Married to Stefanee and has a daughter, Kylee...Is 2008 graduate of St. Joseph’s (NJ) High School...Played for Team USA in the 2015 Pan American Games, hosted by Toronto...Graduated in 2012 from Rutgers University where he played four seasons of football before also playing baseball as a senior...was named the 2012 Big East Conference Player of the Year after becoming the 1st player in league history to win the Triple Crown (hit .402 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI).
Invited to Blue Jays' Major League Spring Training and appeared in 13 games (2 HR, 4 RBI, .211 AVG)…added to TOR's 60-man player pool at the alternate training site on July 19, but did not appear in a Major League game.
Started the season with 24 games at Triple-A Indianapolis...Traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations on May 10 and was assigned to Double-A New Hampshire...Hit .421 across 11 contests for the Fisher Cats...Joined Triple-A Buffalo on May 28 and hit 25 homers in 90 games as a Bison...Among International League hitters, ranked 4th in home runs (29) and 10th in RBI (75).
Hit a combined .298 (118-for-396) with 29 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs and 71 RBI in 113 minor league games between Louisville (Reds' AAA) and Las Vegas (Mets' AAA)...Also appeared in nine games with Arizona at the big league level...Ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in several offensive categories, including slugging percentage (third), OPS (.959, fourth), extra base hits (53, tied for eighth) and batting average (ninth)...Attended spring training with Cincinnati as a nonroster invitee...Played in 15 games with Louisville before being released on 4/29...Signed a minor league contract with New York (NL) on 5/9 and was assigned to Las Vegas... Hit .365 (50-for-137) with 15 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs, 38 RBI, 16 walks and 32 runs scored in his last 38 games beginning on 7/20; led all of minor league baseball in that time in extra base hits (34), total bases (118), slugging percentage (.861) and OPS (1.294)...Was named the Pacific Coast League Player-of-the-Week for the week of 8/27 to 9/3 after hitting .407 with four homers and nine RBI...Was traded to Arizona on 9/6 and spent the rest of the season in the Majors with the Diamondbacks...Became the eighth player in club history (10th time) to collect two triples in a game on 9/19 vs. Chicago (NL)...Made four appearances (two starts) in left field...Was granted free agency on 10/11.
Led the team with 9 pinch hits and 57 pinch-hit apps...with 51 pinch-hit at bats established a new single-season club record for a rookie...among all Major League pinch hitters ranked T16th in hits and sixth in plate apps...in his 28 starts hit .221 (3 2b, 6hr, 13rbi)...played 1B (12g), 3B (7g, 5gs), CF (4g, 2gs), LF (11g, 6gs) and RF (29g, 15gs)...from 4/12-4/21 reached base safely in each of 6 consecutive plate apps (4h, 1bb, 1hbp), a stretch that included 3 pinch-hit apps and 1 start...in the 14-2 win on 5/6 vs SF produced a career-high 4 hits and his first homer of the season (solo off Ty Block)...iIn the 8-4 win on 5/28 at Phi started in RF and produced his first career 2-homer game, both solo shots...in the seventh inning of the 6-4 win on 6/7 vs StL produced his first career pinch-hit HR, a 3-run shot off Brett Cecil that tied the game at 4-4...in a start on 6/26 at StL made his first career appearance in CF...entered the 11-3 win on 8/7 vs SD as part of a seventh-inning double switch...in the bottom of the eighth produced his first career grand slam (off Phil Maton)...from 9/19-9/21 vs StL made 3 straight starts at 3B in place of Eugenio Suárez, who was celebrating the birth of first of his daughter, Nicolle...from 6/25-7/15 went 0-for-19, the longest hitless skid of his career...in the 10-7 loss on 7/15 vs Wsh snapped that skid with a 2-run double off Trevor Gott that highlighted the Reds' 5-run ninth inning...was 1 of 7 rookies on the Reds' Opening Day roster...on 11/3 cleared waivers, refused an outright assignment to Louisville and elected free agency...on 11/18 was re-signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2018 Major League spring training camp...following the season played for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League (11g, .209, 2 2b, 9rbi, 2sb).
On 9/28 was claimed off waivers by the Reds from the Padres...joined the club on 9/30, with 3 games left in the season...for the Reds made 3 apps, including a pair of pinch-hit apps and a start in RF on 10/1 vs Chi...on 9/30 vs Chi pinch hit and became the 52nd and final Reds player to appear in a game in 2016, their highest total since 2006...spent most of the year in Class AAA and in 100 apps for 3 organizations hit .254 (18 2b, 3 3b, 12hr, 49rbi, 5sb) for Round Rock (Tex), Tacoma (Sea) and El Paso (SD)...from 8/20-8/26 for SD made his first 5 Major League apps...for SD on 8/20 vs Ari made his Major League debut with a start in LF and produced 2 hits, including his first hit and home run in his second career plate appearance (solo off Robbie Ray)...also produced 2 hits in his second appearance, on 8/21 vs Ari (1rbi, 2bb, 3r)...began the season in Tex' organization...on 5/23 was designated for assignment and 6 days later was traded to Sea for a player to be named (RHP Justin De Fratus)...on 8/4 was claimed off waivers by SD...on 9/21 was designated for assignment before he was claimed off waivers by Cin on 9/28...was designated for assignment on 10/6, when the Reds claimed IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara off waivers from the Athletics...on 10/10 cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville...on 12/9 was invited to 2017 Major League spring training camp.
Made his Class AAA debut and spent the season with Tacoma, batting .256 (121-472) with 25 doubles, 22 HR, and 73 RBI over 123 games…was among PCL's top 20 in total bases (14th, 214), RBI (16th), and XBH (T18th, 48)…hit for higher average against left-handed pitching (.262 vs. .254), but had higher SLG (.477 / .403) and OPS (.787 / .722) figures off right-handers…hit .237 (69-291) with .728 OPS before the All-Star break, then .287 (52-181) with .827 OPS after the break… in his final 19 G beginning Aug. 20, compiled .392/.422/.696/1.118 (31-79) slash line.
Combined to bat .295 (153-519) with 84 runs, 32 2B, 9 3B, 103 RBI and 56 BB in 138 games with High Desert (Class High-A) and Jackson (Class AA)…appeared in games at first base, third base, leftfield, centerfield, rightfield and designated hitter…began season with High Desert… hit back-to-back multi-HR games April 17-18…promoted to Jackson on May 10…after batting .114 (4-35) in first 10 Class AA games, reached base safely in the next 29 straight (.381, 40-105, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 14 BB)…career-high 17 game hit streak 6/3-23 (.438, 28-64, 13 R, 9 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 7 BB, SB), was tied for third-longest in Southern League in 2014…reached base safely in 32 straight, July 3-Aug. 7, longest on-base streak in the league… ranked fourth in SL with .485 SLG and seventh with .300 avg…played for Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League, batting .280 (26- 93) with 4 HR and 22 RBI in 24 G…led AFL in RBI, was third with 18 runs…named by Baseball America as the Mariners No. 4 prospect…2014 recipient of the Arizona Fall League's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.
Split season between Class A Clinton (April 4-June 19) and High Desert (June 20-Sept. 1), combining to hit .303/.366/.464/.830 (148-489) over 128 games in his first full pro season…had 25-game hit streak, July 25-Aug. 22 (.437, 45-103, 7 HR, 35 RBI), longest hit streak both by Mariners' farmhand and in Cal League in 2013…on Aug. 9 vs. Lancaster, went 5-for-7 with 4 R, a 2B, HR, and 6 RBI…his 38 RBI in 27 G in August led all minor league players, also the highest total by any player in any month in 2013…played for Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League.
Began pro career with Everett and named the 2012 Northwest League MVP… finished amongst league leaders in slugging (first, .511), HR (tied for first, 12), TB (second, 144), XBH (second, 32), RBI (tied for second, 52), at-bats (second, 282) hits (third, 85), runs (third, 46), games (third, 72), average (third, .301) and doubles (tied for fourth, 17)…named NWL Player of the Week, July 2-8 (.379, 11- 29, 10 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI)…season-high 5 RBI on July 8 at Vancouver (2-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI)…participated in the Mariners Instructional League.