Twitter: @Danielbpalka ... Attended Georgia Tech from 2011-13 … earned the following honors: 2013 NCBWA First-Team All-American, 2013 Baseball America First-Team All-American and Preseason All-American and 2013 Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American ... Participated in the 2012 College World Series HR Derby ... Was named the 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star Game MVP ... Is a 2010 graduate of Greer (S.C.) High School … was a 2010 Rawlings Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Region ... Originally selected by Philadelphia in the 19th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign.
Spent most of the season with Class AAA Rochester but also appeared in six games with the Gulf Coast League Twins ... Combined to hit .274 (96-350) with 13 doubles, three triples, 12 homers, 44 RBI and a .330 on-base percentage in 90 games ... Batted .343/.384/.495 vs. lefties … eight of his 11 home runs came against right-handers … hit a season-high .291 (37-127) with three home runs and 17 RBI over 31 August games ... Recorded multihomer efforts with four RBI on 4/9-2 at Syracuse and 4/16 vs. Syracuse ... Compiled hitting streaks of 12 games (5/16-7/24), 11 games (8/5-16) and 10 games (8/26-9/4) ... Was on the disabled list from 5/29-7/3 (left hand fracture) ... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 9 Prospect in the Twins system.
Spent first season in Twins organization after being acquired November 10, 2015, in exchange for catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann...split season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester...Named Twins minor league Player of the Month for April while at Chattanooga, hitting .338 (27-for-80) with seven doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI...named again in June for Chattanooga, hitting .302 (29-for-96) with 13 home runs and 30 RBI...Named both Southern League Player of the Week and Twins minor league Player of the Week June 12, hitting .345 (10-for-29) with four home runs and 10 RBI...Named MiLB.com Southern League Player of the Month in June, hitting .302 (29-for-96) with three doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 30 RBI and 13 walks in 26 games...Named Southern League Midseason All-Star and Southern League Postseason All-Star...Ranked fourth in all of minor league baseball in home runs (34) and second in the entire Twins organization (Dozier - 42)...also ranked second in Twins organization in RBI (90)...Combined to hit .254 (128-for-503) with 24 doubles, 34 home runs and 90 RBI in 133 games between Chattanooga and Rochester...Added to Twins 40-man roster November 18...Played 22 games for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the season...Named ninth best prospect in Twins system by Baseball America entering 2017.
Was named a California League All-Star and to Arizona's MiLB.com organizational All-Star team with Class A Visalia ... Was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect team after appearing in 22 games with Salt River.
Spent the entire season with Class A South Bend and was named a Midwest League midseason All-Star ... Was named MWL Player of the Week for 7/21-27, hitting .450 (9-20) with two doubles, two homers and four RBI in six games.
Combined to hit .310 (78-252) with 21 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 48 RBI and a .908 OPS in his professional debut season between Rookie Missoula and Class A Hillsboro ... Was named a Pioneer League All-Star with Missoula ... Named PL POW for 7/22-28 after hitting .579 (11-19) with three homers and seven RBI in five games.