In 2003 graduated from Hart High School in Newhall, California...majored in anthropology at UC/Santa Barbara...as a member of Team USA in 2004 won gold medals at the FISU II World University Baseball championships in Taiwan, where he was a teammate of Drew Stubbs, and at the Pan-Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Chris suited up in just 22 big league games with Miami before being sidelined in May with an injury … compiled a .219 batting average (14-for-64) with five doubles, one home run and nine RBI ... Made Miami's Opening Day roster, and clubbed his lone homer of the season, May 4 at Philadelphia, off starter Cole Hamels ... Batted .280 (7-for-25) against southpaws compared to a .179 mark (7-for-39) against right-handed hurlers ... Was on Miami's 15-day D.L., May 8-July 23, after fracturing his left wrist … transferred to the 60-day D.L., July 6 ... Appeared in 16 games as part of a rehab assignment with Single-A Jupiter and Triple-A New Orleans, batting .217 (13-for-60) with a home run and six RBI from July 4-22 ... Was reinstated from the 60-day D.L., July 23 and designated for assignment ... Elected free agency, October 1 … signed a minor league contract with the Cubs, November 19.
Chris spent his final season in Cincinnati's system with Triple-A Louisville, but missed nearly two months with a right knee injury ... hit .223 (65-for-291) with 30 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples, six home runs
and 29 RBI in 85 games ... Was on Louisville's seven-day D.L., May 22-July 11, with a right knee
sprain ... Posted a .244 mark (40-for-164) with 10 doubles and three home runs before his injury compared to a .197 average (25-for-127) post-injury ... Crushed an eighth-inning grand slam, July 13, in Louisville's 22-1 victory vs. Gwinnett ... Recorded 17 multi-hit games during the season, including five, three-hit
affairs ... Hit .295 (18-for-61) when ahead in the count compared to a .172 average (21-for-122) when behind ... Declared a free agent, November 2 … signed a minor league contract with Miami three days later.
Spent most of the season at Louisville, where he was an International League mid-season All-Star...made 14 apps during 2 stints with the Reds before he suffered a season-ending knee injury during a plate appearance on 9/11 at Col...on 9/19 had surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his
right knee...made 7 starts, including 4gs at 3B (last on 5/9 at Hou), 2gs at SS (9/6 at Chi, 9/10 at Col) and
1gs at 2B (9/11 at Col)...in his first stint with Cin, from 4/24-5/12 replaced disabled Scott Rolen on the roster
and hit .313 in 8 apps and 4 starts, all at 3B...returned to Cin when rosters expanded and went 2-for-9 in 6
apps and 3 starts before he was injured.
Was 1 of 10 Reds players to make his Major League debut...was an International League All-Star at Louisville and the Bats' lone representative at the Triple-A All-Star Game...ranked fifth among all Reds farmhands and seventh in the IL in hitting (.304)...in Baseball America's "best tools" issue was rated
the best defensive second baseman in the International League...was recalled on 8/24, when Jim Edmonds
went on the disabled list...that night at SF made his Major League debut, pinch hit and singled on the first
pitch from Santiago Casilla...from 8/27-8/31 hit .364 during a 5-game hitting streak...made 6 starts for the
Reds, all at 2B...on 8/27 vs Chi made his first career start, played 2B while Brandon Philllips recovered from
a swollen hand and hit his first career home run (solo off Tom Gorzelanny).
Spent the season on the roster of Class AAA Louisville...from 5/8-6/16 was on the Bats'
disabled list with a broken right hand...hit .161 in 23 apps before the injury and .260 in 72g after he was reinstated from the DL...in 13g from 8/10-8/23 hit .380...on 4/12 vs Columbus produced a 2-run HR for his first
AAA hit...entered the season rated the fourth-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America...was a
non-roster invitee to 2009 spring training camp...on 11/20 was added to the 40-man roster.
Received the Chief Bender Award as the organization's Minor League Player of the Year...in 129g at Class A Sarasota and Class AA Chattanooga hit .317 (18hr, 81rbi, 9sb)...led all Reds minor league batters in hitting and ranked second in RBI...played for the U.S. squad in the XM All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium...was a midseason
Florida State League All-Star and the org's Minor League
Player of the Month for April (26g, .384, 5hr, 27rbi)...his 18-game
hitting streak from 7/1-7/24 was the second-longest in the Southern
League...played for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League (32g, .311, 7
2b, 1 3b, 2hr, 16rbi)
In 136g at Class A Dayton and Sarasota combined to hit .284 (12hr, 79rbi)...at Dayton was a mid-season and post-season Midwest League All-Star, the Midwest League Player of the Week for 4/16-4/22 (.481, 7rbi) and the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for April (20g, .390)...was promoted to Sarasota on 7/4...following the season played for North Shore of the Hawaiian League.
In his first professional season was the Pioneer League's Most Valuable Player, TOPPS' Pioneer League Player of the Year, MiLB.com's short-season Offensive Player of the Year and a Baseball America minor league Rookie All-Star...ranked among PL leaders in total bases (143, 1st), hits (89, T1st), games (70, 2nd), runs scored (58, 2nd), RBI (60, 2nd), extra-base hits (34, 3rd)
and doubles (22, T3rd)...from 7/22-8/26 hit safely in 32 consecutive games to set a new Pioneer League
hitting streak record (49-for-131, .374, 4hr, 46 RBI, 29r)...that 32-game hitting streak was the longest in the
minor leagues in 2006...from 7/13-8/30 reached base safely in 45 straight games...overall, hit safely in 58 of
his 70 apps...ranked fifth among all Reds minor league batters in hitting (.324)...was the organization's Minor
League Player of the Month for July (.339, 4hr, 25rbi).