First name is pronounced Jeff…Named after his uncle, whose name was misspelled as "Jaff" on his birth certificate…His uncle kept and lived with the misspelling until he died while serving in the Army…The name was passed on to honor his late uncle.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Nashville, while also appearing in 17 games with Oakland…Has seen major league action in each of the last five seasons. ..Began the season with the Sounds, before Oakland selected his contract on 4/15…Collected a career-high three hits that day vs. HOU...Remained with the major league club through 5/8, before the organization designated him for assignment the following day…Outrighted to Nashville on 5/13...Spent the remainder of the season at Triple-A…Made starts at all three outfield positions with the Sounds...Hit .301 (52-for-173) with a .364 on-base percentage prior to the Triple-A All-Star Game and just .247 (44-for-178) in the second half.
Spent most of the season at Triple-A Durham where he batted .255 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 99 games…also hit .154 with one RBI in 19 games over two stints with Tampa Bay…was 8-for-43 (.186) against right-handed pitching but was hitless in nine at bats against left-handers…is now 0-for-17 in his career off south paws…hit .233 on the road, was 1-for-22 (.045) at Tropicana Field…his career splits are .234 (15-for-64) on the road, .064 (3-for-47) at home…went 1-for-16 (.063) with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-9 with RISP and two outs…is a .065 (2-for-31) career hitter with RISP and is 0-for-16 with RISP and two outs…was 0-for-8 in interleague play and is 0-for-15 in his career…started eight games in right field, three in left field and one in center field…did not commit an error in 16 games overall as an outfielder (31 total chances)…had three assists, one at each position…was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as a pinch hitter…was selected by Tampa Bay June 15 and was 4-for-29 (.138) in 10 games during his first stint with the Rays…went 1-for-19 (.053) over his first seven games, including a career-long 0-for-15 streak from June 17 to 25…then hit safely in three straight games for the second time in his career June 25-26 (3-for-10, .300)…was designated for assignment June 29 and outrighted to Durham July 1…returned Sept. 16 when Logan Morrison went on the DL and went 4-for-12 (.174) in nine games…including a career-best 3-for-4 performance Sept. 26 at Chicago (AL)…also stole the only base of his career in that game.
Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis and reached base safely in eight of his first 10 games thru 4/16...Hit first home run with the Indians on 5/5 at Scranton/WB...Went 9-for-15 (.600) over a fivegame stretch from 5/5-9...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 5/11...Made first appearance with Pirates on 5/11; played final two innings in left field and flied out in his only at bat...Struck out as a pinch hitter on 5/13 at Milwaukee and grounded out as a pinch hitter on 5/14 at Milwaukee...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 5/15...Hit a three-run homer on 5/17 at Gwinnett...Reached base safely in nine straight games from 5/22 thru 6/1, going 10-for-32 (.313) with six walks and a .421 OBP...Had season-high four hits and three doubles on 6/27 at Durham...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 7/10 and went hitless in two at bats as a pinch hitter...Also played one inning in left field on 7/12 at Cincinnati...Was optioned back to Indy on 7/13...Batted .328 (21-for-64) in his final 20 Triple-A games, beginning on 8/3...Made 79 appearances in left field and 20 in center field while playing with Indianapolis.
Spent majority of season with Tucson (Padres' AAA), where he made 66 appearances (59 starts) in center field, 39 appearances (37 starts) in right field and one start in left field (4/6)...Homered in first game on 4/4 at Salt Lake...Tallied lone triple on 5/31 vs. Fresno...Was recalled by San Diego on 6/12, but did not appear in a big league game before being optioned to Tucson on 6/14...Was recalled again on 6/19 when Everth Cabrera went on the disabled list...Made Major League debut on 6/20 vs. Los Angeles (NL) and walked as a pinch hitter; was also caught stealing...Also pinch-hit on 6/21 and reached base on an error before scoring a run...Was optioned to Tucson 6/21...Hit .322 (19-for-59) in 17 games during the month of June with Tucson and .340 (32-for-94) in 26 games the following month...Was recalled a third time by San Diego on 8/10...Collected first Major League hit - a solo home run - off Jhoulys Chacin on 8/12 at Colorado...Hit safely in back-to-back games on 8/12-13...Made a total of eight appearances (seven starts) in left field for the Padres during the month of August...Was optioned back to Tucson on 8/26 and went 3-for-19 with a homer in his final five Triple-A games.
Spent the majority of the season with Double-A San Antonio, playing in just 47 games for the Missions, missing time due to a stint on the disabled list. Began the season with San Antonio and hit .184 (27-for-147)through 47 games before landing on the seven-day disabled liston 6/1 with a left foot injury.Played in nine games with Rookie-Level Peoria on a rehabilitationassignment from 7/11-23, before missing the remainder of theseason.
Saw his first time at Double-A, spending the entire season at San Antonio...Entered the season ranked the No. 7 prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America...Set career highs in nearly every offensive category, including games played, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, runs scored, walks and stolen bases...Led the Texas League in walks while also ranking among league leaders in RBI (3rd), runs scored (4th), doubles (7th) and home runs (8th).
Named the No. 4 prospect in the Padres organization and best hitter for average by Baseball America.
Spent the entire season at Single-A Fort Wayne, hitting .299 (107-for-358) in 104 games...entered the season ranked as the Padres No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America...Named the Class-A Player of the Year and listed as a First-Team All-Minor League Baseball outfielder by Baseball America...was the youngest player named to that list at 19 years old...Named to the Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star team...Led the league in OBP and OPS (.956)...ranked second in walks and slugging percentage, tied for sixth in home runs and ninth in batting average...OBP ranked fourth in all of minor league baseball.
Spent the majority of his season at Rookie-level Peoria (49 games) also appearing in three games at Short-A Eugene...Most Valuable Player of the AZL, leading the league in runs, walks and OBP...finished second in the league in batting average.