Lived in Sosua, Dominican Republic, in the offseason.
Played in 46 games for Memphis (AAA) before a right ankle injury, suffered while sliding into 2nd base on 6/23, sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Made one rehab start at Gulf Coast League level (7/15), going 1-for-1 with a double and walk... Batted over .300 for the fourth consecutive season, posting a .306 mark with 5 HR and 32 RBI... Hit right-handed pitchers at a .366 clip (37-101) with 4 HR and 24 RBI... Batted .362 (17-47) during the month of May... Had three 4-hit games and 15 multi-hit games on the season. Hit safely in 31-of-45 games in which he had an official at-bat... Recorded an RBI in five consecutive games from 5/6-10. Had an RBI in 18 games and multi-RBI in nine of those games... Was 2-for-5 with 3 RBI as a pinch-hitter, including an intentional walk... Rated as the "Best Hitter for Average" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey... Underwent right ankle surgery, performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, in August.
Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year, leading all Cardinals minor leaguers in hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in, slugging and on-base + slugging. Ranked in the Top 5 in batting average and runs...selected to the Texas League All-Star team. Started in centerfield and batted fourth, going 3-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBI earning unanimous Most Valuable Player award honors...selected to the 2012 Futures Game for the World squad. Started in right field and batted third, going 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly... Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for April batting .340 (32-94) with 6 HR and 21 RBI, and again in June batting .347 (34-98) with 6 HR and 19 RBI...named Texas League Player of the Week (6/4-10) batting .500 (14-28) with 11 runs scored two home runs and four RBI...tallied 43 multi-hit games with 12 three-hit games, five four hit games and a career-best five hit game going 5-for-5 with four runs scored vs. Corpus Christi (6/4)...played in 124 games at Springfield (AA), making 93 appearances in centerfield, 15 in left field and one in right field...Texas League batting champion with a .321 average...led the Texas League in doubles (37), extra base hits (67), total bases (273) and intentional walks (10)... Ranked among the league leaders in RBI (94, 2nd), home runs (23, T4th), hits (153, 2nd), slugging (.572, 2nd) and triples (7, T4th)...had a 12-game hitting streak (6/8-19) and finished the season on a 22-game on-base streak (8/4-9/3)...hit safely in 94-of-124 games and reached base safely in 107-of-124 games...batted .346 with runners in scoring postion (47-136, 8 HR, 72 RBI) and .321 w/RISP and two outs (17-53, 1 HR, 17 RBI)...posted a .372 (73-196) batting average from the sixth inning on with 12 home runs and 49 RBI...batted .235 (8-34) with four doubles and two RBI in nine Texas League playoff games...tied for the Springfield team lead with six outfield assists...named Dominican Winter League Rookie of the year batting .316 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 39 games helping Aguiles to the best record in the league...named "Best Hitter for Average" in Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey...rated as the No. 1 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.
Played the entire season at Quad Cities (A), a total of 78 games despite a hamstring injury from 5/11-6/11... declared Midwest League batting champion with a .386 average, while technically 31 plate appearnaces-shy of the qualifying total, his adjusted numbers garnered him the award...was the first Cardinals prospect since Brendan Ryan (2004) to lead the Midwest League in batting...tallied 33 multi-hit games with 17 totaling three hits or more and five four-hit games... twice named MWL Player of the Week for the week of 7/11-17 batting .600 (15-25) with five RBI, 10 runs scored and five multi-hit games; and the week of 8/22-28, when he batted .581 (18-31) with 2 HR, 11 RBI and five multi-hit games including three three-hit games and two four-hit games ...missed hitting for the cycle by a double on 8/28 vs. Burlington, coming off the bench to go 3-for-3 with a home run,
Played in 60 games in his first full season in the states beginning with seven games in the Gulf Coast League before finishing the season with Johnson City, which went on to win the Appalachian League crown...was named an Appalachian League All-Star in the outfield...led the Cardinals in batting (.322), hits (68), home runs (8) and RBI (43)...ranked among Cardinals minor leaguer leaders in batting (.303, T5th) and slugging (.485, 7th)...was among Appy League leaders in batting (3rd), RBI (4th) and slugging (.526, 5th)...hit .362 (42-116) in July, his first month in Johnson City, with eight doubles, six home runs and 28 RBI in 28 games...batted .317 with runners in scoring position and .353 w/RISP and two outs...hit first career grand slam vs. Danville (7/4) off Matthew Lewis...his second grand slam came vs. Burlington (8/9) off Jake Ramsey...batted .500 (8-16) with three doubles and five RBI in the Appy League playoffs...the .500 playoff BA ranked 2nd, while his eight hits were first and his five RBI tied for first.
Played in 65 games in the Dominican Summer League...led the team in doubles (13), triples (8) and RBI (42)...hit first professional home run vs. DSL Athletics (8/21).