Once thought about becoming an electrical engineer...Has always enjoyed math and solving problems...Originally wanted to play basketball, but stopped growing before he hit six feet...His dad helped him decide that he was more likely to make it in pro baseball...He focused on baseball beginning his sophomore year in high school...Growing up, he played basketball and ran track...Also played the saxophone...Enjoys bowling and roller skating in his free time... Also plays video games, including "Call of Duty" and "NBA2K."...Has a baseball card collection and was an avid collector as a kid...Was born in Newark, Delaware and moved to Baltimore when he was a baby before ending up in Northern Virginia beginning when he was a second-grader...Loved watching Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones...Says he admired his "swag" in center and how he was a complete player...His all-time favorite player is Ken Griffey Jr...Was acquired by the Mets in a three-team trade with Kansas City and Boston in the same deal that saw the Royals and Red Sox swap major league outfielders...Franchy Cordero headed from Kansas City to Boston and Andrew Benintendi was dealt from Boston to Kansas City.
Spent the entire season at the Royals' Alternate Site in Kansas City, Kansas...Played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League...Batted .196 (9-46) with four doubles, a homer and six RBI in 12 games...Turned two double plays from the outfield, earning one assist each in right field and center field.
Selected as the Northwest Arkansas (AA) Player of the Year, spending the entire season with the Naturals…slashed .264/.363/.372 (124-for-470) with 21 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 74 runs scored...Tabbed a Texas League midseason All-Star and an MiLB.com Organization All-Star...Ranked third among all minor league players with 53 stolen bases, which ranked second in the organization behind teammate Nick Heath (60)…marked the first time since 2010 that two Royals' minor leaguers recorded 50+ thefts in the same season (Carlos Garcia, Derrick Robinson)...Also let the Texas League in walks (65) and ranked fifth in runs scored (74), sixth in on-base percentage and tied for eighth in hits...Had on-base streaks of 23 games (May 20-June 15) and 17 games (July 11-30) during the season…posted a .500 on-base percentage (17 walks) in 24 games during the month of June...Recorded multiple stolen bases in seven games, including a career-high three steals on Aug. 15 at Arkansas...Entered the season as the No. 2 prospect in the organization according to MLB.com...Entered the 2020 season ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the organization by Baseball America.
Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the organization entering the year and dubbed the "Best Athlete"...Split the campaign between Northwest Arkansas and Wilmington (A+), batting a combined .263 (91-for-346) with 18 doubles, four triples, six homers, 51 RBI and 16 steals… ranked tied for second in the organization with 59 walks, trailing only Nicky Lopez (60)...Tabbed a Carolina League midseason All-Star, going 1-for-2 with a walk in the game...Played in 21 games for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League and was tabbed a "Rising Star".
Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 12 prospect in the organization entering the season...Named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com for a second straight season, spending the entire year with Lexington (A)...Tied for second in the South Atlantic League in home runs and ranked third in walks...Earned SAL Player of the Week honors for the week ending Aug. 20, after batting .409 (9-for-22) with seven extra-base hits and seven RBI in five games...Recorded a career-high five RBI twice, April 28 vs. Hagerstown and Aug. 18 vs. Asheville…his game vs. Hagerstown included his first professional grand slam in the third inning.
In his first professional season, played in 49 games with Surprise (Rookie), earning Organization All-Star (MiLB. com) and Rookie All-Star (Baseball America) honors...Led the Arizona League in total bases (88) and runs scored (43), while he tied for first in triples (6), ranked second in walks (33) and on-base percentage (.396) and fifth in slugging pct. (.484).