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|June 3, 2012||San Diego Padres activated LF Mark Kotsay from the 15-day disabled list.|
|May 19, 2012||San Diego Padres placed RF Mark Kotsay on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 13, 2012. Lower back strain.|
|April 16, 2012||San Diego Padres activated RF Mark Kotsay from the 15-day disabled list.|
|April 11, 2012||sent OF Mark Kotsay on a rehab assignment to Lake Elsinore Storm.|
|April 3, 2012||San Diego Padres placed RF Mark Kotsay on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 1, 2012. Right calf strain.|
|November 16, 2011||San Diego Padres signed free agent RF Mark Kotsay.|
|October 30, 2011||RF Mark Kotsay elected free agency.|
|February 4, 2011||Milwaukee Brewers signed free agent RF Mark Kotsay.|
|November 7, 2010||DH Mark Kotsay elected free agency.|
|July 28, 2009||Boston Red Sox traded DH Mark Kotsay to Chicago White Sox.|
|July 24, 2009||Boston Red Sox designated 1B Mark Kotsay for assignment.|
|June 2, 2009||Boston Red Sox activated 1B Mark Kotsay from the 15-day disabled list.|
|May 2, 2009||Boston Red Sox sent CF Mark Kotsay on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|April 4, 2009||Boston Red Sox placed CF Mark Kotsay on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, 2009.|
GLOVE WORK: Made one error in 240 total chances, combining to make 103 appearances (80 starts) in center field, 19 (18 starts) in right and 6 (4 starts) at first base...Last miscue in the outfield came on July 30, 2007 vs. Detroit, a span of 106 games and 228 total chances...All 84 of his games (80 starts) in center came as a member of the Braves...Made 18 starts in right field for Boston and played 6 games (4 starts) at first base...Had not started at first base since September 2, 2006 with Oakland...Recorded 3 assists in 98 total games in the outfield, all with Atlanta, his lowest total since tallying 2 in 14 contests in 1997, his first season in the majors.
HIT FOR THE CYCLE: Hit for the cycle on August 14 vs. the Cubs, going 5-for-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored...Became the 5th Braves player since 1900 and the 2nd in the Atlanta era to accomplish the feat, the first since Albert Hall on September 23, 1987...His double in the 7th inning was also his 1,500th career hit becoming the first player since Curt Flood (April 13, 1968) to have 5 hits in the same game in which he recorded his 1,500th hit.
WITH ATLANTA: Began the year with Atlanta after being traded from Oakland for righthanders Joey Devine and Jamie Richmond on January 14, returning to the N.L for the first time since 2003 when he was with San Diego...Batted .310 (39-for-126) with 3 round trippers and 18 RBI in his first 34 games through May 12 with hits in 25 of those contests...Had a season-high 9-game hitting streak from April 27-May 8, going 15-for-36 (.417) with 2 homers and 10 RBI...Went deep in back-to-back games May 4-6 for the first time since July 9-10, 2005...On August 9 at Arizona, went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored, the 700th of his career...Was on the DL from May 30-June 1 due to lower back problems...Batted .333 (6-for-18) in 5 rehab games at Double-A Mississippi.
WITH BOSTON: Debuted for the Red Sox with a start in right field on August 28 against the Yankees in New York...Doubled in his first at-bat and went 1-for-4 in the game...Had doubles in each of his first 3 games with Boston with 4 total in that span...Recorded his 300th career double on August 30 vs. the White Sox, going 3-for-5 with a pair of 2-sackers, 3 RBI and a run...Also posted his 600th and 601st career RBI in that game...Reached base safely in each of his first 6 games with Boston from August 28-September 3, going 8-for-24 (.333) in that span but hit .183 (11-for-60) in his final 16 contests...Snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a 4th-inning single on September 19 at Toronto...Made 2 starts in the leadoff spot for Boston on September 6-8, his first experience in that slot since 3 games with the Athletics from June 12-14, 2007.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Turned in his highest average of any month in May when he hit .304 (24- for-79) with 3 of his 6 home runs...Batted .310 (35-for-113) with runners in scoring position.... Logged a .288 (80-for-278) average with 5 homers and 36 RBI against righthanders and a .250 (31- for-124) mark with one long ball and 13 RBI vs. southpaws...Was 68 points better during the day (.323) than he was at night (.255)...Hit .283 (60-for-212) over his final 57 games beginning July 8.2007 Began the season on the disabled list as he was recovering from spring training back surgery and appeared in 56 games before the back problems returned in August and ended his season...batted .214, which was the lowest average of his career outside of his first season when he hit .192 in 14 games with Florida in 1997...his average has decreased in each of the last three seasons...however, he has a .282 batting average in four seasons with the A's, which is fifth best in Oakland history...added a .279 on-base percentage and .296 slugging percentage and both of those figures were also his lowest outside of 1997 (.250/.250)...hit just .130 (6 for 46) against left-handed pitching compared to .238 (38 for 160) against right-handers...his career splits are even at .282 each...his batting average also included a .172 mark in Oakland and .190 at night...batted .294 with runners in scoring position and .189 with the bases empty...had five assists in 56 games in the outfield, all in center, and now has 110 assists dating back to 1998...those are the most assists among Major League outfielders over that span, three more than Vladimir Guerrero who has 107...also leads ML outfielders with 30 double plays since 1998 (Guerrero, 28)...did not have a pinch hitting appearance in 2007...has a .411 (23 for 56) career average as a pinch hitter, which is the best among active players with 50 or more plate appearances...did not appear in a spring training game and opened the season on the 15-day disabled list after having microdiscectomy surgery on his lower back on March 8...was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 23...was sent to Triple-A Sacramento on a rehab assignment on May 21 and hit .270 (10 for 37) with a double, two RBI and seven walks in 10 games...was reinstated from the DL on June 1...started slowly as he went 2 for 27 (.074) with a walk over his first eight games...then went 17 for 43 (.395) with six doubles, a home run and seven RBI over his next 10 games to lift his average to .271 on June 20...finished the season by hitting .184 (25 for 136) with no home runs over his final 38 games...had a season high four hits on June 12 at Houston...it was his 18th career game of four or more hits...hit the game tying home run in the ninth inning that night against the Astros to snap a career long 53-game homerless streak...his previous long was 51 games from September 20, 2003 to June 1, 2004...the home run was his first since July 22, 2006 at Detroit...it was his only home run of the season and he finished the year with a 45-game homerless streak...the home run came on the road and 18 of his 23 home runs over the last three years have come away from the Coliseum...had a season best five-game hitting streak from June 15 to 20 (8 for 20, .400)...committed his first error of the season on July 3 against Toronto, snapping a career high 110-game errorless streak dating back to his last error on May 26, 2006...his previous high was 91 games from September 30, 2004-July 17, 2005...went 11 consecutive games and 47 plate appearances without a strikeout from June 30 to July 18...that was his longest streak since a 12- game stretch from July 2 to 18, 2000...his at bat in the fifth inning on August 4 against Los Angeles was the 5000th of his career...batted .071 (2 for 28) in eight games in August...missed six of the A's final 11 games before going on the DL on was 1 for 16 in the five games in which he appeared...was placed on the disabled list on August 17 retroactive to August 15 with lower back spasms...it was his fourth career stint on the DL. 2006 Kotsay batted .275 in 2006 and matched career-low marks in runs (57) and extra-base hits (39) since coming up with the Marlins in 1997. He started 96 of the A's first 111 games through Aug. 6, but back problems limited him to just 25 starts over the A's final 51 games. Kotsay hit .246 before the All-Star break, and hit .326 after it. He led the A's outfielders with six assists, and now has 105 assists dating back to 1998, which are the most among Major League outfielders over that span. His seven homers tied a career low since his first full season in 1998. He had just one homer in his final 75 games. Made his postseason debut in 2006 after playing in 1,284 regular-season games without a playoff appearance, which ranked seventh among active players. 2005 Batted .280 with 15 home runs and 82 RBIs in 139 games...the RBI total was a career high, topping his 68 with Florida in 1998...finished second on the A's in RBIs and had the most RBIs by an Oakland center fielder since Dave Henderson had 83 in 1991...ranked second among American League center fielders in RBIs (Vernon Wells, 95)...his 15 home runs ranked third among AL center fielders and matched his total from last year for the second best figure of his career...had just 40 walks for a .325 on-base percentage, both being his lowest figures since 1999, when he walked 29 times and had a .306 on-base percentage...had just five stolen bases, which were his fewest in a full season...led the A's with 49 multihit games...struck out just 51 times in 629 plate appearances for an average of 12.3 plate appearances per strikeout, which ranked third best in the AL...hit .346 (44-for-127) with runners in scoring position, which ranked sixth in the AL...batted .324 (58-for-179) against left-handed pitching and .261 (105-for-403) against right-handers...hit 12 of his 15 home runs against righties and 11 of his home runs came on the road...batted .260 (109-for-420) in innings one through six and .333 (54-for-162) with six of his 15 home runs in the seventh inning or later...tied for third in the AL in batting in the seventh inning or later...ranked fifth in the AL in fewest percent of swings-and-misses (10.0%)...got off to a fast start as he hit .323 (32-for-99) in April...hit .255 in both May and June and .231 in July...hit .251 (74-for-295) over a 70-game stretch from May 1 to July 24, which dropped his average to .269...had appeared in 94 of the A's 98 games through July 24 before back problems caused him to miss five games from July 25-30...appeared in just 45 of the A's final 64 games, primarily because of back problems, but hit .303 (57-for-188) over that span...hit .314 in August and .312 in September...now has a .314 (198-for-630) career average in September, his best mark for any month of the season...made a team-leading 137 starts in center field and committed four errors in 310 total chances for a .987 fielding percentage...all four errors came in two innings, as he made two errors in the sixth inning on July 18 at Los Angeles, and two errors in the seventh inning on Sept. 6 against Seattle...did not make an error in his other 1182.1 innings...had seven assists, and now has 99 assists since 1998, which is the most among Major League outfielders over that span (Vladimir Guerrero, 95)...also leads ML outfielders with 25 double plays since 1998 (Guerrero and Geoff Jenkins, 23)...in addition to his appearances in the outfield, he also went 3-for-8 (.375) in two starts at designated hitter...made 58 starts hitting second, 56 batting leadoff and 25 hitting third...batted .262 with a .320 on-base percentage in the leadoff spot, .291 with 11 of his 15 home runs hitting second and .294 hitting third...hit .258 (74-for-287) against a pitcher the first time he saw him in a game and .302 (89-for-295) after that...was the A's Opening Day starter in center field and began the season with four straight multihit games (9-for-19, .474)...became the first player in Oakland history to begin the season with more than three straight multihit games...homered twice in his first 16 games...had a 42-game, 176-at-bat homerless streak from April 21 to June 12...had two home runs in his first 58 games and 13 home runs over his final 81 contests...tied an Oakland record with his second career five-hit game on April 30 against Seattle...it was the 24th five-hit game in Oakland history (Eric Chavez later had the 25th)...his fifth hit was a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the A's a 6-5 win...finished the month of April with 32 hits, which fell one short of the Oakland record for hits in April (33, by Stan Javier in 1994 and Ben Grieve in 1998)...had his second extra inning walk-off hit of the season with an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning on May 30 in a 5-4 A's win over Tampa Bay...matched his career high with four RBIs on June 12 at Atlanta...had two assists on June 18 against Philadelphia, the first two-assist game by an A's outfielder since Matt Stairs on Aug. 5, 1999 against Chicago...had four hits on July 3 against Chicago, his 16th career game with four or more hits...agreed to terms on a three-year contract through the 2008 season on July 9, superceding the final year of his current contract...had eight home runs and 48 RBIs at the All-Star break, both his highest career totals at the break...had a career-high 91-game errorless streak snapped on July 18 at Los Angeles...committed two errors in that game, his first errors since Sept. 29, 2004...missed two games on Aug. 4 and 5 to be with his wife Jamie for the birth of their second child, daughter Sienna on Aug. 4...had a season-best eight-game hitting streak from Aug. 24 to Sept. 9...hit .444 (16-for-36) during the streak with 10 runs scored, 10 RBIs and seven multihit games...was ejected from the game on Sept. 28 against Los Angeles by second base umpire Mike Everitt...it was his second ejection as an Athletic (also April 19, 2004)...had 17 RBIs in September, which were his most in a single month since July 1999, when he also had 17. 2004 Was acquired by the A's during the off season for Ramon Hernandez and Terrence Long and batted a career high .314 which ranked eighth in the American League...it was also the eighth best single season batting average in Oakland history...also had career highs in at bats (606), hits (190), doubles (37), total bases (278), on-base percentage (.370) and slugging (.459)...the 190 hits were the second best single season total in Oakland history to the record of 204 set by Miguel Tejada in 2002...they were the most hits by an Athletics left-handed hitter since Jerry Lumpe had 193 for the Kansas City A's in 1962...led the A's in at bats, hits, total bases and multiple hit games (57)...the multiple hit games tied the Oakland record set by Miguel Tejada in 2002 and tied for seventh best in the AL in 2004...had 19 games of three or more hits which tied for second best in the AL and equaled the most by an Athletic since 1972 (Jason Giambi, 1999 and Carney Lansford, 1989)...hit .346 (94 for 272) in Oakland which tied for the fourth best home batting average in the AL...it was the fourth best home batting average in Oakland history...hit .287 (96 for 334) on the road...hit .347 (70 for 202) during day games which ranked fifth in the AL...batted .297 (120 for 404) at night...grounded into just six double plays in 606 at bats, an average of 101.0 at bats per GIDP which ranked fifth best in the AL...struck out just 70 times in 673 plate appearances for an average of 9.6 plate appearances per strikeout which was ninth best in the AL...was 6 for 16 (.375) with 14 RBI with the bases loaded...batted .300 or better in four different months, hitting .308 in May, .340 in June, .352 in July and .362 in September...now has a .315 (169 for 537) career average in September, his best for any month of the season...started 140 games for the A's, all in center field...had 11 assists which tied for fourth most among AL outfielders...tied with Eric Byrnes for the team lead in outfield assists and they had the most assists by an A's outfielder since Matt Stairs had 13 in 1999...now has 92 assists since 1998 which is the most among all Major League outfielders (Vladimir Guerrero, 87)...also went 3 for 5 (.600) with a walk as a pinch-hitter and now has a .407 (22 for 54) career average in the pinch...made a team leading 121 starts hitting lead off...led off the game with a home run four times and now has seven career leadoff home runs...10 of his 15 home runs put the A's ahead...batted .531 (17 for 32) with nine walks (.634 on-base percentage) in nine games against Cleveland...since 1972, with a minimum of 25 at bats, only one Oakland Athletic has had a better one-season average against one team and that was Harold Baines who hit .561 (23 for 41) against Baltimore in 1991...went 15 for 21 (.714) with six walks in six games at Jacobs Field...hit .361 (26 for 72) in interleague play and now has a .301 (132 for 439) career batting average in interleague games...hit .364 (12 for 33) over his first eight games but then batted .188 (21 for 112) over a 28-game stretch from April 16 to May 25 which dropped his batting average to .228...was ejected by home plate umpire Paul Emmel on April 19 at Seattle after striking out in the 10th inning...matched his career high with four RBI on May 6 against New York...hit .394 (84 for 213) with eight home runs and 31 RBI over a 54-game stretch from May 26 to July 28...the batting average was the best in the majors over that span, 19 points better than Ivan Rodriguez who hit .375 for Detroit...started the stretch with four three-hit games over a five game span from May 26 to 30 (13 for 19, .684)...did not homer over his first 42 games and had a 51-game, 206-at bat homerless streak dating back to September 19, 2003 at Colorado when he hit a "walk-off" home run on June 2 against Chicago (AL)...connected off Jon Adkins in the 10th inning of the A's 3-2 win...it was his second career game-ending home run and the other also came in the 10th inning on June 30, 1999 against New York (NL)...had his first of three four-hit games on June 13 against Pittsburgh (also July 10 at Cleveland and September 27 against Seattle)...had a 12-game hitting streak from June 21 to July 4 (18 for 46, .391)...had two hits on June 27 against San Francisco to lift his season average to .301...average never dropped below .300 the rest of the season...had four home runs and 33 RBI over his first 82 games through July 20 but then hit 11 home runs and drove in 30 runs over his final 66 games...had his second career two-homer game on July 24 against Texas...also homered the next day, the only time he homered in consecutive games in 2004...was batting .327 on July 28 but then went 27 for 119 (.227) over a 27-game stretch from July 29 to August 28...collected the 1000th hit of his career on August 3 at New York, a fourth inning single off Jon Lieber...average was at .302 entering play on August 31 but he went 46 for 129 (.357) over his final 31 games to finish the year at .314...scored the 500th run of his career on September 3 at Toronto...had his third career two-homer game on September 6 against Boston...had an A's season high 15-game hitting streak from September 13 to 28 (28 for 68, .412)...played in the 1000th game of his career on September 15 against Texas...his double on September 26 at Anaheim was the 200th of his career. 2003 Battled through an injury-plagued season, hitting .266 with seven home runs and 38 RBI in 128 games...tied for the San Diego team-high in doubles (28) with Mark Loretta...was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 23 (retroactive to May 19) with a sprained lower back and missed 16 games...returned to action as the Padres' center fielder on June 5 vs. Detroit...went 2 for 4 with a double in his first game back...ranked third in the National League with 13 outfield assists...finished nine behind league leader Richard Hidalgo of the Houston Astros...hit .294 with one home run and eight RBI in August...tallied a season-high seven game hitting streak August 6-13...batted .452 (14 for 31) with four doubles and two RBI during the streak...drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the winning run August 23 vs. Montreal...hit .354 (29 for 82) with one home run and six RBI against National League Central teams...hit .301 (43 for 143) with 11 doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI during day games...the .301 mark was 50 points higher than his average during the night where he batted .251 (85 for 339) with 17 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 28 RBI. 2002 Had career highs in home runs (17) and walks (59)...led the Padres in games (153), at bats (578), hits (169), singles (118), strikeouts (89) and stolen bases (11)...the team-leading stolen base total was the lowest in San Diego's 34 National League seasons...fielded 364 total chances (349 putouts, 11 assists, 4 errors) in 147 games, 143 starts, in the outfield...tied for sixth in the National League with 11 outfield assists...nine of the 11 assists came prior to the All-Star break...hit .324 with five home runs and 20 RBI against left handed pitching...posted his first career multi-homer game on September 22 vs. Los Angeles...both home runs came off Omar Daal...matched his career high with four RBI on August 4 vs. Cincinnati...hit safely in a career high 16 straight games May 24 to June 9...batted .418 (28 for 67) with six doubles, one triple, three home runs and nine RBI during the streak...batted lead off 36 times, going 54 for 154 (.351) with seven home runs, 21 RBI and one stolen base in those games...blasted his third career lead-off homer on September 22 at Dodger Stadium off Omar Daal...batted .356 with six doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI in May...posted a pair of four-hit efforts in the month: May 13 vs. Montreal and May 19 vs. New York (NL)...recorded his first Loge Level homer, a three-run shot off Denny Stark, on May 29 vs. Colorado...he is the third Padre to reach the Loge Level or second deck in right field, joining John Mabry and Ryan Klesko...batted .397 (23 for 58) with runners in scoring position in the first half...went just 8 for 50 (.160) with RISP after the All-Star break...went 2 for 7 (.286) in the pinch and hit his third career pinch home run on August 9 at Cincinnati off Scott Sullivan...hit his third career grand slam on August 4 vs. Cincinnati off Ryan Dempster. 2001 Acquired from the Marlins only five days before Opening Day, he batted .291 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI in 119 games in his first season with the Padres...among San Diego regulars, only Phil Nevin (.306) hit for a higher average...missed 13 games in April due to a strained left quadriceps and had only 11 at bats over the season's final 34 games due to sprained right hand...played 106 games, 98 starts, in center field...also appeared in five games in right field and made one start in left...agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2003 season on May 9...was on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps April 17 (retroactive to April 16)-May 1...was batting only .139 (5 for 36) in 10 games before the injury...hit .305 (113 for 370) in 109 games the rest of the way...caught fire at midseason, batting .323 with 23 doubles and 43 RBI in 74 games in the months of May, June and July...hit .357 in 22 games in July...batted .313 with runners in scoring position, .356 with RISP and two outs (tied for fifth best in the National League) and .375 with two doubles and eight RBI with the bases loaded...was charged with four errors in 285 total chances for a .986 fielding percentage...did not make an error in 57 games after June 30...batted .318 with eight home runs vs. righthanders and .215 with two long balls off lefties...hit .379 (25 for 66) with four homers when hitting the first pitch...hit .347 in 13 interleague games against the American League West...slammed his first home run as a Padre, a three-run shot off Brian Bohanon, April 6 at Colorado to help key a 10-6 win...in his first game after returning from the DL, went 3 for 5 on May 1 at Chicago to start a season-best nine-game hitting streak, during which he batted .400 (16 for 40)...tied a club record for the 15th time with four walks on May 13 vs. Florida...went 4 for 7 with two doubles, a homer, four RBI and three runs scored in a 20-7 win May 19 at Montreal...the seven at bats matched Ryan Klesko's total for the day as most ever by a Padre in a nine-inning game...went 4 for 5 with the game winning two-out single off Billy Wagner in the ninth inning to break a 6-6 tie on May 23 at Houston. 2000 Ranked ninth among National League outfielders with a .990 fielding percentage, committing only 3 errors in 305 total chances...tied for second in the National League with 14 outfield assists behind Montreal's Peter Bergeron, who threw three runners out on the season's final day to grab the title...established a Marlins record with three outfield assists July 16 at Baltimore, including a Major League record-tying two in the 5th inning...stole a career high 19 bases in 28 attempts...prior to 2000, had 20 career steals in 316 games...stole home for the first time as part of a double steal July 4 vs. the Mets...stole a career high two bases April 18 vs. Pittsburgh and May 18 vs. San Diego...batted .327 with six of his 12 home runs in the first inning...hit .365 with two homers when hitting the first pitch, eighth best in the NL...hit .383 with eight doubles in 24 June games...hit his second career grand slam keying a 5-4 win on June 21 vs. Milwaukee...connected off Valerio de los Santos to match his career high with four RBI...went 4 for 5 with three RBI on April 26 vs. San Francisco, slamming a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Robb Nen to tie the game, 7-7...led off the game with a home run twice: April 22 vs. Philadelphia off Paul Byrd and May 2 at San Diego off Matt Clement...homered in consecutive games for the first time in his career, August 5-6 at Cincinnati. 1999 Hit .271 with 8 homers and 50 RBI in 148 games for the Marlins...his 9 triples tied for 5th-most in the N.L. and established a Marlins single-season record...led the major leagues in outfield assists for the 2nd consecutive season...his 19 assists gave him 41 over 3 seasons, a club record...also ranked among N.L. leaders in sacrifice flies (tied for 2nd with 9) and at-bats per strikeouts (10th with 1 K every 10.7 at-bats)...batted .308 (8-for-26) with an 0-2 count, 7th in the league...made his first M.L. start at first base May 12 at San Diego...played a total of 19 games (12 starts) at first and did not commit an error...hit his 2nd career pinch hit home run June 20 at Colorado off Dave Veres...equaled his personal best with a 10-game hitting streak June 30-July 15...batted .324 (13-for-40) with 2 doubles, a homers and 8 RBI during the streak...crushed a game-ending home run off the Mets' Armando Benitez in the 10th inning on June 30...slugged his first career grand slam September 6 vs. Los Angeles off Ismael Valdes. 1998 Played his first full season in the Major Leagues and appeared in a career high 154 games...selected to the Baseball Digestand Topps' All-Rookie teams...named Marlins Rookie of the Year by the South Florida chapter of the BBWAA...tied Atlanta's Andruw Jones for the league lead with 20 outfield assists, most in Marlins history...finished tied for eighth in the National League with seven triples...ranked second among NL rookies in batting (.279), runs scored (72), steals (10) and hits (161)...was third among league rookies with 40 multi-hit games...slugged his first Major League home run April 6 vs. Milwaukee off Paul Wagner...tied a club record and established a career high with three doubles on April 22 vs. Colorado...equaled Marlins records with five hits (in six at bats) June 22 at Tampa Bay and eight hits (in 10 at bats) over two games, June 22-23...connected on his first career pinch-hit homer, August 26 at St. Louis off Jeff Brantley...hit safely in 10 straight games from September 11-22. 1997 In his first full pro campaign, was named the No. 1 prospect in the Double-A Eastern League by Baseball America and made his major league debut during a mid-season stint with the Marlins...at Portland, was named an Eastern League and Double-A All-Star...batted .306 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI, 17 steals and a league-high 103 runs scored in 114 games...ranked 10th in the league in batting...drew a walk in 8 consecutive plate appearances April 26-27 vs. Harrisburg...was recalled by the Marlins July 11 and made his major league debut that day vs. Philadelphia...collected his first big league hit with a 4th-inning single off Curt Schilling in his 2nd at-bat that same day...2 days later, ripped a bases-loaded triple of the Phillies' Mark Leiter for his first career RBI...hit safely in his first 5 major league games going 6-for-22 (.273) before a 4-for-30 slide...made a diving catch with 2 outs in the 9th to preserve a 7-6 win July 17 vs. Los Angeles...hit .192 (10-for-52) with 4 RBI and 3 steals in 14 games before being optioned back to Portland on July 28...hit .375 (12-for-32) with 3 doubles, a triple, 2 homers and 11 RBI in the EL post-season...following the season, played for Peoria of the Arizona Fall League, batting .313 with 3 homers and 20 RBI...ranked 3rd in the league with 32 runs scored. 1996 After playing for Team USA in the Atlanta Olympics, made his professional debut by appearing in 17 games for Single-A Kane County...hit .283 with 2 homers and 8 RBI.