Veteran infielder comes to Spring Training as non-roster invitee to open 1st year in Giants organization...spent part of 1996 season and entire 1999 campaign at big league level with Philadelphia, batting .233 with 4 HRs and 18 RBI in 138 games...is veteran of 1,065 minor league contests over 9 seasons, compiling .280 avg. with 108 HRs and 600 RBI...also spent 2001 season in Japan...originally selected by Philadelphia in 27th round of 1993 First Year Player Draft, was with Pittsburgh's triple-A affiliate in 2003.
Graduated from New Haven (IN) HS, where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football...played baseball at Indiana State University...married (Kimberly, Dec. 17, 1994)...son (Owen, July 26, 1997).2003Logged lone season in Pirates organization, playing in 122 games for triple-A Nashville...batted .276 with 32 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 12 HRs and 57 RBI for Pacific Coast League East Division champs...helped Sounds to PCL Championship Series with solid post season performance, batting .300 (9-for-30) with 3 2Bs, HR and 4 RBI in 7 playoff games.2002Returned to United States and Phillies organization in successful manner, earning post season International League All-Star honors with triple-A Scranton...led circuit with 143 games and 171 hits, while ranking 2nd with 91 runs, 10 triples, 250 total bases and career-high 91 RBI...batted .295 with 29 2Bs, 10 HRs and 10 stolen bases...went 3-for-10 (.300) with 2 RBI in 3 playoff contests.2001Had contract purchased by Yokohama of Japan's Central League over winter and played overseas...saw action in 112 games as BayStars' starting 2nd baseman, batting .272 with 14 2Bs, 9 HRs and 27 RBI.2000Spent entire season with Scranton and again put up solid numbers, batting .271 with 28 2Bs, 7 3Bs, 10 HRs and 66 RBI...also had 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts...versatile performer saw action at 3B (72 games), 2B (27) and LF (18).1999Logged 1st full season in majors, playing in 99 games with Philadelphia...appeared in 77 games at 2B and posted .993 fielding pct., committing just 1 error in 142 total chances...made 10 starts overall, earning 7 opening assignments at 2B and 3 at SS...belted HRs in consecutive games May 12 and 14...2-run clout May 12 gave Phillies lead in 8-4 victory at St. Louis, while solo roundtripper May 14 vs. Mets was 1st career pinch-HR...had career high 3 RBI July 2 vs. Cubs, finishing contest 1-for-2 with HR.1998Spent entire season at Scranton, setting club records with 579 at-bats and 38 2Bs...led IL in games (141) and at-bats, while ranking 2nd in 2Bs and 3rd in hits (160)...batted .276 overall with 4 3Bs, 16 HRs and 84 RBI...finished season with 24-game hitting streak, tied for 6th-longest binge in minors that season.1997Voted Scranton Player of Year after leading club with .315 avg. and 79 RBI, 3rd-highest total in team history...played in 108 games, rapping out 32 2Bs, 2 3Bs and 16 HRs.1996Began season with Scranton before being recalled by Phillies June 15...made ML debut as defensive replacement at 2B June 16 at Colorado, collecting RBI-single off Kevin Ritz in 1st big league at-bat...1st ML homer came in dramatic fashion, as he belted 2-out, 10th-inning solo clout off Bruce Ruffin to defeat Rockies 4-3 at Veterans Stadium June 21...logged career-high 5-game hitting streak July 23-Aug. 5, going 8-for-16 (.500)...appeared in 29 big league contests overall, including 19 starts at 2B, before being optioned back to Scranton Aug. 8...was recalled by Philllies again Sept. 8 after Scott Rolen was lost for season...saw action in 10 games following 2nd recall, making pair of starts at 2B...hit at .424 clip (14-for-33) in last 15 ML contests overall.1995Made jump to double-A level for 1st time, playing in 139 games with Reading...co-winner of Paul Owens Award for best player in Phillies minor league system, led Eastern League in at-bats (551), total bases (254) and extra-base hits (63)...established career highs with 21 HRs, 79 RBI and franchise-record 39 2Bs...in fact, led all of double-A baseball in extra bases, while total bases were 2nd and 2Bs were tied for 2nd...earned Phillies Minor League Player of Month honors for April...led Reading to EL championship, batting .361 with 6 HRs, 14 RBI and .994 slugging pct. in 8 post season games...played for Tempe Rafters in Arizona Fall League, finishing 10th in circuit with .302 average.1994Named club MVP at single-A Clearwater...selected to both in- and post season Florida State League All-Star teams...set team record and led FSL with career-high 42 2Bs...tied for league lead in extra base hits (59), while ranking 5th in both total bases (224) and slugging pct. (.467)...finished with .281 avg., 13 HRs and 74 RBI...tabbed Phillies Minor League Player of Month for May...led FSL 2nd basemen in total chances (743), putouts (248), assists (445) and double plays (115)...was named circuit's best defensive 2nd baseman by Baseball America.1993Opened professional career with low-A Spartansburg, batting .274 with 3 HRs and 20 RBI in 60 games...was promoted to Clearwater and went 10-for-28 (.357) in 9 games.