Full name is Zachary Thomas Granite… in three seasons at Seton Hall, owned a career .299 (189-for-633) with 23 doubles, 10 triples, 53RBI and 68SB in 156 games… as a freshman in 2011, helped guide the Pirates to their first BIG EAST Championship in 10 years and an NCAA Regional appearance games… was named to the 2013 All-Big East First Team, 2013 Rawlings/ABCA All-East Region Second Team and 2012 All-Big East Third Team… went back to Seton Hall in winter of 2016-17 to earn degree in Criminal Justice… attended Tottenville High School in Staten Island.
Spent the entire season with Triple-A Nashville and hit .290 (146-for-504) with 66R, 18 doubles, 8 triples, 3HR, 37RBI, 31BB and 25SB… was tied for fourth in the PCL in triples, ranked sixth in hits and seventh in stolen bases… was designated for assignment by the Twins on 2/26… was acquired by the Texas Rangers from the Twins in exchange for RHP Xavier Moore and cash considerations on 3/3.
Appeared in 68 games for Triple-A Rochester, batting .211 (50-for-237) with 28R, 8 doubles, 4RBI, 22BB and 9SB… played in eight games for the Red Wings before being placed on the 7-day disabled list with a right shoulder contusion on 4/21 (retroactive to 4/19), an injury he originally suffered diving for a ball in spring training… was reinstated on 5/10 and was placed back on the 7-day disabled list 7/18 with the same right shoulder contusion… missed the remainder of the season.
Was invite to Twins spring training (his first) before being optioned to Triple-A Rochester on March 18...Missed roughly a month at the start of the season with a left oblique strain, then traveled to Advanced-A Ft. Myers for a five-game rehab stint...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week June 17, hitting .526 (10-for-19) with five doubles, three RBI and six walks and five games...Earned International League Player of the Month honors in June, batting .470 with 55 hits, 16 extra-base hits, 23 runs, 78 total bases and a 1.193 OPS while reaching base safely in all 29 games he played; also named Twins minor league Player of the Month for June...Recalled on July 8 by the Twins and made his major league debut on the same day; recorded first major league hit on July 14 at Houston with a double off Charlie Morton...Optioned back to Rochester August 5; rejoined the major league club August 24...Named International League Postseason All-Star, becoming the first Red Wings outfielder to earn the honor since Jason Kubel in 2004...Hit first major league home run September 23 at Detroit off Blaine Hardy after pinch-running earlier in the eighth inning, becoming the first player in Twins history to pinch-run and homer in the same inning and the first in baseball since Boston's Darren Lewis in 2001...Named outfielder on the Twins Organizational All-Star team by MiLB.com.
Spent entire season with Double-A Chattanooga, his first at that level...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 27, hitting .357 (10-for-28) with two doubles, two RBI, six runs scored and six stolen bases in seven games...Recorded at least one stolen base in 41 of 127 games and multiple stolen bases in 11 games, inlcuding season-high of four April 20 at Mississippi...Played 108 games (107 starts) in centerfield and 18 (all starts) in leftfield...Led Lookouts in stolen bases (56), hits (155), runs (86), games (127), triples (8) and total bases (201)...Ranked tied for first in all of minor league baseball in stolen bases (56)...went 56-for-70 in steal attempts (80%)...Named Southern League Postseason All-Star...Named outfielder on the Twins Organizational All-Star team by MiLB.com...Given Sherry Robertson Award as Twins minor league Player of the Year...Added to Twins 40-man roster November 18...Named 18th best prospect, fastest baserunner and best defensive outfielder in Twins system by Baseball America, entering 2017.