Resides in Reno, NV...2003 graduate of Galena High School (NV), where he led all Nevada high school players with 21 homers his senior year...Named High Desert Division Player of the Year as a catcher...Hobbies: Golf, reading, listening to music...Signed by Jaron Madison (Pirates)...Pronounced luh-ROOD.
Was a non-roster invite to major league spring training with the Mariners and was released on 4/6…signed a minor league contract with San Francisco on 4/19 and spent the entire season with Richmond (AA)…appeared in a team-high 57 games behind the plate for the Flying Squirrels…compiled a .998 fielding percentage (1 E/454 TC) and threw out 15 of 52 (28.8%) would-be basestealers…was on the disabled list, 5/19-6/1, with a left thumb contusion…hit .182/.308/.247 (14-77) prior to the All-Star break and .269/.443/.323 (25-93) following the break.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, playing in 61 games, including 57 starts at catcher. Hit .217 (39-for-180) in his second season in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and his first season with the IronPigs...Had his contract purchased on 6/9 and appeared in six games, going 0-for-5, 6/11-17, before being reassigned to Lehigh Valley on 6/18...Opened the season with his best month offensively, logging eight hits in 10 games in April, including a pair of home runs...Hit .308 (12-for-39) with one double and 10 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs...Caught 18-of-51 (35%) potential base stealers...Hit .367 (11-for-30) with a .252 on-base percentage over a 12-game span, 6/7-7/20...Went 6-for-20 (.300) over his final seven games of the season.
Went to spring training with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee...Spent majority of the season with Reading (AA)...Made 30 starts at catcher and one at first base...Pitched in one game, 7/3 vs New Hampshire (0.2 IP, one hit, one hit batter)...Had his contract selected on 8/24...Made his Major League debut in a start, 8/30 vs NYM, and collected his first hit (singled off Jonathon Niese)...Made three starts for the Phillies.
Spent the season with Bowie (AA)...Posted a .994 fielding %, committing only 2 errors in
362 TC...Appeared in 53 games at catcher and 12 as DH...Had a season-high 4 RBI on both 5/5 vs Harrisburg and
7/4 vs Reading...Went 4-for-4, 3 RBI, 4 R, 6/30 at Binghamton.
Began the year in the KC organization...Traded to BAL on 3/27 and started the season with
Norfolk (AAA)...Was transferred to Bowie on 5/10 after 9 games...Had a season-high 3 RBI, 7/24 vs Richmond...Homered in back-to-back games at Erie, 8/14-15.
Spent the entire season at Altoona (AA) in the Eastern League, serving as the Curve's primary catcher.
Attended Spring Training as a non-roster invitee with the Pirates for the third straight season. ... Hit .247 with 12 home runs and a career-high 58 RBIs in 114 combined games between Class A Advanced Lynchburg and Double-A Altoona. ... Hit all eight home runs with the Hillcats against right-handed pitching. ... Threw out 27-of-97 (28%) runners attempting to steal against him at Lynchburg. ..Went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI on June 3 vs. Potomac. ... Hit .290 (20-for-69) in 18 games during the month of June with Hillcats before being promoted to Altoona on June 26. ... Finished second among Eastern League catchers by throwing out 49% (18-of-37) of potential base stealers. ... Made first Double-A start in game one of the June 28 doubleheader at Bowie and homered off rehabbing Baltimore Orioles lefthander Adam Loewen for his first hit. ... Recorded first and only professional sac bunt on July 20 vs. Harrisburg. ... Hit second home run in the Curve's 6-3 win vs. Akron on July 23. ... Snapped a 2-for-28 (.071) slide with three hits in three at-bats on Aug. 8 vs. Harrisburg. ... Left game on Aug. 20 vs. Portland with a mild concussion after being hit in his mask by a foul ball. ... Was on the disabled list from Aug. 21-29. ... Hit .341 (14-for-41) over his last 13 games. ... Participated in Arizona Fall League and hit .250 (10-for-40) with a double and two RBIs in 12 games with Scottsdale (had both RBIs in first game on Oct. 9).
Spent the entire season with Class A Advanced Lynchburg. ... Stole two bases on May 18 at Winston-Salem. ... Hit first of four home runs on May 21 at Frederick. ... Batted .274 in May and had average at season-high .267 on May 31, but went 1-for-31 in next nine games to drop average to .198 on June 12. ... Hit two home runs and knocked in four runs on Aug. 2 at Kinston.
Was a nonroster invitee with the Pirates in Spring Training...Went 0-for-4 in six Grapefruit League games before being assigned to Hickory (Class A) on 3/9...Spent entire regular season with the Crawdads and established Minor League career highs in every offensive category...Was a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star selection...Went 0-for-1 with an RBI for the Northern Division squad at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on 6/20 at Eastlake, Ohio...Ranked second on club in doubles and tied for third in home runs...Ranked fourth in the South Atlantic League in strikeouts...Made 97 appearances behind the plate; committed 12 errors and had league-high 35 passed balls...Tossed out 37 percent of would-be base stealers (58-of-155)...Went 10-for-64 (.156) with a homer and seven RBIs in 18 games as the designated hitter...Hit home runs in three of his fist eight games thru 4/13...Went deep just once (5/3) in next 30 contests...Had season-high four hits (4-for-4) on 4/15 vs. Greensboro, raising average to season-high .382...Produced just four hits in his next 12 games (37 at-bats), dropping average to .239 on 5/2...Picked up first professional stolen base on 5/11 at Greensboro...Also swiped a base the following night in Greensboro...Homered in back-to-back games on 5/23 and 5/24 at Augusta...Hit a grand slam in the 1st inning of Hickory's 15-10 vs. Augusta on 7/4...Tied season high with seven-game hitting streak from 7/19-26 (12-for-29, .414)...Smacked last two home runs in back-to-back games on 8/27 at Greensboro and 8/29 vs. Lexington...Batted .275 off left-handed pitchers and .227 off right-handers...Participated in the Hawaii Winter League (Honolulu Sharks) and hit .227 (15-for-65) with four doubles, a homer and 11 RBIs in 22 games with Honolulu.
Hit .157 with five home runs and 30 RBIs in 53 Minor League games...began season with Hickory (Class A) and homered in second game on 4/9 at Greensboro...was hitting .087 (2-for-30) after his first 10 games before going 3-for-5 with a double, two triples and five RBIs on 4/27 vs. West Virginia...followed 3-for-5 performance by going 2-for-47 (.043) in final 14 games with Hickory...went deep for second time with Crawdads on 5/9 vs. Hagerstown...placed on the disabled list on 5/16 with a right hand contusion...began rehab assignment with Bradenton (Rookie) on 8/2...reinstated from the D.L. on 8/5 but remained with Bradenton...hit safely in 11 of his final 16 games with the Baby Bucs...homered in back-to-back games on 8/17-18 against the GCL Twins...went 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored on 8/24 against the GCL Reds...joined Williamsport (Class A Short-Season) following the conclusion of Bradenton's season...went deep on 8/27 at Aberdeen in first game with the Crosscutters...hit safely in first three games with Williamsport before going hitless in final 19 at-bats (seven games)...singled in his only plate appearance for Williamsport during the New York-Penn League playoffs.
Hit .245 with five home runs and 22 RBIs in 56 games between Bradenton (Rookie) and Williamsport (Class A Short-Season) in his first professional season...was added to the Bradenton roster from extended Spring Training at the start of the Gulf Coast League season in mid-June and appeared in 48 games with the Baby Bucs...ranked 4th among GCL hitters with 12 doubles...made 25 appearances behind the plate and 23 as the club's designated hitter...hit safely in his first nine games with Bradenton, hitting .395 (15-for-38) during that span...connected for his first professional home run in his second game of the season on 6/22 vs. GCL Red Sox...slumped in July, posting just a .186 average (16-for-86)...drilled two home runs and posted a season-high four RBIs on 7/26 at GCL Red Sox...was transferred to Williamsport following the conclusion of Bradenton's season and hit .241 (7-for-29) with two RBIs in eight games with the Crosscutters.
Signed with Pittsburgh on 6/29 after being selected in the third round of the June draft...was held out of action because of a broken foot.