Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2011.
Saw his ﬁrst Major League action, appearing in ﬁve games (1 start at DH) over three stints with the Yankees (6/28-29, 6/30-7/1 and 9/16-10/1) and hitting .571 (4-for-7) with 2 doubles and 4RBI... Made his Major League debut in 6/28 win at Chicago-AL, starting at DH and going 3-for-4 with 1 double, 4RBI, 1BB and 1SB…collected his ﬁrst Major League hit with a bases-loaded single oﬀ Carlos Rodón in the ﬁrst inning... set a Yankees record in RBI in a Major League debut (previously 3RBI, Marv Throneberry on 9/25/55-G1 and Billy Martin on 4/18/50)…according to ESPN Stats & Info, joined Rogers Maris (4/19/60 at Boston) and Raúl Ibañez (4/6/12 at Tampa Bay) as the only players with 4RBI in their Yankees debuts…became the 12th player in Major League history (ninth in the AL) to record at least 3H and 4RBI in his Major League debut…since 1949, was only the second Yankee with 3H in his Major League debut (also Mike Pagliarulo, 3-for-5 on 7/7/84 at Minnesota)... became the sixth Yankee to make his Major League debut as the starting DH and, at 22 years, 118 days old, the second-youngest (Jesus Montero - 21y, 277d on 9/1/11 at Boston)... With Tyler Wade's debut on 6/27, his on 6/28 and Dustin Fowler debuting on 6/29, the Yankees had position players make their Major League debuts on three straight days for the ﬁrst time since Jack Little, John Dowd and Bill Otis from 7/2-4/1912 (credit: Elias)... Led all Yankees minor leaguers in season batting average (.315) and doubles (36), ranked third in RBI (82) and tied for fourth and set a career high in HR (16)…struck out in just 13.6% of his 522PA (71K)... Began the season with Double-A Trenton, hitting .312 (79-for-253) with 30R, 23 doubles, 7HR and 52RBI in 67G... Was promoted to Scranton/WB on 6/19 and hit .317 (72-for-227) with 36R, 13 doubles, 9HR and 30RBI in 58 games…in eight postseason games for the RailRiders, hit .235 (8-for-34) with 1R, 4 doubles, 1HR and 5RBI... Following the season, played for the Cibao Giants in the Dominican Winter League, batting .185 (12-for-65) with 7R, 1HR and 4RBI in 18 games... Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees' No. 5 prospect and the No. 59 prospect in baseball…was also named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star.
Split the season between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, batting a combined .273/.332/.410 (140-for-512) with 62R, 26 doubles, 4 triples, 12HR, 83RBI and 39BB in 130 games…ranked second among Yankees minor leaguers in RBI…hit .290 (113-for-390) vs. right-handed pitching…was named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com. Started the season in Tampa and hit .283 (65-for-230) with 34R, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 10HR and 41RBI in 58 games to earn a spot on the FSL Mid-Season All-Star Team…notched his second career multi-HR game on 5/28 at Brevard County (3-for-5, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI)…was promoted to Trenton on 6/14. In 72 games with Trenton, hit .266 (75-for-282) with 28R, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 2HR and 42RBI…hit .423 (22-for-52) with 11RBI over his first 13 games with the Thunder. Following the season, played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and hit .284/.364/.373 (19-for-67) with 10R, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 5RBI and 9BB in 19 games…was named to the league's Fall Stars Game. Was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster on 11/18/16.
Batted .243 (118-for-485) with 54R, 24 doubles, 5 triples, 8HR and 57RBI in 130 games for Single-A Tampa…stole 12 bases in 13 chances (92.3%)…was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star... His 15-game hitting streak from 8/9-25 (.328, 19-for-58) was the fourth-longest in the FSL... Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the No. 10 third baseman in the minors.
Spent the entire season with Single-A Charleston, batting .267 (129-for-484) with 75R, 25 doubles, 4 triples, 10HR, 70RBI and 35BB in 127 games…ranked third in the Yankees organization in RBI... Following the season was tabbed by Baseball America as the No. 10 prospect in the Yankees organization.
Spent the season with the GCL Yankees 2, batting .323/.368/.496 (43-for-133) with 18R, 11 doubles, 4HR and 25 RBI in 34 games.
Made his professional debut with the GCL Yankees, hitting .232 (41-for-177) with 21 R, 9 doubles, 1 HR and 19 RBI in 50 games.