Graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park (Ky.) High School,
the same high school as Major League pitcher Scott Downs...
posted career .449 average and 33 home runs, and as a pitcher
had a 38-3 record, 1.03 ERA, 495 strikeouts in over 300.0 innings
pitched...was named Kentucky's Mr. Baseball as a senior and was
the MVP of the KHSAA state tournament...played college baseball
at the University of Arkansas and set school single-season records
with 102 hits and a .429 batting average in 2010...played for the
Cotuit Kettleers in the 2009 Cape Cod league where he was
selected to the West All-Star Team and earned game MVP
honors.2012Combined to his .254 in 108 games between Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Jacksonville, amassing 41 runs scored, 29 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 43 RBI...Began season at Triple-A Memphis in St Louis Cardinals organization, batting .254 with 27 runs scored, 23 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI in 84 games prior to being traded to Miami on July 31...Strung together season-best eight-game hitting streak from Apil 18-28, with five doubles, one home run and two RBI...Over seven-game stretch from June 29-July 5, raised season average from .247 to .262. Recorded at least one hit in six of seven games, with four being three-hit affairs, and posted a .424 average over that span...Following trade, was assigned to Double-A Jacksonville and hit .253 with 14 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, one home run and 13 RBI in 24 games with Suns...In first game with Jacksonville, went 2x5 with a season-best three RBI on August 6 vs. Montgomery. Equaled mark on August 12 vs. Mobile after going 2x4 with a home run.2011Began the season at High-A Palm Beach playing in 42 games before a promotion to Springfield (AA) on 5/25...Spent the remainder of the season at Double-A, playing in 93 games...Batted .335 at Palm Beach with a team-high 15-game hitting streak (5/2-20) tallying a .431 BA (25-58), 3 HR, 11 RBI...Tied his career high with four hits on three different occasions: at Charlotte (4/19), vs. Frisco (7/8) and at Arkansas (8/4). Hit
his first professional home run off Adrian Alaniz at Clearwater (5/12)...Overall hit safely in 95 of 135 games and recorded 49 multiple-hit games (32 at Springfield, 17 at Palm Beach)...Batted .348 (40-115) with runners in scoring position tallying 50 RBI, including a .412 mark w/RISP at Palm Beach...Recorded a 12-game hitting streak in Springfield (8/1-14) batting .438 (21-48) with 9 RBI...Hit all 13 home runs off right-handed pitchers, while batting .331 (124-375) with 53 RBI off right-handed pitchers...Led Cardinals farmhands in hits (158), ranked 7th in batting (.306) 3rd in runs (76), T5th in doubles (27) and 8th with 68 RBI...Rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.2010Became the first Cardinals draftee to receive a Major League contract since J.D. Drew (7/3/99)...Played in 59 games for the University of Arkansas, batting .429 with nine home runs and 48 RBI...Set University of Arkansas single-season records with 102 hits and a .429 batting average...Played four games at the Gulf Coast League level batting .400 (6-15) with an RBI...Went 4-for-5 with a double and RBI vs. GCL Nationals (8/25)...Played three games at third base in the GCL and was flawless in six total chances...Played for the Suprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, batting .262, with 2 HR and 14 RBI...Hit first home run in the Arizona Fall League off Scottsdale's Jason Stoffel (11/13) of the Giants, his first since turning pro...Rated as the second-best prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America...Rated as "Best Hitter for Average" in the Cardinals organization in Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey.