A 3-year letter winner at the University of South Carolina from 2010-2012, helped the Gamecocks win the College World Series as a freshman and return to the tournament his other 2 seasons...was first-team All-SEC as a junior...left school with a College World Series record-tying 28 hits...was ranked the No. 1 high school player in Pennsylvania after hitting .588 during his senior season at Kennedy-Kenrick (Pa.) High School...was signed by Orioles scout Chris Gale.
Hit .250 (3-for-12) in 11 appearances in his first season with the D-backs...Named Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player after batting .309 with 34 doubles, 32 home runs and 114 RBI in 133 games with the Aces...He was named a PCL mid- and postseason All-Star, and ranked among the Minor League leaders in RBI (1st), extra-base hits (1st, 75) and home runs (T-2nd), while he led the PCL in runs (104) and total bases (307). POSTSEASON: Played in 2 NLDS games vs. Dodgers as a pinch-hitter.
Led Class AAA Gwinnett with 18 HR, 64 RBI, 131 games and 64 runs scored...played left field and first base for the Tides, while also serving as the designated hitter...hit .312 as the DH or the first baseman....was International League Player of the Week for 8/15-8/21 (.333, 4 2b, 3hr, 7rbi)...hit 14 of his 18 HR off righthanded pitchers.
Enters 2016 as a top Orioles prospect, according to Baseball America (No. 14), Baseball Prospectus (No. 10), and MLB.com (No. 13) • Tied for second in the International League in games played (138), led the league in at-bats (534), tied for third in doubles (33) and extra-base hits (52), and was fourth in total bases (226) • Led the Tides in home runs (18), RBI (74), and runs scored (68) • Named IL Player of the Week for the period of 7/20-26 after batting .414 (12-for-29) with four doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, and nine runs scored over seven games • Slugged two solo home runs on 9/3 vs. Gwinnett, his lone multi-home run game of the season • Batted .306 (45-for-147) against left-handers while playing with Triple-A Norfolk • Hit .337 (33-for-98) in 25 June games with the Tides • Collected 13 extra-base hits and 21 RBI in 26 July games with Norfolk • Made his first stint of the season with the Orioles on 7/8 at Minnesota and went 1-for-2 with a walk (started at DH and batted fifth in the lineup) • Was called up for his second stint with Baltimore on 9/15 and appeared in six games for the Orioles following his second call-up of the season
Named the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year...Hit a combined .288/.357/.489 with 53 extra-base hits, 96 RBI and 73 runs scored in 139 total games with Double-A Bowie (.301/.367/.516 in 95 games) and Triple-A Norfolk (.259/.335/.428 in 44 games)...Had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk, September 17 and made his ML debut that night, collecting 1st big league hit, a double off of J.A. Happ, in the 7th inning...Hit first ML HR, September 20 vs. BOS, a 4th inning solo shot (Rubby De La Rosa)...Led all Orioles minor leaguers in home runs (26) and RBI (96)...Named the first baseman for the Eastern League Season Ending All-Star Team, finishing the season among the EL leaders despite being promoted to Triple-A in July, ranking 2nd in RBI (77), 3rd in slugging (.516) and 6th in average (.301)...Also was Named EL Player of the Week twice: weeks ending April 20 and May 18...Rated by Baseball America as the Orioles #3 prospect following the season, as the Best Power Hitter in the Orioles system, and as the Best Defensive First Baseman in the Eastern League...Selected by Baseball America to the Second Team All-Star Team and Double-A All-Star Team following the season.
Named Organizational Player of the Month for April, as he hit .360 (31-for-86) with three home runs and 16 RBI...Selected to the MLB All-Star Futures Game...Named Carolina League Player of the Week for week of July 1-8.
Batted .284 with two home runs and nine RBI in 22 games...Was named the New York-Penn League Offensive Player of the Week for July 16-23.