Resides in Maracay, VZ during the offseason with his wife, Laura Ochoa, and their son, Austin...Participated in the pregame ceremony prior to the annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! game...Recommended/signed by Pedro Chavez for the Tigers.
Played in a career-high 106 games in 2021...Excelled in clutch situations during the season, hitting .366 (30-for-82) in tie games, .315 (17x54) in late and close situations and .325 (13-for-40) with two outs and runners in scoring position...Made his first Major League pitching appearance on April 5 vs. Minnesota, throwing a hitless ninth inning with one walk...finished the season with three pitching appearances, becoming the first Tigers primary position player to pitch in three-or-more games in a season since Willie Smith made 11 outings in 1963...Recorded the first walk-off hit of his big league career May 15 vs. Chicago (NL), knocking a game-winning single with two outs in the 10th inning...Began the season with 20 straight singles before hitting a double in the ninth inning on May 18 at Seattle...was the first Tigers player since Bob Swift in 1951 to open a season with 20 consecutive singles...Posted five straight multi-hit games from May 16-25, equaling the longest streak of his career (also, Sept. 10-15, 2019)...Hit his first home run of the season on June 12 vs. Chicago (AL), a two-run shot off Dylan Cease...was his first homer since Sept. 14, 2019...Batted .431/.436/.471 with two doubles and eight RBI over a 16-game stretch from June 30-July 30...had nine multi-hit games during that stretch...Had a go-ahead pinch-hit RBI single in the 10th inning on August 20 at Toronto...marked the first time a Tiger has had a go-ahead pinch-hit in extra innings since June 13, 1999, at St. Louis, when Frank Catalanotto hit a go-ahead pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning...Homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career on September 1-2 vs. Oakland...his homer on September 2 traveled 447 feet, the second-longest by a Tiger during the season (Akil Baddoo, 450 feet on April 12 at Houston) and the second-longest homer at Comerica Park in 2021 (Byron Buxton, 451 feet April 6)...Had extra-base hits in four straight games from August 30-September 3...after only having seven extra-base hits through his first 81 games of the season, he recorded five extra-base knocks during this four-game stretch....Provided the game-winning hit Sept. 20 vs. Chicago (AL) with an eighth-inning single off Craig Kimbrel...marked his third go-ahead hit of the season in the eighth inning-or-later. Hit safely in 17-of-23 games from Aug. 29-Sept. 30, batting .354/.368/.554 with seven doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.
Appeared in just under half of the club’s 57 games during the 2020 season, due to time on the injured list recovering from a left hamstring strain... Played 22 games for the Tigers during the season, batting .347/.407/.429 with six runs scored, four doubles and three RBI... The utility man made starts at seven different positions during the 2020 campaign: three at right field; two at first base, third base and shortstop; and one at left field, center field and designated hitter... Had a career-high, seven-game hitting streak from Aug. 10-Sept. 19…over that stretch he batted .526/.571/.737 with a pair of multi-hit efforts…the streak was also tied for the fifth longest by a Tiger this season (long, Cabrera with 13 games)… Posted his first multi-hit game of 2020 on Aug. 16 vs. Cleveland, going 3x4 with two runs scored, a double and walk…marked the 10th time in his career he’s had a game with three-or-more hits, most recently happening on September 15, 2019, vs. Baltimore.
Spent most of the 2019 season with the Tigers, playing in 97 games...Named the Tigers Rookie of the Year by Detroit Sports Media...Led the American League and ranked third among all rookies (min. 350 at-bats) with a .291 (103x354) batting average…also ranked tied for first among American League rookies with four triples, tied for fifth with nine games of three-or-more hits and sixth with 28 multi-hit games...Had four-hit games on July 14 at Kansas City and September 7 at Oakland…joined Cleveland's Oscar Mercado and Houston's Yordan Alvarez as the only American League rookies with multiple four-hit games in 2019...Appeared at seven different defensive positions throughout the season, playing 34 games at second base, 30 games in center field, 10 games at third base, eight games in left field, seven games in right field, two games at shortstop and one game at first base...Selected as the Tigers Minor League Player of the Month for April, batting .353/.392/.544 with four doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI in 17 games with Triple A Toledo...Posted a 20-game hitting streak with Triple A Toledo from April 15-May 23, hitting .382/.435/.592 with four doubles, four home runs and 23 RBI...Blasted the first home run of his big league career on June 19 at Pittsburgh, hitting a solo shot in the third inning off Trevor Williams...Had a pair of hits in the third inning on July 14 at Kansas City, becoming the first Tigers player to have multiple hits in an inning since Ian Kinsler on April 25, 2017 vs. Seattle...Finished the season on a strong note, hitting .318/.333/.398 with two doubles, one triple, one home run and seven RBI in 22 games in September.
Combined to appear in 103 games between Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo in 2018...also saw the first Major League action of his career, playing in six games with the Tigers...Played in 20 games between Erie and Toledo in June, hitting .324/.342/.392 with 10 runs scored, five doubles and eight RBI...Made his Major League debut as a pinch runner in the ninth inning on September 23 vs. Kansas City...Made his first Major League start on September 25 at Minnesota and notched his first big league hit, stolen base and run scored in the eighth inning...Saw time in 58 games with Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .341/.371/.450 with 37 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 26 RBI...led the VWL in hits (84), while he was third in batting average and runs scored and total bases and fourth in doubles.
Spent the majority of the 2017 season with Double A Erie, appearing in 106 games... Ranked as the fifth-toughest batter to strike out in the Eastern League, fanning once every 8.47 plate appearances...Collected a season-high four hits on May 20 at Altoona...also had four hits on August 12 vs. New Hampshire...Named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending August 13...hit .571 (12x21) with five runs scored, four doubles, one triple and five RBI in five games...Hit safely in 15 consecutive games from July 29-August 14...batted .417 (25x60) with 13 runs scored, six doubles, one triple and six RBI during the streak... Played in 48 games with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .270 (44x163) with 12 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple and 10 RBI.