Graduated from Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas, the same high school as Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin...Signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Texas...Named pre-season All-American by Baseball America prior to his senior season, batting .379 with 12 HR and 45 RBI, earning All-Greater Houston Team and Texas Coaches Association All-State...Is a self-taught graphic designer and pianist, German Shepherd enthusiast and enjoys flying drones...Resides in Spring, Texas.
Played 74 games in the Minor Leagues with New Orleans (AAA) and the GCL Marlins (R) and 64 games with Miami...His 14 doubles ranked T-8th on the Marlins and 20 of his 40 total hits on the season were for extra bases...Ranked among Marlins minor league leaders in home runs (18, T2nd) and RBI (58, T6th)...Began the season in New Orleans, but was recalled to Miami on April 12, homering in his second game after recall, with a career-high 5 RBI vs. PHI (4/13)...Was recalled three times during the year (4/12, 5/21 & 8/24)...Ranked 2nd on the Marlins (S. Castro, 10) and T-4th in the NL with nine doubles in September. It was the 3rd-highest total by a Marlins rookie in September behind Hanley Ramirez (14 in 2006) and Chris Coghlan (10 in 2009)...Batted .283 (13-46) with 3 HR, 8 RBI and 6 doubles over his final 12 games of the season...Posted seven-game hitting streak (9/17-24) batting .321 (9-28) with seven extra-base hits (5 doubles, 2 home runs) and seven RBI...Collected 25 multi-hit games in 73 games at New Orleans with a season-high four hits at Round Rock including three doubles and a home run...Hit two homers with season-high 5 RBI at Omaha (7/16)...Was placed on the 7-day injured list with a knee injury (7/18- 31), including a one-game rehab assignment in the GCL where he was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Contract selected on August 15 from Triple-A New Orleans and made MLB debut that night at Atlanta, starting in left field and going 0x3... Homered for first career hit on August 17 at Washington; was 11th Marlins player to homer for first career hit, according to the Elias Sports Bureau...Set career high with three RBI on September 22 vs. Cincinnati...At the time of his selection, his 137 hits ranked tied for eighth among all minor leaguers. Also, he was tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League in average (.326; 103x316) and ranked seventh in OBP (.397)...Had two-homer games on August 11 vs. Iowa with Baby Cakes and April 22 at Tennessee with Jumbo Shrimp...Had 39 multi-hit games in 109 outings between his two Minor League clubs, including 10 three-hit games and three fourhit games (April 11 vs. Mobile, May 15 vs. Omaha, August 4 at Albuquerque)...Opened the season at Jacksonville and appeared in 22 games in April, batting .420 (34x81) with 13 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 14 RBI, a .466 on-base percentage, and a .654 slugging percentage...Named Southern League Player of the Week for April 16-22 after batting .520 (13x25) with six runs scored, three doubles, a triple, two homers, six RBI, a .571 OBP, and a .960 SLG in seven games...Performance earned him Southern League Player of the Month award, his first career Monthly award...Had an 18-game on-base streak from April 5-24 (.500; 32x64)... Promoted to New Orleans on April 29...In 87 games with Baby Cakes prior to being selected by Miami, batted .326 (103x316) with 58 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 54 RBI, a .397 OBP, and a .475 SLG...Named PCL Player of the Week for August 6-12 after batting .647 (11x17) with seven runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, a .700 on-base percentage, and a 1.353 slugging percentage in five games. It marked his second Weekly award of the season, and the third of his career (also, May 4-10, 2015 in Florida State League)...At time of selection, was batting .465 (20x43) in 11 games in August, with 15 runs scored, seven doubles, four home runs, and 12 RBI...Had a six-game hitting streak when selected (.571; 12x21, seven runs scored, three doubles, three homers, seven RBI)...Also had a hit in 18 of last 21 games for the Baby Cakes (.420; 34x81, eight doubles, four homers, 19 RBI)...Had a 17-game on-base streak from May 30-June 18 (.313; 21x67).