Wife’s name is Amy Beth. Has two sons; Emmitt and Micah... Played baseball at the University of North Carolina, where he set a single-season record for throwing out baserunners (32) during his junior year in 2011 (the 3rd-most in the NCAA that year). Hit .297 (62x209) with 21 doubles, four home runs, 36 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 55 games during his senior season (2012) and earned All-ACC Second-Team honors... His father, Kevin, has spent 25 seasons as a head basketball coach in the college ranks with Illinois State (1993-98), Vanderbilt (1999-2015), and Pittsburgh (2016-17) and has produced a 479-324 (.597) record.
Played in a career-high 112 games for Pittsburgh in 2021. Hit .246 with 20 doubles, 8 home runs and 53 RBI... Earned the Rawlings Gold Glove Award as a catcher. Ranked 2nd among all Major League players behind Colorado’s Ryan McMahon (22) with 21 defensive runs saved. Was the only MLB catcher without a passed ball (min. 500.0 innings caught) and ended the season with a streak of 131 consecutive games without a passed ball, dating back to Aug. 14, 2020, at Cincinnati... Was voted the winner of the Chuck Tanner award (most cooperative with the media) by the local BBWAA for the second consecutive season. Pirates nominee for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award... Hit his second career walk-off home run while also collecting three hits and a career-high four RBI on May 15 vs. San Francisco... Hit a walk-off grand slam (third in the 20-year history of PNC Park) to cap off a 9-7 win over the Mets on July 17... Hit .279 at home with five home runs and 36 RBI. Hit just .208 on the road.
Was voted the Roberto Clemente award winner (team MVP) by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America...Was also voted the winner of the Chuck Tanner award (most cooperative with the media) by the local BBWAA...Was one of the three finalists for an N.L. Gold Glove award at catcher (Tucker Barnhart won)...Set career highs in doubles and RBI...Hit .324 (11-for34) against left-handed pitchers...Made 42 appearances (40 starts) behind the plate...Led all National League catchers in innings played (345.1) and assists (22)...Shared N.L. lead with Yadier Molina in games caught (42)...Ranked second with 405 total chances behind New York’s Wilson Ramos (406)... Threw out six of the 17 runners attempting to steal against him (35%) and had two pickoffs (tied for the most among N.L. catchers)...Hit all three of his home runs at PNC Park... Was the Opening Day starter behind the plate for the first time in his career...His .392 (20-for-51) average in August was the second-highest among all qualifying Major League players behind Washington’s Trea Turner (.408)...Produced a .556 (10-for-18) average over a six-game span from 8/19- 27, raising average to a season-high .328...Connected off Milwaukee’s Eric Yardley for first home run on 8/22 while also collecting a season-high three RBI in the game...Hit safely in a career-high six straight games from 8/26 thru 9/1...Hit his first career walk-off home run (third career walk-off hit) on 9/22; a solo blast off Chicago’s Andrew Chafin with one out in the ninth inning...Went 8-for-52 (.154) in his last 18 games after hitting safely in 10 of his 11 games from 8/18 thru 9/1 (15- for-36, .417)...Was placed on the 7-day concussion I.L. prior to the final game on 9/27.
Spent majority of season in the Majors and set career highs in every category...Made 53 starts behind the plate; the Pirates posted a 28-25 record in his starts...Hit .340 (16-for-47) against left-handed pitchers...Went 6-for-10 with two RBI as a pinch hitter...Made his first appearance on a Major League Opening Day roster...Made his season debut in the seventh team game on 4/6 vs. Cincinnati; started behind the plate and went 2-for-4 with a run scored...Was placed on 10-day injured list on 4/21 (retro to 4/18) with a cervical neck strain...Began rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on 4/27 and homered twice that night at Charlotte...Was reinstated from the I.L. on 5/17 and outrighted to Indianapolis...Returned to the Pirates on 5/26 when Francisco Cervelli went on the concussion I.L...Connected off Cy Sneed for first Major League home run on 6/27 at Houston...Had six straight hits between 6/22-27...Made his first big league pitching appearance on 7/24 vs. St. Louis and retired all three batters he faced...Snapped an 0-for-15 streak at the plate with a home run on 8/7 vs. Milwaukee; his only one hit at PNC Park...Hit .327 (17-for-52) in 22 games before the All-Star break and .237 (33-for-139) in 49 games after the break.
Spent majority of season with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he made 63 starts behind the plate... Set minor league career highs in runs, total bases (106), doubles and RBI...Hit .364 (20-for-55) with 13 RBI in 15 games during the month of April, the third-highest mark in the International League...Was hitting .294 (45-for-153) with 25 RBI in 40 games when he was recalled by Pittsburgh on 6/10...Was optioned back to Indy on 6/18 without appearing in a big league games...Played in one game with Indianapolis before being recalled on 6/22 when Francisco Cervelli went on the 7-day concussion D.L...Went 1-for-6 in four games before being optioned on 7/8...Was recalled again on 7/14 when Cervelli returned to the D.L...Made his first of nine starts on 7/14 vs. Milwaukee (game two)...Went 1-for-3 in his start behind the plate on 7/25 at Cleveland...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 7/26 when Cervelli came off the D.L...Hit for the cycle on 8/7 vs. Lehigh Valley, capping it off with his sixth career triple...Was recalled a fourth time on 8/12, but optioned on 8/16...Was recalled a fifth and final time on 9/1...Tied career high (second time) with three RBI on 9/12 at St. Louis...Went 3-for-5 and had his second career walk-off hit on 9/17 vs. Kansas City; a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning...Hit .233 (7-for-30) with five RBI in his nine starts behind the plate with the Pirates.
Spent majority of season with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he set minor league career highs in batting average and RBI...Hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games with Indy and ended the regular season by reaching base safely in 24 straight games, dating back to 7/22...Finished the Triple-A season with a 10-game hitting streak (17-for-37, .459) and hit .409 (27-for-66) with 18 RBI in 18 total games with Indy during August and September...Was selected by Pittsburgh on 6/7 when Francisco Cervelli went on the 7-day concussion D.L... Caught the final five innings on 6/8 vs. Miami and went hitless in two at bats...Made the start on 6/9 vs. Miami and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 6/18 when Chris Stewart came off the D.L...Was recalled four days later on 6/22 when Francisco Cervelli returned to the D.L; did not appear in a game with the Pirates and was optioned back to Indy on 6/25...Hit safely in 11 consecutive games with Indianapolis between 7/26 and 8/21...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 9/10...Made two starts for the Pirates in September...Went 3-for-4 with a double and a career-high three RBI in final game on 10/1...Hit .417 (5-for-12) with two doubles and three RBI in his three big league starts.
Spent majority of season with Indianapolis, where he set a minor league career high in games played...Made 74 starts behind the plate, three shy of his career high (78 in 2013 with Bradenton)...Went 4-for-4 with a double, two homers and seven RBI on 5/31 vs. Rochester...Had contract selected by Pittsburgh on 6/19 and made Major League debut that night as the starting catcher at Chicago; went hitless in four at bats...Tallied first Major League hit and RBI on 6/21; a double off San Francisco's Johnny Cueto at PNC Park while making his second big league start...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 6/24...Was designated for assignment on 7/5 and outrighted to Triple-A on 7/6... Hit .298 (14-for-47) in his last 14 games with Indianapolis (dating back to 8/7) and went 7-for-15 (.467) in five Triple-A games in September...Was selected by Pittsburgh on 9/13 when Chris Stewart went on the D.L...Delivered a pinch-hit, walk-off single in the 11th inning on 9/23 vs. Washington - his first at bat since 9/5 while playing with Indianapolis... Had two hits in two at bats while catching the final four innings on 9/26 vs. Chicago...Went 2-for-4 and swiped his first Major League base (off Yadier Molina) while making his third big league start on 10/1 at St. Louis...Collected six hits in his last nine at bats with the Pirates after starting out 0-for-6.
Spent entire season with Double-A Altoona...Threw out 32 of the 87 runners attempting to steal against him (37%); the second-highest total among Eastern League backstops...Made first career pitching appearance on 6/12 vs. New Hampshire and retired the only batter he faced...Hit .320 in May, .340 in June and .333 in September.
Led all Florida State League backstops with eight double plays while spending his second straight full season with High-A Bradenton...Hit .429 (21-for-49) with three home runs and 16 RBI in 14 games during the month of August...Reached base safely in 18 of his last 19 regular season games from 7/23 thru 8/31... Went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI and run scored in the postseason.
Spent entire season with Bradenton...Went 3-for-3 with a home run in his first game on 4/4 at Fort Myers...Recorded his first career multi-homer game on 8/16 vs. Fort Myers; hit a pair of solo home runs.
Made professional debut with State College, where he was named to the New York-Penn League's mid-season All-Star team...Finished fourth among New York-Penn League catchers after throwing out 36% of the runners (24-of-66) attempting to steal against him...Was recognized at the end of the season by being presented with State College's team leadership award... Played lone game with Altoona on 9/2.