Selected by the Orioles in the first round (13th overall) of the 2005 June Draft out of Westfield (Va.) High School…his father, Brian, played 12 professional seasons and made the majors with the Mariners in 1985 and Athletics in 1989…his cousin, Madison Younginer, is a non-roster invite to Giants spring training.
Was a non-roster invite to Nationals spring training…spent the entire season, his first in the Nationals organization, with Triple-A Syracuse, where he was named to the International League midseason All-Star Team…hit 23 HR, shattering his previous career high (14, 2011) and 2nd among Nationals minor leaguers…also ranked 2nd in the system with 77 RBI, 5th in the IL…ranked 3rd in the IL with a .490 SLG…named to the Nationals Organizational All-Star Team by MLB.com.
Had two stints with the Braves, his only season in the organization…was on the major league roster from June 2-Aug 6 and Aug 25 through the end of the season…hit 4 HR, including 3 HR as a pinch-hitter, one shy of the major league coleaders…his first 8 hits of the season went for extra bases, becoming the first Brave in the modern era (since 1900) to start his season that way, according to the Elias Sports Bureau…signed to a minor league contract by the Nationals on Nov 18.
Signed to a minor league contract by the Orioles on April 27 after one game with independent Southern Maryland…hit 11 HR for Double-A Bowie, including 10 HR over a 54-game span from May 4-July 27…signed to a minor league contract by the Braves following the season.
Limited to 35 games with Triple-A Pawtucket due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Made 11 starts for the Sox, and drove in a run in 4 them...5 of 9 hits went for extra bases (3 2B, 2 HR) and both of his home runs came at Fenway Park...Went 0-for-17 vs. right-handed pitching compared to 9-for-33 (.273) against lefties...In day games, hit .375 (3-for-8) with a double, homer, and 3 RBI, while going 6-for-42 (.143) in night games...Played for BOS at 3B (17 games, 10 starts), 1B (6 games, 1 start), and LF (1 game)...Signed with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent on 3/31...Had multiple hits in 8 of 12 Triple-A games from 5/19-6/2, going 19-for-47 (.404) with 4 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, and 8 RBI in that stretch...At the time of his promotion to BOS on 6/25, was leading Pawtucket with 36 runs and 16 doubles, and ranked 2nd on the club with 37 RBI and 10 home runs...Hit .353 (6-for-17) with 6 RBI in a 5-game span from 6/30-7/5, with 3 of his 6 hits going for extra bases (2 2B, HR)...Delivered a 3-run, bases-loaded double in the 4th inning on 7/2 vs. SD that proved the difference in a 4-1 win...The 3 RBI marked his 2nd-highest single-game total after a 6-RBI game on 5/7/12 for TEX at BAL, his only other ML contest with a game-winning RBI...On 7/4 vs. SD hit his 1st home run for BOS and his 1st in MLB since 5/15/12 for TEX vs. KC...Placed on 15-day DL on 8/10 (retro to 8/8) with right elbow ulnar neuritis...Played 4 rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket from 8/28-31 (.154 AVG, 2-for-13)...Activated from the DL on 9/1...Hit .261 (65-for-249) with 16 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 37 RBI, 37 runs scored, and 20 walks in 68 total games with the PawSox this year, including the rehab stint.
Spent the first 4 months as well as September with the Rangers, making starts at 1B (8), RF (3), DH (2), 3B (1), and LF (1)...two stints with Texas were the beginning of the season to Aug. 2 and Sept. 1 until the end of the season...also made his first major league appearance behind the plate...his appearances at 6 different positions were a team high...matched Michael Young for the most positions with a start (5)...batted .318 (14-44) vs. LHP and .313 (10-32) on the road and was 2-for-12 with a home run as a pinch-hitter.TEXAS: Hit .303 (10-33) with a homer and 7 RBI in 24 spring training games to earn a spot on Texas' opening day roster...appeared just once as a pinch-runner in season's first 8 games before producing a career-high 3 hits in start at 1B on April 14 at Minnesota...was 8-for-19 with 2 homers and 7 RBI in his first 12 games through May 7 and hit .333 (12-36) with 3 HR and 8 RBI over 19 games through May 19...was 1-for-12 in next 9 contests, dropping to .289 on June 19...had 5 hits in 16 at-bats over his next 7 games before going 0-for-3 in final 3 contests...was optioned to Round Rock (AAA) on Aug. 2 when Mike Olt was promoted to the majors...was recalled on Sept. 1 and was 0-for-1 in 2 games the rest of the year...connected on his first career major league home run on May 2 at Toronto...had a pinch HR on May 15 vs. Kansas City...was 3-for-5 with a homer and 6 RBI, May 7 at Baltimore to become just the 3rd rookie in Rangers history with 6+ RBI in a game, joining Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 7 on Aug. 22, 2007 (GM 1) at Baltimore and Bob Brower, 6 on August 21, 1987 at Oakland...was the first A.L. rookie with 6+ RBI since Baltimore's Michael Aubrey, 6, on Oct. 2, 2009 vs. Toronto...had entered the contest with 4 career major league RBI...had just one RBI in his final 24 games...started 9 times in Texas' first 38 games through May 6 but had just 6 starts in next 65 contests before option to Round Rock...did not make an error in 85 total chances: 73 TC in 11 games at 1B, 10 TC in 10 games in the OF, and 1 TC at 3B (7 games) and catcher...donned the catcher's mask for the first time in his big league career, May 30 vs. Seattle. ROUND ROCK: Batted .253 (22-87) with 2 HR and 9 RBI in 23 games with the Express in August...saw action in 14 games at 3B, 5 at 1B, and 4 in the OF...had an 8-game hitting streak, August 7-17...drove in 3 runs, August 15 at Reno.WINTER BALL: Hit .333 (3-9) with 2 doubles, one home run, and 5 RBI in 3 games for Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League...went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, one homer, 4 RBI, and 2 walks on Nov. 11 at Manati.
Spent the bulk of last season at Triple-A Norfolk, batting.261 with a career-high 14 home runs, 21 doubles, and 71 RBI in114 games...had 2 stints with Baltimore: May 18-24 and June 10-11...batted .231 (3-13) with a double, RBI, and 2 runs scored in 6games for the Orioles...hit safely in 2 of his 4 big league starts, allat first base...last ML game was start on June 11 vs. Tampa Bay,going 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI...at Norfolk, led team in RBI, hits(117), and total bases (182), ranking among club leaders in homeruns (3rd), doubles (T3rd), and runs (T3rd, 55)...had .326 (42-129)average vs. lefties...had 86 games at first base, 16 at third, andone each in outfield and as catcher...hit .305 (25-90) with RISPand 2 outs...hit in the heart of the order for Norfolk, primarily 3rd,4th, and 5th...had season-high 14-game hit streak, April 23-May7...posted multi-homer games April 18 and July 3, both vs. Charlotte...season-high 4 RBI June 5 at Rochester, when he hit an 11thinning grand slam in his club's come-from-behind win.
Was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on September 1 ... Made his major league debut as a defensive replacement at first base in the ninth inning September 10 at Detroit ... Recorded his first major league hit and RBI with a single September 13 off Toronto's Marc Rzepczynski ... Posted two multi-hit games: September 24 at Toronto and October 1 vs. Detroit ... Made five starts at first base and was 6-for-18 with two doubles and three RBI ... Batted .257 (87-339) with 22 doubles, a triple and nine homers in 98 games for Norfolk ... Homered in consecutive games for Norfolk June 4-5 ... Posted five three-hit games and 18 two-hit games for the Tides ... Batted .353 (30-85) with five homers and 17 RBI against left-handers for Norfolk and batted .224 (57-254) with four homers and26 RBI against right-handers ... Batted .203 (13-64) with one homer and four RBI in 20 day games for the Tides
Split the season between Double-A Bowie (.343/.421/.597, 10 HR and 45 RBI in 58 games) and Triple-A Norfolk (.248/.316/.355, 2 HR and 43 RBI in 73 games)...Tied for the team lead in home runs (10) and tied for second in RBI (45) despite playing only 58 games with the Baysox...Was named the Orioles Minor League Player of the Month in May, hitting .330 with seven home runs and 25 RBI...Had Eastern League season-high 16-game road hitting streak, April 8-May 10, during which he batted .418 (28-67)...Collected 19 multi-hit games for Bowie...Had a season-high five RBI, May 23 at Harrisburg...Reached base safely in 20 of his final 21 games with Bowie, batting .324/.460/.544 (22-68) with 16 walks...Was named the IL Player of the Week, August 3-9, when he hit .500 with 4 RBI and 5 runs scored...Collected 18 multi-hit games with Norfolk (five 3-hit games and 13 2-hit games), including five in a six-game span, August 3-8...Hit .471 (24-51) in a 16-game stretch, July 26-August 8, including a 10- game hit streak, July 24-August 1, batting .405 (15-37)...Batted .290 (40-138) in his final 39 games with Norfolk to raise season average from .202 to .248...Batted .354/.456/.600 (23-65) with 3 HR,18 RBI and 17 runs in 17 games for Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League...Named the Orioles' #6 prospect by Baseball America after the season
Spent the season with Class-A Frederick, batting .315 with 13 HR and 80 RBI...Batted .286/.328/.384 with 2 HR and 18 RBIin 214 AB against lefties and .325/.368/.526 with 11 HR and 62 RBI in 221 AB vs. righties...Hit .357 with a .968 OPS (.400 OBP,.568 SLG) after the All-Star break, including .388 (40-103) in August...Batted .342 (40-117) in innings 7-9...Finished 2nd in theleague in batting (.315) and 5th in hits (137)...Led the club in runs scored (70), doubles (33), RBI (80) and sacrifice flies (7)...Went5-for-6 with 5 runs scored and 4 RBI on June 6 @Winston-Salem...Collected a season-high 5 RBI on July 28 @Salem...Hit in 17consecutive games, June 13-July 16, batting .437 (31-71) with 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs, 14 runs and 20 RBI...Batted.349 (22-63) with 8 doubles, 4 home runs, 10 RBI and 8 multi-hit games in 17 games for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League.
Batted .283 in 118 games for Delmarva...Hit .312 (67-215) with 34 runs scored, 30 extra-base hits and 29 RBI after theAll-Star break...Rebounded from an injury-plagued 2006 and won the Moe Drabowsky Comeback Player of the Year Award...Batted .378/.398/.544 in 26 games for the Honolulu Sharks in the Hawaiian Winter League to win the batting title...Named theOrioles #6 prospect by Baseball America after the season.
Opened the season at Class-A Delmarva and hit safely in 7 of his first 8 games, batting .371...Collected 4 straight multi-hitgames, April 11-14, going 9-for-18...Went 1-for-7 on April 15 at Lakewood to begin a stretch in which he hit .138 (15-109) over hisfinal 30 games with the Shorebirds...Was transferred to Class-A Aberdeen for the start of their season in June...Had 3 hits and2 doubles in his first game there on June 21...Hit .274 in his first 28 games with the IronBirds before going 0-for-18 in his last 6games and being placed on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder...Had surgery on August 29, performed by Dr. JamesAndrews...For the 2nd straight season, was named the Orioles' 7th best prospect by Baseball America.
Spent most of his first pro season at Rookie League Bluefield and was named the top prospect in the Appalachian Leagueby Baseball America...Hit safely in each of his first 6 games, batting .400 (8-20)...Did not have a multi-hit game over his next 16games, going 7-for-45 (.156)...Transferred to Aberdeen on August 28...Hit safely in 7 of his 8 games with the IronBirds, including3 hits in his final game of the season on September 8 at Hudson Valley...On the season, played 27 games at catcher, 10 atthird base and 17 as designated hitter...Threw out 29.4% (10 of 34) of runners attempting to steal between the two teams...Wasnamed the Orioles' 7th best prospect by Baseball America following the season.