Was college teammates of current Major League pitchers Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole on the 2010 UCLA Bruins College World Series qualifying team...Played three seasons at UCLA (2010-12) advancing to the College World Series twice (2010 & 2012)...Left UCLA tied as the single-season record holder for hit by pitch (18) in 2012...His brother, Scott, is currently an outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds...Performs magic tricks with cards, began this hobby while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Found he had a skill for it and developed his craft while watching DVD and took private lessons from a man he met after he happened to wander into a magic shop...Resides in Pacific Palisades, California.
Was the Giants starting catcher on Opening Day at LAD (7/23), the first catcher other than Buster Posey since Bengie Molina in 2010...Was 2-for-3 at LAD (7/23) on Opening Day becoming the first Giants starting catcher with a multi-hit game on Opening Day in franchise history...Charged with three catchers interference calls, the second most by a Giants catcher in the Expansion Era (since 1961), trailing only Tom Haller with four in 1965...Threw out 38.4% (5 CS/13 SB ATT) of attempted base stealers...Made his Major League pitching debut in the 9th inning vs. OAK (8/16) tossing a scoreless inning as Mauricio Dubón doubled off Chad Pinder at second base on a line drive off the bat of Vimael Machín. He caught the first 8.0 innings, then pitched the 9th, according to Elias Sports Bureau, since 1900, the only other Giants player to catch and pitch in the same game was Frank Bowerman on September 23, 1904. Bowerman was the starting catcher for the New York Giants, caught for 8.0 innings, then pitched the 9th, giving up four runs. Was the first Giants position player to pitch since Pablo Sandoval at CIN (5/6/19)...Hit safely in his first four games, becoming the first Giants catcher to hit safely in his first four games since Buster Posey did in his first six games of the 2011 season. Teammate and rookie catcher Joey Bart would hit safely in his first four games later in the 2020 season...Played against his brother Scott, an outfielder with the Texas Rangers, 8/1 at SF. Both brothers recorded a hit and scored a run in the game...Optioned to the Alternate Training Site on August 20 as the Giants promoted top catching prospect Joey Bart...Recalled from the Alternate Training Site on September 22 to replace Chadwick Tromp (right shoulder strain), appearing in three games and had two at-bats.
Started the season with Triple-A Reno and hit .325 (26- for-80) with 13 RBI in 25 games before being traded to the Miami Marlins on June 4... Appeared in 48 games for Triple-A New Orleans, batting .341 (56-for-164) with 10 home runs and 25 RBI... Has his contract purchased by Miami on September 3 and made his Major League debut on September 4 as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-1... Recorded his first career hit on September 25 at New York-NL (double) and recorded his first career home run on September 26 at New York-NL off Zack Wheeler... Was named a MiLB.com organizational All-Star for Miami.
Spent the majority of the season with Double-A Biloxi and hit .254 with 11 doubles, 4 home runs and 23 RBI in 72 games…also played in 6 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs...Combined to throw out 32.4 pct. of attempted basestealers (24-for-74)...Batted .310 (18-for-58) vs. left-handed pitchers.
Made his third straight appearance at Major League Spring Training camp and played in 12 games for the Astros, hitting .217 (5x23) with a double and two RBI...was assigned to Triple A Fresno and played the entire season at the Triple A level...finished the season hitting .259 (62x239) with nine doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI and a .344 OBP...the switch-hitter faired evenly against lefties (.256 BA) and righties (.261 BA) on the year...played in 66 games at catcher, including 64 starts...threw out 19 of 57 attempting basestealers for a 33% clip..
Played in 78 combined games between Fresno (56g) and Double A Corpus Christi (22g), combining to hit .285 (79x277) with 17 doubles, three homers, 30 RBI and a .334 on-base percentage...began the year at Double A where he hit .318 (27x85) with a .383 OBP in 22 games...threw out six of 13 runners attempting to steal (54%)...was promoted to Triple A for the first time in his career on May 21...batted .271 (52x192) during his time with Fresno...all three of his homers with Fresno came in the final 13 games of the season...
Spent the entire season with Corpus Christi...played in 78 games, with 70 behind the dish...owned a .242 batting average (64x265) with 15 doubles...hit .286 (18x63) with four doubles, two triples and a .788 OPS (.375 OBP/.413 SLG) in 18 games during the month of May...had eight at-bats with the bases loaded, hitting at a .375 clip with nine RBI...posted a .994 fielding percentage (4E/642TC)...played in three games for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League...was invited to his first Major League Spring Training prior to the season on Jan. 14...appeared in four Spring Training games and hit .500 (1x2) with an RBI..
Skipped low A ball and played his entire second professional season with Advanced Class A Lancaster...hit .286 (106x370) with 23 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 71 RBI and a .361 on-base percentage in 104 games...led all California League catchers in fielding percentage (.991), assists (90) and caught stealing percentage (41.7%) in his 100 games behind the dish...hit .297 (93x313) against right-handed pitchers...hit his first professional home run on May 19 vs. Rancho Cucamonga, which marked his 90th game as a professional.
Selected by the Astros in the eighth round of the June draft out of UCLA on June 5...was the first catcher taken by Houston in the 2012 draft...signed his professional contract on June 22...reported to Class A Tri-City, where he led the New York-Penn League with a .358 (69x193) batting average...also ranked second in the NYPL in OBP (.452) and OPS (.882)...hit 14 doubles, drove in 26, walked 26 times and struck out only 12 times in his 55 games on the season...posted a .997 fielding percentage (1E/311TC) in his 37 games behind the plate...played his other 18 games on the season as a designated hitter...named the Tri-City Defensive Player of the Month in August.