He and his wife Coralina have two sons, Emil Andres and Gael...Attended Loyola High School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic...His younger brother, Jorge, is an outfielder in the Kansas City organization.
Returned to the Braves organization for his second stint in 2016, playing in a total of 131 games between Atlanta and Triple-A Gwinnett...Played the majority of the year at GWN where he batted .298 (125-for-420) with 14 doubles, 40 RBI and a team-best 37 stolen bases in 107 games...His 37 steals led the International League and registered fourth among Triple-A players…It was his highest stolen base total since 2011 when he stole 40 bases at the Major League level…His last minor league season with at least 37 stolen bases was in 2007 when he swiped 41…Became the third player in G-Braves' history to lead the IL in steals for a full season, joining Matt Young (39 SB in 2010) and Luis Durango (46 SB in 2012)...Had his contract purchased twice during the season…Appeared on the major league roster from 6/21-7/7 and again 9/17 through the end of the season…Batted .211 (8-for-38) with three RBI in 24 games with Atlanta...Finished the season with the eighth-highest batting average in the International League (.298, 125-for-420)...Led qualifying Gwinnett players in batting average (.298) and ranked second in hits (125) and on-base percentage (.356)...Hit at a .376 (41-for-109) clip for the month of August (29 games), the second-highest batting average in the International League during the month…Also had an IL-high 11 steals and was named by the organization as Gwinnett's August Player of the Month... Batted .388 (47-for-121) with 18 multi-hit efforts over his final 31 games, 8/4-9/5…Raised his season batting average from .261 to .298 in that span...Played four different defensive positions between Atlanta and Gwinnett including all three outfield positions and second base.
Spent his ninth Major League season with his eighth Major League organization (Chicago White Sox) and batted .167 (13-for-78) over 47 games...Made 18 starts, including 11 at first base, one in left field and six as the designated hitter... Placed on the Bereavement List on 7/23 and activated off the list on 7/26. Returned to game action on 7/28 and suffered a left oblique strain...Placed on the disabled list on 7/29 (left oblique strain); reinstated on 8/14. Appeared in two games, 8/14-15 (pinch runner and 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter) before being designated for assignment on 8/16.
Combined to hit .259 (102-394) with 17 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 24 RBI, 47 runs scored and 26 stolen bases over 110 games between the Cubs and Atlanta...Ranked 10th in the National League in stolen bases...Appeared in 65 games in center field, 31 at second base, seven at third, six in right, four at shortstop, four in left and one as the designated hitter … was one of just 10 position players to play at least one game at seven or more different positions (including DH) throughout the season (STATS LLC)...Hit .365 (38-104) with eight doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI against left-handers, compared to .221 (64-290) with nine doubles, three triples and 11 RBI vs. righties...Posted a .281 (18-64) average with RISP and a .333 (1-3) mark with the bases loaded...Began the season with the Cubs after making the Opening Day roster as a non-roster invitee to spring training … was signed as a minor-league free agent on 2/15...Became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to record games with one, two, three, four and five hits within the team's first seven games of a season (Elias) … his five hits on 4/2 at Pittsburgh were a career high...Went 9-12 (.750) over the first two games of the season, becoming the first player in the modern era (1900-) to collect nine or more hits in his first two games with any team (Elias)...Went 4-5 with a double and a career-high five runs scored on 5/12 at St. Louis … was one of four players to score five runs in a game in 2014, joining Cleveland's Michael Brantley, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Houston's George Springer...Was on the disabled list with a right oblique strain from 6/13-7/22, including rehabilitation assignments to the Arizona League Cubs and Class AA Tennesse (.269, 7-26)...Was traded by the Cubs with left-hander James Russell to Atlanta in exchange for catcher Victor Caratini on 7/31...Went 9-9 in stolen-base attempts from 8/26-9/22...Hit his second career leadoff home run on 9/28 at Philadelphia (also 9/25/11 at Milwaukee).
Missed considerable time due to injury, appearing in just 64 games... Placed on 15-day disabled list on May 19, missing 46 games after undergoing surgery to repair a sprained left thumb... After returning from DL on July 13, was placed on again from Aug. 4-19 after re-injuring left thumb... Appeared in three games before missing remainder of season after suffering a right knee sprain on Aug. 22...Despite limited action, stole 30 bases (33 attempts), tying him for 9th in National League... Stolen base percentage of 90.9 (30-33) was tied with Tony Campana for second in NL, behind Everth Cabrera (91.7), who led league with 44 steals (48 attempts)...Began season by stealing 20 straight bases without being caught, establishing a Marlins record for most consecutive stolen bases to begin a season... Additionally, from Sept. 27, 2011 to May 18, 2012, had stolen 21 consecutive bases without being caught...Had 28 singles to start season before recording first extra-base hit, a double, on May 9 at Houston... Marked longest streak of singles to open a season in Marlins history...Tied Marlins record with two triples on May 13 vs. Mets, doing so in consecutive at-bats in seventh and ninth innings... Became just fourth Marlin to triple twice in a game...Went 2-3 with his lone home run of season on July 23 vs. Atlanta...Recorded six games with two steals, first doing so on April 7 at CIN... Followed suit on April 17 vs. CHC, April 19 vs. CHC, May 3 at SF, May 11 vs. NYM and July 20 at PIT...Appeared in 51 games in center field (50 starts) and 15 games at second base (14 starts).
Had a 26-game hitting streak from June 28 to July 28, third-longest hit streak of seasonin National League and Majors. Was longest single-season hit streak by a Marlinsince Luis Castillo hit in 35 straight games, a Franchise record, from May 8-June 21,2002. During streak, was 39x100 (.390) with 27 runs...Earned Jeff Conine "Mr. Marlin" Award from South Florida chapter of the BBWAA,awarded to player who embodies playing the game right...Finished season ranked third among NL leadoff hitters (min. 50 games) in batting average(.310), trailing only Jose Reyes (.336) and Starlin Castro (.327). Had fourth-mostgames (97) and fifth-most at-bats (397) as a leadoff hitter in NL...Had second-highest on-base percentage (.376) among NL leadoff hitters (min. 50games), trailing only Reyes (.383)...Tied for second in NL in stolen bases, with Matt Kemp, Cameron Maybin and DrewStubbs. They trailed only Michael Bourn (61). That foursome tied for fourth in Majors,behind Bourn, Coco Crisp (49) and Brett Gardner (49)...Set new career high in steals on July 24 vs. Mets with 22nd theft. Went 35-for-43 instolen base attempts in final 82 games, after going just 5-for-8 in first 70 games...Final stolen base percentage of 78.4 (40-for-51) was third-highest in Club history fora base runner with at least 40 attempts, trailing Chuck Carr in 1994 (80.0, 32-for-40)and Hanley Ramirez in 2007 (78.5, 51-for-65)...Stole 40 bases, 12th-most all-time in Club history. Highest total since Hanley Ramirezstole 51 in 2007...Named NL Player of the Month in July after leading league (sixth in Majors) with a.380 (38x100) average. Also, led Majors with 16 steals and was tied for first with 27 runs(Dustin Pedroia)...Led NL in bunt hits (16) and infield hits (45). Was third in Majors in bunt hits, behindJuan Pierre (19) and Peter Bourjos (17), and second in Majors in infield hits, behindPierre (46)...Led team with 50 multi-hit gamesgames...Made 141 starts at six different positions: 61 at shortstop, 30 at third base, 28 in leftfield, 11 in right, nine in center and two at second base...Entered season with one career home run, an inside-the-park homer on OpeningDay, April 6, 2009 vs. Washington. Sent five home runs over fences in 2011; first suchround-tripper of career came on May 1 at Cincinnati...Tied Franchise record by appearing at three different positions on April 2 and July 22, both times vs. Mets. Last player in Marlins'history to appear at as many positions in a single game was Ross Gload on April 8, 2009 vs. Washington.
Marked second consecutive Opening Day roster after breaking camp out of Spring Training. Alsomade the Marlins 2009 Opening Day roster. Split time between triple-A New Orleans and Florida,posting a .274 average with eight doubles, three triples and 11 RBI in 40 games with the Zephyrsand a career high .261 mark with six doubles, three triples and 10 RBI in 73 games with the Marlins ... Optioned to triple-A New Orleans on April 14 after appearing in only four games prior to thedemotion. Went 0x3 with a run scored ... Upon his arrival to NO, rattled off a 10-game hit streak where he hit .302 (13x43) with two doubles,two triples and four RBI. Went hitless in only nine of 39 total games with at least one at-bat ... Tallied four three-hit games, with the last coming on May 23 at Tacoma ... Was recalled on June 7 and finished the season hitting .266 (47x177) in his final 69 games. Made37 starts after his recall; 14 in center field, eight at shortstop, five in left field, four in right field, fourat third base and two at second base ... Hit in a season-best eight consecutive games in which he batted .500 (17x34) with 11 runs scored,two doubles, two triples and three RBI from September 5-12 ... Tallied four three-hit games; June 27 vs. San Diego, September 5 vs. Atlanta, September 7 atPhiladelphia and September 12 at Washington ... Was successful in all 12 of his stolen base attempts.
The 2009 season marked his first full season at the Major League level. Began the season as theMarlins starting third baseman, making 82 starts at the hot corner. Also started 12 games at shortstop,six in center field, four at second base and two in left field...Despite limited playing time in the second half of the season, ranked fifth in the club with 72 runsscored...Tied for second in the National League in at-bats in the first half of the season (349), behind onlyMiguel Tejada (353). Ranked second on the club with 52 runs in the first half, trailing HanleyRamirez (53)...Had a career-best nine-game hit streak from June 23 to July 2, where he batted .324 (11x34) overthe streak. Also had an eight game streak from May 8-10 where he hit .314 (11x35) with sevenruns scored...Recorded four hits on Opening Day, becoming the fourth Marlin in club history to tally four hits onOpening Day. The others; Hanley Ramirez (4x6) in 2007, Carlos Delgado (4x5) in 2005 and JeffConine (4x4) in 1993. In addition, he scored four times, tying a club record done 18 times before,with Jorge Cantu being the last Marlin to do so on July 4, 2008...Tied his career high with four hits on July 9 vs. Pittsburgh...Drove in a career-high three runs June 9 against St. Louis...Batted .315 (45x143) against left-handed pitchers this season, ranking fourth on the club. Cameinto 2009 with only eight hits in 48 Major League at-bats (.167) against lefties...Ranked sixth in the Majors in infield hits with 34, behind Ichiro (59), Michael Bourn (43), DenardSpan (40), Luis Castillo (39), and Scott Podsednik (37). Tied with Nyjer Morgan for third in MLB with14 bunt hits (Erick Aybar-18; Michael Bourn-17). The 14 bunt hits tied him with Luis Castillo for thefifth-most in a single season in club history...Was the first player since Wade Boggs (nine hits, seven runs) in 1994 to reach eight hits and six runsthrough a team's first three games of the season...Hit inside-the-park home run on Opening Day (off J. Tavarez), and became the first player sinceJuly 7, 2001 (Cesar Izturis) with an inside-the-park home run as his first career homer. Was the firstinside-the-park home run on Opening Day since Carl Yastrzemski on April 10, 1968. Went 4x5 overall,matching the franchise record with four runs scored. Set career-highs with four hits and threestolen bases.
Hit combined .243 (41-for-169) with six doubles, five triples and14 RBI in 49 games between Arizona and Washington...Began season in Diamondbacks organization, where he posteda .302 average (111x367) with 18 doubles, five triples, one homeruns and 29 RBI in 85 games for triple-A Tucson...recalled byArizona, July 1, and posted a .167 average (2x12) with one doubleand two RBI in eight games...Traded to Washington, July 22 for RHP Jon Rauch...reported totriple-A Columbus, where he hit at a .452 clip (14x31) with twodoubles and three RBI...recalled by Nationals, August 1 and finishedthe season with a .248 average (39x157), five doubles, fivetriples and 12 RBI in 41 games...Upon reporting to Nationals, club won four straight and six of hisfirst seven games played...he had multi-hit efforts in five of thosesix wins...hit safely in 26 of 41 games with Washington, including12 multi-hit affairs...Recorded career-best seven-game hitting streak from August26-September 5, batting .417 (10-for-24) with two doubles, atriple, a RBI and a stolen base during the streak...Appeared in 37 games (all starts) at second base withNationals...all three appearances in field with ARI were in outfield,including two in right field and one in left field.
Led all Arizona minor leaguers with 41 steals, also leading the Southern League...led league with 157 hits and finished second with 84 runs scored for Mobile...selected to the Southern League All-Star team...Recalled from Mobile (AA) on Sept. 1 vs. Colorado and made his Major League debut on Sept. 2 as a pinch runner against the Rockies...walked in his first career at-bat on Sept. 3 vs. San Diego...Made his first start on Sept. 10 at San Francisco, picking up his first Major League hit and RBI with a single in the fifth inning...finished the night 2-for-5 with 2 RBI...Collected his first career double on Sept. 14 at Los Angeles, going 2-for-4...Set a career-high with 551 at-bats in his first year at Mobile (AA)...Strung together a 10-game hit streak from April 17-28, batting .381 (16-for-42) with a double, triple, 8 RBI and 6 runs scored over that stretch...Hit safely in 31 of 34 games from May 13-June 19, batting .315 (47-for-149) with 6 doubles, 8 RBI, 25 runs scored and 14 stolen bases, while also collecting 14 multi-hit games...Tied career-high by stealing 3 bases on May 28 vs. Huntsville...July was his best month, batting .314 with 8 doubles, 8 RBI and 11 stolen bases...it was the 15th-highest batting average in the Southern League during July...Held a .960 fielding percentage over 46.0 innings (6 games) at second base for the D-backs.
Ranked second among all minor leaguers in 2006 in hits and runs scored, and seventh in stolen bases while playing with single-ALancaster...His .321 average was sixth among all qualifying minor league switch hitters...Was a California League All-Star, leading circuit in stolen bases and finishing second in hits and runs scored.
Earned Midwest League All-Star honors in 2005 with single-A South Bend; led Arizona farmhands and was second in league instolen bases.