Graduated from St. Mary's Preparatory School (Stockton, CA). Attended St. Mary's College, where he was named All-West Coast Conference his sophomore and junior seasons.
Played six games for the SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Baseball League before being released... His lone hit in 12 at bats was a home run.
Led all Marlins' Minor Leaguers in home runs (28) and RBI (78) last season... Spent first 70 games of season with Double-A Jacksonville before promotion to Triple-A New Orleans on June 23... Finished ninth in Southern League in home runs (16) for season, despite remaining at NOLA for remainder of year following call-up... Homered in four straight games from June 3-7; final game of streak marked end of a season-long, seven-game hitting streak (.357/10x28, 3 2b, 5 hr, 7 rbi)... Earned Organizational Player of the Month honors for June, batting .277 (26x94) in 25 games between Jacksonville and NOLA. Had 21 runs, eight doubles, 11 home runs and 21 RBI over that span... Also won Southern League Player of the Week honors for June 3-9, batting .350 (7x20) in six games, with two doubles, four homers and six RBI... Twenty-three of career-high 28 homers overall last season came off of right-handed pitching... In 60 games for NOLA, played 31 at home and 29 on road. Batted .293 (29x99) in home games, compared to .175 (18x103) in road games.
Followed 2011 Florida State League MVP season at Double-A Jacksonville, setting career highs in games played and runs scored...Tallied second-highest home run and RBI totals of career...Among Marlins' farmhands, tied for second in home runs and RBIS...Ranked third in Southern League in both categories, while 18.54 AB/HR ratio ranked second...Recorded season-best three hits in 3-for-3 effort on June 25 vs. Tennessee, scoring twice, doubling and driving in three...Also tallied three hits in final game of season, Sept. 3 at Jackson...Recorded four RBIs on Aug. 24 to mark season high...Went 2-for-4 with grand slam in game...Second four-RBI game came on Sept. 2 at Jackson, going 2-for-5 with a home run...Hit in 10-straight games from Aug. 17-26, batting .485 (16-for-33) with four doubles, one triple, six home runs and 15 RBIs...Homered in five straight games from Aug. 21-24, including both ends of Aug. 21 doubleheader against Birmingham...Earned Southern League Player of the Week honors for Aug. 20-26, hitting at .462 clip (12-for-26) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs over seven games...From April-July, batted .207 (71-for-343) with 15 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 102 games...In just 30 Aug.-Sept. games, hit .324 (33-for-102) with 26 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 32 RBIs...Participated in Arizona Fall League following season, appearing in 23 games for Phoenix Desert Dogs...Hit .330 (30-for-91) with 15 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple, five home runs and 19 RBIs.
Began season with single-A Jupiter before being promoted to double-A Jacksonvilleon August 12. Despite not finishing year with Jupiter, led team in hits, home runs andRBI...Named Most Valuable Player of Florida State League, finishing first in circuit in sluggingpercentage and OPS, third in home runs, fifth in batting and tied for 16th in RBI...Earned Marlins' Minor League Player of the Month honors in April after batting at a.369 clip (31x84) with 15 runs, six doubles, five home runs, 19 RBI and 11 walks. Overfirst 11 games of season, went 21x43 (.488) with four doubles, three homers and 14 RBIand was recognized as FSL Player of the Week over stretch (April 7-17)...Had an 11-game hitting streak from April 30-May 11 with Hammerheads during whichhe hit for a .333 average (16x48). On May 1 at St. Lucie, set a season high with fourhits in a game and set a new career high with five RBI...On July 10, recorded first multi-home run game of career by hitting two home runs atClearwater. Repeated feat on August 19, this time hitting two home runs with Jacksonville vs. Mobile.
After being selected in 2009 First-Year Player Draft,reported to short season single-A Jamestown and was named a New York-PennLeague All-Star...Earned NY-PL Player of the Week honors for hitting at a .435 clip (10x23) with four runs, three doubles, a triple and six RBI duringweek of July 19-25.