Originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent on 3/20/08.
Spent the majority of the season with Double-A Bowie and appeared in four games for Triple-A Norfolk ... Notched a season-high four hits on 4/8 at Akron, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI ... Hit safely in six consecutive games from 4/13-22, hitting .435 (10-for-23) with two doubles, and two RBI during the stretch ... In 16 games in April, batted .319 (22-for-69) with six doubles, nine runs scored, seven RBI, and two walks ... Averaged .345 (20-for-58) against left-handed pitchers, and .281 (38-for-135) against righties ... Caught 24.4% (10-of-41) attempted base stealers with Double-A Bowie ... Played in 21 games for the Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican Winter League following the season, hitting .349 (15-for-43) with 14 RBI.
Selected as Triple-A Norfolk's lone International League Mid-Season All-Star...Entered the Triple-A All-Star Game on 7/13 as a reserve in the top of the seventh inning, caught 3.0 innings, and went 0-for-1...Hit .481/.500/.778 (13-for-27) with two doubles, two home runs, six runs scored, and nine RBI in his first seven games of the season from 4/10-21...Registered a season-high four hits twice...Logged a nine-game hitting streak (.389, 14-for-36) from 7/9-8/8...Placed on Norfolk's disabled list, 7/26 (retroactive to 7/23) with a right knee injury...Reinstated from the disabled list on 8/2...Landed on the Tides disabled list on 8/30 with an oblique strain...Batted .318 (21-for-66) against left-handers...Hit .348 (56-for-161) in 41 away games...Batted .318 (28-for-88) with RISP... Posted a .992 fielding percentage and caught 21-of-71 (29.6%) attempted base stealers...Non-roster invitee with the Orioles during Spring Training...Hit .313 (5-for-16) with two home runs, three runs scored, and six RBI in 15 Spring Training games.
Spent first season in the Orioles organization...Posted a .996 fielding percentage in 78 games at catcher (71 starts) for Triple-A Norfolk...Collected a season-high two extra-base hits and three RBI on 6/23 at Columbus...Logged an 11-game hitting streak (.364, 16-for-44) from 8/19-9/1.
Hit a grand slam and notched five RBI in his first game of the season with Triple-A Memphis on 4/5 at Iowa...Hit safely in 10-of-11 April games, batting .386 (17-for-44)...Recorded a seven-game hitting streak (.290, 9-for-31) from 6/18-7/3...Appeared with St. Louis as a pinch-hitter and walked on 7/10 vs. PIT...Hit .313 (20-for-64) vs. left-handers with Memphis.
Appeared at three different levels, including being purchased as a September call-up and making MLB debut 9/15 vs. SEA catching 2.0 innings... Started the season in Springfield (AA) playing in 57 games, before a call-up to Memphis (AAA) in mid-July where he played and started 25 games. Made two appearances in St. Louis, once defensively and another as a pinch-hitter... Batted .210 with 6 HR and 33 RBI over 82 minor league games... Threw out 40.2 percent (31-77) of attempted base stealers between Springfield and Memphis. His 26-of-61 (42.6%) in Springfield helped the Cardinals to the highest caught strealing percentage rate in the Texas League (53-125, 42.4%)... Belted his fifth career minor league grand slam, coming vs. Corpus Christi (7/3) while in Springfield... Recorded an RBI in five consecutive games from 6/28-7/6 totaling 10 during the streak. Finished assignment in Springfield on a six-game hitting streak (6/28-7/7), batting .391 (9-23) with 2 HR and 10 RBI... Hit safely in 16 of his final 20 games in Memphis... Rated as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey.
Appeared in 81 games at Springfield (AA) starting all 81...batted .359 (23-64, 1 HR, 14 RBI) during the month of June...recorded 21 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games...threw out a Texas League best 42.0% (29-69) of attempted base stealers, his highest percentage since the 2008 DSL (44.6), leading Springfield to the highest caught stealing percentage in the Texas League (39.3%)...led Springfield with an 18-game hitting streak (5/30-6/30), the 2nd best in the Texas League, batting .347 (25-72) during the stretch with one home run and 16 RBI...had a 26-game on base streak (5/30-7/16), ranking 3rd best on the Cardinals and 5th-best in the Texas League...hit fourth career minor league grand slam, coming vs. Frisco (6/29) off pitcher Cody Buckel...hit game-winning two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 2 of the Texas League Championship to give Springfield a 6-4 lead...batted .176 (3-17) with two doubles and three RBI in five Texas League playoff games.
Received an invitation to Major League camp at Spring Training...threw out 24.4% (21-86) of attempted base stealers between Palm Beach (5-27) and Springfield (16-59)...hit third career minor league grand slam, coming vs. Charlotte (4/11) off pitcher Shane Minks...hit safely in 17-of-22 games at Palm Beach with seven multi-hit games...finished the season at Springfield playing in 59 games and starting 52 at catcher.
Played in 45 games, starting 39 at catcher and six at designated hitter for Batavia (A). ... Named to the New York-Penn League All-Star National League squad but did not play in the game. ... Recorded the highest fielding percentage (.997, 321 TC, 1 E) among New York-Penn League catchers. ... Threw out 37.8% (14 SB-37 ATT) of attempted base stealers, ranking 3rd among New York-Penn League catchers. ... Led Batavia squad with a .315 BA (52-165) among players with at least 100 at-bats. ... Has a career .301 BA over three professional seasons and 481 at-bats. ... His 47 RBI ranked 2nd on the Batavia squad, eight behind the leader (Nick Longmire, 55) who played in 23 more games. ... Tallied an RBI in 25 of 45 games and did not go more than three games without an RBI. ... Had 16 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games. ... Batted .356 (26-73) with runners in scoring position and crushed right-handed pitchers at a .350 clip (43-123). ... Ran off a 10-game hitting streak from 7/17-29 batting .359 (14-39) with a home run and 11 RBI. ... Hit second career pro grand slam vs. State College (8/31) off Colton Cain.
Played in 40 games at Johnson City (R), starting 13 atcatcher and 19 at designated hitter, splitting time with 2nd roundpick Robert Stock...recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentagein 118 total chances but did not qualify for the league lead...tiedEdgar Lara for the team lead with nine home runs despite playingin 24 less games (96 less at bats)...finished 5th on the team with23 RBI and 22 runs scored.
Played in 50 games, starting with the Dominican SummerLeague Cardinals and finishing up with four games in the GulfCoast League...won the team triple crown in the DSL by batting.322 with 7 HR and 40 RBI, also led the team with 15 doubles anda .525 slugging percentage...hit first professional grand slam vs.DSL Mariners (8/6) off Bruno Mercedes...hit safely in 37-of-46games...ranked 2nd in the DSL by throwing out 41 attemptedbase stealers for a 44.6% efficiency...posted a 12-game hittingstreak from 7/23-8/11 batting .469 (23-49) with 3 HR and 16RBI...batted .364 against left-handed pitchers and .316 againstright-handed pitchers...hit well in the clutch smacking a .357 BA(20-56) with runners in scoring position and .438 w/RISP and 2outs (7-16)...finished hot in August batting .429 earning a promotionto the Gulf Coast League...batted .273 in four games in the GCLwith two RBI.