Resides in The Woodlands, TX...Attended Rice University in Houston and helped the Owls win the College World Series in 2003...Graduated from Cypress Creek High School in Houston...Signed by Mike Powers (Reds)...Last name is pronounced YAH-nish..
2013 marked his second career appearance on a postseason roster...appeared in Game 2, going 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter and remaining in the game at shortstop, in the 2010 Division Series with CIN... Did not commit an error in 52 chances in 2013 between 2B (22), 3B (20) and SS (10)... Went 2-for-3 in his start on 9/4 vs. NYM - his only multi-hit game of the season... Appeared in 52 games for the Braves after being recalled on 6/21 (first time this season) from Gwinnett (AAA)...in 41 games (all starts at SS) with GWI, hit .207... Opened the 2013 campaign on the 15-day DL while recovering from left shoulder surgery performed on 10/8/12 to repair a dislocation suffered last season... Began rehab assignment w/GWI on 4/15; reinstated from DL 5/10 & optioned to Gwinnett... Re-signed by ATL to a one-year contract on 10/11/12...originally acquired by the Braves from the CIN Reds in exchange for RHP T. Redmond on 7/14/12.
Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on 7/14 in exchange for RHP Todd Redmond. Committed only two errors in 231 chances at shortstop (.991 fielding percentage) with Atlanta. Began the season at Triple-A Louisville and won the season's first International League Batter of the Week (four games, .429 AVG, led IL with two home runs, 14 total bases and 1.000 slugging percentage). Suffered a fractured left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on 4/28 at Norfolk (placed on DL on 4/30).Entered the game on 9/18 at MIA in the ninth inning and suffered a dislocated left shoulder while diving. Underwent successful surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder on 10/8 by Dr. Xavier Duralde in Atlanta
Led the team in starts at SS (103g, 80gs)...also played 2B (5g, 5gs) and 3B (8g, 5gs)...made all 5 starts at 3B between 4/26-5/11, while Scott Rolen was disabled...made 4 consecutive starts at2B from 8/7-8/11, while Brandon Phillips was injured, and his other start at 2B in the season finale...from7/8-7/23 made 13 apps at Louisville...began the season with the Reds and hit .227 in 68 apps before he wasoptioned to Louisville on 7/7, when Zack Cozart was promoted...rejoined Cin on 7/24, when Cozart went onthe disabled list, and made 46 more apps for the Reds...on 4/23 at StL singled with 2 outs in the fifth inningto break up Chris Carpenter's no-hit bid.
Established career highs in HR (5) and RBI (25)...from 8/3-9/3 started at SS in all 27g whileOrlando Cabrera was disabled (25-95, .263, 3hr, 12rbi)...Reds went 18-9 in that span...prior to that stretchhad made 15 starts all season...finished the season with 51 starts overall (43gs at SS, 5gs at 3B, 3gs at 2B)...did not commit an error in his first 53 defensive apps of the season, then from 8/23-8/25 at SF committed anerror in 3 consecutive games...only committed 1 other error the rest of the season...from 8/31-9/16 produced acareer-high 8-game hitting streak (.355, 1hr, 5rbi)...in the eighth inning of the 11-9 win on 4/20 vs LAD producedthe game-winning RBI...in the 14-3 win at Chi on 7/4, entered the game at 3B in the bottom of the first afterVotto was ejected in the top of the inning and finished with 4 hits, 3 runs scored and 3rbi, all career highs,and a 2-run HR...in the 9-4 win on 8/4 at Pit produced 3 hits, a 3-run HR off Steven Jackson and establisheda new career high with 4rbi...in the fourth inning of the 5-4 win on 8/14 vs Fla produced a successful suicidesqueeze bunt that gave the Reds their 2-0 lead...produced another suicide squeeze bunt in the fifth inning ofthe 11-inning, 4-3 loss on 10/1 vs Mil...in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series vsthe Phillies pinch hit for the injured Cabrera and finished the game at shortstop.
In his first full season in the MajorLeagues spent the last two months as the Reds' starting shortstop...after the 8/14 trade of Alex Gonzalez to the Red Sox started at SS in 42 of the Reds' 48 games...after the Gonzalez trade led all Major League shortstops with a .995 fielding percentage (min. 100tc)...in 82 apps overall at SS committed just 3 errors for a .991 fielding percentage but didn't appear in enough games to qualify those marks as new team records...made 63 starts at SS, second on the club to Gonzalez' 67 starts, and 1 start at 3B...on 5/25 vs Hou started at 3B, his first Major League appearance at that position and his seventh professional appearance there (6 games, 2007 for Chattanooga)...also played third as a defensive replacement on 6/16 vs Atl...in the batting order hit second (35 GS), seventh (2 GS), eighth (26 GS) and ninth (1 GS)...produced 21 doubles in just 256ab...recorded 13 2-hit games and a 3-hit game on 9/15 vs his hometown Astros, all doubles...became the first Reds batter with 3 doubles in a game since Jorge Cantu on 9/21/07 at SF...on 9/11 at Chi recorded his first career stolen base...pitched in the ninth inning of the 15-3 loss on 5/6 vs Mil (1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Prince Fielder 2-run HR) and in the eighth inning of the 22-1 loss on 7/6 at Phi (1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, Jayson Werth grand slam)...became the first Reds position player to pitch since Lenny Harris threw a scoreless inning on 6/1/98 at SF and the first to pitch more than once in the same season since OF Mel Queen took the mound seven times during the second half of the 1966 campaign.
In his Major League debut made 38 apps during 2 stints with the Reds (5/14-6/25,9/9-remainder of the season)...made all 18 of his starts at SS...in the batting order hit second (10gs), seventh(1gs) and eighth (7gs)...at Class AAA Louisville appeared in 92g...began the season with the Bats and waspromoted on 5/14 after Jeff Keppinger suffered a broken left kneecap...made his Major League debut in thatnight's 10-inning, 7-6 win vs Fla...entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning and drovein the game-ending run on his first career hit, a single off Renyel Pinto...became the first player to produce awalkoff RBI in his big league debut since Fla's Miguel Cabrera on 6/20/03 vs TB and the first Reds player todo it since Eric Owens on 6/6/95 vs Pit...also became the first player to produce a game-winner with his firstcareer hit since Reds pitcher Randy Keisler did it on 5/24/05 vs Wsh...in the 18-inning, 12-9 loss on 5/25 atSD produced a pinch-hit, 2-run single in the 11th off Jared Wells that snapped the 7-7 tie...on 6/21 at NYYsnapped an 0-for-18 skid with a single off Billy Traber...returned to Louisville on 6/26, when Jerry Hairston Jr.came off the DL...was promoted again following the International League playoffs...hit his first career homerun on 9/17 vs StL (off Todd Wellemeyer)...was 1 of 10 Reds players to make his Major League debut, joiningRHP Johnny Cueto, OF Jay Bruce, LHP Daniel Ray Herrera, RHP Daryl Thompson, IF Adam Rosales, OFChris Dickerson, RHP Ramon Ramirez, C/IF/OF Wilkin Castillo and RHP Josh Roenicke...for the Bats, on4/27 vs Columbus went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, a grand slam and a career-high 6rbi...the 6rbi were the mostby a Louisville batter all season.
Entered the season rated the ninth-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America...spent most of the year at Class AA Chattanooga but made his Class AAA debut with 55 apps at Louisville...at the time of his 7/8 promotion ranked second in the Southern League in doubles (21) and T5th among allClass AA players in walks (50)...following the season, his strike zone discipline was rated by Baseball Americaas the best in the organization...on 8/9 hit a grand slam off Indianapolis' Marty McLeary...was his first careergrand slam and his first Class AAA homer...participated in his first Major League spring training camp...on11/20 was added to the 40-man roster.
Spent most of the season at Class A Sarasota (91g, .278, 9hr, 55rbi, 8sb)...struck out justonce every 10.08 plate apps, fourth-best ratio in the Florida State League...began the year at Class A Dayton...after 26 apps there was promoted to Sarasota on 5/16...on 8/30 was promoted to Class AA Chattanooga andspent the rest of the season with the Lookouts.
Entered the season as the 10th-best prospect in the Reds organization as rated by Baseball America...on 6/8 had season-ending "Tommy John" surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow(Dr. Timothy Kremchek)...suffered the injury when he fell on the elbow during a collision...2004: Signed hisfirst professional contract on 6/16 and spent the rest of the season at Billings in the rookie Pioneer League...enjoyed his best game of the season in a 7-3 win at Missoula on 8/15 (4-4, 1 2b, 2r)...following the season wasthe first recipient of the Dernell Stenson Award as Most Valuable Player of the Florida Instructional League.
Signed his first professional contracton 6/16 and spent the rest of the season at Billings in the rookie Pioneer League...enjoyed his best game ofthe season in a 7-3 win at Missoula on 8/15 (4-4, 1 2b, 2r)...following the season was the first recipient of theDernell Stenson Award as Most Valuable Player of the Florida Instructional League.