Attended the University of Miami, where he was a unanimous First-Team All-America as a junior in 2016 after hitting .363 (69-190) with 16 home runs, 59 RBI, 54 runs scored, 78 walks, a .544 on-base and .688 slugging percentage over 62 games...Led the NCAA in walks and ranked second in OBP behind Southeastern Louisiana's Jameson Fisher (.558), who was selected by the Sox in the fourth round of the 2016 draft...Became the first-ever Hurricane recipient of the Johnny Bench Award, honoring the nation's top collegiate catcher...helped the Hurricanes reach the 2016 and 2015 College World Series...Was the Baseball America D1 Freshman of the Year and ACC Freshman of the Year in 2014...Became the first catcher selected by the White Sox in the first round since Mark Johnson (26th overall) in 1994...Graduated in 2013 from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla....was named a Rawlings All-American as a senior, First Team All-Broward in 2012 and 2013, and won the Gold Medal for USA Baseball 16U...Also was selected by Cincinnati in the 27th round of the 2013 draft but did not sign.
Appeared in 73 games (55 starts) at catcher, one (zero) at first base and three as the designated hitter in his first full season with the White Sox...Sox pitchers posted a 4.05 ERA (228 ER/506.1 IP) when he was behind the plate...threw out 7-52 (13.5 percent) of attempted base stealers...Made his first career Opening Day roster...started at DH in the season opener on 4/1 at the Angels...hit his first home run on 4/6 at Seattle, a three-run shot off Nick Margevicius...Threw out three attempted base stealers on 4/11 vs. Kansas City, the most by a White Sox catcher since A.J. Pierzynski on 9/24/12 vs. Cleveland (also three)...Collected a career-high three hits on 4/25 vs. Texas, going 3-3 with a walk and runs scored...Snapped a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the fifth inning on 5/7 at Kansas City...the Sox went on to win, 3-0...Drove in a career-high four runs with a pair of doubles on 6/27 vs. Seattle...Broke a 4-4 tie with a game-winning solo homer on 7/1 vs. Minnesota...went 2-3 with a double and two RBI in the Sox 4-1 win on 7/6 at Minnesota...Was optioned to Charlotte on 8/27 to make room for Yasmani Grandal on the active roster...was recalled on 9/14 for the remainder of the regular season...was not on the ALDS roster against Houston...Appeared in nine games with Charlotte, going 5-35 (.143) with three homers and five RBI.
Appeared in nine games in his second season with the Sox...Made three starts as the designated hitter and one at catcher … went 0-1 as a pinch-hitter and entered one as a pinch-runner...White Sox pitchers posted a 2.70 ERA (3 ER/10.0 IP) when he was behind the plate...Made his debut as a pinch hitter on 7/25 vs. Minnesota … made his first start as the DH on 7/28-2 at Cleveland … made his first start at catcher and recorded his first hit (double) of the season on 8/19 vs. Detroit...Was optioned to Schaumburg on 8/28 and did not return to the major-league roster in the regular season...Appeared in one game of the American League Wild Card Series at Oakland … made his first career postseason appearance as a pinch-hitter in Game 2, striking out...Preseason Baseball America Rankings: Best Strike Zone Discipline in Sox system...Preseason MLB.com Rankings: White Sox No. 10 prospect.
Spent most of the season with Class AAA Charlotte (two stints) but also had two stints with the White Sox ... Made 10 starts at catcher, one at first base, and appeared in 14 games as the designated hitter with the Sox ... Sox pitchers posted a 6.04 ERA (60 ER/89.1 IP) when he was behind the plate … did not throw out a base stealer (eight) ... His contract was purchased from Charlotte on 6/18 … made his major-league debut on 6/19 at the Cubs as a pinch-hitter, walking in the ninth inning ... Hit his first career homer, a three-run shot in the first, in his first at-bat of the next game on 6/21 at Texas … became the fourth player in Sox history to homer in his first MLB at-bat, following Josh Fields (2006), Miguel Olivo (2002) and Carlos Lee (1999) ... Went 1-for-21 (.048) over his next seven games before being optioned back to Charlotte on 7/15 ... Was recalled on 9/3 for the remainder of the season ... Recorded his first multihit effort and double on 9/14 at Seattle ... Appeared in 88 games with Charlotte: 50 (49 starts) at catcher, 20 at first base and 16 as the designated hitter ... Threw out 30.0 percent (12-40) of attempted base stealers ... Hit .378 (56-for-148) with 14 home runs and 42 RBI at home, .323 (42-for-130) in the second half and .312 with RISP (24-for-77) ... Was 15-for-30 (.500) with four doubles, a homer, 14 RBI, four BB and six multihit efforts in an eight-game span from 7/24-8/1 ... Recorded his second multihomer effort with six RBI on 8/14 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ... Preseason Baseball America Rankings: Possessing the Best Strike-Zone Discipline in the White Sox organization ... Preseason MLB.com Rankings: No. 12 prospect in the Chicago system; No. 9 catching prospect in baseball.
Was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team at Class AA Birmingham … led the SL in walks (101), ranked second in on-base percentage (.382) and eighth in OPS (.786) ... His 101 walks ranked second in the minor leagues behind Class A Lansing OF Ryan Noda (Toronto) ... Led the Barons in RBI (68) and walks, ranked second in runs scored (58), on-base pct. and tied for second in home runs (15) ... Threw out 29.0 percent (38-for-131) attempted base stealers ... Was named SL Batter of the Week for 4/23-29 after hitting .429 (9-for-21) with five runs scored and six RBI in six games ... Batted .322 (28-for-87) with five home runs, 13 RBI, 33 walks, a .508 on-base percentage and .540 slugging percentage in May … homered twice on 5/20 vs. Montgomery ... Recorded his second multihomer game and drove in a career-high six runs on 8/10 at Montgomery ... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 6 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Combined to hit .224 (84-375) with 20 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs, 53 RBI, 70 runs scored, 87 walks, a .370 on-base percentage and .445 slugging percentage over 113 games between Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham...Ranked eighth in all of minor-league baseball in walks...Was named a Carolina League midseason All-Star … ranked third in the CL in walks (76), fourth in on-base percentage (.365) and tied for fourth in homers (17)...Threw out 40.5 percent (45-111) of attempted base stealers... Reached base in 19 straight games from 8/20/16-4/13/17, batting .310 (18-58) with 22 walks … also reached safely in 26 straight road games from 8/3/16-4/29/17...Hit the second game-ending grand slam in BB&T Ballpark history on 7/10 vs. Carolina... Homered in three straight games from 7/20-22...Was promoted to Class AA Birmingham on 8/15...Ended the season rated by Baseball America as as the No. 13 Prospect and possessing the Best Strike-Zone Judgement in the CL...Entered the season ranked as the No. 4 Prospect in the White Sox organization by both MiLB.com and Baseball America...also was ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the No. 4 catching prospect in baseball...Was ranked by Baseball America entering the season as the Best Power Hitter and possessing Best Strike Zone Discipline in the Sox system.