Made Twins Opening Day roster for first time in career and was Opening Day designated hitter, batting fifth April 6 at Detroit....Hit .248 (26-for-105) with three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI for the Twins before being optioned to Triple-A Rochester May 19....Recorded two-homer game with four RBI for Red Wings May 22 at Norfolk (Game 1)....Recalled from Rochester June 8. A Hit first career walk-off home run June 18 vs. St. Louis, hitting a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Twins a 2-1 victory... Recorded career-high four hits, including a home run and season-high four RBI June 22 vs. Chicago-AL....Appeared in 18 games for the Twins and was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga July 1....Named Southern League Player of the Week August 10, hitting .435 (10-for-23) with one double, two triples, three home runs, 10 RBI, seven walks and a .548 on-base percentage in seven games....Promoted to Rochester August 11...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 16, hitting .391 (9-for-23) with two doubles, one home run, eight RBI, nine walks and a .563 on-base percentage in eight games.... Recalled by Minnesota September 1 as part of September additions....Named first baseman on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team.
Was optioned to Double-A New Britain from Twins spring training March 9...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 4 after hitting .476 (10-for-21) with two doubles, three home runs, seven RBI and five walks in seven games...Hit .358 (38-for-106) with seven doubles, five home runs and 24 RBI in 29 May games...Hit six home runs with 20 RBI in an 11-game span June 6-19...Named Eastern League Midseason All-Star...Participated in the SiriusXM Futures Game at Target Field July 13 for the World Team; batted fourth and played first base, going 1-for-4 with a double...Hit .281 (100-for-356) with 17 doubles, 17 home runs and 63 RBI in 97 games for the Rock Cats and was recalled July 31 when the Twins traded outfielder Sam Fuld to Oakland...Made major league debut August 1 at Chicago-AL, batting sixth and playing first base; recorded first career hit with two-RBI double off Chris Sale...Hit first career home run August 5 vs. San Diego, a three-run shot off Jesse Hahn...Recorded multiple-RBI five times in first 15 games (through August 17), making him the first player in club history to do so...Set season-high with five RBI August 23 vs. Detroit (Game 1). AThrough games of August 23, had 22 RBI in 21 games, the first rookie to have as many in such few games since Albert Pujols also had 22 in 2001...Hit .309 (38-for-123) with seven doubles, four home runs, 24 RBI, 17 runs scored, 11 multi-hit games, hitting safely in 24 of 29 games in August...the 24 RBI were tied with Trevor Plouffe for third most in the AL and tied for fifth most in baseball...38 hits were tied for third most in the AL...Among rookies in baseball during August, he ranked first in RBI, tied for second in hits, tied for third in runs and, sixth in batting average...Among Twins all-time rookies, the 24 RBI tied him with Gary Gaetti (July 1982) for second most all-time for any month (record held by Jimmie Hall, 27 in August of 1963)...Recorded 38 hits in August, paired with Danny Santana's 41, totaling 79, the second most in Twins history for two rookies in one month, trailing only Bernie Allen (44) and Rich Rollins (40), who combined for 84 in August of 1962...Set season-high with eight-game hitting streak August 29-September 5, hitting .314 (11-for-35) with eight RBI during the streak...Through games of September 3, he had 43 hits and 31 RBI in just 32 major league games; according to Elias, prior to Vargas, the most recent players who registered at least 40 hits and 30-or-more RBI in so few games into their careers were Albert Pujols (40/30 in his 29th game) and Joe DiMaggio (52/32 in 28th game)...Recorded 38 RBI from August 1 through end of season, tied for fourth most in baseball since that date through the end of the season and tied for seventh most in baseball...Led all rookies in baseball post-All-Star break in RBI (38), tied for sixth in hits (59), and tied for seventh in doubles (10)...Recorded 5.66 RBI-per-at-bat ratio, the second highest in Twins history for a rookie (min. 150 at-bats), trailing Brian Buscher (4.64 in 2008)...Given the Sherry Robertson Award for Twins minor league Player of the Year.
Spent season with Single-A Beloit...missed the Snappers first 99 games, serving part of a 50-game MLB drug suspension from August 11, 2011...hit two home runs in first game July 22 vs. Great Lakes...homered six times in first nine games July 22-31, including second professional grand slam July 28 at Peoria...reached base safely in final 22 games August 12-September 3, including a 12-game hitting streak August 12-24...named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 24, hitting .429 (12-for-28) with one double, one home run, five RBI and four runs scored in seven games...hit .296 (8-for-27) with no home runs and five RBI from the right side and .323 (41-for-127) with 11 home runs and 31 RBI from the left side.