Was the Twins' first-round pick (28th overall) in the June 2007 first-year player draft...is 1 of 16 active players with at least 200 career stolen bases...is 1 of only 7 players with 20 steals in at least 6 of the last 7 seasons, joining Elvis Andrus (7 times), Jarrod Dyson (6 times), Dee Gordon, Jose Altuve, Jacoby Ellsbury and Rajai Davis...in his Major League career has played CF (485g), LF (236g) and RF (103g)...his 12 hits in the 2015 American League Division Series and Championship Series tied for the team lead and were the most ever in a single Postseason by a Blue Jays lefthanded batter...in 2014 led the National League with 184 hits for the Phillies...with 34 stolen bases in 2011 and 40 steals in 2012 became only the fourth player in Twins history with consecutive 30-steal seasons (Chuck Knoblauch, Rod Carew, Cesar Tovar)...shared with Oak's Jemile Weeks the American League's Rookie of the Month Award for June 2011...in 2010 was an MiLB.com Twins Organizational All-Star, participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium, was an Eastern League All-Star and was an Arizona Fall League Rising Star...was the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year in both 2008 and 2009...in 2009 was a Florida State League All-Star...in 2008 was the Midwest League's Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year...in 2007 was a Gulf Coast League All-Star...attended Lexington (KY) Catholic High School, where as a junior he led his team to the state championship and as a senior he hit .487 while striking out just 19 times...was the 2006-2007 Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year...committed to play baseball at the University of Georgia before signing after he was drafted by the Twins with the 28th pick overall of the June 2007 first-year player draft...also played football as a defensive back, receiver and kick returner...as a junior won the 3-A state football championship...brother J.R. quarterbacked the football team and also played baseball at Georgia Southern...J.R. was selected by the Rockies in the 49th round of the June 2001 draft.
In his only season with the Angels, as a pinch hitter hit .345 (10-29, 2rbi)...led the American League with 10 pinch hits, tied for third in franchise history and the most by an Angels batter since Jack Howell's 10 pinch hits in 1996...was successful on 21-27 stolen base attempts (78%)...recorded at least 20 stolen bases for the sixth time in his career.
In first season with the Nationals, swiped at least 10 bases for the sixth consecutive year...Became one of 13 players to steal 10+ bases every season since 2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Ian Kinsler, Dee Gordon, Carlos Gomez, Dexter Fowler, Alcides Escobar, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Dyson, Ian Desmond, Rajai Davis, Michael Bourn and Elvis Andrus...Committ ed just two errors in 713.2 innings in the outf ield, good for a .989 fi elding percentage (174 chances)...Notched fi rst career walk-off hit, a 14th-inning double, July 1 vs. Cincinnati...Missed 27 games (April 6 - May 6) after suffering right oblique strain
Began the year with Philadelphia, his third season with the Phillies, before being acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline... Ranked among MLB players in singles (3rd, 150), stolen bases (6th, 31), stolen base percentage (10th, 81.6%) and hits (T10th, 181)...His 96.7 percent contact rate on pitches in the zone ranked second in MLB (Daniel Murphy-97.5%)... Hit over .300 for the third straight season, hitting .306 with a career-high 22 doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 45 RBI, 31 stolen bases and a career-high 84 runs scored in 152 games between the two stops...Led PHI in average (.298), hits (109), runs (49), triples (6), stolen bases (24) and games (95) at the time of the trade...Collected 60 hits from Aug. 21 through the end of the season, the most in all of baseball…His .355 average (60-for-129) over that span ranked second...Hit .319 with nine doubles, one triple, one home run, 19 RBI, 13 walks, seven stolen bases and 35 runs scored in 56 games for Toronto to help the Blue Jays earn the American League East championship, their first division title since 1993... Recorded his fourth year of 30+ stolen bases over his last five seasons...Hit his first career pinch-hit HR, June 26 vs WSH (Scherzer)...Appeared in his first career postseason, recording his first career hit in the playoffs, a single, in his second at-bat in game one of the ALDS vs. TEX....Collected 12 hits in the playoffs, tied for first on the team...Those 12 hits ranked second by a left fielder in the postseason (Alex Gordon-13) and are most by a left fielder in Blue Jays history.
Made his second straight Opening Day start for the Phillies and his 3rd straight Opening Day roster... Led the NL in singles (162) & fewest SO/PA (12.78 PA), T-1st in hits (184) & 4-hit games (5), 2nd in multi-hit games (56) & 3-hit games (18), 3rd in SB (49) & SB % (86.0), T-3rd in infield hits (33), fifth in AVG (.306), seventh in AB (601) and T-9th in triples (7)... His 162 singles were the most by a Phillie since 1976, when Dave Cash also had 162... Established career highs in hits, runs (71), games (151), AB, triples, HR (2), XBH (22), total bases (217) and SB and tied his high in doubles (13)... Had a career-high 5 RBI, 9/1 at ATL... Became the 12th different Phillie in franchise history with 40 or more SB in a single season... Batted .333 (115-345) over his final 83 games, from 6/26 through the end of the season; led all NL players in hits over that span (2nd in MLB - Jose Altuve, 120)... Collected five 4-hit games to become just the second Phillies player in the last 30 years to post five or more 4-hit games in a season (Shane Victorino, 5 in 2009)... Hit .341 (61-179) vs LHP, the 2nd-highest AVG vs LHP among all MLB left-handed hitters (Nori Aoki, .363, 45-124)... Led the NL in hits vs LHP (61)... Hit his first career HR in career AB #1,466, 5/27 vs COL, which was the longest streak to start a ML career without a HR since Frank Taveras went 1,594 AB (1972-77)... His 2nd HR was a game-tying solo HR in the ninth inning with two outs and two strikes, 9/5 at WSH (Rafael Soriano); Phillies went on to win, 9-8, in 11 innings
Made his 1st career Opening Day start... T-9th in the NL in SB (22) & bunt hits (6)... Fouled a ball off his right foot in the final AB of the game, 7/13 vs CWS (gm 1); was placed on the 15-day DL the next day (broken right foot) and missed the remainder of the season... From 6/12-7/13, led all MLB players in hits (48); batted .407 (48-118) over that span (29 G)... In his final 65 games (5/1-7/13), batted .347 (78-225), 9 2B, 2 3B, 13 RBI, 28 R... With RISP, hit .352 (19-54), including 13 hits in his final 28 at-bats (.464)... Tied his career high with 4 hits, 6/13 at MIN... Hit .370 (27-73) vs LHP; began the season 0-for-9 before hitting .422 (27-64), 6 2B, 3B, 3 RBI from 4/19 through the remainder of his season
Made the Opening Day roster for the 1st time in hiscareer... Finished 3rd in the AL in SB (40) & bunt hits (9) and T-3rdin infield hits (37)... T-1st in the AL in 4-hit games (5; T-2nd in MLB)... Was one of 4 players in baseball with at least 150 hits(150) and 40 SB, joining Michael Bourn (171 H, 42 SB),Jose Reyes (184 H, 40 SB), and Mike Trout (182 H, 49 SB)... Played in 4 games for MIN before being optioned toRochester (AAA) on 4/14... Recalled on 4/25, played in 2 games and was optionedback to Rochester... Batted .373 (25-67) in 17 games and was recalled on 5/17... Had a career-high 21-game hitting streak, 7/16-8/7 (.378,34-90, 13 RBI, 17 R); it was the 4th-longest hitting streakin MLB in 2012... Got his 30th SB, 8/25, to become the 4th player in MINhistory to have consecutive 30-SB seasons, joiningChuck Knoblauch (1994-97), Rod Carew (1973-76) andCesar Tovar (1968-70)... Struck out just 54 times, 2nd-fewest in the AL and 4th-fewest in MLB (min. 500 PA)... Led the team in assists (8)... Did not make an error in 282 TC, 1 of 3 outfielders inMLB with no errors and at least 250 TC (CurtisGranderson and Jon Jay)... Traded to Phillies on 12/6.
Started the season with Triple-A Rochester...played in 23 games for the Red Wings, batting .293 (27-for-92)...Recalled by Minnesota when Jason Repko was placed on the 15-day disabled list, May 4...Batted .242 (8-for-33) in 15 games for the Twins before being optioned back to Triple-A Rochester, May 22...Batted .325 (13-for-40) in nine games for the Red Wings...recalled by Minnesota, along with infielder Luke Hughes, as the Twins placed Jason Kubel and Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list, June 2...Ranked first among all rookies in baseball in June in hits (30), runs scored (14) and stolen bases (seven)...named Co-American League Rookie of the Month in June along with Oakland's Jemile Weeks...finished the month with a .294 batting average (30-for-102) with four doubles, one triple, nine rbi, 14 runs and seven stolen bases in 25 games...he posted a .333 on-base percentage and recorded 11 multi-hit games...Stole six bases in a nine-game span (6-for-6), July 23-August 3...Hit safely in 14 of 15 games, August 15-29, including a 10-game hitting streak, August 20-29...reached base safely in 15 straight games via hit or walk, August 20-September 5 (Game 1)...Posted a career-high 13-game hitting streak, September 13-25, which was the longest hitting streak for a Twins rookie since Luis Rivas had a 14-game hitting streak, September 4-27, 2001...the 13-game hitting streak marked the fifth-longest in baseball for a rookie and third-longest in the American League in 2011...Had three stolen bases, September 14 at Kansas City...second Twin during the season to steal three bases in a game (Cuddyer, June 15)...Stole his 31st base of the season, tying Luis Rivas for first on the Twins All-Time rookie steals list, September 19 at New York (AL)...passed Rivas and moved into sole possession of first place two innings later that same game, September 19...Set a career-high with four hits, going 4-for-5, September 20 vs. Seattle...His 33 hits in September were tied for third-most in baseball for rookies and second-most in the American League (Eric Hosmer - 37)...tied for second-most for a rookie in club history with Puckett (1984) and Knoblauch (1991) and behind Cordova (1995)...Among Major League rookies, he finished first in stolen bases, was tied for fifth in triples, seventh in hits and runs scored and tied for 11th in walks...His 34 stolen bases were the most in baseball for a rookie since Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury stole 50 in 2008...also were tied for seventh-most among all American Leaguers...his 32 steals since June 1, ranked sixth in baseball and third in the American League...His .305 road batting average was third-highest among rookies in Twins history with a minimum of 200 plate appearances...Ranked second in the Twins organization in hits, collecting 160 between Minnesota and Rochester...Had surgery on his left knee to remove loose cartilage, September 30...Was given the Bill Boni Award as the Twins Most Outstanding Rookie...the award is voted on by the Twin Cities chapter of the BBWAA...Was named to the Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team...second consecutive season and third time in the last four seasons the Twins had a representative on the team (Danny Valencia in 2010 and Denard Span in 2008)...Earned a GIBBY award ("Greatness in Baseball Yearly") for Play of the Year, with an over-the-shoulder catch, robbing Baltimore's Vladimir Guerrero of an extra-base hit, August 22.
Started the season with Double-A New Britain...batted .336 (40-for-119) with 12 stolen bases, 15 rbi and 15 runs scored in 30 games in May...Named Twins Minor League Player of the Week, for the week ending May 28, batting .394 (13-for-33) with two doubles, two rbi and fourruns scored in eight games for the Rock Cats...Was named Eastern League Player of the Week, May 23...he batted .538 (14-for-26) with two doubles, one triple, four runs scored, three rbi,five walks and five stolen bases while posting a .692 slugging percentage in six games...he also added three, three-hit games...Named Twins Minor League Player of the Month for May, after hitting .336 (40-for-119) with six doubles, one home run, 15 rbi, 15 runsand 13 walks in 30 games...Collected four four-hit games: May 2 at Portland, May 27 vs. New Hampshire, July 30 at Bowie and August 28 vs. Bowie...Selected to the Eastern League mid-season and post-season All-Star teams...appeared in the mid-season All-Star game as a reserve,playing center field, going 0-for-2 with one rbi...Played in the XM All-Star Future's game in Los Angeles (AL), July 11...entered the game as a pinch-hitter for the U.S. team, going 0-for-3,while also playing right field...Placed on the disabled list, August 4, after being struck in the face by a pitch and suffered a broken orbital bone under his right eye...Finished third in the Eastern League in batting average and stolen bases...Had contract selected by Minnesota, September 5...became the first position player to be recalled straight from Double-A since AlexiCasilla in 2006...Made his Major League debut, pinch-hitting for Denard Span, September 7 vs. Kansas City...faced Jesse Chavez and struck out on fourpitches...stayed in the game and played center field for 2.0 innings, recording one putout...Picked up his first Major League rbi, driving in the Twins first run with a ground out in the fifth inning, September 18 vs. Oakland...Singled off Bobby Cramer for first Major League hit, September 19 vs. Oakland...finished the game 2-for-4 with two singles...had beganhis career 0-for-9 with a walk until his first hit...Appeared in 13 games for the Twins, making six starts (four in center field, one in left field and one in right field)...Played in the Arizona Fall League with Peoria, batting .295 (33-for-112) with 20 runs scored and a league-leading 13 stolen bases in 28games...named to AFL's Rising Stars Team...Ranked fifth-best prospect, best hitter for average and fastest baserunner in the Twins system by Baseball America, entering the 2011 season...Named to the Minor League Baseball website's 2010 Twins organizational All-Star team.
Spent entire season at Single-A Ft. Myers...named Florida State League Player of the Week, May11...batted .388 (38-for-98) with 10 RBI and 17 runs scored in 26 games in May...hit safely in 88 of 121 games for the Miracle...collected 45 multi-hit games, including 12 three-hit games and stole 45 bases...named to the 2009 Florida State League Postseason All-Star team...played in the 2009 Florida State League All-Star Game...batted .333 (41-for-123) vs. left-handers and .303 (104-for-343) vs. right-handers...did not commit an error all season in 225 total chances in center field and left field...ranked the eighth-best prospect in the Florida State League by Baseball America...was the recipient of the Sherry Robertson Award for the second consecutive year, given to the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year...ranked as the best hitter for average, fastest baserunner and fifth-best prospect in the Twins organization by Baseball America, entering the 2010 season.
Spent entire season at Single-A Beloit...batted .406 (13-for-32) with six runs scored, two doublesand five stolen bases to earn Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, May 9-16...hit his first professional home run, May 23 vs. Burlington...batted .433 (52-for-120) with 21 runs scored, 18 RBI and 11 doubles to earn Twins' Minor League Player of the Month for May...21 of his first 31 games were multi-hit efforts (April 28-May 31)...had 22-game hitting-streak, May 30-July 1...batted .400 (28-for-70) in 18 games in June...hit safely in 71 of 83 games on the season...had 41 multi-hit games, including 16 three-hit games and one four-hit game (July 21 vs. Wisconsin)...batted .397 (29-for-73) vs. left-handers and .375 (100-for-267) vs.right-handers...led the Twins organization in stolen bases...led club in hits, doubles and triples...ranked second in the Midwest League in stolen bases...selected to the Midwest League All-Star team...was named Low Class-A All-Star by Baseball America...ranked fourth-best prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America...Midwest League Postseason All-Star...Midwest League Most Valuable Player...Midwest League Prospect ofthe Year...was the recipient of the Sherry Robertson Award, given to the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year, voted on by the Twin Cities Baseball Writers Association...ranked the second-best prospect in the Twins organization by Baseball America, heading into the 2009 season.
Spent his entire first professional season with GCL Twins...batted .348 (8-for-23) with four runs scored and six rbi as the Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, August 24-30...played 49 of his 50 games in center field...led the league in runs and triples and was second in stolen bases...led the club in batting average and slugging percentage...named to the Gulf Coast League All-Star team...ranked the sixth-best prospect in the Twins organization by Baseball America, entering the 2008 season.