Graduated from Vallejo (CA) High School in 1997...was originally selected by Boston in the 45th round of the June 1997 draft, but did not sign...opted to attend Sacramento CC, where he won back-to-back state championships in 1998-99...was named MVP of the 1999 California Community College tournament...Drafted out of Sacramento CC by Los Angeles (NL) in the fourth round of the June 1999 draft...signed by Dodgers' scout Mark Sheehy...Signed to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training on Nov. 13, 2011.
Spent most of his season with Triple A New Orleans in the Marlins organization, hitting .300 (136x453) with 34 doubles, 13 home runs, 12 stolen bases and 59 RBI in 126 games...had his contract purchased by the Marlins on Aug. 5 and started that night at second base vs. STL...went 1x4 with a steal before being designated for assignment the following day...played for Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League following the regular season and hit .303 (44x145) with 17 RBI and a .380 on-base percentage...played strictly outfield in his 17 games.
Spent his 12th professional season at Triple-A Gwinnett in the Atlanta Braves system, posting a .273 average with 18 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 131 games ... Ranked second on the Club in games, at-bats (465) and stolen bases (19) while ranking third in RBI and runs (67) and tied for third in home runs ... Started the season slow, batting .250 (72x288) over the first half of the season. Raised his second-half average to .311 (55x177), thanks in part to a .349 (38x109) August in which he hit six home runs and drove in 23 ... Tallied a season-high three hits on May 31 vs. Indianapolis in a 3x3 effort. Matched the high three more times; June 7 vs. Scranton/Willkes-Barre, July 8 vs. Charlotte and September 6 at Charlotte ... Homered in consecutive games on August 21 and August 22 at Charlotte ... Hit in a season-best 12 straight games from August 19-31, batting .429 (21x49) over the streak. Had nine multi-hit efforts in the streak ... Finished the season by hitting in 17 of his last 18 games, going hitless on September 1at Norfolk ... Played for Obregon in the Mexican League following the season. Hit .250 (16x64) with four doubles and seven RBI in 18 games.
Made 55 starts at 3B, seven at 2B and two in LF, spending his first full season in the Majors...Led the team with his eight pinch hits, three of which were doubles...Played both 3B and 2B in the same game 21 times...Had more then one at-bat in a game just seven times following the All-Star break...Hit his first career HR on 5/1 at WSH...Finished tied for second on STL with four triples.
Spent most of the 2008 season with Boston's Triple-A Pawtucket club...Named to International League post-season All-Star team by Baseball America...Named to International League post-season All-Star team by Baseball America...Was outrighted to Pawtucket on 4/25. Was also purchased for one day with Boston on 8/26 before a second outright...Hit .316 at Triple-A, tied for 2nd in the International League, and collected a league-leading 160 hits during the season...Hit .316 at Triple-A, tied for 2nd in the International League, and collected a league-leading 160 hits during the season...Led IL 2nd basemen in putouts (194), assists (279) and DP's (76). He also led IL in sac hits with 14...Led IL 2nd basemen in putouts (194), assists (279) and DP's (76). He also led IL in sac hits with 14...Was a .305 batter with runners in scoring position, driving in 51 runners. Hit .296 with RISP and two outs and went 4-11 (.364) with 15 RBI with the bases loaded...Tied for the team-lead with 19 stolen bases and his 84 runs scored ranked 2nd...Played for Cardinals' coach Jose Oquendo's Leones de Ponce team in the Puerto Rico Winter League.
Spent the majority of the season with Ottawa (AAA) after signing a minor league contract with PHI on 4/1...Ranked 6th in the IL with a .300 batting average...Placed among league leaders in triples (3rd), hits (3rd), at-bats (4th) and fewest strikeouts per plate appearance (5th, 1/10.40)...Was the league's Player of the Week for 6/11-17 and again from 7/16-22...Saw action in 4 games for Double-A Reading...Closed the regular season with a 17-game hitting streak from 8/16-9/2 batting .433 (29-for-67) with 12 RBI...Appeared in a combined 108 games at second base and 24 games in the outfield during the regular season...Played in 37 games (34 in the outfield) for Bravos de Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League (.248, 1 HR, 10 RBI).
Playing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the Triple-A International League, was the starting 2B for the IL in the Mid-Summer Classic in Toledo, and was named the 2B on the IL's year-end All-Star squad...had contract purchased by PHI on August 22, and appeared in 18 games (2 starts in LF) during the Phillies' stretch run...made 10 pinch-hitting appearances with PHI, going 1-for-9 with a hit batsman...with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, appeared in 121 games at 2B, 2 at SS and 6 in the outfield...ranked 2nd in the IL with 9 triples...ranked 8th among PHI farmhands by batting .282...lone 2-homer game, April 18 vs. Columbus, sparked a season-high 13-game hitting streak (.366, 15-for-41)...also posted a 10-game hitting streak, June 8-17...batted .310 (13-for-42) during the 10-game run...hit .306 in 29 June contests...played for Pastora of the Venezuelan Winter League following the season.
Was a mid-season Pacific Coast League All-Star, hitting .288 with 10 doubles, 6 homers and 35 RBI in 84 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...was then acquired by NYY on July 29 in exchange for future considerations...upon completion of the trade, was assigned to NYY's Columbus affiliate in the Triple-A International League...hit .234 with 2 homers and 7 RBI in 29 games with the Clippers.
Had two stints with the big league club...was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 8, and appeared in 10 games, batting .333 (3-for-9) with a double, a triple and an RBI...was optioned to Las Vegas on May 29 and finished the season there, batting .284 with four homers and 23 RBI in 101 games for the 51s...batted .307 at home and .260 on the road in the Pacific Coast League...batted .343 in July and .342 in August for Las Vegas...recalled again by Dodgers on Sept. 7 and went 3-for-17 overall for the Dodgers with a sacrifice fly and one run batted in...was batting .247 with a homer and seven RBI for Triple-A Las Vegas when he was recalled on May 7...led the PCL, having been hit by 17 pitches...went 1-for-1 with a triple and a run scored on May 16 vs. Cincinnati...went 1-for-1 on May 19 at Philadelphia...hit .302 in 28 spring games.
Appeared in 12 games for the Dodgers, batting .200 (2-for-10)...recalled by Dodgers on Sept. 2 after batting .290 with seven homers and 68 RBI for Triple-A Las Vegas...batted .290 (78-for-269) both at home at Cashman Field and on the road in the Pacific Coast League...from July 1 through the end of the season, batted .324 (71- for-219)...ranked third in the PCL and led all Dodger minor leaguers with 156 hits...registered first big league hit of the season on Sept. 5 at Colorado...had a pinchhit single on Sept. 20 vs. San Francisco...went 4-for-5 with three runs scored for the 51s on April 6 vs. Salt Lake City...went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI on June 20 at Edmonton...had a season-high four RBI on Aug. 28 at Fresno...led PCL second basemen in putouts (277) and assists (260) and tied for the lead in double plays (85)...finished the season with an 11-game hitting streak at Triple-A from Aug. 21- Sept. 1, during which he batted .356 (16-for-45)...hit .241 (13-for-54) with five RBI in 22 games during Spring Training.
CAREER SUMMARY: Appeared in the Major Leagues for the second consecutive season in 2003...in 613 career minor league games, has posted a .297 average (743- for-2500) with 30 homers and 271 RBI...led all Dodger minor leaguers in hits (156) for the second straight season...has posted a batting average of .285 or higher in four of his five minor league seasons...led all of minor league baseball with 196 hits and 297 total bases for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2002...has led all Dodger minor leaguers in hits the last two seasons and three out of the last four...ranked by Baseball America as the Dodgers' fifth-best prospect heading into 2002...honored as Dodger Minor League Player of the Year in 2000 and 2002...has been a member of championship teams in four of his five years with the Dodgers including: Las Vegas -- 2002 Pacific Coast League South Division champions, Jacksonville -- 2001 Southern League co-champions and San Bernardino -- 1999 and 2000 California League champs...promoted to 40-man roster on Nov. 20, 2001...made Major League debut on Sept. 2, 2002 at Arizona as a defensive replacement at second base in the sixth inning...collected his first Major League hit, an infield single, off Brian Fuentes on Sept. 14, 2002 at Colorado.
Earned a promotion to the big league club on Sept. 1 after turning in one of the most productive seasons ever by a Dodger minor leaguer...played in 136 games for Triple-A Las Vegas and led all of minor league baseball with 196 hits and 297 total bases and ranked fourth with a Pacific Coast League-leading 106 runs scored...batted .334 (196-for-587) to rank fourth in the PCL...collected 39 doubles, 13 triples, 12 home runs, 55 RBI and 22 stolen bases...honored as the Dodger organization's Minor League Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons...appeared in eight Major League games with the Dodgers, collecting six hits in 13 at-bats (.462) to give him a combined 202 hits in 144 games between the minor and Major Leagues...in the season finale and on his 23rd birthday on Sept. 29 vs. San Diego, started at second base and went 4-for-5 to become the first Dodger rookie since Todd Hollandsworth on Sept. 14, 1996 vs. St. Louis to have four hits in a game...led all Dodger minor leaguers in batting average, hits, at-bats, runs, total bases, doubles and triples (tied)...the 196 hits shattered the Las Vegas franchise single-season mark previously held by Dave Hajek, who collected 177 in 1998...also set club marks in total bases and triples...the 196 hits and 39 doubles were the most by a Dodger minor leaguer since San Bernardino's Adam Riggs collected 196 hits and 39 doubles in 1995...honored by Baseball America as its 2002 Triple-A Player of the Year...selected to All-PCL team...started at second base for the National League squad in the July 9 Triple- A All-Star Game at Oklahoma City...was chosen as the Dodger organization's Minor League Player of the Month for August after batting .346 (46-for-133) with 11 doubles, four triples, four homers and 24 runs scored during the month...hit .300 or better in every month of the season...had 20 games in which he had three or more hits and three four-hit games...played in 118 games at second base and 17 at shortstop...made Major League debut on Sept. 2 at Arizona as a defensive replacement at second base in the sixth inning...collected first Major League hit, an infield single off Brian Fuentes on Sept. 14 at Colorado...doubled as a pinch-hitter and delivered a sacrifice fly in the eighth for his first big league RBI on Sept. 28 vs. San Diego...the following day vs. San Diego, he singled in his first four at-bats as he made his first Major League start...in April for Las Vegas, hit .343 (35-for-102) with 13 RBI and 24 runs scored...hit .355 (44-for-124) in June, compiling 10 doubles, 14 RBI, 23 runs scored and 11 steals.
Got off to a slow start, hitting just .240 over the first two months, but came on strong for Southern League co-champion Jacksonville...entered season ranked as the Dodgers' ninth-best prospect by Baseball America...was the Suns' regular second baseman after playing primarily at shortstop the previous two seasons...led club in hits (145) and runs scored (80), ranked second in triples (seven) and walks (48) and fourth in stolen bases (20)...topped all Dodger minor leaguers in games played with 134 (tied with two others) and at-bats (544)...compiled four four-hit games, including June 11 at Orlando when he was 4-for-5 with a triple, home run, walk, three runs scored and three RBI...during June, batted .327 (37-for-113) with 20 runs scored and 13 RBI...hit .516 (16-for-31) over season's final nine games, including a pair of four-hit efforts...led Southern League second basemen with 297 putouts...in the five-game Southern League playoff series against Chattanooga, batted .368 (7-for-19) with six walks, four runs scored and three RBI...following the season, turned in an outstanding performance for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League...ranked third in the AFL batting race with a .369 average (41-for-111) and was second in on-base percentage (.453) as he helped Phoenix capture the league title.
Honored as the Dodger organization's Minor League Player of the Year after helping San Bernardino win a second straight California League championship...tabbed by Baseball America as the league's most exciting player in a poll of league managers...led league in hits (167) and topped league shortstops with 374 assists...was also Stampede's team leader in batting average (.303), on-base percentage (.380), runs scored (97), doubles (31) and stolen bases (43) and was second in runs scored (97)...had three four-hit games...batted .324 (84-for-259) with 39 RBI and 24 stolen bases at home...put together a 19-game hitting streak from July 8-29, batting .455 (35-for-77) with 12 RBI in that stretch...enjoyed a 15-game hitting streak from April 9-25 (.396, 21-for-53)...during July, hit .374 (43-for-115) with 19 RBI and 15 stolen bases...in June, batted .333 (35-for-105)...scored 29 runs in May.
In his first pro season, led all Dodger short-season minor leaguers and ranked third in Northwest League with 27 stolen bases for short-season Single-A Yakima...as the club's starting shortstop, also led the Bears in runs (48), games (71), at-bats (277) and triples (3)...during July, hit .304 (34-for-112) with 20 runs scored and 13 RBI...played two games in September for California League champion San Bernardino.