Selected by Arizona in the 17th round of the 2004 June Draft...played at Stanford University
from 2002-04 alongside new teammate Sam Fuld...nicknamed "The Animal" by former Mets
manager Jerry Manuel for his strong work ethic.
Played in 100 games for the Mets, batting .263 (44-for-167) with 4 home runs and 24 RBI...
as a pinch-hitter, batted .328 (19-for-58) with 1 HR and 10 RBI...started the season at Triple-A Buffalo
where he hit .336 with 6 HR and 22 RBI in 29 games before his promotion on May 11.
Spent the majority of the year with Pawtucket (AAA) of the International
League...Appeared in four games with Boston from April 13-April 20th...Made three
pinch-hitting appearances and played one game in rightfield, April 20th at
home vs. Baltimore...Started games at first base, leftfield and rightfield for Pawtucket...For the year, he had 37 multiple-hit games: 25 two-hit games; eight games with
three hits; and two contests with four hits, July 6th with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
and September 6th vs. Syracuse...Led Pawtucket in home runs, RBI, runs, hits, doubles (tied) and batting
average...Was fourth in the Boston farm system in home runs and fifth in
batting average...Hit two home runs vs. Rochester on July 20th...Knocked in four runs twice, July 25th vs. Columbus and September 2nd vs.
Rochester...Was hitting .260 (59-227) after the games of June 30th...Hit .333 (67-201) the
final three months of the year to bring his final batting average to .294...Compiled a .333 batting average (32-96) with five home runs and 44 RBI with
runners in scoring position...Batted .290 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 28 games for Tigres de Aragua
in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Spent the majority of the year with
Triple-A Pawtucket but had 2 stints with the major
league club from June 3-5 and then from September
8 through the end of the season.
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT: Made his major league debut
on June 5 against Tampa Bay at Fenway Park...
Entered the game as a pinch runner for Coco Crisp,
who was ejected for charging the mound after he
was beaned by Rays starter James Shields to lead off
the 2nd inning...Collected his first major league hit
off Grant Balfour in the 4th and went 2-for-3 with 2
runs in the game...Was optioned back to Pawtucket
after the game...Rejoined the Red Sox on September
8 and appeared in 8 games (2 starts), going 4-for-15
with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI the rest of the way.
WITH PAWTUCKET: Batted .300 (141-for-470) with 24
homers and 81 RBI in 121 games with Triple-A Pawtucket...
Ranked among International League leaders
in batting average (12th), home runs (7th), RBI (9th)
and slugging percentage (9th, .515)...Was one of a
record 5 PawSox selected to the IL All-Star Team...
Started as designated hitter and went 1-for-5 with a
2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning...Was
also one of 4 Pawtucket players named post-season
All-Stars, joining Jeff Bailey, Joe Thurston and Charlie
Zink in representing the team on both squads.
MORE 2008 HIGHLIGHTS: Had a 5-hit game (5-for-6)
at Indianapolis on April 18...Hit the PawSox first walkoff
home run of the season on May 10 vs. Norfolk...Homered in 4 straight games from May 28-31,
the first PawSox batter to do so since Justin Sherrod in 2005...Had 11 RBI and no homers in his first
31 contests but batted .314 (111-for-354) after May 7 with 24 long balls and 70 RBI in 90 games...
Hit .339 (41-for-121) with 5 doubles, a triple, 5 homers and 16 RBI over his final 29 regular season
contests including a 7-game hitting streak to end the season, going 12-for-29 (.414) with a double
and 3 RBI in that span...Went 2-for-15 (.133) in 4 playoff games for the PawSox.
Finished fifth in the Pacific Coast League in doubles and sixth in batting
average and hits.
His .301 batting average was fourth among Triple-A first basemen.
Led all Arizona Diamondbacks minor league players with 31 home runs and
Selected to the Northwest (A) League All-Star Game...Also picked to Baseball America's short-season All-Star team.