Is a 1994 graduate of Englewood High School in Jacksonville, FL...Also attended Sandlewood High School in Jacksonville and
Tallahassee Community College...Was inducted into the Tallahassee Community College Eagle Athletics Hall of Fame on
September 28, 2007.
Made 48 appearances (26 starts) because of a right hamstring injury suffered while running to first base on June 3 @PHI...The next day went on the 15-day disabled list and missed the Reds' last 103 games of the season...On July 23, had surgery to remove the torn distal tendon in his right hamstring (Dr. Timothy Kremchek)...Hit safely in 23 of his 26 starts, including 12 multi-hit games...Started at 4 positions (19 in CF, two in LF, four at 3B, one at 2B)...
Made 20 starts batting leadoff, five starts batting second and one start batting seventh...T
Hit .423 with RISP(11-26, 10 RBI)...On April 19 vMIL, was ejected by HPumpire Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing balls and strikes...I
In the opener of the day/night doubleheader on May 10 @NYM, singled off Pedro Feliciano for his 500th career hit...On July 31, was transferred to the 60-day DLto make room on the roster for OF Ken Griffey Jr.
In an injury-plagued season appeared in just 75g, including 65 starts...missed 81g during
2 stints on the disabled list, from 5/29-7/2 with a concussion and contusions to the head and neck suffered
in a collision with RF Norris Hopper on 5/28 vs Pit and from 8/7 through the rest of the season with torn
cartilage in his right knee...made his last appearance of the season on 8/2 at Wsh...on 8/8 had arthroscopic surgery to repair the cartilage damage in his knee
(Dr. Timothy Kremchek)...led the club with 58 starts
batting leadoff...made his 65 starts at 3 positions (49
in CF, 15 at 3B, 1 at 2B)...on 5/6 vs Col made his
only start of the season at 2B...on 5/23 vs Wsh hit
his fifth career leadoff HR (off Jason Simontacchi)...
following his first stint on the DL made 8 rehab apps
at Louisville...on 7/7 vs Ari was ejected by 1B umpire
Chad Fairchild...was transfered to the 60-day DL on
9/26, when IF Jerry Gil was reinstated from the DL...
on 4/16 signed a 2-year contract extension through
the 2009 season.
With 37 stolen bases tied his career
high, led the Reds for the third straight season and
ranked T7th in the National League...became the
first Reds baserunner with 35 steals in 3 straight
seasons since Eric Davis did it from 1986-88...also
ranked among the NL leaders in outfield assists (12,
5th) and hardest to GIDP (90.8ab, 10th)...missed
the last 10g of the season with a hairline fracture of
his left thumb...suffered the injury diving for a ball
on 9/19 at Hou...started the next day but left the game in the fourth inning...didn't play again the rest of the
season...made 108 starts at 5 different positions (44gs in CF, 41gs in RF, 11gs at 2B, 9gs at 3B, 3gs in LF)...
led the club with 106 starts batting first and hit 3 leadoff HR (5/28 vs Ari off Enrique Gonzalez, 7/22 vs Mil off
Dave Bush, 9/8 vs Pit off Ian Snell)...also hit eighth twice (5/18 at Pit, 5/30 at Chi)...on 4/5 vs Chi, in his first
start of the season, recorded a season-high 3 stolen bases...on 6/4 at Hou produced his first career 2-homer
game, including a 2-run shot in the 11th off Russ Springer that lifted the Reds to a 6-4 victory...had another
2-homer game in an 8-7 win on 7/22 vs Mil, including a leadoff HR and a solo shot in the eighth inning that
snapped the 7-7 tie...from 6/19-6/23 produced at least 3 hits in 4-5g (14-24, .583), raising BA from .272 to
.308 and including a string of 3 straight 3-hit games (6/19-6/21)...became the first Reds batter with 3 hits in
3 consecutive games since Sean Casey in August 2004 and the first Reds batter with four 3-hit games in
a 5-game span since Thomas Howard in 1996...on 6/23 at Cle produced 5 hits, the most by a Reds batter
all season, and recorded career stolen bases #100 and #101...on 7/9 at Atl left the game with a sore right
shoulder and didn't start again until 7/19...on 7/27 at Hou fell a homer shy of the cycle.
For the second straight season led the club in stolen bases...ranked among the National League
leaders in steals (5th) and times caught stealing (10, T6th)...is the first Reds player with at least 30 stolen bases in
consecutive seasons since Barry Larkin in 1995-96...tied his career high in homers...missed 39g during 2 stints on the
15-day disabled list, including 21g from 6/25-7/19 with inflammation at the base of the second toe of his left foot (not
including 5g missed prior to the disabling) and 18g from 8/16-9/4 with torn cartilage in his right knee...on 8/18 had
arthroscopic knee surgery to repair that torn cartilage (Dr. Timothy Kremchek)...returned to action as a pinch hitter on
9/5 and started at 2B on 9/6...in August and September also was bothered by a strained right quadriceps muscle...in
26g after returning from his second stint on the disabled list hit .243 (1hr, 6rbi, 7sb)...made 89 starts at 5 different
positions, including 2B (48g), LF (17g), CF (10g), 3B (8g) and RF (6g)...led the club with 87 starts batting leadoff...made
his other 2 starts batting second...on 7/27 at LA recorded a club-record 5 stolen bases...he donated his spikes to the
Reds Hall of Fame and Museum...became the first Major Leaguer with 5 steals in a game since Tex' Scarborough
Green on 9/28/00 at Sea and the first National Leaguer since Chi's Eric Young on 5/14/00 at Mtl...3 other times stole
3 bases in a game (4/30 at Mil, 6/9 vs TB, 6/18 vs Atl)....on 6/14 at Bos snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a sixth-inning
single off David Wells, the Reds' only hit in a 7-0 loss...on 8/10 at Chi snapped a career-high 0-for-19 skid by hitting
Rich Hill's first pitch for his first career leadoff home run.
Established career highs in almost every statistical category...made 128 starts at 5 different
positions (51g at 3B, 29g in CF, 26g in RF, 12g in LF, 10g at 2B)...became the first player to make at least 10 starts
at 5 different defensive positions since Tony Phillips did it for the Tigers in 1991 and 1992...led the Reds in triples (8),
stolen bases (37), sacrifice bunts (8), starts batting leadoff (105), starts at 3B (51), infield hits (22) and bunt hits
(8)...ranked among the National League leaders in stolen bases (4th) and triples (T5th)...on 5/13 became the team's
full-time leadoff hitter and made his last 104 starts of the season hitting from that position (.284, 63r)...also batted
second (4gs), fifth (1gs), sixth (6gs), seventh (5gs) and eighth (7gs)...in his last 88g beginning 6/13 hit .301 to raise
overall BA from .237 to .277...in July led the club in hitting (.315, 6sb)...on 4/5 vs the Cubs made the first Opening Day
start of his career, played CF...as a pinch hitter on 4/24 at Pit was hit in the left ear flap by a Jason Boyd pitch...missed
just 1g...on 5/2 at Hou left the game with neck spasms and missed 2g and 4 starts...from 6/13-6/22 established a
career high with an 8-game hitting streak (.333), then a week later began a 10-game hitting streak (6/29-7/15,
.465)...missed the last 4g of the first half with a deep bruise on the undersurface of his left kneecap...suffered the
injury while running into the Miller Park outfield wall on 7/7...went 373ab between his first and second homers of the
season (4/18 at Chi off Greg Maddux, 9/1 vs Hou off Roy Oswalt)...on 9/27 at Chi suffered a non-displaced fracture
of his right thumb on a bunt atttempt and was relegated to pinch-running duties the last 6g of the season...on 11/2
had arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee (Dr. Tim Kremchek).
Led Class A St. Catharine's with
7 sac hits and 5 sac flies.
At Class A Dunedin led the organization with
14 sac bunts...led Dunedin with 19 steals...appeared in 94g at 2B and 5g at SS
Split the season
between Class AA Knoxville and Class AAA Syracuse and made the transition from infielder to outfielder..
Ranked fourth in the Blue Jays organization with 29 stolen bases
Combined to hit .299 with 13hr and 44rbi at Class A Dunedin, Class AA Tennessee and Class
AAA Syracuse...was hampered during spring training by a hamstring pull and didn't play until May...twice recorded 3
stolen bases in a game (8/28 at Pawtucket, 8/30 vs Buffalo)...was Syracuse's Player of the Month for August (26g,
.371, 6hr, 13rbi, 17sb)...won the Blue Jays' Community Service Award.
Began the season with the Blue Jays and made his first 9 Major League apps during that stint (4/2-4/
27)...made his ML debut on 4/4/01 at TB as a defensive replacement at 2B...on 4/5/01 at TB made his first start, played
2B and went 1-for-4...singled off Bryan Rekar in his first big league plate appearance...from 4/5-4/9 made 5 straight
starts at 2B and hit safely in all 5g...on 4/27 was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse and finished the season there.
Appeared in 31 minor league games
before he had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on 6/17 (Dr. James Andrews).
Appeared in 43g, including 33 starts, during 4 stints with the Reds (4/19-5/5, 5/22-5/28, 7/31-8/
5, 8/20-end of season)...also appeared in 54g for Class AAA Louisville, where his 25 stolen bases were fourth-most
among all Reds minor leaguers...during the season was bothered by a pair of hamstring injuries...from 5/29-7/3 was
on the Reds' 15-day disabled list with a torn left hamstring...from 9/3-9/15 did not play because of a strained right
hamstring...in 11g after his return on 9/16 hit .304 (14-46, 1hr, 6rbi)...in his last 17g of the season hit .300 (21-70, 2hr,
8rbi), including a career-high 7-game hitting streak from 9/1-9/21 (13-31, .419, 2hr, 6rbi), to raise BA from .269 to
season-ending .285...on 9/2 at Mil left the game with the right hamstring injury...didn't play again until 9/16 at Pit and
that night produced 4 hits and 3rbi, both career highs, and a solo HR...hit his first 2 career homers 2 days apart off
Randy Johnson (8/20 at Ari) and Billy Wagner (PH, 8/22 at
Hou)...became only the fifth player ever to hit his first
career homer off Johnson (Jack Voigt 1993, Ron Coomer
1995, Shane Halter 1997, Marcus Thames 2002)...had
eight 2-hit games, a 3-hit game and the 4-hit game on 9/
16 at Pit...made 19 starts in CF, 10 starts at 2B, 3 starts in
LF and 1 start at 3B (8/26 vs Mil)...made 29 starts batting
leadoff and 4 starts batting seventh...wore uniform #3
from 4/20-5/28 and uniform #6 from 7/31 through the
end of the season...led Louisville with 46 starts batting
leadoff...his 3sb on 7/28 vs Charlotte were the most by a
Bats player all season.
Career highlights: Plays all 3 outfield positions as well as second base, third base and shortstop...in 2000
was Syracuse's Player of the Month for August and won the Blue Jays' Community Service Award...in 1994 won a
silver medal while playing for Team USA in the Junior Olympics.
Spent the season playing for the Devil Rays' Class AAA affiliate in Durham...in 119g hit .261 with 8hr, 48rbi and 37sb...led the Devil Rays organization and ranked third in the International League in steals...led Durham in games, runs (65) and doubles (27), all career highs, and walks (38).