He and his wife, Lauren, have a daughter, Lillian Grace (8/16/10)...They reside in Metairie, LA...Is a graduate of Episcopal High School in Houston, TX...Was a Baseball America First Team All-American and finished hitting .491 with 25 home runs and 166 RBI...Attended Tulane University...Was honored as the 2006 Conference USA Player of the Year, a Baseball America First Team All-American at 1st base, and an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District with a major in Molecular Biology.....Signed by Scott Nichols (Cardinals).
In his eighth professional season, spent his first year in the Boston Red Sox organization. In his third consecutive season with a Triple-A club compiled 283 at-bats over 82 games and hit .261 with 21 2Bs while driving in 57 runs for the Pawtucket Red Sox...Led Pawtucket with 57 RBI and ranked third on the team with 21 doubles...Named International League Player of the Week on 5/13 after hitting .400 (10-for-25) with three doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI spanning seven games, 5/6-12...On the disabled list 5/14-6/30 with a fractured right wrist sustained while making a play in left field on 5/13...Hit .295 (46-for-156) in 46 away games, compared to a .233 (35-for-150) average in 43 games at home...Collected a season-high four hits on 7/21, ending the night 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs...Collected 12 RBI in a four-game span, 8/11-15: 6-for-15 (.400) with two doubles and two home runs...Belted two home runs on 5/11, his only multi-homer game of the season...Reached base safely in 18 of 21 games, 4/27-6/29. Hit .310 (22-for-71) with a .407 OB% during the span...Played in 54 games for Algodoneros de Guasave of the Mexican Pacific League, batting .254 (45-for-177).
Spent the entire season with Triple-A Memphis where he drew a professional-high 51
walks in 90 games.
Finished tied for the team lead in walks...Ranked 3rd in home runs (15) and 4th in RBI (51).
Hit a pair of solo home runs on 6/15 vs. New Orleans (G2).
Batted .299 (23-for-77) in 24 games in July...Had 19 walks in that month and a .434 OBP.
Had season-high 4 hits, 7/16 at Albuquerque...Had a pair of 4 RBI tilts, both vs. Oklahoma City (7/3 and 7/22).
Drove in at least 1 run in 5 straight games (10 RBI total), 7/20-7/24...Started that streak with a 2-run, pinchhit home run on 7/20 vs. Oklahoma City.
Appeared in 3 games with Algodoneros de Guasave in the Mexican Pacific League after the season.
Started the season with Memphis (AAA) and played in 69 games. Was recalled by St. Louis on 4/20, playing in 38 games...In first MLB game of the season vs. WSH (4/20)  recorded a pinch-hit and run scored...Knocked in game-winning run with a head-first slide to beat out an infield single on July 4 vs. CIN off Johnny Cueto, scoring
Colby Rasmus in a 1-0 victory...Batted .333 (5-15) with 3 RBI from 6/28-7/5 while Albert Pujols was on the D.L...Ranked T2nd among ML rookies in pinch-hits (7) and pinch-hit at-bats (28)...Tied for the team lead with seven pinch-hits (7-28, .250)...Appeared in 38 games, starting five, with three at first base and two as designated hitter. Was flawless in 24 total chances...Swatted three extra base hits; at HOU (4/28), vs. PHI (6/23) and at TAM (7/3). Doubles at HOU and TAM hit off top of fence...Led Memphis with a .345 BA (87-252) in 69 games, his highest single season total. Hit safely in 52-of-69 games with 26 multihit games and two four-hit games...Ranked 3rd on team with 26 doubles, while hitting a career-low two home runs, both against LHP...Swatted three doubles at Albuquerque (8/21)...Hit .373 (28-75) vs. LHP and .333 (59-177) vs. RHP in Memphis.
Made his ML debut on 9/20 at FLA in a pinch-hitting appearance against Chris Volstad and flew out. Achieved his first ML hit
on 9/29 vs. PIT with a single off James McDonald...Recorded one multi-hit game on 9/29 vs. PIT and had one defensive gem...Appeared in nine games, starting two at first base...Played in 72 games, starting 66 at first base at Memphis (AAA)...Batted .298 with a team leading 18 HR, also had 60 RBI at Triple-A...Batted .360 (9-25) with 2 HR and 8 RBI in six PCL playoff games...Has 72 career minor league HR over 441 games and has committed only six errors in 1082 TC last two seasons at first base...Crushed RHP in Memphis batting .326 with 17 HR and 54 RBI, and hit .361 with runners on base. Hit second career pro
grand slam off Fernando Hernandez at Sacramento (5/20).
Split 94 games between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA) and was on 7-Day D.L. twice with a recurring left groin injury...Hit career-best .307 (293 AB) and ranked T-5th in home runs (14) and T-8th in doubles (22) among Cardinals minor leaguers...Put together eight-game hitting streak (13-28, .464) in Springfield from 6/16-23 starting with five consecutive two-hit games...Selected to Texas League All-Star Game, but was called up to Memphis on 6/27 and could not participate...Smacked a pair of home runs at NO (7/27) as part of 4-for-5 day with four RBI...Batted .360 (9-25, 3 HR) in 12 games in July and .364 (8-22) in eight games in September, while hitting .317 vs. RHP...Posted clutch numbers batting .348 (23-66) with runners on base and .385 (5-13) with RISP and two outs at Memphis...Committed only one error (285 TC) at Springfield (.996) and was perfect (206 TC) at Memphis for a total .998 fielding pct...Played in 15 games for the Gigantes in the fall Dominican Baseball League batting .191 with two home runs and nine RBI.
Played in 70 games before a left wrist fracture landed him
on the disabled list 7/2...hit a grand slam at FRI (4/10)...cracked
a pair of home runs vs. SA (5/30)...rapped a season-best four hits
at ARK (6/16).
His 90 total RBI ranked tops among all Cardinals farmhands
and 19 home runs ranked T6th...nine postseason RBI were 2ndmost
in the Texas League...clubbed three home runs (7 RBI) at
TUL as part of 4-for-6 day in Game 3 of TL playoff semi-finals...
named to the FSL All-Star Game and walked in his only plate
appearance...finished runner-up in the FSL All-Star home run
derby...named Player of the Week in two different leagues -- for
the FSL from 5/7-13 and Texas League from 7/9-15...hit a pair
of home runs vs. DUN (5/9)...swatted a then-Palm Beach record
three home runs at CLR (6/4) with six RBI...appeared in 15
games for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League (.171, 4 RBI, 13 BB).
Tied for the New York-Penn League home run title (8)
despite playing just 30 games.