Originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2nd round (52nd overall) of the June, 2013 First Year Player Draft...Graduated from Terrebonne (La.) High School...Won the Home Run Derby at the Perfect Game Showcase at Petco Park in 2012...Grew up with extremely limited means, leaving him unable to participate in many extracurricular activities due to cost. Relied on his travel coach, Chad Raley, to take him to tournaments and provide necessary equipment. Believes Chad was a big reason he was noticed by scouts...Developed his love for baseball by hitting rocks or foam footballs with a broomstick handle. From there, the game's coupling of physical ability with intelligence drew him in...Attended the MLB Rookie Career Development Program in Washington D.C. in January 2018 along with Rays teammates 1B Jake Bauers and RHP Ryan Yarbrough...Resides in Houma, Louisiana.
Played in 53 games between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA) after recovering from an off-season injury to his right hand (second metacarpal fracture)...Batted .296 with 8 HR, 29 RBI and a .372 OBP combined with the two clubs...Began the season on the Major League injured list, but was activated on May 5 and optioned to Springfield (AA) before getting a promotion to Memphis (AAA) to finish the season...Led all Cardinals full-season minor league players in August with a .353 batting average (30-85), while smacking 5 HR and 21 RBI, his most RBI in a single month since driving in 28 with Montgomery (AA) in 2017...Batted .365 (15-41) with 5 HR, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored over his final 12 games ot the season at Memphis, including a stretch of three consecutive games with a home run (8/24-27) and a season-high 5 RBI vs. Round Rock (8/22)...Blasted a pair of two-run home runs at Iowa (7/4), accounting for all of the Redbirds runs.
Played in 115 games between Durham (AAA) and Memphis (AAA) combining to bat .252 with 11 HR, 57 RBI and 21 doubles...Made his Major League debut for the Tampa Bay Rays vs. MIA (7/21) and grounded into a double play while playing 2.0 innings in the outfield and recorded one put-out....Was acquired by the Cardinals from the Tampa Bay Rays along with RHP Roel Ramírez and LHP Génesis Cabrera for OF Tommy Pham and International Cap space at the trade deadline, July 31, 2018...Named an International League Mid-Season All-Star...Entered the Triple-A All-Star Game in the 6th inning and played right field. Was 0-for-2 in the game...Led the International League with 13 outfield assists despite playing in only 82 games....Totaled 17 outfield assists on the year including four in Memphis...Had a season-high 11-game hitting streak (6/22-7/2) batting .347 (17-49) with 10 RBI...Ran off an 11-game road hitting streak (6/22-7/18), T-2nd longest on Durham, batting .354 (17-48) during the stretch...Went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI, missing the cycle by a triple vs. Indianapolis (5/19)...Recorded three hits in the 2018 Pacific Coast League playoffs appearing in eight games. Had an RBI in the Triple-A Championship game.
Named Most Valuable Player for Double-A Montgomery by the Rays Baseball Operations department…spent the entire season with the Biscuits, recording a career-high 14 HR, 72 RBI, 37 BB and 53 runs... Ranked 2nd among Rays minor leaguers in home runs, one shy of Jesús Sánchez…finished 3rd with 72 RBI, behind Sánchez (82) and Brett Sullivan (74)…his .301 avg. was 7th among Rays minor leaguers and marked the third time in five minor league seasons he hit .300 or better... Named to the Southern League postseason AllStar Team…finished the season ranked 4th in the SL in avg. and 3rd with a .489 SLG... Missed nearly all of May with a left knee contusion…was on the disabled list from May 5-29... Named the Rays Minor League Hitter of the Month for August, batting .333/.411/.677 (31-for93) with 8 2B, 8 HR and 28 RBI... Totaled 3 HR and 6 RBI on Aug 30 vs. Mobile (Angels)…it was the second 3-HR game in Biscuits history, joining Tyler Goedell in 2013... Was called up to Triple-A Durham for the International League playoffs…hit .333 (4-for-12) with 1 2B and 3 BB in 4 games... Named to the Rays Organizational All-Star Team by MLB.com... Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect in the Rays system and No. 16 prospect in the SL following the season.