Selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round (31st overall) of the First-Year Player Draft out of Cowan (Ind.) High School. Taken as a supplemental pick as compensation for the Rays not signing LeVon Washington in 2009. Was the first catcher ever taken by the Rays in the first round of the Draft. Did not catch until his senior year in high school after playing most of his career as a shortstop, third baseman and pitcher. Committed to the University of Arkansas before signing with the Rays.
Named a mid-season All-Star for the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League... Was called up to triple-A for the first time in August and appeared in 20 games for Durham.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Montgomery and caught 29 of 60 attempted base stealers (48.3 pct.), 4th best among all full-season minor leaguers...during his pro career has thrown out 128 of 259 (49.4 pct.)…Batted .257 (56-for-218) after the All-Star break, after batting .204 (43-for-211) in the first half…Drew only 13 walks, against 129 strikeouts… Enters 2016 ranked by Baseball America as the No. 13 prospect in the Rays system...they also rated him the Best Defensive Catcher in the Southern League.
Split time between Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery and threw out a combined 33 of 60 attempted base stealers (55.0 pct.), 4th best among all full-season minor leaguers...the average across minor league baseball in 2014 was 30.8 pct. ...during his pro career has thrown out 99 of 199 (49.7 pct.)...Picked off a total of 16 base runners: 11 at 1B, 2 at 2B and 3 at 3B...cut down his passed balls from 22 in 2013 to 13...Batted a combined .278 (111-for-399) at Charlotte and Montgomery with 35 doubles and 12 HR in 101 games...his 35 doubles led all minor league catchers...ranked 4th in the Florida State League with 31 doubles...Started the season at Charlotte and batted .373 (28-for-75) in his last 20 games before a promotion to Montgomery, where he homered in his first at-bat on Aug 6...threw out 9 of 12 attempted base stealers at Montgomery...In the Rays exhibition game at Montgomery on March 29, he caught for the Rays, connected for 3 doubles and threw out two runners attempting to steal...Named a midseason and postseason FSL All-Star...named to the U.S. team in the Futures Game at Minnesota's Target Field and went 1-for-1...Batted .303 (20-for-66) with 1 HR and 10 RBI in 17 games for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League and was the 2nd toughest to strike out, with only one per 12 PA...threw out 11 of 22 attempted base stealers (50.0 pct.), tops in the league...in the AFL championship game he hit 2 HR in a 14-7 loss to Salt River on Nov 15...named to the AFL West Divison Fall Stars Team and selected as the best infield arm in the AFL by players and scouts...Following the season was rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect in the Rays system...the publication also rated him the Best Defensive Catcher and No. 10 prospect in the FSL...The Rays Baseball Operations staff named him the Best Defensive Player in the system...also named Rays Minor League Player of the Month for July after batting .347 with 5 HR, 14 RBI, 7 2B and 18 runs scored.