Is married.....wife's name is Sarah.....the couple has a daughter named Ellia…Graduated from Umatilla (FL) High School…Attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he was a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2007…Participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight each November for the last two years.....through these flights, World War II, Korean War and terminally-ill veterans were flown to Washington, DC to visit their respective memorials…Donated $10,000 in 2014 to the Open Arms Home, whose mission is to provide a loving residential environment that serves the emotional, physical and developmental needs of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in the Eastern Cape of South Africa…In January 2014 was the personal guest of Senator Ron Johnson at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address in Washington, DC…Supports Fisher House Wisconsin, a facility for military veterans and their families receiving treatment at the Milwaukee VA Hospital.....provides Brewers tickets to military families…From 2011-13 provided $5,000 scholarships to military families…Is active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes and visiting hospitals…Served as a spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Team Muscle Walk and Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity over the last two seasons…Is a supporter of the Miracle League, which allows all children to play organized baseball regardless of ability…Enjoys hunting and fishing.
Combined to bat .292 (143-490) with 24 HR and 81 RBI in 142 games with the Brewers and Rangers…established career high for homers with 2nd-highest totals in RBI, OPS (.855), batting average, total bases (245), extra base hits (51), walks (47), and runs (67)…had the 2nd highest batting average among all ML players who appeared with more than one team to Carlos Beltran's .295 with NYY and TEX…overall, batted .310 (116-374) vs. RHP and .233 (27-116) vs. LHP…had a .345 (19- 55) mark with RISP and 2 out.
Batted .264 with 7 HR and 43 RBI in 103 games…Made 92 starts (86g at C, 5g at 1B, 1g at DH)…The team had a 4.16 ERA when he caught (745ip, 344er) and went 40-46 when he started…Threw out 24 of 94 runners attempting to steal (25.5%)… Was on the 15-day disabled list from 4/21-5/28 with a fractured left great toe.....suffered the injury on 4/20 vs. Cincinnati from a Zack Cozart foul tip in the sixth inning (missed 38 games)…From 5/28-5/31 played in 4 rehab games at Class-A Brevard County…Batted .133 (6-for-45) with 0 HR and 1 RBI prior to going on the DL and .282 (92-for-326) with 7 HR and 42 RBI after being reinstated…From 8/21-9/3 produced a career-high 11-game hitting streak (19-for-43, .442, 3hr, 14rbi)…Batted .384 (28-for-73) with 3 HR and 17 RBI over his last 24 games…Missed 14 consecutive games from 9/9-9/23 due to a concussion suffered on 9/8 at Miami.....the concussion came after being struck in the facemask by a foul tip in the seventh inning.....his only start after 9/8 came on 9/26 at St. Louis at first base (appeared in 8g off the bench)…Was the Brewers' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award…Was the recipient of the team's Good Guy Award for the third straight season as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America…Won the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, which goes to a player who possesses the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country which Bob Feller himself displayed.
Enjoyed his best Major League season as he batted .301 with 13 HR and 69 RBI in 153 games...Made 150 starts (133g at C, 16g at 1B, 1g at DH)...Finished fourth in National League Most Valuable Player voting...Was named Brewers Most Valuable Player as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (also earned second straight Good Guy Award)...Was the Brewers' nominee for the Hank Aaron Award...Was a finalist for a Gold Glove Award along with the Cardinals' Yadier Molina (winner) and Pirates' Russell Martin...The team had a 3.62 ERA when he caught (1182.1ip, 476er) and went 64-69 when he started...Led National League catchers in innings caught (1182.1)...Threw out 24 of 107 runners attempting to steal (22.4%)...Led the team in games (153), at-bats (585), batting average (.301), hits (176), extra-base hits (68), doubles (53), walks (66), on-base percentage (.373) and OPS (.837)...Ranked among the National League leaders in doubles (1st, 53), multi-hit games (3rd, 53), extra-base hits (T3rd, 68), hits (T5th, 176), batting average (7th, .301), on-base percentage (8th, .373) and OPS (10th, .837)...Led the Major Leagues in doubles (53), becoming the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead his league in that category...His 53 doubles tied the franchise single-season record (Lyle Overbay - 2004)...His 46 doubles as a catcher were the most in Major League history, breaking the previous mark of 45 by the Rangers' Ivan Rodriguez in 1996...Was a first time All-Star (player vote).....started the All-Star Game due to an injury to the Cardinals' Yadier Molina.....became the second player in franchise history to start at catcher in an All-Star Game (Ted Simmons - 1983)...Went 2-for-2 in the All-Star Game with RBI-doubles off Jon Lester and Chris Sale...Named Brewers Player of the Month for June (.359, 6hr, 20rbi) and September (.316, 0hr, 9rbi)...Recorded his 500th career hit on 6/5 at Minnesota with a 2-run homer off Jared Burton...Belted his third career grand slam in a 7-5 win on 6/17 at Arizona off Brad Ziegler.....was his second home run of the game...Hit his second career walk-off homer with a solo shot in the ninth inning on 7/22 vs. Cincinnati off Sam LeCure, giving the team a 4-3 win.....was his second home run of the game.....now has five career 2-homer games
Batted .280 with 18 HR and 82 RBI in 147 games...Made 134 starts (122g at C, 9g at 1B, 3g at DH)...Prior to the 2013 season had never appeared in a game at first base...The team had a 4.06 ERA when he caught (1074ip, 485er) and went 56-66 when he started...Threw out 21 of 101 runners attempting to steal (20.8%)...Batted .303 (120-for-396, 15hr, 65rbi) over his last 111 games, raising his overall batting average from .208 to .280...Led the team in RBI (82)...His 76 RBI as a catcher tied the Cardinals' Yadier Molina and Orioles' Matt Wieters for the Major League lead from that position...His 18 HR as a catcher tied for fourth in the Major Leagues from that position...Was voted Brewers Player of the Month for July (.333, 7hr, 15rbi)...Gave the Brewers a walk-off 5-4 win on Opening Day vs. Colorado with a 10th-inning sac fly...Gave the team a 4-3 win on 4/14 at St. Louis with a 10th-inning solo homer off Fernando Salas...Produced a career-high 5 hits on 5/31 at Philadelphia, going 5-for-5 with 3R, a double, 2 HR and 4 RBI in the 8-5 win...Made his first career start at first base on 7/31 at Chicago-NL...Belted his first career walk-off homer on 8/16 vs. Cincinnati with a 2-run shot in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman, giving the team a 7-6 win...Participated in the World Baseball Classic for Team USA (3g, 2-for-5, 2r, 1rbi, 1bb)...Was the Brewers' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award...Was the recipient of the team's Good Guy Award, which is voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
On 3/27 signed a 5-year contract through the 2016 season with a club option for 2017...Batted .320 with 12 HR and 58 RBI in 96 games...Made 80 starts, all at catcher...Was named to his first career Opening Day roster...Batted second (4g), fourth (3g), fifth (15g), sixth (35g), seventh (12g) and eighth (11g) in the lineup...His .320 batting average was the highest in franchise history for a player whose primary position was catcher (minimum 300ab)...The team had a 4.27 ERA when he caught (717.1ip, 340er) and went 41-39 when he started...Threw out 16 of 86 runners attempting to steal (18.6%)...Was on the 15-day disabled list from 5/28-7/25 with a fractured right hand.....missed 50 games.....batted .299 (53-177, 7hr, 28rbi) after his return...From 7/19-7/25 played in 6 rehab games at Class-A Wisconsin (4g) and Triple-A Nashville (2g)...Batted .389 (37-for-95) with runners in scoring position, including a Major League-best .514 (18-for-35) prior to his injury...Produced 7-RBI games on 5/20 vs. Minnesota and 8/30 at Chicago-NL, which tied the franchise record for a game, now done seven times...Is the only catcher in Major League history with two 7-RBI games in a season...Belted grand slams in both of his 7-RBI efforts.....were the first grand slams of his career...Became only the fifth catcher in Major League history with two 7-RBI games in a career, joining Bill Dickey, Smoky Burgess, Johnny Bench and Ramon Hernandez...Was named Brewers Player of the Month for May (.388, 3hr, 22rbi)...From 9/11-9/24 recorded a career-high 10-game hitting streak, batting .341 (14-for-41) with 1 HR and 6 RBI...Was selected to the United States provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Batted .265 with 12 HR and 59 RBI in 136 games during his first full season in the majors ... Made 114 starts, all at catcher ... The team had a 3.63 ERA when he caught (1043.2ip, 421er) and went 68-46 when he started ... Threw out 21 of 98 runners attempting to steal (21.4%) ... Began the year on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinkie finger.....was placed onthe disabled list on 3/30, retroactive to 3/22, and was reinstated on 4/11.....missed 10 games ... From 4/7-4/10 appeared in 4 games at Double-A Huntsville during a rehab assignment ... Began his season with a career-high 9-game hitting streak (13-35, .371, 1hr, 4rbi) ... Produced his first career walkoff hit with a bases-loaded suicide squeeze bunt in the ninthinning on 5/28 vs. San Francisco, giving the Brewers a 3-2 victory ... Was named Brewers Player of the Month for May (.298, 5hr, 20rbi).....led the team in RBI ... Belted his first career pinch-hit homer on 8/15 vs. Los Angeles with a solo shot off Scott Elbert ... Batted .250 (8-for-32) with 1 HR and 5 RBI in 10 games during the postseason
Entered the season as the fifth-best prospect in the Brewers organization according toBaseball America...Began the season at Double-A Huntsville (10g, .452, 0hr, 5rbi)...Contract was selected by Milwaukee on 5/21 from Triple-A Nashville (21g, .238, 2hr, 11rbi).....took the roster spot of Gregg Zaun (DL)...Batted .253 with 4 HR and 26 RBI in 75 games with the Brewers, making 74 starts at catcher...The team had a 4.40 ERA when he caught (655ip, 320er) and went 36-38 in games he started...Threw out 15 of 52 runners attempting to steal (28.8%)...Made his Major League debut on 5/21 at Minnesota and recorded a pinch-hit single off NickBlackburn in his first career plate appearance...Belted his first Major League home run with a 3-run shot off Ryan Rowland-Smith on 6/25 vs.Seattle.....also marked his first career RBIs (15th game)...Produced 3-hit games on 6/12 vs. Texas and 6/19 at Colorado
Entered the 2009 season as the 10th-best prospect in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America...Was a Southern League All-Star in 2009.....led Huntsville in RBI (66), doubles (32) and walks (78)...Following the 2009 season played for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League (17g, .310, 2hr, 10rbi)...Enters the 2010 season as the fifth-best prospect in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America.
Was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2008.
Was recognized as a Rookie All-Star and rated as the sixth-best prospect in the Pioneer League by Baseball America...Following the 2007 season played for the North Shore Honu of the Hawaiian Winter League (23g, .299, 8rbi).