Selected by the Mariners in the 38th round of the 2015 June Draft out of UC Santa Barbara…was a career .249/.345/.391 (42-for-169) hitter for the Gauchos…missed 19 games with a fractured right fibula as a junior…also played basketball at Foothill High School in Redding, Calif.
Split the season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham, earning a June 1 promotion…hit .281/.394/.405 (118-for-420) with 10 HR and 46 RBI in 122 games between the two levels…tied for 2nd among Rays minor leaguers with 69 BB and ranked 6th in hits…named Southern League Player of the Week for May 6-12… named to the Southern League midseason AllStar Team, but did not play due to his promotion… ranked by Baseball America as the Best Defensive First Baseman in the SL in its Best Tools survey.
Spent the entire season with Montgomery… ranked among SL leaders in runs (72, tied for 7th), walks (65, tied for 4th) and stolen bases (22, 5th)… his 65 BB ranked 4th among Rays minor leaguers.
Split his first season in the Rays organization between Class-A Charlotte and Montgomery, batting .304/.399/.458 (130-for-428) with 9 HR and a career-high 67 RBI…his 35 2B tied for 3rd among Rays minor leaguers and his 67 RBI ranked 5th.
Selected to the Midwest League midseason All-Star Team and ranked among league leaders in OBP (.384, 5th) and walks (63, 4th)…his .293 avg. ranked 2nd on the club…started 88 games at 1B and 27 games in RF…all 7 HR came vs. RHP…first professional homer came on April 26 at Bowling Green, off Rays prospect José Mujica …the Mariners presented him with the Edgar Martinez PTPA ("Productive Team Plate Appearance") Award following the season.