The A's first round selection (25th pick overall) in the 2014 draft made his Major League debut with Oakland in 2017, batting .234 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 84 games…was the third baseman on Baseball America's All-Rookie Team…is a .244 (294-for-1207) hitter with 80 home runs and 203 RBI in 320 games in four seasons in the minors…was named Texas League Player of the Year in 2016 at Double-A Midland after leading the league in runs (78), home runs (29) and slugging (.521)…hit 36 home runs overall, which ranked third in all of minor league baseball…missed two months of the 2015 season with a knee and wrist injury but still hit 23 home runs in 80 games with Single-A Stockton…spent most of his first pro season at Beloit in 2014 but had a late season promotion to Midland and helped the RockHounds to the Texas League Champion-ship…was rated by Baseball America as the A's fourth best prospect following the 2014 season and third best after 2015 and 2016.
Was selected from Triple-A Nashville June 15 and started 83 of the A's 84 games at third base while on the active roster following his promotion (had a 14-day stint on the DL)…led Major League rookies in doubles (21) and extra base hits (37) after the All-Star Break and ranked third among American League rookies in runs (37), home runs (14) and RBI (37)…batted .234 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 84 games overall in his ML debut…ranked sixth among AL rookies in walks (32), seventh in doubles (23), eighth in extra base hits (39), ninth in total bases (137), 10th in home runs and tied for 10th in RBI…was the third baseman on
Baseball America's All-Rookie Team…had 68 hits, 39 of which went for extra bases (57.4%)…that was the second highest per-centage of hits going for extra bases in Athletics history among players with 250 or more plate appearances (59.8%, McGwire in 1995)…turned 34 double plays in 84 games as a third baseman, which ranked fourth among AL third basemen and fifth in Oakland history…they were the most in ML history among third basemen with fewer than 100 games played…averaged 3.57 total chances per nine innings, which is the best mark in Oakland history by a third baseman with 40 or more games played…committed 13 errors, which tied for sixth most among AL third base-men…his 83 starts were the most by an A's rookie third baseman since Eric Chavez had 98 in 1999…hit .284 at home compared to .183 on the road…batted .244 (20-for-82) against left-hand-ed pitching, .231 (48-for-208) against right-handers…had a .266 batting average with runners in scoring position, but that dropped to .156 with RISP and two outs…10 of his 14 home runs were solo shots…hit .197 against a pitcher the first time he saw him in a game, .309 after that…batted .220 in 39 games hitting seventh and .291 in 24 games in the eight spot.
Was selected from Nashville June 15 and made his ML debut that night against New York (AL)…went 0-for-3 with two walks…collected his first big league RBI on a second inning ground out against the Yankees on June 16…then had the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning off Jonathan Holder for his first hit…started all four games at third base in the series against New York and went 3-for-14 (.214) with three RBI and seven strikeouts before he was placed on the 10-day disabled list June 22 retroactive to June 19 with left knee cellulitis…went 0-for-7 on a two-game rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton on July 1 and 2 and was reinstated from the DL July 3…went 2-for-24 (.083) with 13 strikeouts over his first seven games to lower his overall batting average to .132…then went 5-for-9 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs in a three-game series against Cleveland July 14-16…hit his first Major League home run July 15 off Corey Kluber, a solo blast in the third inning…added his second home run in the eighth inning and the two-homer game came in the 13th game of his career…the only other player in Oakland history with a two-homer game that early in his career is Mitchell Page, who did it is his sixth game on April 13, 1977…also doubled in the fifth inning for the first three-hit game of his career…homered in three straight games July 22-24 to become the first A's rookie to homer in three straight games since Josh Donaldson (Aug. 29-31, 2012)…hit .193 in July but 12 of his 16 hits were for extra bases (.494 slugging percentage)…that gave him a .196 batting average overall…then batted .277 with 15 RBI in 27 games in August…added 10 doubles and four home runs for a .511 slugging percentage…tied for third in the AL in doubles in August…was ejected from the game in the fourth inning Sept. 6 by home plate umpire Mike Everitt…hit .391 (9-for-23) with two home runs and six RBI during a career-best six-game hitting streak from Sept. 4-10…then went 5-for-42 (.119) over his next 13 games before finishing the season with another six-game hitting streak (7-for-22, .318).
Hit .257 with 16 home runs and 30 RBI in 49 games with Nashville…added six dou-bles and two triples for a .589 slugging percentage…the home runs were tied for third most in the Pacific Coast League and tied for fifth in all of the minor leagues at the time of his June 15 promotion to Oakland…also ranked fifth in the PCL in slugging…had a .192 batting average with five home runs and 11 RBI over his first 21 games through May 14, .304 with 11 home runs and 19 RBI over his final 28 contests…hit .320 (8-for-25) against left-handed pitching and .247 (37-for-150) with 15 of his 16 home runs against right-handers…batted .301 with 12 home runs and 20 RBI in 27 games on the road, .194 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 22 games at home…had a .338 batting average in the six inning or later, .189 over the first five innings…batted .417 with a .475 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…hit .337 with 12 of his 16 home runs with the bases empty, .156 with runners on…had a .140 average with runners in scoring position…went 0-for-7 with six strikeouts over his first two games before going on the disabled list April 8 with a sprained left wrist…had a season-high four strikeouts April 6 at Round Rock (matched June 7 at Omaha)…was reinstated from the DL April 22…stole two of his five bases for the season on April 28 against New Orleans…batted .115 in eight games in the month of April…had two home runs and drove in a season-high three runs May 2 at Round Rock…homered in three straight games from May 16-18 and had six home runs, all solo shots, over a 10-game span from May 16-25…batted .272 with 11 home runs and 20 RBI in 29 games in May…the home runs led all of minor league baseball…hit safely in each of his final 11 Triple-A games beginning June 2…went 14-for-42 (.333) with five home runs and 10 RBI during the streak…singled and walked a season-high three times in four plate appearances against Iowa June 13.
Was named Texas League Player of the Year after bat-ting .244 with 29 home runs and 83 RBI in 117 games with Double-A Midland…led the league in runs (78), home runs, slugging percentage (.521), extra base hits (59) and strikeouts (147), ranked second in RBI, tied for third in walks (59), tied for fourth in total bases (228) and 10th in doubles (26)…was named to the TL Midseason and Postseason All-Star teams and was a
Baseball America Double-A All-Star…was promoted to Triple-A Nashville in mid-August and hit .197 with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 18 games with the Sounds…combined to hit .237 with 36 home runs and 96 RBI in 135 games…the home runs were third most in all of minor league baseball behind Dylan Cozens (40) and Rhys Hoskins (38) of the Phillies organization…also tied for fourth in the minors in extra base hits (68), ranked sixth in total bases (267) and tied for 10th in RBI…led the A's farm system in home runs, RBI, runs (92), extra base hits and total bases, ranked second in slugging (.519), third in walks (68), tied for sixth in triples (5) and 10th in hits (122) and doubles (27)…the 36 home runs tied for fourth most by an A's minor leaguer since the club moved to Oakland in 1968…had 15 home runs and 36 RBI in 68 games through June 20…then hit 21 home runs and drove in 60 runs over his final 67 contests…batted .282 (31-for-110) against left-handed pitching compared to .225 (91-for-404) against right-handers…24 of his 31 hits against lefties were for extra bases (11 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs)…slugged .709 against lefties, .468 against righties…with Midland, he hit .282 at home compared to .209 on the road…led TL third basemen in fielding (.971), total chances (342), putouts (87), assists (245) and double plays (41)…overall, he appeared in 118 games a third base and 10 at shortstop…committed 11 errors as a third baseman (.973 fielding percentage) and five as a shortstop (.911)…hit in every spot in the order from second through seventh and saw his most action with 57 games in the clean-up spot and 33 hitting fifth…was rated as the A's No. 3 prospect by Baseball America following the 2016 season.