Last name is pronounced Key-Sh-Nick. Graduated from Rockwall (Rockwall, TX) High School. Attended Texas Tech University…posted .305 avg. (67-for- 220) with 47 runs, 15 2Bs, three 3Bs, 17 HRs and 65 RBI in 55 games for Red Raiders his junior year. Had stellar freshman season with Texas Tech in 2006 that saw him hit .359 with nine HRs and 55 RBI with Red Raiders, earning him recognition as Big 12 Freshman of Year by conference coaches…also named All-Big 12 First-Team selection in '06 and was freshman All-American. Played two summers with USA National Team, featuring best college freshman and sophomores in the country… helped Americans win the silver medal at the '07 Pan American Games in Rio De Janerio.
Made his big league debut and hit .202 (17-for-84) with one triple and five RBI in 38 games for San Francisco. Started 21 games (all in left field). Was 2-for-12 (.167) with one RBI as a pinch-hitter. Made his Major League debut on July 31 at Philadelphia, starting in left field...he had eight family members and friends in attendance. Recorded his first big league hit in his very first plate appearance on July 31, hitting a RBI single to center field off RHP Kyle Kendrick. Recorded just one hit in his last 25 at-bats of the season. Hit .273 (102-for-374) with 27 doubles, nine triples, 13 homers and 56 RBI in 101 games for triple-A Fresno.
Led Fresno with 15 home runs despite missing three months with a left shoulder injury...Missed significant time with a left shoulder injury as he was placed on the disabled list from May 30-Aug. 30...Had a big April with Fresno hitting .350 (35-for-100) with with six home runs, 17 RBI and a .402 on-base percentage..Hit his first career grand slam on May 23 at Albuquerque, as he went 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI in the game.
Spent 2nd-straight campaign with double-A Richmond, batting .255 (117-for-459) with 16 HRs, 22
2Bs and 65 RBI in 126 games. ... Named to Eastern League mid-season All-Star team...
started in right field for West, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI
and run scored...also threw out Binghamton's Josh Satin
at home plate. ... Matched his career-high when he scored 3 runs on April
15 vs. Altoona...finished night 2-for-3 with 2B and BB. ... Drove in season-high 5 runs in 11-9 victory over
Binghamton on June 16...finished night going 2-for-4
with his 6th homer of season. ... Recorded walk-off RBI single on July 10 driving in Skyler
Stromsmoe to beat Harrisburg 4-3. ... Blasted 2-run home run on July 30th in top of 3rd
inning, his 13th of season...with long ball, surpassed
Thomas Neal's single-season Richmond franchise mark of
12 home runs. ... Was placed on disabled list on Aug. 26th with back
spasms and remained on DL for remainder of season.
In his 2nd professional season, batted .251 (56-for-223) with 4 HRs and 23 RBI in 60 games with
Double-A Richmond. ... Entered 2010 season as SF's 7th-best prospect according
to Baseball America. ... Was placed on disabled list twice during season due to
back inflammation and missed significant time.
Produced one of best seasons of any Giants farmhand in what was his 1st professional
season with Class-A Advanced San Jose...batted .296 (153-for-517) with 37 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 23 HRs and 110 RBI in 131 games, helping lead SJ Giants to California League Championship...led Giants farm system in home runs and his RBI total was not only most of any Giants Minor Leaguer, but 3rd-most in all of Minors behind Lancaster's (A) Koby Clemens (123) and Sacramento's (AAA) Chris Carter (115)...his 275 total bases also ranked as 7th-best among all minor league farmhands...recorded 68 extra base hits, 5th-most in CAL League...named to mid-season and postseason
California League All-Star teams...tabbed California League Rookie of Year...had 2nd-most RBI in San Jose Giants history behind Mark Leonard (118 in 1998)...earned Player of Week honors twice: June 15-22 and June 22-29...posted season-high 13-game hitting streak June 13-28, batting .412 (21-for-51) during stretch...reached base safely in 28-consecutive games, July 19-Aug. 21...hit .242 (8-for-33) with HR and 2 RBI in California League playoffs.