Claimed off waivers from Oakland on July 18 of last season, and was promoted to Chicago on July 30 ... went on to win N.L. Rookie of the Month honors for both August and September... Hit .342 (76-for-222) in 56 games for the Cubs in 2021 ... had 19 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 40 RBI... In 70 career major league games between the Royals (2019), Athletics (2021) and Cubs, owns a .311 average (80-for-257) with 20 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs and 43 RBI ... owns a .914 career OPS... Selected by the Royals in the 18th round of the 2013 draft out of St. John's University and spent the first six-plus seasons of his pro career in the Royals organization... Made his big league debut in 2019 when he was on the Royals Opening Day roster ... released in May of 2019 and signed a minor league deal with Detroit... Named the George Brett Minor League Hitter of the Year by the Royals in 2017... In 842 career minor league games, has hit .286 (929-for-3,253) with 214 doubles, five triples, 135 home runs and 548 RBI to go along with a .799 OPS... In the minors, has played 512 games at first base and 69 games at catcher ... has saw brief time in right field and left field and made one appearance as pitcher... At St. John's University, he earned ABCA All-Northeast Region honors and was second-team All-Big East selection as a junior in 2013 ... collected all-tournament team honors at both the Big East Championship and NCAA Chapel Hill Regional in 2012.
In 2021, had a breakout two-month stint with Chicago after he was promoted to the Cubs from Triple-A Iowa on July 30 ... batted .342 (76-for-222) with 19 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 40 RBI, a .389 OBP and a 1.002 OPS in 56 games... With the Cubs, hit .324 with six home runs against lefties and posted a .327 average with eight homers against right-handers... Had 30 RBI in his first 33 games as a Cub, joining Joe Pepitone (1970) and Andre Dawson (1987) as the third Cub in the last 60 years to reach 30 RBI in their first 33 games... His 69 hits in his first 50 games as a Cub are second-most in a player's first 50 contests with the franchise since 1906, surpassed by Al Dark's 73 hits in 1958... Recorded an extra-base hit in seven-straight games from Aug. 12-18... Twice homered in three-straight games: Aug. 29-Sept. 1 and Sept. 3-5 ... is the sixth Cub since 2000 to record multiple three-game home run streaks in the same season... Posted go-ahead RBI in four-straight games Sept. 3-6, becoming the second player in the expansion era to turn the trick (Orlando Cepeda, 1967)... Recorded a career-high 13-game hitting streak (22-for56/.393) from Sept. 10-24... Opened the year with Triple-A Las Vegas in the A's chain ... promoted to Oakland on June 29, and hit .150 (3-for-20) with a homer and RBI in eight games before he was designated for assignment July 16.
Was a non-roster invitee with Detroit and hit .238 with two home runs and five RBI in 12 Spring Training games for the Tigers…was added to the 60-man player pool on June 29 but did not play in 2020.
Combined to play in 116 games between Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo in 2019... Hit a pair of home runs and had three RBI on May 4 vs. Bowie... Sidelined from August 20-27 with left knee inflammation.
Named Omaha (AAA) Player of the Year for the second straight season, also being tabbed a Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star and a MiLB.com Organization All-Star...collected two hits and two runs scored as the starting DH at the annual PCL All-Star game ... Set an Omaha single-season record with 38 doubles, which passed Steve Hammond (1983) and Clint Robinson (2012), who both had 37…his total ranked second in the PCL, while he was also third in hits (146), at-bats (510) and games (134) and fourth in RBI (93) ... Led Royals' farmhands in RBI and total bases (258), while his 24 homers were second to only Seuly Matias (31) ... After a slow start, batted .310/.364/.542 (63-for-203) with 20 doubles and nine homers after the All-Star break…that included hitting .328 (43-for-131) with 15 doubles, five homers and 21 RBI from Aug. 1 to the end of the season (33 games) ... Enjoyed a 20-game hitting streak, which was the longest by an Omaha player in 2018...batted .388 (33-for-85) with 12 doubles, six homers and 16 RBI (.741 SLG) between July 22 and Aug. 13 ... Recorded his only multi-homer game of the year and seventh of his career on June 1 at Oklahoma City, smashing a solo homer and a two-run shot in an 8-7 setback ... Did not commit an error in 514 chances at first base…no other Triple-A first baseman played error free with more than 400 chances ... Played in 34 games for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League, batting .235 (28-for-119) with four doubles, two homers and 17 RBI.
Tabbed George Brett Minor League Player of the Year as well as Omaha (AAA) Player of the Year... Opened the year at Northwest Arkansas (AA), but was promoted to Omaha on May 18…combined to hit .329/.349/.541 (174-for-529) with a career-high 43 doubles, 23 homers and 97 RBI... Led Royals' minor league players in doubles and RBI, while his 23 homers ranked second... From the time of his Triple-A debut (May 18) to the end of the year, led the Pacific Coast League in doubles (30), tied for first in hits (126), ranked second in total bases (207), tied for fifth in extra-base hits (47) and tied for seventh in RBI (72)... Hit safely in 47 of his final 50 games, batting .396 (82- for-207) with 17 doubles, 14 homers and 53 RBI in that stretch…enjoyed an 18-game hitting streak from July 15- Aug. 1, which matched the longest of the season by a Storm Chaser... One of two Omaha players (Raúl Mondesi) to hit multiple grand slams, hitting them July 16 vs. Nashville and Aug. 16 vs. Oklahoma City... Batted .337/.362/.561 (33-for-98) with seven doubles and five homers with runners in scoring position…also hit .326/.351/.527 (42-for-129) and 33 RBI with two outs.
Named a Texas League midseason All-Star… ranked third among Royals' farmhands in home runs (20) and fifth in RBI (68), spending the entire year at Northwest Arkansas...also tied for sixth in the league in homers and tied for eighth in RBI.
Split the season between Wilmington (A+) and Northwest Arkansas…tied for seventh in the Carolina League with 28 doubles.
Tabbed a South Atlantic League All-Star as well as Lexington (A) Player of the Year…ranked third in the SAL with a .515 slugging percentage, while finishing fourth in homers (20) and ninth in total bases (209).
In his first professional season, ranked sixth in the Pioneer League in hits (78) and seventh in at-bats (260), with Idaho Falls (Rookie).