Was a four year letter winner at Elk Grove High School in California...was a two-time high school All-American and was named the NorCal Player of the Year in both his junior and senior years...was drafted in the fifth round of the June 2011 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays but did not sign... Elected to attend Cal State Fullerton where he was named to the All-Big West First Team in his sophomore and junior years...in his junior year, led the Titans in batting average (.338), OBP (.419) and slugging (.523)... Was drafted by Houston in the third round of the June 2014 draft...signed by Astros scout Brad Budzinski... Was originally selected to the Major League roster on Aug. 5, 2017...is currently signed to a one-year contract that runs through 2018.
The 24-year-old and Double A Corpus Christi 2017 Player of the Year made his Major League debut, playing in 24 total games (14 starts at 3B) with the Astros after getting selected to the Major League roster in the beginning of August...hit four home runs and put up a .484 slugging percentage...three of his four homers came against left-handed pitchers (.652 SLG)...went 2x5 (.400) with a home run as a pinch-hitter...46.5% of his batted balls had an exit velocity greater than 95 miles per hour, per Statcast...that was the 12th-highest mark in the AL (min. 30 batted balls)...made two appearances as a pitcher, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts...the former closer at Cal State Fullerton became the second position player in club history to make two pitching appearances in a season, joining Tim Bogar (2000)...the last position player to make two pitching appearances in a season for any team was Paul Janish for Cincinnati in 2009...was a non-roster invitee at Astros Spring Training before starting the season at Double A Corpus Christi...was promoted to Triple A Fresno on July 19...was selected to the Major League roster on Aug. 5 and remained in Houston through the end of the season...spent all of Spring Training with the Major League club, batting .365 (19x52) with an .875 OPS in 28 games...made his MLB debut on Aug. 5 vs. TOR in a start at third base...went 1x4...recorded his first career RBI on Aug. 12 at TEX...hit his first MLB homer on Aug. 24 vs. WSH, a solo shot off LHP Sammy Solis...homered for the second consecutive game (and second consecutive plate appearance) on Aug. 25 at LAA...homered in his final PA on Aug. 24 vs. WSH, and his first PA on Aug. 25 at LAA...went 2x4 with a double in a start at 3B on Aug. 29 vs. TEX, but also pitched a perfect 8th inning... struck out Shin-Soo Choo...became the third position player in club history to retire every batter he faced in a pitching appearance, joining Jake Elmore (Aug. 19, 2013 at TEX) and Tim Bogar (June 10, 2000 at SD)...hit a pinchhit, solo homer on Sept. 10 at OAK...from the date of his first Major League homer (Aug. 24) through the end of the season, batted .263 (10x38) with two doubles, four homers, five RBI and a .632 slugging percentage in 16 games... in 103 combined games in the minor leagues, hit .282 (116x412) with 23 doubles, 26 homers, 78 RBI and an .872 OPS (.345 OBP/.527 SLG)...began his season at Double A Corpus Christi, batting .279 (98x351) with 18 doubles, 21 homers, 60 RBI and an .850 OPS (.840 OBP/.510 SLG) in 87 games...was named the club's Player of the Year and was named a Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-Star...led the Double A Texas League in slugging percentage while ranking third in OPS...at the time of his promotion to Triple A, was leading the Texas League in homers...ultimately finished second in the league in homers, despite playing his last Double A game on July 18... was named the Texas League Player of the Month for June after hitting .343 with seven homers and 23 RBI during the month...increased his career home run total with the Double A Hooks to 44 across his two seasons, making him the franchise leader in career home runs...played in 16 total games at Triple A Fresno, batting .295 (18x61) with five doubles, five homers, 18 RBI and a .993 OPS (.370 OBP/.623 SLG).
Had a stellar 2016 season, which was spent with the Double A Corpus Christi Hooks...set career highs in games (126) and doubles (34)...batted .268 (130x539) with an .818 OPS (.334 OBP/.485 SLG), 23 homers and 81 RBI in 126 games...won Texas League Player of the Week four times, was named a Midseason All-Star, earned MiLB.com Texas League Player of the Month honors for May and was named an MiLB Organization All-Star... was an NRI for the Astros in Spring Training for the first time in his career...appeared in eight games, tallying four hits in nine at bats...scored three runs, brought in one run and walked once...had a season-long-tying, 12-game hitting streak from May 13-24...batted .396 (21x54) with five doubles, six homers and 14 RBI during the run...he won two consecutive Player of the Week awards during that streak...tied his season-long hitting streak from Aug. 16-28, where he batted .444 with 20 hits, five doubles, a triple, five homers and 12 RBI...won two more Player of the Week awards during the streak.
Played his entire second professional season at Class A Advanced Lancaster and posted big numbers with a .289 average (140x485), 28 doubles, 26 home runs, 101 RBI and a .890 OPS...ranked third among all Astros prospects in home runs and RBI and ranked sixth all of minor league baseball in RBI...was twice named the California League Player of the Week for the weeks ending on Aug. 10 and Aug. 31...was solid all of August as he hit .382 (29x76) with five doubles, 10 RBI and 27 RBI in 19 games in the month...was sidelined for a week from Aug. 16-24...appeared in all three of the JetHawks playoff games, going 3x11 with two home runs and three RBI...played for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League and played in the Rising Stars Game after hitting .279 (19x68) with six doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 17 games in the AFL.
Signed his first professional contract on June 12 and reported to Class A Short Season Tri-City...split his season between Tri-City (30g) and Class A Quad Cities (43g), combining to hit .293 (78x266) with 16 doubles, 13 home runs and 52 RBI en route to being named an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star...was named the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for June 30-July 6...had two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in six games that week...promoted to Quad Cities on July 15 and finished his season with the River Bandits...made all his starts at third base in 2014.