Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2005… signed through the 2014 season.
Saw his first Major League action, batting .236 (25-for-106) with 9R, 4 doubles, 1HR and 9RBI in 34 games (24 starts in LF and three in RF) with the Yankees... Was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 6/18... Made his Major League debut in 6/19 Game 2 loss vs. the Dodgers, pinch-hitting for Austin Romine in the ninth and grounding out... Recorded his first Major League hit with a pinch-hit single off of Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth inning of 6/20 loss vs. Tampa Bay... Hit solo HR-the first of his Major League career-and was 3-for-4 in 6/21 win vs. Tampa Bay, making his first career start in LF… also recorded his first career RBI and multi-hit game… according to YES Research, became just the second Yankee since 1916 to record at least 3H and 1HR in a single game within his first three Major League games, joining Oscar Azocar (7/18/90 vs. Kansas City in his second game)… became the first Yankee with at least 3H in one of his first three Major League games since D'Angelo Jimenez (4H on 9/19/99 at Cleveland in his third game)... Was placed on the 15-day disabled list from 7/20-9/9 with a sprained left ankle (missed 45 team games)… was 0-for-2 in 7/19 loss at Boston before leaving the game in the fifth inning with the injury… began a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on 9/5, going 3-for-6 with 2RBI and 1SF in two playoff games (1GS in RF/1GS in LF)... Was returned from rehab and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on 9/9… hit .111 (2-for-18) with 1R in eight games through end of season... Reached base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) in 14 of his 17 starts (6/28-7/19)... Began the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting .297 (77-for-259) with 30R, 12 doubles, 6HR and 36RBI in 68 games, appearing in all three outfield positions… hit .354 (23-for-65) in 16 games in June with the RailRiders, including a .588 (10-for-17) mark over his final four games prior to his recall (6/15-17)... Following the season, played in 43 games for Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Baseball League, batting .316 (55-for-174) with 22R, 10 doubles, 4HR and 20RBI.
Batted .277 (116-for-419) with 64 R, 23 doubles, 21 HRs and 70 RBIs in 106 games with Double-A Trenton...set career highs in runs, home runs and RBIs and tied his career high in doubles...ranked third among all Yankees Minor Leaguers with a team-leading 21 HRs and was fifth in RBIs...Was named to the EL postseason All-Star team as one of the league's top outfielders...Hit .500 (5-for-10) with the bases loaded with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR and 18 RBIs...Missed more than a month on the disabled list (4/20-5/24) with a strained left hamstring...Was named EL "Player of the Week" for the period from 6/11-18 after batting .455 (10-for-22) with 5 R, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 10 RBIs and 4 SBs in six games...over the stretch, collected four multi-hit games and three contests with 3 RBIs...Led the EL with 10 RBIs in the postseason, batting .200 (6-for-30) with 2 HRs in eight playoff games as the Thunder fell to Akron in the Eastern League Championship Series...Following the season, played in one game for Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican Baseball League, going 0-for-1.
Combined to bat .276 (120-for-434) with 61R, 26 doubles, 4 triples, 15HR and 77RBI
in 116 games with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton...set career highs in runs
scored, doubles, home runs and RBI...ranked third among all Yankees farmhands
in RBI...combined to collect nine outfield assists, while committing just 3E in 213
total chances...Began the season with Tampa, batting .293 (76-for-259) with 38R, 15 doubles, 12HR
and 54RBI in 70 games...led the team in home runs and ranked second in RBI for
the entire season...hit .353 (49-for-139) with 24R, 7 doubles, 10HR and 35RBI over
his final 37 games with Tampa...Was promoted to Trenton on 7/15, hitting .251 (44-for-175) with 23R, 11 doubles, 3HR
and 23RBI in 46 games...Following the season, played in 11 games for Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican
Baseball League, batting .171 (6-for-35) with 4R, 1 double, 2RBI and 2BB.
Combined to hit .269 (125-for-465) with 23 doubles, 5 triples, 13HR and 61RBI in 121
games with Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa...Began the season with Charleston where he hit .278 (63-for-227) with 13 doubles, 2
triples, 10HR and 35RBI in 58 games with the RiverDogs, earning a spot on the South
Atlantic League's midseason All-Star team...Was promoted to Tampa on 6/24 where he batted .261 (62-for-238) with 10 doubles,
3 triples, 3HR and 26RBI in 63 games...played in six postseason games with Tampa,
hitting .208 (5-for-24) with 3 doubles and 2RBI.
Played the entire season at short-season Single-A Staten Island, batting .274 (71-for-
259) with 20 doubles, 7HR and 39RBI in 69 games...tied for third in the New York-Penn
League in doubles, ranked fourth in at-bats and tied for fourth in extra-base hits
(28)...Was named to the NYPL's midseason All-Star team...hit .333 (8-for-24) during the
NYPL playoffs, leading the team with five extra-base hits and 5RBI.
Batted .239 (43-for-180) with 24R, 7 doubles, 5HR and 20RBI in 57 games with the
GCL Yankees, leading the club in home runs...played in the second-most games in
the GCL...hit .486 (18-for-37) when leading off an inning.
Hit .268 (51-for-190) with 25R, 11 doubles and 24RBI in 50 games with the GCL Yankees.
Made his professional debut with the DSL Yankees 1 squad, batting .219 (42-for-192)
with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 6HR and 36RBI in 53 games...hit the Yankees' only grand
slam of the season on 8/23 vs. the Diamondbacks DSL squad.