Committed to play baseball at the University of South Carolina prior to signing with the Texas Rangers in 2013...Attended Winder Barrow (Ga.) High School.
Played his fourth professional campaign between two High-A stops within the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves organizations in 2016...Opened the 2016 season with High-A High Desert of the California League and clubbed 25 home runs with 59 RBI and 13 stolen bases, while batting .272 (90-for-331) in 88 games prior to a midseason trade from Texas to Atlanta on 7/27...After joining the Braves organization, played in 35 games, all with the Carolina Mudcats, and batted .250 (31-for-124) with three home runs, 11 RBI, 21 runs scored and a .384 on-base percentage through the remainder of the season...Set career highs in nearly every offensive category including career bests with 28 home runs, 29 doubles, nine triples, 70 RBI, 17 stolen bases, 94 runs scored and 123 games played for the High Desert Mavericks and the Carolina Mudcats... Combined to hit a career-high 28 home runs between High Desert and Carolina, eight more than any other Braves minor leaguer…Also combined for a career-high 70 RBI which would rank third among Braves farmhands... Had a .935 OPS spanning 88 games with High Desert…Finished with a .915 OPS between High Desert and Carolina, which would qualify as the top mark in the Braves farm system...Finished with 66 extra-base hits, tied for the sixth most among all minor league batters and eight behind the Single-A leader...At the time he was acquired by Atlanta, led the California League in home runs (25), slugging percentage (.583) and extra-base hits (49)...Batted over. 300 during April (.309, 25-for-81) and July (.343, 23-for-67)…Hit below .250 during May (.223, 23-for-103), June (.231, 21-for-91) and August (.240, 24-for-100)...Was the starting second baseman for the California League All-Star team…Went 1-for-2 with one double...Was the starting second baseman for the United States team in the Future's Game played in San Diego, Calif….Went 0-for-1 with one walk...Following the 2016 campaign, played in 22 games for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League…Batted .261 (24-for-92) with four home runs, 14 RBI, an .855 OPS and 23 runs scored…Tied for the AFL lead with 48 total bases, while he ranked fifth in slugging percentage with a .522 mark... Entered the 2016 campaign ranked by Baseball America as the 28th-best prospect in the Texas Rangers organization.