .279/.380 in 2007 and .284/.382 in 2008...The righthanded
hitter combined to bat .303 (87-for-287) off righties and .231 (25-for-108) against lefties...Went
4-for-12 (.333) in 5 major league spring training games for Boston...Appeared in 22 games for the
Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League...Participated in the 2009 Red Sox
Rookie Development Program in Boston.
GLOVE WORK: Named the "Best Defensive Infielder" in the Red Sox minor league system for the
3rd consecutive year by Baseball America's annual "Best Tools" survey...Combined on a .953 fielding
percentage (23 E/494 TC) in 108 games at shortstop.
WITH LANCASTER: Began the season with the JetHawks and hit .281 (72-for-256) with 29 RBI in 71
games...Hit just .182 (12-for-66) through his first 17 contests before a season-high 7-game hitting
streak from April 23-May 1 during which he went 8-for-23 (.348)...Batted .314 (22-for-70) in 21
May contests...Tallied 11 multi-hit efforts in 18 games from May 17-June 7, batting at a .380 (27-
for-71) clip to raise his season average from .215 to .281 in that span...Batted .413 (19-for-46) over
his final 13 games with Lancaster to earn a July 17 promotion to Portland...Hit 85 points higher at
home (.328) than on the road (.243)...Was 14-for-43 (.326) when leading off an inning.
WITH PORTLAND: Got his first experience at the Double-A level batting .288 (40-for-139) with 2
homers and 23 RBI in 39 games with the Sea Dogs...Hit safely in 28 of his 36 starts...Went 7-for-37
(.189) with 2 extra-base hits (2 doubles) in his first 11 games with Portland but batted .324 (33-for-
102) with 6 doubles, 2 triples and 2 homers over his final 28 contests...Ranked 10th in the Eastern
League with a .330 (29-for-88) average in the month of August, including 9 multi-hit efforts...
Went 0-for-4 in one post-season game for the Sea Dogs.
Topped all South Atlantic League shortstops with a .952 fielding percentage with Single A Greenville in 2007...Sidelined May 6-26 with a left shoulder strain...Compiled a season-high nine-game hitting streak June 14-26, batting .526 (20x38)...Batted .320 (33x103) with 19 runs scored, eight doubles, a home run and 17 RBI in 24 games during June...Named the 12th-best prospect and best defensive infielder in the Red Sox organization following the season by
Baseball America...Saw action in 32 games with Honolulu in the Hawaii Winter League following the season, batting .358 (38x106) with
17 runs scored, five doubles, two triples and 16 RBI -- second in the league with a .358 batting average...named the
13th-best prospect in the Hawaii Winter League following the season by Baseball America.
Spent the entire 2006 season with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox...Hit .344 (21x61) in 17 games during July...Batted .167 (2x12) in three games during the Gulf Coast League playoffs...Named the best defensive infielder in the Red Sox organization following the season by Baseball America.
Tied for fourth in the Venezuelan Summer League with 37 runs scored for the Venezuelan Summer League Red Sox
during the 2005 season, while he finished fifth with 203 at-bats and 38 walks...Topped all Venezuelan Summer League shortstops with 299 total chances, 94 putouts, 180 assists, 25 errors and 43
double plays...Third in the Venezuelan Summer League with a .439 batting average (18x41) in 11 games during May.
Made his professional debut with the Venezuelan Summer League Red Sox during the 2004 season.
Signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on July 22, 2003.