Full name is David Dennis Lough...Graduated from Green High (Akron, Ohio) in 2004...Attended Mercyhurst College (Erie, Pa.)...led the team in 12 offensive categories his junior year as well as tying a school hits mark with 74...named to the Rawlings/ABCA All-America Third Team...also played football at Mercyhurst where he was a wide receiver and kick returner...Participated in the 2010 and 2011 Royals FanFest.
In 1st season with the O's, set career-highs in games played (112), stolen bases (8), and walks (15)...Led all AL LF in Range Factor/9 Innings (2.40)...Made his O's debut, April 2 vs. BOS, collecting 1st hit and run scored...Hit walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning, April 12 vs. TOR, his 1st multi-hit game of the year (2-5, R, RBI)...Collected a season-high three hits, (BB, 2B, 3R and 2 SB), April 24 @TOR...Hit 1st HR as an Oriole, collecting season-high 3 RBI, June 1 @HOU...Batted .356/.391/.576 (21-for-59) in his final 52 games (15 GS) of the season, beginning July 6...Scored a run in a career-high five consecutive games despite recording an at-bat in just three of the five games (two as PR), September 7-17...Ended the season on a season-high five-game hitting streak (beginning September 17), batting .500/.500/.929 (7-for-14)...Appeared in two postseason games, going 0-for-1 at the plate.
Recalled from Triple-A Omaha, May 16, and played in 96 games for KC... Finished 8th in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting, leading AL rookies in WAR per both Baseball-Reference (2.7) and FanGraphs (2.4, tied with Tampa Bay's Wil Myers)... Among all outfielders that played 500 or more innings in 2013, he ranked 9th overall with a +14.5 Ultimate Zone Rating... Also ranked 6th among all outfielders in UZR/150, posting a +27.3 (UZR prorated over 150 games)... Ranked 3rd among AL rookies (min. 300 AB) in average (.286), 2nd in triples (4), T-4th in doubles (17), and 5th in slugging percentage (.413)... Hit .294 (50-170) with a .447 SLG before the All-Star break... Blasted first major league home run on June 11 (solo shot off DET's Max Scherzer)... Became the first Royals rookie to collect four hits in a game on May 27 vs. STL, going 4-for-5... Also went 4-for-4 with three doubles and a homer @MIN on June 30... Became the first Royal to collect four extra-base hits in a game since Johnny Damon did it vs. CHC, July 18, 2000... Hit .340 (52-153) in 37 games for the Storm Chasers, which ranked 11th in the Pacific Coast League at the time of his call-up... Had a 16-game hitting streak, April 19-May 8 for Omaha.
David was a September call up by the Royals after spending most of the season in Omaha (AAA)...tied for second
in the Pacific Coast League in triples and tied for eighth in stolen bases...He was recalled from Omaha on September 1 and was 2-for-5 starting the second game of a doubleheader that
night...singled in his first career at bat off Minnesota's Liam Hendriks and became the fourth Royals player to score
2 runs in his MLB debut.
Spent his second consecutive season at Triple-A Omaha, helping the Storm Chasers to the Pacific Coast League championship. ... Despite missing some time with nagging injuries, finished third in the PCL with 11 triples and eighth with 87
runs scored. ... Hit .336 (48-for-143) vs. left-handed pitchers, .333 (56-for-168) following the All-Star break and .353 (42-for-119) with runners in scoring position.
Saw his first action at the Triple-A level, spending the entire season with Omaha...After a slow start that saw him bat .262 (79-for-302) prior to the All-Star break, turned it around to hit .316 (50-for-158) following the break with a .865 OPS...His 12 triples ranked second in the Pacific Coast League...Was added to the Royals' 40-man roster on November 19, 2010.
Opened the year at Wilmington (A Advanced) before being promoted to Northwest Arkansas (AA) at the end of June...Combined to hit .325 over his two stops, leading the entire Kansas City organization...Received the second annual George Brett Hitter of the Year Award at the Royals' Awards Night on January 14,
Spent his first year of full-season pro ball entirely with the Burlington Bees of the Class A Midwest League...hit .268 (131-for-488) in 126 games, with 21 doubles, 11 triples, 16 home runs, 62 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and 76 runs scored...finished third in the league in triples, and fifth in total bases (222) and at-bats...hit .259 (62-for-239) before the All-Star break and .277 (69-for-249) after...hit .282 (106-for-376) vs. right-handers and .308 (117-for-380) at night...had RBIs in four straight games three times during the season...had 40 multi-hit games, including two 4-for-4 efforts, April 25 vs. South Michigan (3 RBI) and Aug. 19 against Quad Cities (3B, HR, RBI)...hit in seven straight games May 15-23, a season-high eight straight June 20-28 and six straight Aug. 5-11, including five multi-hit efforts.
Made his professional debut and spent the entire season with the Burlington Royals of the (Rookie-level) Appalachian League...hit .337 (29-for-86) in 24 games, with two home runs, 12 RBIs, six stolen bases and 15 runs scored...hit .419 (13-for-31) in June and August...hit .387 (24-for-62) against right-handed pitching and .208 (5-for-24) vs. left-handers.