Selected by the Reds in the second round of the 2010 June Draft out of the University of Michigan…earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2010…attended Lumen Christi (Mich.) High School, where he was a four-year starter in hockey, football and baseball…was the leading tackler on consecutive state-championship football teams.
Spent the entire minor league season with Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves organization… traded to the Twins for cash considerations on Sep 7 and selected to their major league roster the next day…hit 2 HR in 14 games as the "Bomba Squad" set a major league single-season record with 307 HR.
Made his first career Opening Day roster and appeared in a career-high 76 games between the Twins and White Sox, combining to bat .279 (46- for-165) with two homers and 18 RBI...Opened the season in the Twins organization and played in 43 games over four stints with Minnesota…Designated for assignment on 7/2 before Chicago claimed him off waivers on 7/9...Drove in all four White Sox runs with a runscoring double, a two-run double and a solo homer in a 4-1 win on 8/29 at the Yankees...Became just the second Chicago rookie ever to record at least four RBI and drive in all of the team's runs in a win…Tommy Agee also did so in 1966...The last White Sox player to accomplish the feat was Alex Rios on 9/5/12 vs. Minnesota (six RBI)...Hit a solo home run off Blaine Hardy on 8/14 at Detroit for his first career homer... Appeared defensively at all three outfield positions, including 36 games in center field, 29 games in left and five games in right...Played in 25 games between Triple-A Rochester of the Twins and Triple-A Charlotte of the White Sox…Combined to bat .269/.340/.398.
Played in third career spring training as an invite with Los Angles-AL...optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake March 24 where he played 11 games ... Designated for release or assignment April 18, eventually traded to Oakland for Player to be Named Later and optioned to Triple-A Nashville ... Recalled by Oakland April 25 and played three games for the A's, going 0-for-7 with one walk...optioned back to Nashville April 30 ... Played 38 games for the Sounds and was released June 21.
Appeared in five games with Red Sox following his June 18th call up...Pitched one inning in relief July 2 at Fenway Park against the Angels...Allowed no runs and two hits...Marked fi rst pitching outi ng at any professional level...Was designated for assignment by Boston July 7 and aft er clearing waivers, was outrighted to Triple-A July 11...Spent a majority of the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, leading the PawSox in average (min. 250 AB) and stolen bases while his 41 RBI ranked second on the Club...The .303 average and 10 home runs were both minor league career bests and the 17 stolen bases were his highest total since 2013 (23 SB).
Played in first career spring training with Reds as a non-roster invite...spent majority of season with Triple-A Louisville, ranking second on club in doubles (17) and second in stolen bases (11)...contract selected by Cincinnati August 20...made major league debut August 22 vs. Arizona as starting centerfielder going 0-for-5...recorded first major league hit August 23 vs. Arizona, singling off Chase Anderson...appeared in 13 games (5 starts) for the Reds in center, two in left, and one in right...signed with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent December 14.
Played just 17 games with Triple-A Louisville (Cincinnati) due to three stints on disabled list, suffering from a right knee sprain in April, and a stress fracture in lower left leg and a sports hernia, suffered in late-May, missing remainder of season...had core muscle hernia surgery June 6...designated for assignment August 12...released August 15, but resigned August 19 to a minor league contract through the 2015 season.
For the fourth straight season was rated the best defensive outfielder in the organization...spent most of the season at Class AA, where he led Pensacola in stolen bases and runs scored...ranked second on the club in games, hits, doubles and HR...was promoted on 8/31 and in his first stint at Class AAA made 3 apps for Louisville...following the season played briefly for Glendale in the prestigious Arizona Fall League (2g, .400, 1sb)...was invited to 2013 Major League spring training camp, his first...on 11/20 was added to the 40-man roster.
In his first full season at Class AA was a mid-season Southern League All-Star for Pensacola...with 30 stolen bases ranked T4th among all Reds farmhands and fifth in the SL...for the third straight season was rated the best defensive outfielder in the organization...in January 2013 was invited to Major League spring training camp for the first time.
In 122 apps at Class A Bakersfield combined to hit .278 (6hr, 47rbi, 55sb)...his 55 steals ranked second in the organization, third in the California League and T7th among all minor leaguers...for the second consecutive season was rated the organization's best defensive outfielder...entered the season as the Reds' 11th-best prospect.
In his first professional season produced 19 stolen bases for Class A Dayton and Lynchburg...following the season was rated the organization's best defensive outfielder.