Resides in El Tigre, VZ during the offseason.
Spent most of the season at Louisville, where he earned the Mary E. Barney Award as the Bats' Most Valuable Player...joined the Reds when rosters expanded on 9/1 and in his Major League debut made 13 apps, including 6 starts behind the plate...Reds pitchers went 2-4 in his starts and posted a 3.42era while he caught...threw out 3-5 baserunners attempting to steal (60%)...hit .364 vs RHP and .375 vs LHP...produced 1 of the team's 10 4-hit games (9/14 at SF)...recorded a hit in 7 of his 13 apps for the Reds...over 2 apps on 9/14 and 9/15 at SF recorded hits in 5 consecutive plate apps... made his Major League debut on 9/5/night vs Mil, pinch hit in the ninth inning (F8 off Tyler Thornburg)...in the eighth inning on 9/9 vs Pit, pinch hit for Joey Votto after Votto was ejected in the middle of a plate appearance and singled off Tony Watson for his first career hit...in the 4-2 win on 9/11 vs StL produced his first career HR and RBI with a solo homer off John Lackey...while with the Bats ranked third on the club in hits, T3rd in RBI and fourth in doubles...also caught a team-high 748.2 innings...caught 34 pitchers and posted a 3.93 catchers' ERA...threw out 20% (17-86) of attempted base stealers...from 7/4-7/21 hit .389 during a 10-game hitting streak...from 8/5-8/11 was on Louisville's disabled list with a strained back...was a non-roster invitee to 2015 Major League spring training camp.
Spent most of the season at Class AA Erie, where he was a mid-season Eastern League All-Star...finished the season with 12 apps for Class AA Altoona after he was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on 8/13...following the season played for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League (37g, .266, 1hr, 10rbi).
Spent the majority of the 2013 season with Double A Erie as he completed his first season with the Tigers...Collected a season-high four hits on April 9 versus Binghamton...matched the high on July 17 versus Harrisburg...Posted a season-high nine game hitting streak April 16-26, batting .469 during that stretch...Had his contract transferred from Erie to Triple A Toledo on May 2...Appeared in 31 games with Toledo before his contract was transferred back to Erie...appeared in two games with the SeaWolves before his contract was transferred back to Toledo on June 16...Had his contract transferred to Erie for the remainder of the season on June 30...Led the SeaWolves with a .304 batting average, while he was second with a .392 on-base percentage.
Selected to the Eastern League's mid-season all-star squad as he spent the majority of the 2012 season with Double A
Altoona in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. ... Fanned once every 9.73 plate appearances, the third-toughest batter to strike out in the Eastern League. ... Batted .301 (22x73) in 22 games during July. ... Posted a season-high nine-game hitting streak August 15-23, batting .395 (15x38). ... Hit .340 (35x103) with 10 doubles, a triple and 11 RBI in 27 games during August. ... Had his contract transferred from Altoona to Triple A Indianapolis on September 2. ... Saw action in two games during the International League playoffs, hitting .400 (2x5). ... Batted .267 (24x90) with three doubles, a home run and 12 RBI in 32 games with Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter
League following the season.
Won the Florida State League batting title and was named to the mid-season All-Star team...Was also selected to the Topps Class-A All-Star team...Ranked third among the league leaders in OPS (.881), fourth in on-base percentage and eighth in slugging percentage...Made 78 appearances (75 starts) behind the plate and also went 15-for-46 (.326) in 13 games as the designated hitter...Hit .380 (35-for-92) against LHP and .328 (77-for-235) against RHP...Had an 11-game hitting streak from 4/9-24 (19-for-42, .452) and produced a .444 average in his first 19 games thru 5/13, going 28-for-63 with nine multi-hit efforts...Had a 12-game hitting streak from 5/28 thru 6/14 (16-for-47, .340)...Had season-high four hits and hit first home run of the season on 6/21 vs. Jupiter...Produced a 1.016 OPS in his 17 games during the month of June...Hit .469 (23-for-49) with nine multi-hit efforts during a season-high 13-game hitting streak from 7/27 thru 8/11...Hit second home run on 8/8 vs. Jupiter...Tied season high with four RBI and homered for final time on 9/3 at Port Charlotte...Played winter ball in Venezuela and hit .179 (10-for-56) with three RBI in 25 games with Caracas.
Spent entire season with Low-A West Virginia; his first full-season of pro ball in the United States...Was named to the South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star team...Made all 90 appearances/starts behind the plate...Hit .282 (75-for-266) against RHP and .224 (17-for-76) against LHP...Had season-high four hits on 4/26 at Kannapolis to lift average to .310...Hit lone home run on 8/5 vs. Delmarva...Finished season on a 17-for-45 (.378) clip over his last 11 games.
Split season between the Venezuelan Summer League Pirates and the Gulf Coast League Pirates...Combined to hit .299 (61-for-204) with three home runs and 35 RBI in 57 games...Led GCL Pirates in batting after joining the club on 6/23...Began season in the VSL and made 10 starts behind the plate and one at first base (5/20)...Also went 7-for-33 (.212) in nine games as the designated hitter...Went 7-for-13 and homered twice in his first three games...Hit safely in each of his first five games with the GCL Pirates (7-for-16, .438) from 6/23 thru 7/8...Hit lone home run in the Gulf Coast League on 8/8 at GCL Yankees...Hit .316 (31-for-98) in his 28 starts behind the plate with the GCL Pirates and .207 (6-for-29) in eight games as the designated hitter.
Spent first professional season with VSL Pirates...Led club in doubles...Made 38 appearances (35 starts) behind the plate, nine
appearances (eight starts) at first base and one appearance at third base (7/7)...Produced a .321 (35-for-109) average in his last 34 games, beginning with a season-high 10-game hitting streak from 6/18-7/1 (15-for-34, .441).