Had a scholarship offer to play baseball at Arizona State, but chose to sign with the Padres...Brother, D.J., was selected as the 12th-overall pick by Seattle in 2013.
Appeared in just 87 games with Triple-A Gwinnett due to injury and batted .248/.318/.318...Sustained a broken hamate bone in his left hand during an at-bat in major league Spring Training and opened the minor-league season on the disabled list...Missed over a month before being reinstated on 5/19...Made a second trip to the disabled list from 8/21- 28 with a concussion...Batted .301/.407/.466 in 73 at-bats against left- handed pitching, compared to a .237/.308/.309 mark in 241 at-bats against righties...Entered the season ranked by Baseball America as Atlanta's No. 16 prospect, and by MLB.com as No. 18.
Set career highs in nearly every offensive category while earning Atlanta Braves Minor League Player of the Year honors as he played in 132 games in his first professional season at Double-A Mississippi in 2016…Ranked in the top 10 in several offensive categories among Braves farmhands and Southern League batters...Posted a .282 batting average (148-for-524) with career highs in doubles (38), RBI (88), home runs (12), OPS (.774) and runs scored (65)...Started each of his 132 games played, including 125 in left field and four in center field...Collected 148 hits, the second most in the organization and fifth most among all Double-A batters…Over a two-month span, 6/1-7/31, collected 70 hits over 52 games for a .333 (70-for-210) batting average...Paced Atlanta farmhands and ranked tied for fifth among all Double-A batters with 88 RBI... Was one of two players at the Double-A level with 38 doubles…Ranked tied for 15th among all minor leaguers and finished one double shy of the organizational lead...Fifty-two of his 148 hits went for extra bases…Had the second most extra-base hits in the Southern League and second most in the organization…Forty-two of his total 52 extra-base hits came in his first 99 games…Had just 10 extra-base hits over his final 33 games...Ranked third among organizational hitters with 12 home runs…Was tied for sixth in slugging percentage (.431, also ranked fourth in the Southern League) and ninth in OPS (.774)...Hit at a .282 (148-for-524) clip, the seventh highest mark in the Southern League and 10th highest among organizational hitters...Twice earned Southern League Player of the Week honors, for the weeks ending 7/24 and 6/19…. From 6/13-19, hit at a .429 clip with nine RBI over eight games…For the week ending 7/24, he tallied 13 hits in six games, including five doubles and one triple with nine RBI...Batted .297 (121-for-407) with 33 doubles and 71 RBI with a .356 on-base percentage through his first 103 games of the season…His batting average over his final 29 games, 8/2-9/5, was .231 (27-for-117) with five doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and a .297 on-base percentage...Batted over .300 in back-to-back months: June (.320, 31-for-97) and July (.345, 39-for-113)...Posted a multi-hit effort in nearly half of his games in which he collected at least one hit…Had 95 games with at least one hit, 43 of which were of the multi-hit fashion...In seven games during the Southern League playoffs, went 10-for-29 (.345) with a solo home run and three RBI... Entered 2016 as Atlanta's No. 22 prospect as named by Baseball America...Hit .324 (22-for-68) over 18 games played in the Arizona Fall League …His batting average was second on the Salt River Rafters and ranked as the eighth highest mark in the AFL.
Tabbed by Baseball America as Atlanta's 19th-best prospect entering the 2015 season...Played his first season in the Atlanta organization with High-A Carolina, and batted .251 (112-for- 446) with 25 extra-base hits and a career-best 44 walks...Ended the season in the Top 10 among Braves prospects in RBI (T3rd, 62), runs (5th, 58), hits (9th, 112) and home runs (9th, 8)...Earned Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star honors after hitting .283 (51-for-180) with five homers and 24 RBI in 50 games over the season's first "half"...Batted .314 (33-for-105) in 30 games to open the season before landing on the disabled list on 5/13 following the crash of the Mudcats' bus...Returned from the DL on 6/2 and batted .232 (79- for-341) in 88 games the remainder of the season...Batted at a .288 (57-for-198) clip with runners on base, including a .377 (23-for-61) average with two outs and runners on, compared to a .222 (55-for-248) mark with the bases empty...Stroked the second grand slam of his career on 8/19 vs. Salem as part of a 3-for-5 night with three runs and four RBI.
Spent the full season with Single-A Fort Wayne in the Padres system, pacing the club with 31 doubles and logging the third-most hits (123)...Plated 79 runs on the season, good for second- most on the team...Started the year hitting .264 (84-for-318) over the season's first three months, before hitting just .187 (39-for-209) in July, August and September...Collected the first four-hit game of his career on 6/24 vs. Dayton, going 4-for-6 with a double, RBI and two runs.
Made his professional debut with the Arizona League Padres after being a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2013 June free agent draft...Rated by Baseball America following the season as the No. 15 prospect in the Arizona League.