Graduated from Decatur (Ga.) High School... Signed his letter of intent to play college baseball at Duke University... Batted .519 with 17 HR and 43 RBI as a junior in high school in 2019 and .457 with 4 HR and a 1.555 OPS during a 16-game COVID-19 shortened season in 2020... Named 2019 & 2020 Georgia Gatorade High School Player of the Year... 2019 Georgia Region 6-A Offensive Player of the Year... 2019 DeKalb County Player of the Year... Player of the Game at the 2019 MLB High School All-Star Game... Was rated as No. 33 on MLB Pipeline's Top 200 Prospects List at the time of his drafting... His mother, Katrina, earned her master's degree in business economics at Washington University in St. Louis before also earning her master’s in teaching at Emory University... Resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Ranked among Cardinals minor leaguers in batting (.317, 2nd), on-base pct. (.388, 9th), slugging (.548, 3rd), OPS (.936, 2nd), hits (103, T-6th), runs (63, 7th), doubles (25, T-3rd), triples (4, T-5th), home runs (14, T-8th) and stolen bases (14, T-5th)... Hit a home run on the first pitch of his professional career, as a member of the Palm Beach (A) Cardinals off Christian Roa of the Daytona Tortugas on 5/4 at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium... Twice named Low-A Southeast Player of the Week (5/10- 16 & 6/14-20)... Was promoted to Peoria (High-A) on 6/29... Homered in three straight games twice, once with Palm Beach (6/19-22) and again in Peoria (9/10-14)... Blasted a pair of home runs at Quad Cities (9/12)... Collected a career-high 5 RBI at Quad Cities (9/7)... Scored a run in six straight games (9/9-9/16)... Stole one base in Palm Beach over 27 games and swiped 13 bags in 55 games in Peoria.