Selected by the Pirates in the 13th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Rice University…previously selected by the Mets in the 37th round of the 2014 Amateur Draft out of Lawrence E. Elkins (Texas) High School, but did not sign…his father, Jason, was selected by the Rangers in the 26th round of the 2000 Amateur Draft out of Rice University.
Ranked fifth in the Minors with 33 HR, which ranked third in a single season by a Minor Leaguer in franchise history behind Kevin Witt (36) in 2006 and Scott McClain (34) in 1998…spent the entire season with Triple-A Durham and led the team with 89 RBI…hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of a 10-6 win in the Triple-A Championship Game.
Reassigned from major league spring training to minor league camp on March 8…suffered a right hand fracture on March 6…underwent surgery on March 10, performed by Dr. Doug Carlan…was not part of the Rays 60-man player pool but played in the Instructional League.
Hit a career-high 17 HR, which tied for 5th among Rays minor leaguers and tied for 8th in the Southern League…also ranked among the organization's and SL's Top 10 with 64 RBI and 61 BB… named the Rays Minor League Hitter of the Month for August, batting .288 (21-for-73) with 8 HR and 20 RBI…named SL Player of the Week for Aug 12-18, batting .375 (6-for-16) including homers in three consecutive games at Jackson (D-backs).
Acquired by the Rays during spring training and spent the season with Class-A Charlotte…led the Florida State League with 38 2B and 53 XBH, and ranked 4th with 69 RBI…named FSL Player of the Week for July 30-Aug 5, batting .296 (8-for-27) with 3 HR and 11 RBI…recorded a career-high 7 RBI in his multi-HR game on Aug 5 at Dunedin (Blue Jays)…hit .321/.410/.583 (50-for-156) with 10 HR and 41 RBI in 39 games for the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League.
Began his professional career with Short-A West Virginia in the New York-Penn League…was the Top Star in the NYPL All-Star Game…tied for the league lead with 25 XBH, ranked 2nd with 37 RBI, 3rd with 101 total bases and tied for 7th with 7 HR…ranked by Baseball America as the No. 19 prospect in the NYPL following the season.