Played college baseball at Missouri State University and was a member of the 2012 NCAA Regional qualifying sqaud ... Graduated from Lafayette (Mo.) High School, the same school which also produced Major Leaguers David Freese and Ryan Howard ... His brother, John, plays college football at the United States Military Academy ... Resides in Wildwood, Missouri.
Was purchased from Memphis (AAA) on 6/25 and made his MLB debut as a pinch-hitter that night vs. PIT. Was hit by pitch, a 96 MPH fastball from Jhan Marinez ... Made 18 starts with 17 at first base and one as designated hitter ... Recorded his first MLB hit with double vs. CIN (6/26) after getting his first career start at first base ... Hit his first MLB home run vs. MIA (7/3) off Jarlin Garcia, going 2-for-5 with a double and season-high 4 RBI ... Tied his season-high of 4 RBI at MIL (8/29) ... Had two hits off the bench at BOS (8/15) with a double and a single ... Homered three times over a period of seven games (7/3-9) in the homestand prior to the All-Star Break ... Was 10-for-33 (.300) with a home run as a pinch-hitter, one of three Cardinals with 10 pinch-hits in 2017 (Greg Garcia & Jose Martinez) ... Hit first career pinch-hit home run vs. CHI (9/25), a solo shot off Brian Duensing, it was his first home run hit after the All-Star Break ... Batted .327 with 13 HR, 50 RBI and 23 doubles in 74 games for Memphis ... Was optioned to Memphis on 8/21 for four games (8/22- 26) and recalled on 8/27 ... Was ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in batting (.322, 10th), hits (82, 10th), RBI (48, 10th), doubles (23, T1st), OBP (.406, 4th), slugging (.561, 9th) and OPS (.967, 4th) at the time of his purchase in June. • Hit 2 HR vs. Round Rock (4/28) and vs. Colorado Springs (6/14), and homered in three straight games (4/9-11) ... Named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for April, batting .360 (27-75) with 5 HR, 16 RBI and 13 of his 27 hits for extra bases.
Named to the Texas League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star Teams. Started as the designated hitter for the North Squad and was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI ... Named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for August batting .366 (34-93) with seven doubles, a triple, four home runs and 20 RBI over 26 games ... Led the Texas League in batting (.297), games played (134) and hits (143) ... Ranked among the Top 5 in the league in RBI (74, 4th), on-base percentage (.372, 3rd), extra base hits (53, T3rd), triples (5, T3rd), runs (70, 3rd) and total bases (230, 3rd) ... Ranked among Cardinals minor league leaders in runs (2nd), hits (2nd), doubles (T9th), triples (T4th), home runs (T3rd), RBI (3rd), walks (6th), slugging (6th) and OPS (8th) ... Ranked 10th among all Double-A players in hits ... Posted a multi-home run game going 4-for-5 with 5 RBI and three runs scored vs. Corpus Christi (7/8) ... Ran off 14-game (7/3-17; .380, 19-50) and 13-game (5/2- 15; .320, 16-50) hitting streaks, which ranked T5th and T8th longest in the Texas League.
Named a Florida State League All-Star for the South Squad. Played the entire game as designated hitter going 1-for-4 with an RBI ... Collected 31 RBI (.330 BA, 5 HR) in August, the 3rd-most in all of minor league baseball in the month of August ... Tied the Palm Beach single-season record with 77 RBI (Allen Craig, 2007), ranking 2nd in the Florida State League ... Ranked among FSL leaders in on-base percentage (.360, 3rd) and walks (63, 2nd) ... Was 3-for-9 with three doubles and two RBI in the FSL playoffs. Tied for the most among playoff participants in doubles and extra base hits and ranked 5th in batting (.333) and 2nd in slugging (.667).
Ranked 4th in the Florida State League in slugging percentage (.442) ... Ranked 10th among Cardinals minor leaguers in both doubles (21) and slugging percentage (.442). • Hit two home runs at Clearwater (7/13) ... Posted a single-game high with four hits twice (at Daytona 5/28 & vs. Jupiter 6/17).
Played in 46 games, starting 43 at catcher, and threw out 38.0% (19-50) of attempted base stealers, ranking 4th in the New York-Penn League ... Hit first professional home run vs. Mahoning Valley (7/9), a solo shot off Robert Whitenack.