Speedy outfielder made consecutive Opening Day rosters
and has spent majority of last 2 years at big league level, after logging
brief stints with SF in both 2003-04...in fact, ranked among 2005 NL
rookie leaders in variety of offensive categories, while his 14 stolen
bases were 8th-most ever by SF freshman...has compiled impressive
minor league credentials, with .305 career avg., 148 2Bs, 112 stolen
bases and .370 on-base pct. in 632 games...in fact, owns .318 mark
(443-for-1,392) in 347 career triple-A contests.
Graduated from South Kitsap (WA) High School...earned All-State honors senior year, while being named league MVP junior and senior years...attended Bellevue (WA) Community College and earned All-League honors...attended Lewis & Clark (Lewiston, ID) State College...played on 2 NAIA national championship squads in 1999 and 2000 for Warriors...was named MVP of 1999 NAIA World Series...married (Raelena Dal Santo, Feb. 10, 2001).
A Giant in the Community:
Participated in Olympian Night at SBC Park with 2004 US Olympians.
Was season of ups-and-downs, as he was on Opening
Day roster and logged 72 games prior to All-Star Break, but was
optioned to triple-A Fresno before July 14 2nd-half opener...blistered
Pacific Coast League pitching to tune of .406 avg. (78-for-192) with 18
2Bs and 18 RBI in 46 games...appeared in 84 ML games overall, seeing
action at all 3 outfield positions and as both pinch-runner and pinchhitter...
struggled offensively in big leagues, hitting just .222 (18-for-
81)...however, batted .250 (4-for-16) as pinch-hitter...made 13 starts (7
in RF, 5 in LF and 1 in CF)...went 2-for-4 with solo HR (off Yusmeiro Petit)
in start May 31 in Florida...clout was his 1st in exactly year (May 31,
2005 at PHI), span of 254 at-bats...hammered 2nd career leadoff HR
June 18 in Seattle, connecting off Jamie Moyer.
Emerged as pleasant surprise for SF, earning majority of club's starts in CF prior to trade-deadline acquisition of Randy Winn and late-season injury...despite limited play in 2nd Half, still ranked among NL rookie leaders in runs (T7th - 49), hits (6th - 93), 2Bs (T7th - 18), 3Bs (T11th - 2), steals (3rd - 14), and outfield assists (7th - 5)...made 82 starts overall (64 in CF, 18 in RF), hitting .269 (86-for-320) with 40 runs, 18 2Bs, 3B, 3 HRs, 23 RBI, 23 walks and 11 steals...hit left-handed pitching to tune of .328 mark (39-for-119)...also was .299 hitter at home, going 50-for-167 in 65 games at SBC Park...stole 14 bases, 8th-most ever by SF rookie and highest since Marvin Benard swiped 25 in 1996...was most productive during early season action, as his avg. stood above .300 for 66-game stretch April 8-June 25...logged career-high 8-game hitting streak May 7-14 (10-for-27, .370), part of stretch in which he hit safely in 15 of 19 games (23-for-58, .397)...however, hit just .215 (32-for-149) over his last 66 ML contests to drop overall avg. 46 points (from .310 to season-ending .264)...suffered oblique strain on left side, and appeared in just 17 games after Sept. 1...hampered by injury, finished year in 0-for-15 slide...logged brief, 10-day stay with triple-A Fresno, being optioned Aug. 19 when Moises Alou was activated from DL...returned to Giants Aug. 29, following Aug. 27 trade of Michael Tucker and requisite 10 days in minors.
Was called up to San Francisco when rosters were expanded Sept. 1, marking 2nd time with big league club...clubbed 1st ML home run off LA's Edwin Jackson, 2-run shot Oct. 3 at Dodger Stadium...was used mostly as pinch-runner in later innings...batted .500 (2-for-4) with 4 runs scored, HR, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases in 13 contests for SF...played in 125 contests for Fresno, boasting .315 (159-for-505) avg...led Grizzlies in hits (159), triples (7) and stolen bases (27), while ranking 2nd in games (125) and runs scored (90)...named organizational Player of Month for both June and July...tabbed Fresno's Most Inspirational Player.
Spent majority of year at triple-A Fresno, but also made his Major League debut with Giants...appeared in 7 games for SF (2 starts), going 1-for-10 with run scored...was recalled from triple-A Fresno prior to May 9 game in Atlanta, taking roster spot of disabled OF Marvin Benard...made ML debut that evening, entering in 9th inning as defensive replacement in LF and making 1 putout...made 1st career start May 11 at Turner Field, going 1-for-5 (with 1st hit coming on 6th inning 1B off Trey Hodges)...was optioned to Fresno May 18, where he remained rest of campaign...led Grizzlies with 21 stolen bases, while ranking 2nd in games (119) and runs (74)...hit .295 with 22 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 6 HRs and 39 RBI...earned Fresno Player of Month award for April...was honored by teammates as "Harry Jordan" award winner during Spring Training, honor bestowed upon best 1st year player in big league camp...hit .362 (17-for-47) during spring with 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 RBI, 2 stolen bases and 8 runs scored in 25 games.
Split season between single-A San Jose and triple-A Fresno, skipping double-A level altogether....combined to hit .286 (148-for-518) with 71 runs, 21 2Bs, 3B, 8 HRs, 48 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 130 games...his theft total led Giants minor league system...established career highs in at-bats, hits and stolen bases...opened year at San Jose, where he hit .270 (87-for-322) with 40 runs, 13 2Bs, 5 HRs, 40 RBI and 9 SBs in 81 contests...earned HOWE SportsData's California League Player of Week honors for May 13-19, going 15-for-21 (.714) with 7 runs, 2 2Bs, HR and 8 RBI...earned promotion to Fresno in July and proceeded to hit PCL pitching at .311 clip (61-for-196) with 31 runs, 8 2Bs, 3B, 3 HRs, 8 RBI and 16 stolen bases over 49 contests to close out campaign...was only player on Grizzlies to post batting avg. higher than .300...was successful on 16 of 19 stolen base attempts with Fresno and led club despite playing there only half season...was selected Grizzlies' Player of Month for August, when he hit .307 (35-for-114) with 12 runs, 3 2Bs, 3B, 2 HRs, 8 RBI and 13 SBs...was added to 40-man roster Nov. 21.
Spent 2nd professional campaign with single-A Hagerstown, where he established career highs in runs (95) and RBI (55)...finished among South Atlantic League leaders in doubles (2nd - 38), runs (2nd) and on-base pct. (3rd - .388)...his .291 batting avg. ranked 2nd on Suns, while paced club with 19 stolen bases...walked 71 times against 68 strikeouts...went 3-for-8 with 2 HRs and 2 RBI in 2 SAL post season contests.
Opened professional career with rookie-league Salem-Keizer...led Northwest League in runs (67), while ranking 3rd in hits (90) and tying for 7th with career-high .300 avg...ranked 5th among Giants minor leaguers in avg...led Volcanoes in games (74), at-bats (300), runs, hits, 2Bs (15) and stolen bases (13)...earned Salem-Keizer's Player of Month honors his 1st month in pro ball, snagging June award.