Austin Kearns #28

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Austin Kearns MLB Career Stats

.253 121 494 33 .764

Austin Kearns Bio

  • Full Name: Austin Ryan Kearns
  • Born: 5/20/1980 in Lexington, KY
  • Draft: 1998, Cincinnati Reds, 1st rd. (7th overall)
  • High School: Lafayette, Lexington, KY
  • Debut: April 17, 2002
  • Ret., Final Game: 5/3/2013
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Reds Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award

Year Team League
2003 Cincinnati NL

Austin Kearns Leaderboards


Season BB Rank
2006 76 19th in NL
2007 71 17th in NL

Games Played

Season G Rank
2007 161 6th in NL

At Bats

Season AB Rank
2007 587 23rd in NL

Plate Appearances

Season PA Rank
2007 674 21st in NL


Season SO Rank
2005 107 23rd in NL
2006 135 7th in NL
2010 116 18th in AL

Hit by Pitch

Season HBP Rank
2006 10 20th in NL
2007 12 10th in NL
2008 8 21st in NL
2010 10 10th in AL

Austin Kearns Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
October 31, 2013 RF Austin Kearns roster status changed by Miami Marlins.
May 12, 2013 Miami Marlins placed RF Austin Kearns on the restricted list.
May 5, 2013 Miami Marlins placed RF Austin Kearns on the bereavement list.
March 31, 2013 Miami Marlins selected the contract of RF Austin Kearns from New Orleans Zephyrs.
January 14, 2013 Miami Marlins signed free agent LF Austin Kearns to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
November 3, 2012 LF Austin Kearns elected free agency.
June 8, 2012 Miami Marlins activated LF Austin Kearns from the 15-day disabled list.
June 4, 2012 sent LF Austin Kearns on a rehab assignment to Jupiter Hammerheads.
May 24, 2012 Miami Marlins placed LF Austin Kearns on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 23, 2012. Right hamstring strain.
April 1, 2012 Miami Marlins selected the contract of Austin Kearns from New Orleans Zephyrs.
April 1, 2012 Miami Marlins activated LF Austin Kearns.
January 25, 2012 Miami Marlins signed free agent LF Austin Kearns to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
January 25, 2012 Austin Kearns assigned to New Orleans Zephyrs.
August 17, 2011 Cleveland Indians released LF Austin Kearns.
August 12, 2011 Cleveland Indians designated LF Austin Kearns for assignment.
December 20, 2010 Cleveland Indians signed free agent LF Austin Kearns.
November 7, 2010 LF Austin Kearns elected free agency.
July 31, 2010 Cleveland Indians traded LF Austin Kearns to New York Yankees for Player To Be Named Later.
April 4, 2010 Cleveland Indians selected the contract of Austin Kearns from Columbus Clippers.
April 3, 2010 Austin Kearns assigned to Columbus Clippers.
January 5, 2010 Cleveland Indians signed free agent RF Austin Kearns to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
November 6, 2009 RF Austin Kearns elected free agency.
October 13, 2009 Washington Nationals activated RF Austin Kearns from the 15-day disabled list.
August 5, 2009 Washington Nationals placed RF Austin Kearns on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 4, 2009. right thumb contusion

Austin Ryan Kearns Bio Info

Austin Ryan Kearns...married to Abby and the couple has two children; Aubrey and a 1998 graduate of Lafayette High School (KY) in a high school pitcher, went 6-3 in his senior season and went on to be named Mr. Baseball in the Commonwealth of Kentucky after batting .500 with nine home runs and 43 1997, was member of the USA's National Junior Team and hit a team-best .478 with five home runs and 14 RBI...earned baseball scholarship to the University of Florida, but chose to sign with Cincinnati. 2012 Appeared in 87 games with Miami, batting .254 (36-for-147) with six doubles, four home runs and 16 RBIs...As pinch-hitter, posted .325 average (13-for-40) with one home run and five RBIs...Led all Major League pinch-hitters with 10 walks, while batting average ranked fourth in National League and Majors...Connected for first home run of season in third game, April 9 at Philadelphia...Didn't record first home run until 36th appearance in 2011...Hit third career pinch-hit homer on July 8 at St. Louis, a three-run shot to put Fish up, 4-2, in seventh inning...Marlins lost game, 5-4, as Cardinals plated three runs in bottom of ninth...Tied career high with four hits, going 4-for-4 on May 21 vs. Colorado...Hit .375 (18-for-48) with three home runs and nine RBIs over first 22 games before landing on 15-day disabled list with right hamstring strain on May 24 (retro to May 23)...Following return on June 8, hit just .182 (18-for-99) with one home run and seven RBIs...Reached base safely in nine consecutive plate appearances from May 16-22, setting a new career high and falling one short of tying Marlins record...Was one of two Marlins to have a streak reach nine PA (Donovan Solano, Aug. 20-22). 2011 Began season as Cleveland's Opening Day left fielder, but appeared in a careerlow 57 games, batting .200 (30x150) with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and seven RBI...Tallied a season-high two hits on April 8 at Seattle, going 2x5 with a run scored, a double and one RBI. Equaled season high in hits two more times: May 19 at Chicago- AL and June 18 at Pittsburgh...Homered for first time on July 4 vs. Yankees, driving in season-best three RBI. Second homer came on July 18 at Minnesota...Strung together a nine-game hit streak from July 2 through second game of a July 18 doubleheader against Minnesota. Hit .360 (9x25) with two home runs and four RBI over stretch. 2010 Combined to bat .263 (106-for-403) with 55R, 21 doubles, 10HR and 49RBI in 120 games (83 starts in LF, 20 in RF, four in CF and one at DH) with the Yankees and Indians in 2010...Made the club out of spring training after coming to camp as a non-roster invitee on a minor league contract after signing on January 5. ...While with the Indians he batted .272 (82-301) with 42 runs scored, 18 doubles, a triple, 8 home runs and 42RBI in 84 games, making 63 starts (68G) in left field, 12 (14G) in right field and 4 (5G) in centerfield....Began the season starting mainly against LHP and earned full-time LF duties later in April when Michael Brantley was sent to AAA Columbus... Hit .373 (19-51) w/7 2B, 2HR & 11 RBI in 14 April games. ...Overall with Cleveland he hit .301 (25-83) with RISP and .356 (16-45) with RISP-2outs...Enjoyed his 4th career 2HR game on June 11 vs. Washington and had 5RBI on April 27 at LA Angels (3-6, 2 2B, HR), marked his most RBI since 8/19/05 vs. Arizona (6RBI)...Tied Major League and new club record w/3HBP on July 5 at Texas... ...Hit .235 (24-for-102) with 13R, 3 doubles, 2HR and 7RBI in 36 games with the Yankees in 2010 after being acquired from Cleveland on July 30 for RHP Zach McAllister...Compiled a season-high 11-game hitting streak from August 9-22, batting .400 (14-for-35) over the stretch...Was his longest hitting streak since going a career-high 16 games with a hit in May of 2003. 2009 Played in just 80 contests before season was cut short by a right thumb injury...Missed final 56 games, after having right thumb debridement performed by Dr. Thomas Graham on August 6 in Baltimore....Despite average did record an on-base % of .336...Hit 2nd career grand slam with a first-inning shot off Josh Johnson, April 18 vs. FLA...Recorded an on-base % of .403 in April (12-52, 14BB) with 3 2B, 3HR & 11 RBI in 19 games (.903OPS)...On-base % vs. LHP was .348. 2008 Battled through injury-plagued season which rendered 2 DL stints...missed 38 games from May 22-July 3 after having arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies in his right was performed by Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati on May 23...batting average in 44 games subsequent to surgery was 58 points higher than his average preceding injury...batted .245 with 4 homers and 16 RBI in 44 games following surgery...season's best stretch (.295, 2 home runs, 12 RBI, 27 games) came July 3-August 5. 2007 In classic tale of 2 seasons, hit .266 with 35 doubles, 16 home runs and 74 RBI in 161 games in first complete campaign with Washington...per usual, provided Gold Glove-caliber defense in right field for Manny Acta...teamleading 9 outfield assists tied for 8th in the NL...posted a .995 fielding percentage and had a hand in 4 double plays... struggled in season's first half (.250 with 5 home runs) before showing true colors by hitting .285 (76-for-267) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 73 games after the All-Star break...led the Nationals in 2nd-half home runs (11), walks (40) and OBP (.390)...established career highs in games (161), hits (156), at-bats (587) and doubles (35)...tied for 8th in the NL in games (161)...started 157 games (156 in RF, one [August 19 vs. NYM] in CF)...struggled at RFK (.228 with 8 home runs), but thrived on the road (.301 with 8 home runs)...posted a team-high 47 hits with month came in August (.300, 8 doubles, 5 home runs, 14 RBI)...5 of 16 home runs came at NYM's expense. 2006 Joined the Nationals in mega 8-player trade on July 13 and went on to establish career highs in majority of offensive categories: hits (142), total bases (251), doubles (33), home runs (24), RBI (86), walks (76), hit by pitch (10) and games (150)...batted .250 (53-for-212) with 12 doubles, 8 home runs and 36 RBI in 63 games for the Nationals...hit .274 (89-for-325) with 21 doubles, 16 home runs and 50 RBI in 87 games with CIN prior to the All-Star break...played in only one game after horrific collision with Nick Johnson (fractured right femur) on September 23 at for pinch-hit appearance on September 27 vs. PHI, was unable to perform after the collision due to general soreness...was hitting .294 (20-for-68) in September at the time of the collision...became just the 3rd National, along with Ryan Church (April 16-19) and Alfonso Soriano (May 18-20, 2006), to homer in 3 consecutive games, August 22-25...posted game-winning RBI in 3 consecutive games, September 2-4...did so via an 8th-inning game winning 2-run homer off Livan Hernandez (nightcap of September 2 DH vs. ARI), a bags-loaded 2-run double in the 8th inning (September 3 vs. ARI) and a 7th-inning 2-run homer to snap a 0-0 tie (September 4 vs. STL)...thus, became just the 3rd player in franchise history to turn the 3-GWRBI-in-as-many-games trick, the 2nd to do it in a single season...Jose Vidro (September 29, 2002-April 2, 2003) and Rondell White (May 13-15, 1997) are the others...reached base safely in 20 of 21 games from August 20-Sept. 11, posting a .413 OBP thanks to 17 walks...despite playing just a half season with the Nationals, 7 game-winning RBI ranked 4th on the club...crushed left-handed pitching, batting .336 (51-for-152) with 9 homers...15 of 24 home runs came off opposing right-handed pitchers...17 of 24 home runs were solo shots...hit .274 (29-for-106) with 5 doubles, 4 home runs and 21 RBI in 31 games at RFK after being acquired from CIN...recorded 4 bases-loaded walks...matched career high with 8 outfield assists, 7 as a RF...5 of the 8 outfield assists came while playing for CIN.
With CIN: Recorded 3 hits, including a double and a home run, in an 11-9 win on April 8 vs. PIT...posted 6 multi-hit efforts in 7 games, April 29-May 5...recorded 2nd career 2-homer effort, June 4 at HOU.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Posted season-high 4 RBI on June 2 at HOU...started in CF and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a HBP in Nationals debut on July 14 at PIT (first 4 starts with Washington came in CF)...lifted game-ending sac fly to cap a 2-run 9th inning in a 4-3 win on July 26 vs. SFG...finally busted out, going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI in a 10-7 win at SFG on July 31...set new career high by blasting 19th homer, a 5th-inning solo shot off Scott Olsen, August 23 at FLA...hit game-winning 2-run homer off former-teammate Livan Hernandez in 8th inning of eventual 4-3 win in nightcap of September 2 twinbill vs. ARI...on Sept. 17 vs. MIL, hit game-tying solo homer in the 5th inning, and then in next at-bat, lifted a 7th-inning game-winning RBI single in an eventual 6-1 win vs. MIL.
1998 In his first professional season hit .315 with 1hr and 14rbi in 30g at Rookie League Billings...appeared in 2g at third base...following the short season was rated the organization's third-best prospect by Baseball America. 1999 Spent the season at Class A Rockford...with 36 doubles ranked T2nd in the Midwest League. 2005 Established career highs in apps (112), doubles (26), home runs (18) and RBI (67)...began the season with the Reds and in 51g and 44 starts hit .224 (6hr, 25rbi) before he was optioned to Class AAA Louisville on 6/ 21g for the Bats hit .342 (7hr, 21rbi) before he was recalled on 7/20...spent the rest of the season with the Reds and in 61g after that promotion hit .253 (12hr, 42rbi)...made all 103 of his starts in RF, a team high...led the club with 44 starts batting sixth in the order but also hit second (3gs), fourth (28g), fifth (11g) and seventh (17g)...produced 21 2-hit games and five 3-hit games...finished the season with a 3-game hitting streak (5-12, .417, 2 2b, 2hr, 2rbi, 5r) and homered in each of the last 2g of the season...on 9/23 vs Phi scored a career-high 4 runs, the most by any Reds batter in a game all season...on 5/6 off LA's D.J. Houlton hit the second pinch-hit HR of his the 17-3 victory on 8/19 vs Ari produced a career-high 6rbi and his second career 2-homer game...on 9/1 at Hou made his first career start batting second in the order...made 3 consecutive starts batting there (9/1-9/3)...on 7/5 at Indianapolis tied the Louisville franchise record with 3 home runs, all 2-run shots...shares the record with Tom Pagnozzi (1987), Dan Driessen (1987) and Jose Oliva (1996)...his 6rbi in that game were the most by a Bats player all season...prior to his 6/12 option to Louisville had gone 3-for-36 for the Reds and for the season was hitting .176 with RISP...all 3 of those hits came on 6/3 at Col, when he snapped a career-high 0-for-21 skid (5/26-6/1). 2004 Missed 84g during 2 stints on the disabled list...from 4/28-5/18 was on the DL with a fractured left forearm...from 6/8-8/23 was on the DL with a sore right thumb...on 7/2 had surgery to remove a bone spur, scar tissue and a lesion from base of his right thumb (Dr. Tim Kremchek, Dr. Peter Stern)...didn't play again until 8/24...on 9/13 and 9/14 missed 2g with pink eye...after 8/31 tied Adam Dunn for the team lead in HR (6) and ranked third among Reds hitters in RBI (16)...overall appeared in 64g, including 59 starts...led the Reds with 59 starts in the batting order hit fourth (14g), fifth (17g), sixth (25gs) and seventh (3g)...on 4/26 at Pit was hit by a Ryan Vogelsong pitch that broke his left forearm...didn't play for the Reds again until 5/19...made just 11 more apps before the thumb injury forced him to the DL on 6/8, retroactive to 6/2...on 8/3 was sent to Louisville on rehab, but on 8/10 he developed a blood blister under the surgical incision after he was jammed with a pitch...didn't play again for Louisville until 8/15...on 8/24 was reinstated from the 60-day DL and beginning that day appeared in 36 of the Reds' last 39g of the season (.254, 6hr, 19rbi)...from 9/23-9/30 put together a season-high 8-game hitting streak (.382, 3hr, 12rbi), then finished the season 0-for-13 to drop BA from the 10-inning, 11-10 victory on 4/18 at Chi hit the first pinch-hit homer of his career, a 2-run shot in the sixth inning off Greg Maddux that tied the score at 7-7...on 9/24 at Pit had a career-high 5rbi and tied his career high with 4 the 12-inning, 4-3 victory at Chi on 9/29 hit a run-scoring double off LaTroy Hawkins with 2 outs in the ninth inning to tie the score at 2-2, then in the 12th snapped that tie with a 2-run HR off Jon the next day's 12-inning, 2-1 win at Wrigley Field, tied the score at 1-1 with a solo HR in the seventh off Mark Prior...overall at Louisville hit .337 (2hr, 15rbi) in 25 rehab apps...following the season played third base in the instructional league...during spring training made 11 of his 22 starts at DH while recovering from 8/14/03 right shoulder surgery. 2003

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On 8/14 had season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder (Dr. Timothy Kremchek)...was 1 of 5 Reds player to have season-ending surgery (Larson, Griffey, Dempster, Taylor)...made his last appearance of the season on 7/8 at Hou...went on the 15-day disabled list 9 days later...on 8/18 was transfered to the 60-day disabled list...suffered the shoulder injuries on 5/21 vs Atl in a collision at the plate with pitcher Ray 45g prior to the injuries hit .309 (50-162, 13hr, 44rbi) 37g after the injuries hit .208 (27-130, 2hr, 14rbi)...prior to his disabling had 5 hits in 50ab (.100), 1 hit in 14ab (.071) and 1rbi in the time of the injuries led the National League in RBI (58) and ranked among the leaders in HR (13, T4th), slugging percentage (.599, 7th), on-base percentage (.417, 7th) and total bases (97, 8th)...reached base safely in 68 of his 82 apps, including a 32-game streak from 4/19-5/25 that ranked as the longest by a Reds player since Dante Bichette reached base in 33 straight games from 6/11-7/23, 2000...his career-high 16-game hitting streak (.328, 4hr, 22rbi) from 5/4-5/23 was the longest by a Reds batter all season and the longest since Sean Casey's 21-game streak from 7/4-7/30, 2000...with 9 homers in April tied Adam Dunn (2003) and Johnny Bench (1971) for the second-most ever hit by a Red in the season's first month, 1 shy of Tony Perez' club record (10hr, April 1970)...on 4/2 vs Pit hit the first homer by a Reds batter at new Great American Ball Park, a 2-run shot off Kip Wells...on 4/11 vs Phi lifted the Reds to a 7-6 victory with his second home run of the game, a 2-run shot off Jose Mesa in the bottom of the ninth inning...was his only career walkoff homer, his only career 2- homer game and the first walkoff HR at GABP...on 4/16 at Chi had a career-high 4 walks...from 4/19-4/20 was the Most Valuable Player of the 3-game series vs the Expos in San Juan (5-13, 3hr, 7rbi)...entered that series 0-for-15, then homered in 3 straight games for the only time in his career...following that 3-game streak didn't homer again until 5/6 vs StL (13g, 48ab, 4/20-5/5)...from 5/14-6/10 didn't homer in 20g or 81ab, his longest power droughts of the season...from 6/7-6/17, despite his shoulder injury, put together a 9-game hitting streak (.353, 2hr, 6rbi)...from 6/29- 7/3 missed 4g with a bruised left quadriceps muscle, an injury suffered on 6/28 at Cle...made 77 starts, including 40 starts in RF and 37 starts in CF...from 4/6-5/13, with Ken Griffey Jr. on the disabled list, made 23 of his 32 starts in CF, including a stretch of 17 consecutive starts at that position (4/24-5/13)...hit .314 with RISP...led the club with 75 starts hitting cleanup...also batted third twice (4/10 at Hou, 5/11 vs Mil)...committed his only error on 4/20 vs Mtl in San Juan...beginning 4/22 finished the season with 61 consecutive errorless games...had 18 multi-hit games, including 13 2-hit games and five 3-hit games...missed 13g in spring training with loose bodies in his left elbow...had arthroscopic surgery on 3/10 (Dr. Kremchek) but returned to action on 3/23.

Career highlights: Received the 2003 Good Guy Award, given annually by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of 2002 finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and was a TOPPS Rookie All-Star as selected by Major League managers...was a finalist for the 2002 Players Choice Outstanding NL Rookie of the Year Award in voting of his peers...was the National League Rookie of the Month for May 2001 was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team as selected by managers and coaches...that fall for the Grand Canyon Rafters led the prestigious league in on-base percentage (.460) and ranked second in hitting (.371)...also ranked among AFL leaders in slugging percentage (.578, 3rd), hits (43, 4th), RBI (31, 4th) and runs scored (27, 5th) and led his team in hitting, doubles (10), RBI, walks (19), on-base percentage and a 2001 Baseball America poll, his throwing arm was voted the best in the 2000 was named the organization's Minor League Player of the Year and was a Midwest League All-Star, TOPPS Class A All-Star, Baseball America Class A All-Star, a member of Howe Sportsdata's All-Teenager team and Midwest League Co-Prospect of the Year, along with Peoria/Cardinals IF Albert Pujols...also in 2000 was named Midwest League Player of the Week 3 times (7/16-7/22, 7/23-7/29, 8/27-9/4)...his 10-game homer streak for Dayton from 7/ 17-7/24, 2000 was a Midwest League record (10hr, 20rbi)...following the 2000 and 2001 seasons was the organization's top prospect as named by Baseball America...joined Reggie Sanders (1991-92) and Pokey Reese (1994-95) as the only Reds minor leaguers to earn the No. 1 distinction in consecutive seasons. 2002 In his Major League debut the 22-year-old hit .315 in 107g (13hr, 56rbi, 6sb)...led all NL rookies in hitting, on-base percentage (.407) and slugging percentage (.500) and ranked second in HR, RBI, multi-hit games (32), runs (66), hits (117), total bases (186), doubles (24), walks (54), extra-base hits (40) and outfield assists (8)...didn't play after 8/27 because of a strained left hamstring, an injury that might have prevented him from becoming the first rookie to lead the Reds in hitting since Grady Hatton batted .271 in 1946...fell 67 plate apps shy of qualifying for the team batting title...was the first Reds rookie to hit .300 in at least 350ab since Dan Driessen batted .301 in 1973, and his .315ba was the highest by a Reds rookie with at least 350ab since Harlin Pool hit .327 in 1934...over a full season his numbers project to 20hr and 85rbi...when he went on the disabled list on 8/28 had a career-high 13-game hitting streak (.420, 5hr, 9rbi), the second-longest by any rookie in the Major Leagues in 2002 and the longest by a Reds rookie since Jeff Treadway's 14-game hitting streak from 5/3-5/21, 1988...hit safely in 29 of his last 32g prior to the injury (.388, 5hr, 22rbi) and homered in 5 of his last 11g...when he went on the DL led all National League rookies in batting (.315), hits (117), RBI (56), doubles (24), on-base percentage (.407) and slugging percentage (.500) and ranked second in HR (13), multi-hit games (32), runs (66), total bases (186), walks (54) and extra-base hits (40)...when he went on the DL ranked ninth among all National League leaders in hitting (.315) and ninth in BA vs RHP (.310)...was the National League Rookie of the Month for May (24g, .261, 5hr, 17rbi), when he led all NL rookies in AB (88), runs (14), HR (5), RBI (17) and walks (14) July led the Reds in hitting (.333) and tied for walks (14) July led the Reds in hitting (.333) and tied for the club lead in doubles (11) August led the club in hitting (.374), runs (20) and hits (34).....hit 8 homers in his first 46g and 155ab through 6/14, then didn't homer again until 8/16 off Hou's Dave Mlicki...the 50g (6/15-8/15) and 175ab (6/14-8/16) without a homer were his longest droughts of the season...after finally snapping that drought on 8/16 hit 5hr in his last 11g of the season...did not have an RBI in 13g from 6/15-7/2, his longest run-producing skid of the season...began the season at Class AA Chattanooga and appeared in 12g there (.268, 5hr, 13rbi) before he was promoted on 4/17, when Sean Casey was unable to play after his 4/13 beaning by Phi's Robert Person...that night vs Hou made his Major League debut and collected his first career hit in his second plate appearance, an RBI-single off Carlos Hernandez...when promoted from Chattanooga led the Southern League in both HR and RBI...was the fifth Reds player in the last 2 seasons to make his Major League debut while skipping Class AAA (RHP Jose Acevedo, RHP Chris Piersoll, RHP Brian Reith and RHP Chris Reitsma in 2001)...earned that 4/17 promotion by hitting safely in each of his last 7g with the Lookouts (10-24, .417, 5hr, 11rbi), including home runs in each of the last 4g (5hr)...during his first stint with the Reds (4/17-6/22) hit .284 (8hr, 28rbi) in 51g and 49 starts before he was optioned to Class AAA Louisville on 6/23, when RHP Luis Pineda was recalled...when he was optioned on 6/23 was 0-for-12, 1-for-21 (.048) and 5-for-34 (.147)...appeared in only 1g for the Bats (3-4, 2 2b, 2rbi, 3r) before he returned to Cin following the disabling of Ken Griffey Jr. on 6/25...after that 6/25 promotion spent the rest of the season in Cin and hit .342 (5hr, 28rbi) in 56g and 50 starts until he was injured...on 4/21 at Chi recorded the first 2-hit game of his career, including his first homer (solo off Juan Cruz)...from 4/26-4/30 reached base safely in 13-14 plate apps (9-10, 3bb, 1hbp), including 8 straight plate apps from 4/26-4/28 (6-6, 2bb)...on 4/30 at LA was hit in the batting helmet/left eye by a Giovanni Carrara pitch and missed 2 starts (5/1-5/2 at LA)...on 5/21 vs Fla hit his first career grand slam (off A.J. Burnett)...from 6/18-6/25 went a season-high 0-for-14...on 7/7 vs Mil was scratched from the lineup with a jammed right index finger...made 99 starts, including a team-high 87 starts in RF, 10 starts in LF and 2 starts in CF (8/18 vs Hou, 8/20 at Ari)...4 times played CF as part of defensive switches (last, 8/23 at Hou)...led the club with 35 starts batting fifth in the order but also hit fourth (42gs), sixth (11gs), seventh (10gs) and eighth (1gs, 6/7 at Ana)...had 32 multi-hit games, including 22 2-hit games, nine 3-hit games and a 4-hit game (7/2 vs Hou)...from 7/2-8/15 did not commit an error in 37g, his longest errorless streak of the season...had 11 infield hits. 2001

  • For the second consecutive year is the organization's top prospect as named by Baseball America...joins Reggie Sanders (1991-92) and Pokey Reese (1994-86) as the only Reds minor leaguers to earn the No. 1 distinction in consecutive seasons.
  • Following the 2001 season was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team as selected by the managers and coaches...for the Grand Canyon Rafters led the prestigious league on-base percentage (.460) and ranked second in hitting (.371)...also ranked among AFL leaders in slugging percentage (.578, 3rd), hits (43, 4th), RBIs (31, 4th) and runs scored (27, 5th) and led his team in hitting, doubles (10), RBIs, walks (19), on-base percentage and a Baseball America poll, his throwing arm was voted the best in the AFL.
  • In May suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb and missed most of the season...was limited to 59 games at Class AA Chattanooga (.268, 6 HR, 36 RBIs)...hit .346 (3 HR, 17 RBIs) in his last 15 games of the season.
  • On 11/6 was added to the Reds' 40-man roster.
  • 2000
  • Had a spectacular season at Class A Dayton, where he hit .306 with 27 HR, 104 RBIs and 18 SBs in 136 games.
  • Led all Reds minor leaguers in homers and bid to win the Midwest League Triple Crown, ranked first in homers, tied for first in RBIs and sixth in hitting...also ranked among league leaders with 136 games (1st), 110 runs scored (1st), 270 total bases (1st), 66 extra-base hits (1st), a .558 slugging percentage (2nd), 148 hits (3rd), 37 doubles (3rd), a .415 on-base percentage (3rd) and 90 walks (5th)...among all minor league batters, ranked fifth in runs scored, tied for 12th in extra-base hits and tied for 13th in total bases.
  • In July, put together one of the hottest streaks by any player in baseball...from 7/16-7/29 was named the International League Player of the Week in consecutive July led all minor leaguers with 14 HR, and from 7/17-7/27 homered in 11 of 12 games (.568, 12 HR, 24 RBIs), including a 10-game homer streak from 7/17-7/24 (10 HR, 24 RBIs)...ten-game homer streak was a Midwest League record and the longest in the minor leagues in 2000...from 7/22-7/24 reached base safely in 14 consecutive plate appearances (9 H, 5 BB), the longest streak in the minor leagues in 2000...on 7/21 vs. Lansing, had five hits.