Graduated South Effingham High School in Guyton, Ga. in 2005... Played one season at Middle Georgia College and was named the 2006 Region XVII Junior College Player of the Year after hitting .462 with seven homers and 35 RBI...Selected by the Red Sox in the 17th round of the 2006 draft...signed by Rob English...Is an avid fan of professional wrestling and the WWE...his favorite pro wrestler is Triple H...utilized Ric Flair's entrance song as his walk-up in 2017, a season which forever tied linked him with Flair because of the iconic "Woo!" heard throughout Minute Maid Park... Has been a member of the Taylor Hooton Foundation advisory board since 2015... the Taylor Hooton Foundation advocates against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the Youth of America... Originally selected to a Major League roster on July 31, 2009 with Boston...signed a fouryear contract with Houston on Nov. 23, 2016.
Had a career year after signing with the Astros in the offseason...ranked fourth in the AL in batting average with a career-high .314 mark...posted career highs in hits (150), doubles (34), OBP (.363), SLG (.484) and OPS (.847)...among AL outfielders, ranked second in batting, fourth in doubles, fourth in on-base percentage and sixth in OPS...posted the 10th-lowest strikeout rate in the AL (13.3%), as he struck out in 72 of 540 plate appearances...tied for the MLB lead in sac flies (12) with Evan Longoria...was one shy of the club record reached by Carlos Lee (2007), Jeff Bagwell (1992) and Ray Knight (1982)...batted .346 (45x130) with 70 RBI with runners in scoring position, both career-high marks for a single season...ranked sixth in the AL in batting average with runners in scoring position...also ranked fourth in the AL in batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs (.381, 24x63)...led the American League in batting average at home with a .344 (78x227) mark... hit .352 (77x219) at Minute Maid Park (three Astros home games were played at Tropicana Field), which was the third-highest batting average at the venue by an Astros player in a single season, trailing Jose Altuve's .366 mark set in 2014, and Jeff Bagwell's .353 mark set in the inaugural season of the ballpark in 2000... reached via catcher's interference seven times, which led MLB...set a club record for most times reaching via catcher's interference in a single year...has already tied the franchise record for a career, as Alan Ashby reached via catcher's interference seven times during his Astros career that spanned from 1979-89...hit .405 (32x79) in Interleague play, which ranked third in the Majors behind Altuve (.421) and Brandon Drury (.414) of the D-backs...was fifth in the AL in batting average with two strikes, posting a .257 (57x222) mark...batted .315 (29x92) with a .360 on-base percentage vs. left-handed pitchers, which were both single season career-high marks...entering 2017, owned a career .218 (159x729) batting average and .641 OPS vs. left-handed pitchers... played all three outfield positions, making 102 appearances in right field (95 starts), 48 appearances in left field (20 starts) and 11 appearances in center field (6 starts)...also appeared at first base in one game, making his first career appearance at the position...marked his most starts in left field in a single season in his career...his 11 games in center field were his most since 2012 (10)...made his fifth career Opening Day roster and started in right field on Opening Day...served a stint on the 7-day concussion DL from June 14-20...suffered the injury on June 12 vs. TEX after leaping into the wall on an attempted catch...exited the game in the 3rd inning, which ended a career-high tying 19-game on-base streak...left the game on Sept. 22 vs. LAA with lower back discomfort...played on Sept. 24 vs. LAA but then missed the final seven games of the regular season...played first base on April 15 at OAK...had to move to the position after Correa left the game with an injury...recorded two putouts as the first baseman...fell a single shy of the cycle in a 3x4 performance on April 19 vs. LAA...tied a career high for most extra-base hits in a game, last accomplished on Aug. 19, 2013 (three-homer game)... started in center field on April 25 at CLE...marked his first start in center field since July 29, 2014 at HOU...on April 28 vs. OAK, reached via catcher's interference two times...became the seventh player in MLB history to reach via catcher's interference twice in the same game, and the first since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2015...hit the 100th homer of his career on May 9 vs. ATL...on May 29 at MIN, scored two runs in the Astros 11-run 8th inning... led off the inning with a walk...then hit a two-run double later in the inning with two outs...in June, was second in the AL in batting (.389, 28x72) and 10th in OBP (.410)...reached base safely in 19 straight games from May 19-June 11, tying the longest streak of his career set in 2013...fell a single shy of the cycle on June 22 at OAK, scoring four runs against his former club (tied career high)...became the seventh player in MLB history to fall a single shy of the cycle in two separate games in a single year, joining Chris Owings (2014), Gregg Jefferies (1998), Eddie Matthews (1960), Stan Musial (1951), Joe DiMaggio (1937) and Travis Jackson (1929)...went 3x4 with three RBI and two steals on June 28 vs. OAK...was his third career multi-steal game...became the fourth outfielder in club history to have a game with at least three hits, three RBI and two steals, and the first since Carlos Beltrán did so on Aug. 27, 2004 at CHC...hit his fifth-career grand slam on July 4 at ATL...became the first Georgia-born player to hit a grand slam in Atlanta as a visitor since Kal Daniels on July 5, 1992...hit in 14 straight starts from June 20-July 15...marked a career-long streak...drove in five runs on July 28 at DET, hitting two sac-flys and a go-ahead, 8th-inning three-run homer off RHP Bruce Rondon...was his fifth-career game with at least five RBI (first since Sept. 24, 2016 vs. COL)...per Elias, it was his second-career go-ahead homer in the 8th inning or later (also July 22, 2013 vs. HOU)...had two doubles, a homer, two walks and four RBI on Sept. 8 at OAK...became the third player in club history to have a game with three XBH and two walks in a game, joining Craig Biggio (July 26, 1999) and Rusty Staub (Aug. 17, 1965)...started all 18 postseason games for the Astros in right field, batting .169 (11x65) with one double and two RBI...batted .375 (6x16) in the ALDS vs. BOS... had multiple hits in three of the four games of the series...batted .375 (6x16) in the ALDS vs. BOS...had multiple hits in three of the four games of the series...hit a go-ahead, RBI single in the 8th inning of Game 4 of the ALDS vs. BOS...per Elias, became the second player in MLB history to drive in a postseason series-winning run in the 7th inning or later against his former team...the other was Ray Knight for the Mets in the 1986 NLCS vs. HOU... posted a four-game postseason hitting streak following an 0x22 streak, which matched the MLB record for the most consecutive hitless at-bats in one postseason, set by Dal Maxvill in the 1968 World Series...recorded his second outfield assist of the postseason in Game 2 of the ALCS (also Game 1 of the ALDS vs. BOS), starting the relay that nabbed Brett Gardner at third base...joined Jason Lane (2005) as the only right fielders in club history to have multiple outfield assists in a single postseason.
Set single-season career highs in batting average (.281) and on-base percentage (.345) in 115 games...played 68 games for Oakland before getting traded to the eventual NL West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 1...played in 47 games with the Dodgers...batted .296 (72x243) with 11 doubles, eight homers, 28 RBI and an .816 OPS as an Athletic...struggled during his first month with the Dodgers (.161 August batting average, 14x87), but then tied for the Major League lead in batting average during September (.400, 26x65) with Daniel Murphy...crushed right-handed pitching to the tune of a .322 batting average (97x301), which ranked eighth among Major League hitters (min. 300PA)...also posted a .386 on-base percentage, .485 slugging percentage and .871 OPS against righties...recorded a career-low 12.8% strikeout rate, as he struck out just 56 times in 439 plate appearances...his strikeout rate was lower than all but 23 Major League hitters with at least 400 plate appearances...ranked sixth among Major League right fielders in defensive runs saved (6)...made his fourth career Opening Day roster and start on April 4 vs. CWS...placed on the 15-day Disabled List on May 20 with a fractured left thumb...recorded multiple hits in four consecutive games from April 22-26... tied as the longest streak of his career...went 7x9 during Oakland's doubleheader on May 7 at BAL...went 3x5 in Game 1 and 4x4 in Game 2...tied an A's franchise record by recording a hit in eight consecutive at-bats from May 7-9...went 4x4 on July 2 vs. PIT, giving him his second four-hit game of the season and sixth of his career... tied a career high with four runs scored on July 15 at SEA...recorded a walkoff RBI single on July 19 vs. HOU off LHP Tony Sipp...snapped an 0x16 streak against left-handed pitchers...was his sixth career game-ending RBI...activated from the DL on June 28...was traded to the Dodgers along with LHP Rich Hill in exchange for RHP Jharel Cotton, RHP Grant Holmes and RHP Frankie Montas on Aug. 1...posted a season-long seven-game hitting streak from Aug. 29-Sept. 9...hit .542 (13x24) with two doubles and a homer during the streak...hit the fourth grand slam of his career on Sept. 24 vs. COL off Christian Bergman...went 3x4 with a season-high five RBI in the game...played in 10 of the Dodgers' 11 postseason games, batting .308 (8x26) with two RBI and three stolen bases...made eight postseason starts (all in right field), starting all five games of the NLDS and four of the six games of the NLCS...hit .364 (4x11) in the NLCS...stole two bases in Game 3 of the NLCS, becoming the fifth player in Dodgers history to record multiple steals in a postseason game...also Steve Sax (1988 NLCS Game 4), Pedro Guerrero (1985 NLCS Game 1), Davey Lopes (1981 WS Game 4, 1981 NLCS Game 1, 1974 WS Game 3) and Willie Davis (1965 WS Game 5)...played six games with Triple A Nashville as part of a rehab assignment in June and went 3x25 (.120).
Compiled his best numbers since his first season with the A's in 2012, batting .272 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI in 149 games…had a career-high .333 on-base percentage and his batting average was his best as an Athletic…had the second best totals of his career in nearly every other offensive category including home runs and RBI…struck out just 65 times and his average of 8.95 plate appearances per strikeout was seventh best in the American League and a career best…was 10-for-12 (83.3%) in stolen base attempts and is now 31-for-37 (83.8%) in an Oakland uniform…led the A's in home runs, RBI, slugging (.449), total bases (236) and extra base hits (49)…hit .289 (113-for-391) off right-handed pitching compared to .222 (30-for-135) against left-handers…batted .120 with one extra base hit (triple) off southpaws through June 9…then hit .282 with nine extra base hits (five doubles and four home runs) off lefties from June 10 through the end of the season…went 8-for-12 (.677) with 19 RBI with the bases loaded…ranked second in the AL in batting and slugging (1.083) with the bases loaded and fourth in RBI…matched the Oakland record for batting with the bases loaded (min. 10 PA), set by Josh Donaldson in 2013…had a .136 (6-for-44) career average with the bases loaded entering the season…batted .357 with runners in scoring position and two outs after entering the year with a .185 career average in that situation…also hit .315 when leading off an inning and .302 in the seventh inning or later…tied for sixth in the AL in RBI with two outs (41) and tied for eighth in RBI in the seventh inning or later (29)…ranked 10th in at bats per grounded into double play (75.1) and had the 10th lowest percentage of swings at the first pitch (16.0%)…hit 16 of his 20 home runs at night, 13 on the road and 11 with two outs…made 134 starts in right field, which were the most by an Athletic since Matt Stairs had 139 in 1999…also appeared in one game in center field…committed five errors, which tied for the most among AL right fielders (Choo, TEX and Hunter, MIN)…now has 21 errors over the last four years, which is the most among AL outfielders over that span…is tied for sixth with 35 assists over that stretch…went 4-for-12 (.333) with a walk and two RBI as a pinch hitter…was 4-for-30 (.133) in his career in the pinch entering the season…made a team-leading 70 starts batting third and hit .250 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in those games…started games at every spot in the order except first and ninth
Batted .264 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 109 games in a season shortened due to two stints on the disabled list with a right knee injury…it was the second consecutive season he had two stints on the DL with an injury to the same body part (right wrist in 2013)…hit .214 with three doubles, three triples, four home runs and 22 RBI in 50 games before his first stint on the DL, .308 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 32 RBI in 59 games after that…his 109 games played were his fewest in his three seasons with Oakland but his .264 batting average and .316 on-base percentage were his best…had a career-high seven triples, which tied for eighth in the American League…has 24 home runs in 223 games over the last two seasons after belting 32 home runs in 156 games in 2012…hit .280 (74-for-264) with all 12 of his home runs and 46 of his 54 RBI against right-handed pitching compared to .222 (22-for-99) with two extra base hits (one double, one triple) against left-handers…slugged .519 against righties, .253 against lefties…in 2013, he hit six of his 12 home runs against lefties…batted .312 at home compared to .221 on the road…hit .285 with seven of his 12 home runs with runners on base… however, batted .167 with runners in scoring position and two outs…now has a .185 (36-for-195) career average with RISP and two outs…was 2-for-13 (.154) with the bases loaded and is 6-for-44 (.136) in his career…started a team-leading 99 games in right field…also made one start in center field…had five assists in 108 games overall in the outfield, which were his fewest in his three seasons with the A's… has 29 assists over the last three years, which is fifth most among AL outfielders…28 of those assists have come as a right fielder, which is tied for second most…committed five errors for a .976 fielding percentage…went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as a pinch hitter and is 4-for-30 (.133) with 13 strikeouts in the pinch in his career…started games in every spot in the order except first, third and fourth…made his most starts batting seventh (38)…hit .307 in 39 games overall in the seven spot compared to .242 in all other spots in the order…was successful in just 1-of-2 stolen base attempts but is 21-for-25 (84.0%) in three seasons with the A's.
OAKLAND: Made his third consecutive Opening Day start in right field and is the first Athletic to make three straight Opening Day starts in right field since Ruben Sierra (1993-95)…matched his career high with four strikeouts April 9 at Minnesota (sixth time)…went 4-for-41 (.098) with 15 strikeouts over his first 12 games through April 16…then had back-to-back three-hit games April 18 and 19 against Houston…had his fourth career game-ending RBI in the latter contest, a single in the A's three-run ninth inning…hit .410 (16-for-39) over a 12-game stretch from April 17 to 29 and finished April with a .253 batting average…went 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI May 16 at Cleveland…the RBI were a career high and it was his fifth career multi-homer game…one of the home runs was a grand slam, the second of his career (Aug. 31, 2012 vs. Boston)…batted .188 in 25 games in May…was hitting .214 in 50 games when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 3 retroactive to June 1 with a hyperextended right knee…went 7-for-16 (.438) with three doubles during a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento from June 18 to 22…that included a four-hit game at New Orleans June 21… was reinstated from the DL June 24 and went 5-for-11 (.455) with a triple and two RBI in four games before returning to the DL June 29 with a strained right knee…rehabbed with Single-A Stockton from July 14 to 20 and hit .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in five games… that included a 4-for-4 performance July 14 against San Jose…was reinstated from the DL July 22 and hit .299 over his final 55 games…batted .404 (19-for-47) with five doubles, four home runs and eight RBI over a 13-game stretch from July 23 to Aug. 5…scored a season-high three runs July 23 against Houston and matched his career-high with two doubles the next day against the Astros (sixth time)… made his only appearance of the season at a position other than right field July 29 at Houston when he went 2-for-4 with a double and home run in a start in center field…hit safely in a season-high six consecutive games from Aug. 1 to 6 (10-for-22, .455) but then batted .194 over his next 30 games from Aug. 7 to Sept. 14…had his second two-homer game of the season and the sixth multi-homer game of his career Aug. 3 against Kansas City…played in the 500th game of his career Aug. 29 at Los Angeles (AL)…went 16-for-33 (.485) with two doubles, two triples, one home run and nine RBI over his final 10 games beginning Sept. 16…was named AL Co-Player of the Week along with teammate Sonny Gray the final week of the season…went 12-for-25 (.480) with seven RBI and five multiple hit games in six games over that stretch…it was the second time he won the award in his career (Sept. 3, 2012)…finished September with a .324 batting average and a team-leading 14 RBI in 20 games…then went 2-for-4 with two walks in the Wild Card game at Kansas City Sept. 30…has started all 11 games in right field for the A's in the last three postseasons and is 8-for-38 (.211).
Batted .226 with 12 home runs and 56 RBI in 114 games in a season interrupted by two stints on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist…the home runs were 20 fewer than his 32 from 2012…became the first player in Oakland history to hit 30 home runs one season and then hit fewer than 16 the next year while playing in more than 33 games…his batting average included a .227 mark while playing the outfield, which was third lowest among American League outfielders and the lowest in Oakland history… the previous low has .228 by Matt Stairs in 2000…was successful in 9-of-11 (81.8%) stolen base attempts and is 20-for-23 (87.0%) in two seasons with the A's…hit .200 against left-handed pitchers, which was fifth lowest in the AL, compared to .238 against right-handers…hit six home runs in 125 at bats against lefties, six in 260 at bats against righties…hit two home runs in 59 games in the Coliseum and had five home runs in four games at Rogers Centre…10 of his 12 home runs were hit on the road… seven came with runners on base (six two-run, one three-run) and five came in the eighth inning or later…10 were hit the first time he faced a pitcher in a game…had four home runs in 65 games before the All-Star Break, eight in 49 games after the break…his average improved to .276 with runners in scoring position…was 1-for-7 (.143) with the bases loaded and is now 4-for-31 (.129) in his career…made 108 starts, all in right field…tied for third among AL outfielders in double plays (3), tied for fifth in errors (5) and tied for ninth in assists (9)…now has 24 assists over the last two seasons, which is third most among AL outfielders…struck out in his only two pinch hitting appearances…started games in every spot in the order except first, fourth and ninth…saw his most action with 49 starts in the seven spot.
OAKLAND: Was the A's Opening Day starter in right field and started each of the A's first seven games before injuring his right wrist April 7 at Houston…missed a three-game series at Los Angeles (AL) April 9-11 but returned to the starting lineup April 12…went 1-for-22 over an eight-game stretch from April 26 to May 4…batted .139 with a home run and 13 RBI in 24 games in April…the batting average was third lowest in Oakland history in the first month of the season among players with 75 or more plate appearances (Don Baylor, .129 in 1976; Ben Grieve, .132 in 1999)…went 1-for-2 with three walks May 1 against Los Angeles (AL), the first three-walk game of his career…also had three walks Aug. 2 against Texas…was batting .152 with one home run and 14 RBI in 29 games when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 8 retroactive to May 7 with a sprained right wrist…it was his first career stint on the DL…went 3-for-14 (.214) with five runs, three walks, one strikeout and two stolen bases during a four-game rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton (May 27) and Triple-A Sacramento (May 28-30)…appeared in two games in right field and two at designated hitter…was reinstated from the DL May 31 and hit .287 with two home runs and 11 RBI in his first 25 games following his return (through June 29)…walked with the bases loaded in the 10th inning June 1 against Chicago to force in the winning run…it was the 25th "walk-off" walk in Oakland history, the first since Bobby Crosby did it in the 17th inning against Los Angeles (NL) June 17, 2006…it was his third career walk-off RBI (single, double)…snapped a career-high 30-game homerless streak with a solo shot in the seventh inning off Jose Quintana June 6 at Chicago (AL)…went 4-for-5 June 16 against Seattle to lift his average to the .200 mark for the first time in 2013 (.211)…the four hits matched his career-high (third time)…reached base safely via hit or walk in a career-high 19 consecutive games from June 18 to July 13…went 17-for-65 (.262) with seven walks (.329 on-base percentage) during the streak…that included a season-high eight-game hitting streak from June 20-29 (9-for-28, .321)…went 15-for-90 (.167) with 12 walks (.260 on-base percentage) over a 28-game stretch from June 30 to Aug. 7…capped the stretch with a 0-for-20 streak from July 29 to Aug. 9…struck out a career-high tying four times July 14 against Boston (fifth time)…had five home runs in 82 games through Aug. 7…then homered five times in two games at Toronto Aug. 9 and 10 to tie the Major League record for home runs over a two-game span…is the first Athletic to do it since Mark McGwire, June 10-11, 1995…hit three home runs on the 9th, tying the Athletics record for home runs in a game…it was the 14th three-homer game in Oakland history and the 26th in Athletics history…it was the first since Erubiel Durazo on Aug. 18, 2004 at Baltimore…then hit two home runs the next day…the multi-homer games were the third and fourth of his career…had a career-high tying five RBI Aug. 9 at Toronto (also: May 11, 2012 vs. Detroit) and drove in eight runs in the two games Aug. 9 and 10…went 3-for-23 (.130) over a seven-game stretch from Aug. 17-25 before returning to the disabled list Aug. 26 with a sprained right wrist…was reinstated Sept. 10 and hit .304 with two home runs and 10 RBI over his final 17 games…started 16 of the A's final 17 games in right field…had five assists over his first 106 games in the outfield through Sept. 21…then had two assists Sept. 22 against Minnesota and threw out four base runners over his final seven games…started all five games in right field in the ALDS against Detroit and went 4-for-17 (.235) with a home run…had surgery on his right wrist following the season…the surgery, a TFCC debridement, was performed by Dr. Mark Belsky at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass. Oct. 30.
Was acquired from Boston during the offseason and batted .242 with 32 home runs and 85 RBI in 156 games...had just 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 143 games over his first three seasons with the Red Sox...became the first Athletic to hit 30 home runs since Jack Cust in 2008 (33)...led the A's in nearly every offensive category including games, at bats (611), runs (85), hits (148), doubles (29), home runs, RBI, walks (55), intentional walks (8), sacrifice flies (4), strikeouts (151) and grounded into double plays (15)...his walks were second fewest by an A's team-leader in Oakland history (Mitchell Page, 53 in 1978)...ranked 10th in the American League in strikeouts (151) and tied for 10th in home runs...became the eighth Athletic to win a Rawling Gold Glove Award, the fourth outfielder...is the first A's outfielder to win the award since Dwayne Murphy in 1985...the last Athletic to win it at any position was third baseman Eric Chavez in 2006...ranked third among AL outfielders with 15 assists...that tied for third most in Oakland history and was the most since 1983 when Mike Davis had 16...fell two short of the record of 17 set by Tony Armas in 1980...tied for fifth among AL outfielders in double plays (3) and errors (6)...batted .268 with 20 home runs and 43 RBI in 83 games before the All-Star Break...was tied for eighth in the AL in home runs at the break...then hit .215 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 73 games after the break...now has a .280 (112-for-400) batting average with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 117 games before the All-Star break compared to .220 (129-for-586) with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 182 games after the break...hit .283 with the bases empty compared to .191 with runners on base...had the third lowest batting average in the AL with runners on base...it was seventh lowest by an Athletic since 1974...21 of his 32 home runs were solo shots...now has a .281 (156-for-556) career average with the bases empty compared to .198 (85-for-430) with runners on...had a .206 batting average with runners in scoring position and is a .204 (52-for-255) career hitter with RISP...was 1-for-14 (.071) with the bases loaded and is 3-for-24 (.125) in his career...hit 31 of his 32 home runs as an outfielder...since 1992, the only other outfielder to hit 30 home runs for the A's is Matt Stairs (38 in 1999)...27 came as a right fielder, which led the AL...A's right fielders combined for 20 home runs over the previous two seasons...ranked second in the majors in home runs with two outs (16) and fourth in the AL in home runs with two strikes (15)...21 of his 42 career home runs have come with two strikes...hit nine home runs in the first inning and eight in the seventh inning...batted .245 (95-for-387) against right-handed pitching, .237 (53-for-224) against left-handers...made a team-leading 131 starts in right field and was one of just two Athletics to start more than 100 games at a position (Weeks, 112 at second base)...also started 11 games at designated hitter and 10 in center field...hit .205 with a home run and six RBI as the designated hitter...was 1-for-2 with an intentional walk in three pinch hitting appearances...was 3-for-22 (.136) in his career in the pinch entering the season...made a team-leading 133 starts batting third but hit just .241 from that spot.
Appeared in 87 games over two stints with the Red Sox after combining for just 56 over his previous twoMajor League campaigns...batted .280 with seven home runs and 28 RBI...ranked third among AmericanLeague rookie in batting, fourth in slugging (.457), fifth in on-base percentage (.327), tied for sixth indoubles (18), ninth in extra-base hits (28), tied for ninth in triples (3) and 10th in runs scored (41)...batted.234 with runners in scoring position, including .182 with RISP and two outs...hit six of his seven homeruns at night...five came on the road...had a .393 batting average with two home runs and 15 RBI in 23games before the All-Star Break compared to .244 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 64 games after thebreak...slugged .672 before the break, .389 after...hit .438 in 12 interleague games and added five walksfor a .500 on-base percentage...started 64 games, including 48 in right field, 14 in left field and two incenter field...had five outfield assists, which ranked second among AL rookies...was 2 for 11 (.182) withtwo RBI as a pinch hitter.
BOSTON: Recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket the first time May 26 and went 3 for 5 with a career-highthree RBI that day at Detroit...was 5 for 13 (.385) with four RBI and four runs scored in five games beforehe was optioned back to Pawtucket June 4...returned June 18 and spent the remainder of the seasonwith Boston...hit .364 with four home runs and 16 RBI in his first 28 games during his second stint...then went 34-for-153 (.222) with three home runs and eight RBI over his final 54 games...had a pinch-hittwo-run single in the Red Sox 10-run seventh inning June 20 against San Diego, his first career RBI in thepinch...scored the only run in a 1-0, 16-inning win at Tampa Bay July 17, scoring on Dustin Pedroia's RBIsingle...finished July with a .280 batting average in 25 games but then hit .208 in 28 games in August...collected his first career game-ending RBI with a single off Phil Hughes in the 10th inning Aug. 7, liftingthe Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park...at 24 years and 169 days old, he was theyoungest Red Sox player to collect a walk-off RBI in a game against the Yankees since Mario Guerrero didit Aug. 1, 1973 at 23 years and 307 days...tallied a career-high nine-game hitting streak from Sept. 3-13(14-for-33, .424)...reached base safely in all five plate appearances Sept. 3 against Texas, going 4-for-4with a hit by pitch, double and three runs scored...set single-game career highs in hits, runs and times onbase...was the first Red Sox rookie with a four-hit game since Jacoby Ellsbury had four Sept. 26, 2008against New York (AL)...compiled a .271 batting average in 20 games in September.
PAWTUCKET: Spent the balance of the season at Pawtucket where he batted .230 with 14 home runs and36 RBI in 52 games...ranked third in the International League in home runs at the time of his last promotionJune 18...was also leading the PawSox in runs (37), extra-base hits (24), RBI (36), total bases (97),slugging (.508) and OPS (.841)...hit 10 of his 14 home runs on the road...had a .171 batting average whenleading off an inning...appeared in 35 games in center field, 15 in right field and one in left field...saw hismost action with 41 games hitting third...reached base safely via hit or walk in 19 of his first 20 games, batting .296 with a .376 on-base percentage...also had eight home runs and 16 RBI over that span...homeredin four consecutive games April 24-28...capped that streak with his first of two two-homer gamesApril 28 at Lehigh Valley...then went 20 for 110 (.182) with six home runs and 20 RBI over his final32 games...had two home runs and a season-high four RBI in his final game with the PawSox, June 17against Lehigh Valley.
Spent most of the year with Triple-A Pawtucket but also appeared in 29 games withthe Red Sox.Had 4 stints with Boston: 4/20-24, 6/5-11, 6/22-24 and 9/6 through the remainder of the season...Hit safelyin 6 of 13 tilts with a plate appearance after his final call-up of the year (8-for -37, .216, 2 2B , HR, 3 RBI, 3 R).Played in the outfield on 25 occasions (15 GS) with Boston...Made starts at all 3 outfield positions, including 6 inright field (15 G), 5 in center (6 G) and 4 in left (6 G)...Picked up 1st career Major League outfield assist on 6/23 at COL.Notched his 1st career steal on 6/7 at CLE and 1st triple on 6/5 at BAL...Collected career-high 3 hits on 9/8 vs. TB.Hit his 1st Big League homer of the year on 9/22 vs. BAL, his 1st career shot at Fenway...All 3 of his MajorLeague homers have come against the Orioles (also 8/2/09 at B AL and 9/19/09 at BAL).Finished 4th in the Red Sox minor league system with a team-high 18 home runs in 114 games with Pawtucket.Also led the PawSox in at-bats (451), runs (59), hits (120), extra-base hits (50), RBI (65), total bases (210)and slugging (.466).From the start of August through the end of the season, led Red Sox farmhands with 10 home runs, 91 totalbases and 20 extra-base hits...Named Red Sox Offensive Player of the Month for August/September.Twice named International League Player of the Week: 8/2-8 (6 G, .464, 13-for-28, 5 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI) and8/23-29 (7 G, .500, 17-for-34, 4 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI).Led the IL with 7 homers, 12 extra-base hits and 52 total bases over his last 15 games with Pawtucket from8/23-9/6, hitting .388 (26-for-67) with 15 RBI in that stretch.Following the season, appeared in 23 games with the Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Winter League.
Saw 1st Major League action, playing in 27 games over 3 stints with BOS...Started at all 3 outfield positions with 12 games in left (6 starts), 10 games in right (3 starts) and 2 games incenter (1 start)...Committed just 1 error in 31 total chances...5 of 1st 6 ML hits and 6 of 10 hits overall went for extra bases (4 2B, 2 HR)...Selected from Double-A Portland 7/31 and made Big League debut that night at BAL as a pinch-hitter (0-for-1)...Tallied an extra-base hit in each of his 1st 3 career starts, 8/1-4 (3 2B, HR)...Became the 3rd Red Sox playersince 1954 to accomplish that feat, joining Arquimedez Pozo (1996) and Harry Agganis (1954)...Recorded 2 hitsin each of his 1st 2 starts from 8/1-2, the 1st Sox player to do that since Kevin Youkilis in 2004...Collected 2 doubles and a walk in 1st career start on 8/1 at BAL, becoming the 1st Sox player with at least 2doubles in his 1st career start since Rey Quinones on 5/17/86 vs. TEX...Belted 1st Big League home run off BAL's Brian Bass on 8/2 at Camden Yards...Became the 1st Red Soxoutfielder to go deep within his 1st 3 games since Billy Conigliaro on 4/16/69 vs. BAL...Hit .313 (5-for-16) overall with 3 doubles, 1 home run and 2 RBI in 1st 4 tilts (3 starts) before being optionedto Triple-A Pawtucket on 8/5...Recalled the following day (8/6) when Rocco Baldelli was placed on the DL...Optioned to Pawtucket again on8/15...Recalled for 3rd stint with BOS on 9/2 and closed out the season with the club...Combined to hit .245 (80-for-327) with 17 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs and 35 RBI in 81 games betweenPortland and Pawtucket.
Led all Red Sox minor leaguers with 91 RBI between Single-A Greenville and Lancasterand Double-A Portland...Ranked 4th among Sox farmhands with 23 homers and 6th with a .311 average (150-for-482)...After the season, rated as the No. 5 prospect and the No. 2 position player in the Red Sox system accordingto Baseball America...Also dubbed as having the chain's best outfield arm...Played the majority of the year (76 games) with Lancaster and was named to the California League's Post-Season All-Star team and ranked as the 8th best prospect in the Cal League by Baseball America...Combined to hit .317 (40-for-126) against southpaws and .309 (110-for-356) vs. right-handers...Began the campaign at Greenville and batted .340 (18-for-53) with hits in 12 of 14 games...Promoted toLancaster on 4/23...Hit .442 (19-for-43) with 4 homers during a season-high, 10-game hit streak from 5/24-6/3...Named the Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Month for June after collecting 11 extra-base hits and going2-for-2 in steal attempts...Also ranked among California League leaders during the month in RBI (T-1st, 28),total bases (2nd, 63), homers (4th, 7) and average (6th, .363)...Promoted to Portland on 7/21...Went 1-for-11 in 3 playoff games with the Sea Dogs...Played 23 games for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, batting .189 (18-for-95) with 5 homers and 15 RBI...Went 2-for-4 with a double, homer, 2 RBI and 2 runs in the AFL's Rising Stars Showcase.
Made his professional debut with Single-A Greenville...finished seventh in the Red Sox farmsystem with a .305 batting average...after the season, was named No. 10 prospect and No. 6 positionplayer in Boston's system by Baseball America...tied for first on Greenville with six triples and rankedsecond with 18 homers and 72 RBI...notched a season-high, 14-game hitting streak from May 29 toJune 12, during which he went 20-for-56 (.357)...batted .351 in June, which was 10th best in the SouthAtlantic League...also named Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Month, going 3-for-3 in stealattempts with 10 extra-base hits...tied a franchise mark with six RBI June 23 vs. Savannah, going 2-for-4 with two homers...was named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month for July, makingone error in 29 games in the outfield...promoted to Double-A Portland Sept. 4...went 0-for-5 in threepostseason games for the Sea Dogs.