Signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent on 1/13/14.
Appeared in 2G with Oakland (1-for-6, 1 double).
Missed the entire season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team's first
full-squad workout Feb. 27 in Phoenix...was placed on the 60-day disabled list March 3 and underwent
successful reconstructive surgery March 21...the surgery was performed by Dr. Douglas Freedberg of
the Arizona Sports Medicine Center of Scottsdale.
Was acquired from Detroit May 27 for David Purcey and was promoted to Oakland June 6...started 88
of the A's final 102 games at third base, batting .249 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 93 games...during
his period with Oakland, his home runs were second most on the team and the RBI tied for second
best...however, led the A's with 93 strikeouts over that span...the only player in Athletics history with
more strikeouts in fewer than 100 games is Jose Canseco, with 104 in 97 games in 1992...had a .433
slugging percentage with the A's as 33 of his 76 hits were for extra bases (21 doubles, 1 triple)...also
hit .222 in 17 games with the Tigers and had a .245 batting average, 11 home runs, 56 RBI and 112
strikeouts in 110 games overall...batted .360 with runners in scoring position, including .385 with RISP
and two outs...ranked sixth in the American League in batting with RISP and two outs...hit .199 with
the bases empty compared to .302 with runners on...batted .294 (35-for-119) against left-handed pitching,
.221 (55-for-249) against right-handers...hit nine of his 11 home runs against righties...had seven
home runs in 41 day games for a .486 slugging percentage...hit four home runs in 69 games at night
(.346 slugging)...went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and seven RBI as a pinch-hitter...tied for the
AL lead in pinch RBI (Shelley Duncan, CLE) and tied for 10th in pinch hits...is now 4-for-8 (.500) with
a double, two home runs and 10 RBI in his career in the pinch...hit .163 when leading off an inning...
committed 13 errors in 91 games at third base, all with Oakland, for a .934 fielding percentage...that
was the lowest mark by an Athletic with at least 81 games at third base since Mike Blowers had a .927
mark in 1998...also made 17 starts at second base, all with Detroit, and had a .964 fielding percentage
and three errors in 18 games overall at second...hit six of his 11 home runs while batting ninth, which
tied for second most among AL number nine hitters.
DETROIT: Began the season at Triple-A Toledo and was batting .408 with two home runs and 15 RBI
in 23 games when he was recalled by Detroit May 3...was leading the International League in batting
and on-base percentage (.495) at the time of his promotion...went 3-for-4 with a double in his 2011
debut May 3 against New York...stole the first base of his career the next day against the Yankees...hit
.263 over his first 10 games but then went 4-for-25 (.160) over his final seven games...started 17 of 20
games at second base during his stint with the Tigers before he was traded to the A's May 27.
OAKLAND: Was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento following the trade and batted .267 with a home run
and three RBI in nine games...that gave him a .368 batting average, three home runs and 18 RBI in 32
minor league games overall...was promoted to Oakland June 6 and spent the remainder of the season
with the A's...hit .343 over his first 21 games with the A's through July 3...then went 14-for-90 (.156)
over his next 29 contests from July 4 to Aug. 9...that included a career-high-tying 0-for-18 streak from July 8-16...had his first career walk-off hit July 16, a RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning in the
second game of a doubleheader against Los Angeles...had a career-high-tying three walks and three
runs scored July 26 against Tampa Bay...belted his first career triple the next day against the Rays...hit
.300 (18-for-60) over a 17-game span from Aug. 10-29...12 of his 18 hits over that stretch were for extra
bases (10 doubles, two home runs)...had his first career four-hit game at New York Aug. 24...doubled
twice, his third two-double game over an 11-game span...finished August with 11 doubles, which tied
for second in the AL...it was the second-best August double total in Oakland history, falling one short
of Jason Giambi's record of 12 in 1999...homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career,
Aug. 25 at New York and Aug. 26 at Boston...hit .263 with four home runs and 17 RBI in September...
the home runs and RBI were the best single-month totals of his career...connected for a pinch-hit grand
slam off Yoshinori Tateyama in the sixth inning Sept. 10 at Texas...it was his first career grand slam
and second career pinch home run (Sept. 18, 2010 at Chicago)...it was the first pinch grand slam by an
Athletic since Erubiel Durazo July 10, 2004 at Cleveland...his four RBI were a career high...hit safely
in each of his final five games from Sept. 24-28 (7-for-16, .438), matching the longest hitting streak of
his career (also Aug. 23-27, 2011).
Opened the 2010 season as the Tigers starting second baseman before he split time between Detroit and Triple A
...Made his major league debut on April 5 at Kansas City -- became the first Tigers player to make his major league debut
as the club's starting second baseman on Opening Day since Jake Wood did so in 1961.
...Collected his first major league hit on April 9 versus Cleveland, a single in the fifth inning off David Huff.
...Belted his first major league home run on April 30 versus the Los Angeles of Anaheim, a solo shot off Joel Pineiro.
...Optioned to Toledo by the Tigers on May 15.
...Compiled a 13-game hitting streak May 23-June 5, batting .434 (23x53) with five doubles, a home run and five RBI.
...Sidelined June 22-July 6 with a right groin strain.
...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on July 21 -- saw action in six games with Detroit before he was optioned back to
Toledo on July 29.
...Posted a 10-game hitting streak August 21-31, batting .342 (13x38) with four doubles, a home run and eight RBI.
...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo for the remainder of the season on September 7.
...Belted a game-winning, pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning on September 18 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular
Field as the Tigers defeated the White Sox 6-3 -- he became the first Tigers rookie to connect for a game-winning,
pinch-hit home run since Tim Corcoran did so on August 14, 1977 as he belted a solo home run in the eighth inning to
lead the Tigers to a 6-5 win over the Twins at Tiger Stadium.
Tabbed the Tigers Minor League Player of the Year in 2009 as he combined to hit .308 (160x520) with 88 runs scored, 39
doubles, five triples, 17 home runs, 66 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 130 games with Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo...Selected to Baseball America's First-Team Minor League all-star squad following the season...Earned a spot on the U.S. Team for the Futures Game held at Busch Stadium prior to Major League Baseball's All-Star
Game -- collected a single and scored a run in the game...Collected a season-high four hits for Erie on April 16 at Altoona...Tied for the lead in the Eastern League with seven home runs during May, while he finished second with 66 total bases
-- hit .307 (35x114) with 10 doubles and 20 RBI in 29 games during the month...Transferred from Erie to Toledo on June 15 -- at the time of his promotion, he was tied for second in the Eastern League
with four triples, third with 30 extra-base hits, tied for third with 70 hits, tied for fifth with 39 runs scored and 10th with
a .307 batting average...Drove in a season-best four runs for Toledo on June 30 at Indianapolis...Connected for a season-high two home runs on August 1 versus Buffalo...Batted .315 (35x111) with eight doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI in 28 games during August...Fared better against righthanded pitchers with both Erie and Toledo, hitting .317 (53x167) with Erie and .314 (59x188)
with Toledo...batted .279 (17x61) against lefties with Erie, while he hit .298 (31x104) with Toledo...Hit .348 (16x46) with runners in scoring position with the SeaWolves...batted .358 (19x53) with runners in scoring
position with the Mud Hens...Named the 10th-best prospect in the Tigers organization and 16th-best prospect in the Eastern League following the
season by Baseball America...tabbed the best hitter for average and rated as possessing the best strike-zone discipline
in the organization by the publication...Batted .368 (7x19) with seven runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in six games with Peoria in the
Arizona Fall League following the season before his stint in the league was cut short due to injury...Underwent surgery on his left ankle for his fractured fibula and the associated instability, a procedure performed by Dr.
Stephen Lemos at the Detroit Medical Center on October 27.
Selected to the Florida State League's mid-season all-star squad with Single A Lakeland in 2008, before being sidelined for the remainder of the season after landing on the disabled list on June 3 with a left wrist fracture...Hit .370 (17x46) with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBI over a 13-game stretch April 4-16...Collected a season-high four RBI on April 15 versus Sarasota -- equaled the high with four RBI on May 4 at St. Lucie...Fared better against lefthanded pitchers, hitting .344 (21x61)...batted .261 (37x142) versus righthanded pitchers...Hit .316 (12x38) with runners in scoring position...Named the seventh-best prospect and best hitter for average in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America.
Finished fourth in the Midwest League with 33 doubles for Single A West Michigan during the 2007 season, while he
tied for fifth with 78 runs scored...fifth in the league with 73 walks.
...Third-hardest batter to strike out in the Midwest League, fanning once every 8.83 plate appearances.
...Tabbed the best defensive second baseman in the Midwest League by Baseball America.
...Collected a season-best four hits on April 15 at South Bend -- matched the high with four hits on May 11 versus Cedar
Rapids, May 28 versus Fort Wayne, July 14 versus Beloit and August 16 versus South Bend.
...Garnered Midwest League Player of the Week honors for June 25-July 1 after hitting .400 (10x25) with six runs scored,
three doubles, a triple, home run and seven RBI in seven games.
...Posted a season-high 10-game hitting streak July 7-19, batting .422 (19x45) with 10 runs scored, six doubles, a triple
and seven RBI.
...Hit .322 (28x87) with 16 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, home run and 12 RBI in 22 games during July -- tied for 12th
in the Midwest League with a .322 batting average during the month.
...Saw action in all nine of West Michigan's games during the Midwest League playoffs, hitting .303 (10x33) with 10 runs
scored, two home runs and four RBI.
...Named the third-best prospect, best hitter for average and rated as possessing the best strike-zone discipline in the
Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America.
...Played with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League following the season, hitting .356 (32x90) with 18 runs scored, six
doubles, four triples, two home runs and 18 RBI in 21 games -- led the league with four triples, while he finished third
with a .356 batting average and fourth with 32 hits and 18 RBI...tied for the lead among all league shortstops with 34
putouts and 13 double plays.
Selected to participate in the New York-Penn League's all-star game in his professional debut with Single A Oneonta
after being selected by the Tigers in the fifth round of the June 2006 draft.
...Led the New York-Penn League with 294 at-bats, 49 runs scored and 96 hits, while he was second with a .327 batting
average and 128 total bases and fifth with a .394 on-base percentage.
...Topped all league shortstops with 42 double plays.
...Named to Baseball America's Short-Season Single A all-star squad.
...Sixth in the New York-Penn League with a .372 batting average (16x43) in 10 games during June.
...Selected the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for July 10-16 after hitting .333 (8x24) with four runs scored,
a double, triple, two home runs and 11 RBI in six games.
...Posted a season-best 14-game hitting streak July 13-29, batting .444 (28x63) with nine runs scored, four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 13 RBI.
...Collected a season-high five hits on July 20 at Brooklyn.
...Hit .322 (38x118) with 17 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and 17 RBI in 26 games during July --
third in the New York-Penn League with 53 total bases during the month.
...Ninth in the New York-Penn League with a .327 batting average (35x107) in 27 games during August.
...Named the ninth-best prospect in the New York-Penn League and 10th-best prospect in the Tigers organization
following the season by Baseball America.