Married, wife's name is Ashley...The couple has one son, John Thomas, and one daughter, Adalynn Mae...Earned All-Mountain West Conference honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior at Texas Christian University (TX)...Won the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, the award given annually to the top catcher in collegiate baseball, as a senior in 2010...Originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft...Signed by Tim Grieve.
Participated in Marlins Spring Training as a non roster invitee; did not make the team out of camp and began the season with Triple-A New Orleans...Appeared in 35 games for the Baby Cakes, hitting .247 (23-for-93) with nine extra-base hits, eight runs scored, and 12 RBI...Had his contract selected by Miami on 5/24 and finished out the season with the Marlins...Appeared in 43 games for Miami, 39 at catcher (34 starts)...Threw out 4-of-24 potential base stealers (16.7%)...Made his fourth career pitching appearance on 8/13 vs. LAD (0.1 IP).
: Spent the entire season with Miami, his first in the National League...Appeared in 61 games, including 50 games (37 starts) at catcher...Caught nine-straight attempted base stealers from 4/8-6/14, the longest streak in Marlins history...Finished sixth in the National League with 15 catcher caught stealings...Of Major League catchers with 15-or-more catcher caught stealings, he was the only player with less than 76 games played at catcher...Hit .308 (4-for-13) as a pinch hitter...Recorded his first career walk-off hit, a 10th inning single on 7/9 vs. MIL...Recorded his second walk-off hit on 8/11 vs. NYM, a pinch-hit double...Made two pitching appearances, 4/7 at PHI (1.0 IP, K) and 9/14 at PHI (1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, HR).
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Toledo, making 93 appearances for the Mud Hens...Hit a career-high 12 home runs, while batting .269 (83-for-309) with 50 RBI...Had his contract selected by Detroit on 9/1 and played in 13 games for the Tigers, batting .241 (7-for-29) with two doubles and two RBI.
Acquired by the Texas Rangers on 3/29 from the Tigers in exchange for C Bobby Wilson and RHP Myles Jack...Made the Rangers Opening Day roster, the second of his career...Tied his career-high with three RBI on 5/10 vs. CWS...Played left field on 6/13 at OAK, his first career appearance in the outfield...Made his first career pitching appearance on 7/2 at MIN, tossing 1.1 perfect innings...Placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on 7/6 with a bruised left thumb...Reinstated from the DL on 8/1...Claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox on 8/5 and finished out the season with the Red Sox...Played third base for an inning on 8/14 vs. ARI, his first career appearance at the position.
Split the season between Triple-AToledo and Detroit...Appeared in 24 games for the Tigers, hitting .281 (18-for-64) with five doubles, two home runs, three runs scored, and 13 RBI...His two home runs set a career-high (at the time)...Made two different stints with the Tigers (5/9-7/3 and 9/1-end of the season)...Made his first career appearance at first base (6/20) and at second base (9/3)...Played in 49 games for Toledo, hitting .224 (36-for-161).
Made his first career Opening Day roster...Spent the entire season with the Tigers...Played in a career-high 62 games... Recorded a career-high 36 hits, batting .231 (36-for-156)...Made 42 starts, all at catcher...Hit .301 (25-for-83) against right-handed pitching, compared to just .151 (11-for-73) against left-handers...Batted .393 (11-for-28) in 13 games in June.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Toledo, appearing in 80 games for the Mud Hens and hitting .260 (75-for288)...Made three different stints with the Tigers (6/17-7/1, 8/12-27, and 9/3-end of the season)...Appeared in 16 games, hitting .296 (8-for-27)...Connected on his first Major League home run on 8/22 vs. MIN, a solo home run in the third inning off of LHP Andrew Albers...Made eight starts, hitting safely in six of the eight.
: Made his Major League debut on 6/6 vs. CLE, starting at catcher and hitting ninth...Recorded his first Major League hit in his second at-bat in the fifth inning, a single off of RHP Jeanmar Gomez...Appeared in six games (three starts) for the Tigers... Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Toledo, appearing in 75 games for the Mud Hens...Batted .240 (60-for-250) with 14 extra-base hits, 18 runs scored, and 25 RBI.
Played the full season with Double-A Erie, hitting .242 (80-for-330) with 18 doubles, seven home runs, 35 runs scored, and 42 RBI...Led Eastern League catchers with 78 assists...Finished tied for the Erie team lead with nine double plays.
Spent the entire season and made his professional debut with Short Season-A Lakeland...Went 5-for-5 in his first game on 7/9 vs. Clearwater...Connected on his first professional home run on 7/12 at Dunedin...Hit safely in 13 of his first 16 games.