Has a daughter named Ally…Graduated from El Molino (CA) High School, where he also played football and basketball…Attended Santa Rosa Junior College before graduating from the University of Southern California…Was a member of the 1998 NCAA champion Trojans.....belted a grand slam in the title game against Arizona State, who were managed by current Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy.....also pitched 2.2 innings and earned the win in the 21-14 victory…Set a College World Series record with 15 hits in 1998…Earned All-America honors as a senior at USC in 1999…Played two summers (1996-97) in the Alaska Baseball League for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks and one summer (1998) in the Cape Cod League for the Hyannis Mets…Footage of him hitting a home run against the Brewers in 2006 appears in the Oscar Award-nominated movie Boyhood (2014)… Enjoys golf, target shooting and classic cars
Begins his first season on the staff after being named to his position on 12/7/15.....is his first experience at any level as a coach.
Spent the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .291 (62-for-213) with 16 doubles, 6 home runs and 34 RBI...also made 6 relief appearances, posting a 4.85 ERA (7 ER in 13.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts...Played in 20 games as designated hitter, 18 in left field, 16 in right and 4 at first base...appeared as a pitcher and position player in the same game four times...On the disabled list three times with shin contusions: April 14-May 9, June 10-17 and July 12-29.
Combined to hit .275 (92-for-334) with 21 doubles, 9 homers and 49 RBI in 89 games with Triple-A New Orleans (Marlins) and Las Vegas (Blue Jays)...also recorded a 3.86 ERA (2 ER in 4.2 IP) in 4 games with the 51s...Appeared in 29 games each in right and left field, 21 at designated hitter and 14 at first base...Began the season with New Orleans and was released on June 5...played in 19 games with Southern Maryland in the independent Atlantic League...Signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent on July 23.
Batted .253 (104-for-411) with 41 doubles, 13 home runs and 47 RBI in 113 games with Las Vegas...also tossed 1.0 scoreless inning on July 21 vs. Columbus...Ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in doubles.
Split time between Scranton-WB (New York Yankees) & Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox) of the International League (AAA)...Spent the majority of 2008 with Scranton-WB, appearing in 97 games while posting a .236 batting average (82-347) with 19 doubles, 16 home runs & 51 RBI...Played five different positions for Scranton-WB (12-1B, 55-LF, 26-RF, 2-CF, 7-DH)...A STRONG START: Hit five home runs over his first 10 games of the season with Scranton-WB...From Apr. 10-15 scored a run in five straight contests (nine total)...Had 13 multi-RBI games including a season high five RBI on May 4 vs. Durham...Was released by the New York Yankees on Aug. 18 & one day later signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox & was assigned to Pawtucket of the International League (AAA)...In 13 games with Pawtucket, hit .208 (11-53) with two home runs & nine RBI.
Hit .178 (30-for-169) with 8 home runs and 27 RBI in 68 games with the Astros...also went 0-for-2 in 3 games with the Padres following a trade on Sept. 24...Began the season with the Astros but was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on June 3...batted .319 (59-for-185) in 50 games with the Express before his recall on July 24.
Hit .201 (58x288) with 15 home runs and 45 RBI in 112 games for the Astros in 2006...drew a career-high 49 walks...was 5x19 (.263) with two HR and seven RBI as a pinch-hitter, including a 5x8 stretch with two HR and a walk in his last nine pinch-hit appearances...hit six home runs in April with 11 RBI and 22 walks...hit .314 (11x35) with three HR and seven RBI when he hit the first pitch of an at-bat fair...hit three HR with 11 RBI in August...drove in 12 runs in a 12-game stretch from 8/20-9/3...hit a game-tying HR in the 6th on 9/25 at PHI, his 15th of the season...drove in a run with a sacrifice fly on 9/3 vs. NYM...1x1 as a PH with his first career grand slam on 8/29 vs. MIL...it marked the first pinch-hit grand slam by an Astro since Gregg Zaun on 6/27/02 vs. ARI...it was his second pinch-hit homer this season and the 4th of his career...entered the game in RF and hit his 13th HR of the season on 8/25 at PIT..hit his 3rd career pinch-hit homer on 8/9 vs. PIT...reached base in 19 of 20 games from 4/7-30, including nine consecutive from 4/21-30...broke up a shutout in the eighth inning with a two-run homer (Liriano) on 6/22 vs. MIN...started in RF and went 3x5 on 6/11 vs. ATL with a home run, double, and career-high tying five RBI...homered in consecutive games on 4/29-30 at CIN....hit a three-run home run on 4/17 vs. MIL, his third homer of the season and his second in three games...optioned to Round Rock on 7/12 when Aubrey Huff was acquired...recalled on 7/26...was hit .261 (12x46) with one HR and 11RBI at Round Rock...1x4 with a home run on 5/21 vs. TEX...hit his 8th home run of the year on 5/9 at LAD...hit his 7th home run of the season on 5/7 at COL...scored runs in seven consecutive games from 4/13-18...2x4 with a home run on 4/8 vs. WSH to snap an 0x12 slump to start the season.
Hit .267 (138x517) with 26 home runs and 68 RBI...recorded career-high totals in virtually every offensive category...hit 34 doubles and four triples...walked 32 times and struck out 105 times...posted a .499 slugging percentage, third-best on the club...hit .235 (4x17) with three RBI in the NLDS...hit .238 (5x21) with two home runs and three RBI in the NLCS...hit .222 (4x18) with one home run and two RBI in the World Series...hit his 26th home run of the year on the final day of the regular season, on Oct. 2 at CHI...tied the score at 4-4 in the sixth inning...Houston was 18-7 when he homered...his 26 home runs ranked 10th among National League outfielders...78 RBI ranked tied with Carlos Beltran for 19th among NL outfielders...3x5 with his 24th home run on Sept. 21 at PIT...hit .350 (14x40) with three home runs, a double, and seven RBI in a 10-game stretch from Sept. 12-21...tied for second on the club with 26 homers (Biggio)...third on the club with 78 RBI...hit .352 (25x71) with five home runs, four doubles, and 12 RBI in his last 18 games from Sept. 12-Oct. 2...the Astros were 37-11 when he drove in at least one run...hit .305 (73x239) with 12 HR and 37 RBI after the All-Star break...drove in 32 runs in his last 48 games from Aug. 7-Oct. 2...had 38 multi-hit games on the season, and the Astros were 28-10 when he had two or more hits in 2005....batted .289 (24x83) with 17 RBI in 23 games in August...drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single on Sept. 7 at PHI (Wagner) in the top of the ninth...hit .234 (65x278) with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in the first half...collected 27 RBI in a 39-game stretch from Aug. 7-Sept. 21...homered and drove in four runs on Aug. 7 at SF...led the club and ranked tied for sixth in the NL with eight HR in June...switched from No. 24 to No. 16 on June 25, when the Astros retired Jimmy Wynn's No. 24...led the club with four HR and tied for the lead with 13 RBI in April...first four homers of the season were against CIN, with three against Reds pitcher Paul Wilson...recorded his second career multi-homer game on April 15 at CIN, driving in a career-high five runs...made his second appearance on an Opening Day roster.
Set career-high totals in most every offensive category, including runs (21), hits (37), games (107), at-bats (136), doubles (10), triples (2), RBI (19), and walks (16)...marked his first full season in the Majors...started 13 games in right field, six in left field, three in center field, and one at first base...recorded a pinch-hit RBI single on Oct. 1 vs. Colorado...had seven hits in his final nine at-bats of the season...became the ninth player to homer in his first career postseason at-bat with a solo shot in the ninth inning of NLDS Game 1 at Atlanta (Reitsma)...appeared in seven postseason games, including all five games of the NLDS...is a .329 (26x79) career hitter in September with eight home runs and 16 RBI...hit .471 (8x17) in September of 2004...started in LF and collected career-high three hits on Sept. 26 at Milwaukee...was his first start since Aug. 22 vs. the Cubs...had game-winning, pinch-hit RBI double in the 10th inning Sept. 12 at Pittsburgh...drove in winning run with ninth-inning single on Aug. 21 vs. Chicago...started in left field and went 1x4 on Aug. 15 at Montreal...had an RBI single in club's three-run ninth...hit his first career pinch-hit homer and his third of the season on July 24 vs. Milwaukee...hit his first home run of the season on June 17 vs. the Cubs, a two-run shot in the ninth (Hawkins)...started 11 of 13 games from June 14-24 and 13 of 16 from June 11-24...hit .412 (7x17) during career-best, five-game hitting streak from June 11-15...made his first career start at first base on June 14 vs. Chicago and went 1x3.
Appeared in 18 games for the Astros after being called up...tied his career-highs with four home runs and 10 RBI...hit .296 (8x27)...underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Oct. 9...surgery was performed by Dr. Brian Bosconi in Worcester, Mass., and assisted by Astros team medical director Dr. David Lintner...hit a two-run homer on Sept. 28 vs. Milwaukee (Quevedo)...started the game in center field...recorded his first career multi-homer game on Sept. 23 vs. San Francisco...connected for home runs in consecutive at-bats after entering the game in the sixth inning...hit his first homer of the year on Aug. 24 vs. Cincinnati (Reith)...recalled from Triple A New Orleans on Aug. 18...hit .295 (72x244) with seven home runs and 39 RBI in 70 games for the Zephyrs on the season.
Played in 44 games for the Astros in his first season in the big leagues, hitting .290 (20x69) with four home runs and 10 RBI...also hit three doubles and tripled once while walking 10 times and striking out 12 times...batted at a .353 clip (6x17) in August...hit .298 (14x47) with four homers and eight RBI in 23 games during September...hit his fourth home run of the season on Sept. 28 at San Francisco (Rueter)...hit safely in 10 of 13 starts during September...went 2x3 and notched his first Major League steal on Sept. 18 at Milwaukee...cracked his first homer on Sept. 9 vs. Colorado (Hampton), a three-run blast in the fourth...collected his first extra-base hit and RBI on Aug. 9 vs. Atlanta (2x5)...recalled from Triple A New Orleans on Aug. 24 when Richard Hidalgo was placed on the 15-day DL with a right hip strain...recorded his first Major League hit on Aug. 7 vs. Florida, a pinch-hit single to center in the eighth inning (Darensbourg)...recalled on Aug. 6 from Triple A New Orleans...played in 11 games from Aug. 6-19, including two starts, before being optioned to the Zephyrs on Aug. 20...made his first big league start on May 11 at Pittsburgh in right field (0x3)...made his Major League debut on May 10 at Pittsburgh in the seventh inning in a pinch-hit appearance for starter Carlos Hernandez...recalled from Triple A for the first time on May 9...played in three games from May 10-13 before being optioned to the Zephyrs on May 15...named team MVP for the Zephyrs...batted .272 over 111 games at New Orleans, leading the team with 201 total bases and a .484 slugging percentage...also led the Zephyrs with 15 home runs and 83 RBI...named team MVP in each of his first four professional seasons.
Named the Texas League Player of the Year and made a run at that circuit's Triple Crown, finishing third in the league with a .316 average, second with 38 home runs, and first with 124 RBI...led all of minor league baseball in RBI with 124...became the first minor leaguer to reach the 100-RBI plateau, driving in a run on July 25 in Round Rock's 4-0 win over San Antonio...earned his team's MVP honors for the third consecutive year...led the Express in runs (103), hits (166), home runs (38), and RBI (124), playing in 137 games...also led all Astros minor leaguers in hits, runs, home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage (.608)... played in three midseason All-Star games: Major League Baseball's All-Star Futures Game in Seattle; the Double A All-Star Game; and in the Texas League All-Star Game...also named one of Baseball America's Double A All-Stars and a Texas League postseason All-Star...named TOPPS Player of the Month for June...batted .396 over 26 games, hitting 10 home runs with 39 RBI over the month...his 39 RBI set a minor league mark for most RBI in a single month during the 2001 season...earned Texas League Player of the Week honors three times, including back-to-back weeks in June...recorded 44 multi-hit games during the season...opened the season with a 14-game hitting streak...hit three home runs vs. Midland on April 9...went 4x6 vs. Arkansas on June 5 which included three doubles, a home run and a career-high eight RBI...did not commit an error in 54 consecutive games June 30-Aug. 29.
Named MVP of Midwest League champion Michigan and selected as a Midwest League All-Star and a Baseball America All-Star...listed among the league leaders in batting average (.299, 9th), home runs (23, 3rd), RBI (104, T1st), hits (153, 2nd), doubles (38, 2nd), and runs (98, 3rd)...led the team in RBI, doubles, and runs scored...ranked fourth on the club with 20 stolen bases...had 40 multi-hit games and never hit lower than .283 in any month...topped all Astros minor leaguers with 104 RBI...knocked in 30 runs in as many games during the month of May, including back-to-back four-hit games.
Named team MVP and selected as a New York-Penn League All-Star at first base...led the league in RBI and tied for third in home runs and extra-base hits...topped the team in doubles and runs scored.