SUMMARY: Finished with a .254 average (155-for-611), 44 doubles, three triples, 27 home runs, 97 RBI, 89 runs and 32 walks...was named team MVP after the season...ranked among National League leaders in doubles (7th) and sacrifice flies (T-2nd, 11)...joined Steve Finley (1996) and Adrian Gonzalez (2007) as the only Padres ever to reach the marks of 80 runs, 40 doubles, 25 homers and 90 RBI in a single season...hit .288 (67-for-233) over the final two months of the season with 19 doubles, 11 home runs, 42 RBI and 34 runs scored...his 12 doubles in August tied for the National League lead...knocked a career-high three doubles 8/12 at CIN, tying a franchise record...collected a career-high-tying four hits (eighth time) and three RBI in the game...also tallied four hits 4/24 at ARI, 6/2 at WSH and 6/19 vs. BAL...missed three games with a sore right arm, 6/5-7...hit in a career-high 10 straight games, 4/14-25, going 16-for-44 (.364) with six doubles, two homers, nine RBI and eight runs scored.
TOP SHORTSTOP: Ranked among National League shortstops in RBI (2nd, 97), doubles (2nd, 44), home runs (3rd, 27) and slugging percentage (5th, .468)...set career highs in each of those categories...his 27 home runs extended his own franchise record for long balls by a shortstop, besting his mark of 15 set in 2004, '05 and '06...his double and RBI totals are also new records for a San Diego shortstop.
DOUBLES: His 44 doubles on the year rank fifth on the Padres all-time single-season list...additionally, his 29 road doubles ranked second in the Majors behind teammate Adrian Gonzalez in 2007.
EXTRA BASE HITS: With a career-high 74 extra-base hits, his 2007 performance ranked fifth on the Padres all-time single-season list.
ALL YOU NEED IS GLOVE: Appeared in a career-high 153 games at shortstop, also setting career marks in total chances (690), putouts (218), assists (461), and double plays (98)...with just 11 errors, his .984 fielding percentage set a franchise, single-season record for shortstops (minimum 108 games).
Turned in one of the finest seasons by a rookie infielder in franchise history... batted .273 (132-for-484) with 15 home runs, 31 doubles and 65 RBI in 139 games... hit his first homer of the season, and his first career leadoff home run, May 6 at Atlanta... became the first player to homer into the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Building on Aug. 4 vs. Philadelphia... tallied his first career multi-homer game (two) along with career-highs in hits (four) and RBI (four), Aug. 13 at Cincinnati... had a career-high eight-game hitting streak during which be batted .400 (12-for-30) Aug. 25-Sept. 2... tallied the second multi-homer game of his career (two) Sept. 11 at Colorado... homered in three straight games for the first time in his career Sept. 9-11... had 37 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit games and one four-hit game... suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right index finger on Sept. 13 at Los Angeles and did not appear in the field during the remainder of the season... made two appearances as pinch runner, Sept. 24 vs. Arizona and Sept. 28 vs. San Francisco, scoring one run.
ROOKIE LEADERS: Finished the season ranked among National Rookie batting leaders in 14 different categories including batting average (.273; tied for ninth), home runs (15; second), RBI (65; second), multi-hit games (37; third), runs (67; second), hits (132; third), total bases (216; second), doubles (31; tied for second), triples (four; tied for third), stolen bases (four; tied for eighth), walks (53; first), on-base percentage (.349; tied for third), slugging percentage (.446; eighth) and extra-base hits (50; second)... named National League Rookie of the Month for April after batting .304 (24-for-79) with eight doubles, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored in 23 games... again earned NL Rookie of the Month honors, this time for August after batting .311 (32-for-103) with four homers and eight RBI in 27 games... for his efforts he was named Rookie of Year by Baseball America.
ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS: Established new franchise records for homers, RBI and extra-base hits by a shortstop... knocked 15 home runs to surpass the mark of 11 set by Steve Huntz in 1970... his 65 RBI bested the previous record of 64 driven in by Garry Templeton in 1982... set a new Padres record for most extra-base hits by a shortstop with his 41st of the season, a double Aug. 31 at St. Louis... surpassed the previous mark of 40 set by Tony Fernandez in 1992... finished the season with 50 extra-base hits... his total of 31 doubles was the second-most by a Padres rookie, trailing only Benito Santiago who knocked 33 in his 1987 NL Rookie of the Year campaign.