Played high school baseball at Hialeah (Fla.) High School, the same high school which produced Major League players Bucky Dent, Charlie Hough and Alan Wiggins...Named First-Team All-Dade County by the Miami Herald...Resides in Miami, Florida.
Named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for June, batting .449 (31-69) with 6 HR and 23 RBI. The .449 BA was the 8th-highest in all of minor league baseball in June, while his .537 on-base pct., ranked 6th...Ranked 5th among Cardinals minor leaguers with 67 RBI and 9th with a .879 OPS...Posted a .998 fielding percentage over 422 total chances at first base making only one error all season...Compiled a 16-game hitting streak from 7/24-8/14, batting .407 (24-59) during the stretch. Also hit safely in 17 straight road games from 7/15 through the end of the season...Posted a two home run game at Salt Lake (7/24), his first career, hitting a solo home run in the 2nd inning and a three-run shot in the 5th inning as Memphis hit six home runs in the game...Hit first career grand slam vs. Reno (6/11). Batted .636 (7-11) with 16 RBI in bases loaded situations on the season...Played in eight Pacific Coast League playoff games batting .290 (9-31) with four runs scored and two RBI. Was 3-for-4 with three runs scored in the Triple-A Championship game against Durham (9/18)...Played 36 games for Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League batting .320 with 3 HR, 16 RBI and 22 walks for a .428 on-base percentage.
Signed as a free agent on April 7 and played in 89 games for Memphis (AAA), starting 52 at first base, 12 in right field and three in left field... Went 3-for-4 on May 18 to move his batting average from .295 to .333 and it never dipped below .300 the rest of the season... Batted .367 with runners in scoring position (33-90)... Ran off a team-high 15-game hitting streak (5/9-6/3) batting .429 (21-49) during the stretch... Placed on the 7-day disabled list with a right thumb contusion on Sept. 5 and missed the 2017 postseason after getting hit by a Hiram Burgos pitch at Colorado Springs (9/2).
Spent the entire season at Triple-A Nashville where he batted .262 with eight home runs and 54 RBI in 106 games…the batting average was his lowest since his professional debut in 2010, as was his .395 slugging percentage and .334 on-base percentage (.254/.335/.291 in 2010)…his 106 games played were second most of his career (133 in 2014)…hit .286 (28-for-98) against left-handed pitching, .253 (68-for- 269) with all eight of his home runs against right-handers…batted .281 with runners on base but hit .208 with runners in scoring position and two outs…had a .211 batting average and .286 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…appeared in 71 games at first base, seven in left field and six in right field… committed three errors, all as a first baseman, and had a .995 fielding percentage at first base…also hit .127 with no home runs and seven RBI in 22 games at designated hitter…hit in each of the bottom five spots in the order and saw his most action with 47 games batting eighth…went 0-for-7 over his first two games but then compiled a season-best 11-game hitting streak from April 10 to 23…went 13-for-35 (.371) with eight RBI during the streak, which boosted his average to .310…capped the streak by driving in a season-high three runs April 23 against New Orleans…it was his first of five three-RBI games… then went 2-for-33 (.061) over his next nine games to fall to .200…had three-straight multiple hit games from May 6-11 (7-for-11, .636) to start a 27-game stretch where he hit .310 (31-for-100) with 20 RBI… collected his first of five three-hit games May 10 at Iowa…went 7-for-39 (.179) over a 12-game stretch from June 17 to July 3…stole his only base of the season July 5 at Memphis…collected a season-high two doubles July 21 at Albuquerque (also Aug. 6 at Colorado Springs)…had two sacrifice hits Aug. 13 against Reno…matched his season-high with three runs scored and had his only three-walk game of the season, Aug. 21 at Omaha…was intentionally walked twice Aug. 25 at Memphis and was hit by a pitch twice two days later against the Redbirds…went 4-for-14 (.286) with three walks and three RBI in four postseason games for the Sounds…played for Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season and hit .300 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 53 games…tied for second in the VWL in walks (32) and ranked fourth in on-base percentage (.414)…then hit .279 with a .416 on-base percentage and seven RBI in 17 postseason games for Lara, which lost to Zulia in the VWL Championship.
Missed the first half of the season after undergoing surgery on his right wrist during spring training… combined to hit .304 with three home runs and 42 RBI in 59 games with the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League, Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville…his batting average included a .340 (51- for-150) mark against right-handed pitchers compared to .219 (14-for-64) against left-handers…hit .255 with the bases empty compared to .352 with runners on base…batted .378 with runners in scoring position…had a .353 batting average and all three of his triples in the first inning…appeared in 34 games at first base and one in left field…also hit .275 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 25 games as the designated hitter…committed two errors, both at first base, for a .994 fielding percentage…hit in every spot in the order except first, eighth and ninth, and saw his most action with 23 games hitting third…began the season on the disabled list at Nashville after undergoing a partial ECU tendon repair March 13…the surgery was performed by Dr. Mark Leber at the Gateway Surgery Center in Phoenix, Ariz…was sent to the A's Arizona Rookie League affiliate June 22 on a rehab assignment and hit .360 with seven RBI in nine games…added seven walks and was hit by a pitch three times for a .543 on-base percentage… reached base safely in all nine games…singled and walked a season-high three times in his first game June 22 against the Giants…was reinstated from the disabled list and transferred to Midland July 11… hit .318 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 22 games…reached base safely in each of his first 10 games with the RockHounds for a 19-game reaching base streak overall…collected his first of four three-hit games July 12 at Northwest Arkansas…had a season-high nine-game hitting streak from July 24 to Aug. 2…went 16-for-41 (.390) with five doubles, a home run and nine RBI during the streak…was transferred to Nashville Aug. 5 and batted .277 with a home run and 18 RBI in 28 games with the Sounds…including .400 over a 14-game stretch from Aug. 13 to 27…capped that stretch by going 3-for-3 with a walk and a season-high three RBI Aug. 27 at Tacoma…matched his RBI total three days later in the second game of a Aug. 30 doubleheader against the Raniers…hit .354 with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 55 games with Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season…added 41 walks for a .480 on-base percentage…led the VWL in on-base percentage, ranked second in slugging (.562) and walks, third in batting, fifth in RBI and tied for fifth in home runs.
Made his Double-A debut with Birmingham and spent the entire season with the Barons…batted .309 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 133 games…was named to the Southern League Postseason All-Star Team after leading the league in doubles (37)…also ranked second in batting and hits (147), third in total bases (225), tied for third in games, fifth in runs (72), slugging percentage (.473) and on-base percentage (.386), sixth in extra base hits (52), eighth in at bats (476), 10th in RBI and tied for 10th in walks (56) and hit by pitches (9)…had career highs in games, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples (4), home runs, RBI, extra base hits, walks, stolen bases (10), slugging percentage, hit by pitches, sacrifice flies (8) and strikeouts (77)…was named the Barons Player of the Year after leading the team in batting, hits, doubles, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage…batted .379 (33-for-87) against lefthanded pitching compared to .293 (114-for-389) against righthanders…16 of his 33 hits against lefties were for extra bases (13 doubles, one triple, two home runs)…slugged .621 with a 1.066 OPS against lefties, .440 with an .812 OPS against righties…hit .345 with a .420 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…had a .288 average with runners in scoring position, including .265 with RISP and two outs…went 2-for-11 (.182) with the bases loaded…appeared in 108 games at first base and two at third base…committed four errors in 998 total chances at first base for a .996 fielding percentage…made one error in five chances at third base…also batted .309 in 23 games as the designated hitter…saw most of his playing time batting clean-up (112 games)…was rated as the No. 10 Prospect in the White Sox organization by Baseball America following the season and also rated by the same publication as having the Best Strike-Zone Discipline…played in one game for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League and went 0-for-2.
BIRMINGHAM: Hit safely in each of his first three games (3-for-7, .429) but a 5-for-27 (.185) streak over a nine-game stretch from April 9 to 18 dropped his average to .235…then went 20-for-48 (.417) over a 15-game stretch from April 19 to May 4 to lift his average to .346.…homered in back-to-back games April 21 and 22 against Tennessee…had back-to-back three hit games at Chattanooga April 27 and 28…five of the six hits were doubles, including all three on the 27th…hit .364 in 23 games in April…added 17 walks and was hit by a pitch three times for a .506 on-base percentage…then batted .260 in 29 games in May, which was his lowest single month average of 2014…had a 26-game hitting streak from June 9 to July 10, which was the longest hitting streak in the SL in 2014 and third longest in Birmingham history…went 39-for-102 (.382) with 11 doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI during the streak…had a league-high 23-game home hitting streak from June 9 to July 27 (34-for-92, .370)… drove in a season-high four runs June 19 at Jacksonville…batted .323 in 25 games in June and then hit .327 in July…had two sacrifice flies July 1 at Chattanooga…stole a season-high two bases July 25 at Jacksonville…a 2-for-3 performance July 27 against Tennessee lifted his average to .320…then went 31-for-114 (.272) over his final 31 games to finish the year at .309…homered in consecutive games July 31 and Aug. 4 at Chattanooga…was on the suspended list from Aug. 1 to 3.
Combined to hit .299 with 31 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 62 RBI in 101 games with the White Sox Single-A affiliates at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem…added 51 walks for a career-high .388 on-base percentage…ranked sixth among White Sox farmhands in on-base percentage and seventh in batting average (.299)…led Winston-Salem with a .312 average and .393 on-base percentage…batted .305 against right-handed pitching compared to .275 against left-handers…10 of his 19 hits against lefties were for extra bases (eight doubles, one triple, one home run)…hit .367 in day games…had a .330 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .327 with RISP and two outs…went 6-for-12 (.500) with four doubles, two walks and 17 RBI with the bases loaded…batted .307 with a .395 on-bas percentage when leading off an inning…with Winston-Salem, he hit .255 at home compared to .382 on the road…however, hit three of his four home runs at home…played exclusively at first base for the first time in his career and committed six errors in 84 games for a .992 fielding percentage…also batted .258 in 17 games at designated hitter…hit in every spot in the order except first, second and ninth… saw his most action with 51 games batting sixth…began the season at Kannapolis and was batting .226 in 17 games when he was placed on the disabled list April 23 with a laceration on his left hand…was reinstated and transferred to Winston-Salem May 2…went 4-for-5 in two games before returning to the DL May 5 with a laceration on his left thumb…was reinstated May 18…drove in a season-high four runs April 7 at Lakewood, his first of three four-RBI games (June 9 against Wilmington and June 27 against Salem)…hit safely in each of his first 11 games with Winston-Salem, giving him a 12-game hitting streak overall from April 21 to May 28 (20-for-42, .476)…finished May with a .377 batting average and 13 RBI in 15 games…went 13-for-32 (.406) with seven doubles over an eight-game span from June 16 to 27…had 25 RBI in June, which ranked second in the Carolina League…homered in back-to-back games July 7 against Myrtle Beach and July 8 against Potomac…hit .320 with three of his four home runs in 27 games in July.
Spent the entire season with Single-A Kannapolis and hit .290 with two home runs and 39 RBI in 76 games…was named to the South Atlantic League Midseason All-Star Team…batted .391 during the day, .318 at home and .313 against left-handed pitchers…hit both of his home runs off lefties at home… combined for a .327 batting average in April and May and then hit .227 in June and July… made 54 starts at third base, 16 as the designated hitter and six at first base…batted .313 with both of his home runs in 65 games batting fifth in the order…had a 15-game hitting streak from April 7 to 24 (26-for-59, .441)…went 4-for-4 with a double May 17 against Lexington, his first of two 4-for-4 performances in 2012 (also May 26 at West Virginia)…had three doubles May 18 against Lexington…missed the final two months of the season after being placed on the restricted list July 5.
Began the season in extended spring training before joining rookie Bristol in June…was transferred to Single-A Kannapolis July 18 and combined with both clubs to bat a career-high .338 with 34 RBI in 63 games…committed 11 errors in 59 games at third base for a .942 fielding percentage…had a 20-game hitting streak from July 6 to 30 (33-for-81, .407)…had a season-high five RBI Aug. 30 at Rome.
Hit .254 with a home run and 21 RBI in 48 games in his professional debut with Advanced Rookie Bristol…appeared exclusively at third base on defense where he committed 17 errors in 42 games… singled June 24 against Elizabethton for his first hit…belted his first home run July 15 at Princeton.