Single … Twitter: @BigCaseDawg16 … a natural right-hander, he began switch-hitting when he was eight years old...Attended Wichita State University, where he batted .389/.520/.682 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI as a junior … became the third college hitter drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round, joining Evan Longoria (2006) and Logan Shaffer (2012)...His older brother, Conor, plays for the San Francisco Giants and also spent three seasons (2013-15) with the White Sox...His father, Mark, was an All-American outfielder at Mississippi State and 11th-round selection by San Diego in the 1981 draft … Mark played eight seasons in the minor leagues, primarily as an outfielder.
Combined to hit .223 (102-458) with 20 doubles, 15 homers, 62 RBI and 62 runs scored in 125 games between Class AAA Durham in the Tampa Bay organization and Class AAA Charlotte...Was named International League Player of the Week for 6/19-25 after going 12-25 (.480) with five doubles, 10 RBI and nine runs scored in seven games...Was traded by Tampa Bay to the White Sox on 7/27 in exchange for LHP Dan Jennings … following the trade, was placed on the disabled list with a fractured great right toe suffered when he fouled a ball off the foot on 7/25 at Buffalo … was reinstated on 8/4...White Sox acquisition was recommended by Bill Young and Bruce Benedict...Was ranked by Baseball America entering the season as the No. 74 Prospect in baseball.
Was named the Rays Minor League Player of the Year after combining to hit .284/.388/.479 (134-472) with 34 doubles, 18 homers, 64 RBI, 78 runs scored and 80 walks in 132 games with Class AA Montgomery and Durham ... Led Rays minor leaguers in homers, ranked fourth in RBI and 10th in average … was named the organization's Minor League Hitter of the Month for May and August ... Was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team, his third straight season earning his league honors … his 11 home runs with Montgomery ranked fourth in the SL at the time of his promotion to Durham on 7/14 ... His 22 extra-base hits with Durham tied for third in the International League after the All-Star Break … was 4-5 with two home runs and four RBI on 8/22 at New Orleans ... Following the season, was named by Baseball America as the Best Power Hitter and possessing the Best Strikezone Judgment in the Rays system … also was cited as the Best Defensive First Baseman in the SL ... Was rated by Baseball America as the No. 9 Prospect in the Rays organization entering the season.
Spent most of the season with Class A Bowling Green, where he was named team Most Valuable Player … his 17 home runs across three stops ranked fourth among Rays minor leaguers ... Was named to the Midwest League All-Star Team … ranked second in the MWL with 16 homers ... Was named the Rays Minor League Hitter of the Month for June (.282, 8 HR, 18 RBI) ... Missed nearly two months of the season with a broken finger suffered five games after being promoted to Class A Charlotte … batted just .138 (4-29) in eight games after being reinstated ... Played in 23 games for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League ... Was rated by Baseball America as the Best Defensive First Baseman in the MWL.
Was named to the New York-Penn League All-Star Team in his pro debut with Advanced Rookie Hudson Valley ... Led the NYPL with 42 walks and tied for fourth with 42 RBI ... Was recommended/signed by J.D. Elliby (Rays).