Originally signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on January 4, 1999.2006Split his 2nd season in the Texas Rangers' organization between AAA Oklahoma and AA Frisco, with a 5-week stay on the disabled list...Combined to bat .250 (63-252)...Had his lowest totals in hits, doubles, triples, homers and RBI in 4
years, and had the lowest stolen base total (15) since stealing 5 bases in 12 games in his first year in
the Gulf Coast League in 2000...Began the year at Oklahoma...Played primarily center field (13 games), but also saw time in right
field (3) and second base (2)...Had his only extra base hit and RBI in his 2nd start on April 8 vs. Memphis...Had his only multi-hit
game for the RedHawks on April 17 at Nashville, going 2-for-3...Did not steal a base until April 20 at Memphis, then had steals in 3 of 4 games...Was placed on the Pacific Coast League disabled list on April 25 with a strained right hamstring...Was
activated on June 30 and played in 3 games, going 1-for-6, before being sent to Frisco...Played exclusively in center field for the RoughRiders, with the exception of one game at DH...Hit .111 (5-45) through his first 11 games with Frisco, but had 5 stolen bases...Followed that by hitting
safely in 20 of 21 games, July 21-August 12, batting .393 (35-89), to raise his average to a season-high .299...Had only 3 steals in that 21-game span, despite 10 multi-hit games and a season-high 13-game hitting
streak to begin the stretch...Had 4 doubles, a triple and 8 walks during the 21-game stretch...Batted just .176 (12-68) over his final 17 games to drop his season average at Frisco to .257...Had
just 2 multi-hit games, including a 2-for-6 outing in his final game on September 2 at Midland...Hit .295 (43-146) vs. right-handed pitchers and only .161 (9-56) against lefties with Friscso...Was the
opposite in his limited time at Oklahoma: .278 (5-18) vs. left-handed pitchers and .188 (6-32) vs. righties...Batted .143 (4-28) in 9 games for the Azucareros of the Dominican Winter League following the season.2005Split his first season in the Texas organization between AA Frisco, AAA Oklahoma and the
Rookie-level Arizona Rangers...Combined to steal 43 bases between the 3 teams, matching Esteban
German for the organizational lead...Combined to bat .305 (156-511), 5th-best among Texas full-season
minor leaguers...Established career highs in hits (145), at-bats (511) and doubles (16)...Appeared
in 120 of 123 games in the outfield...Entering the season, had appeared as an outfielder in just one
game...Spent the majority of the season at Frisco, where he ranked among Texas League leaders in
stolen bases (3rd, 41) and batting (10th, .300)...Led Frisco in runs (77) and stolen bases, also ranking
among team leaders in hits (2nd, 145), triples (2nd, 5), OBP (2nd, .366), batting (3rd), games (4th,
116) and RBI (T4th, 45)...Hit safely in his first 11 games with an at-bat, 4/7-19, batting .367 (18-49)
during the season-opening stretch...Tallied 4 walks and 3 runs scored on 4/14 vs. Corpus Christi, but
did not record an official at-bat...Recorded at least one hit in 18 of next 24 contests from 4/20-5/16,
but batted .257 (26-101) over that span to lower his season average to .293...Hit .369 (31-86) over the
next 21 games, 5/17-6/7, raising season mark to .318...Was sidelined after 6/7 and placed on the
Frisco disabled list on 6/19 after having bone chips removed from his right elbow...Played in 2 games
on a rehab assignment with the Arizona Rangers on 6/27-28, going 5-9 (.556)...Returned to Frisco on
6/29 and batted .285 (70-246) over his final 59 games with the RoughRiders to finish at
.300...Recorded 40 multi-hit games with Frisco, including a season-high 4 hits on 5/22 vs.
Midland...Posted a season-high 3 steals on 5/17 vs. San Antonio...Recorded a steal in 7 straight
games from 4/8-15, totaling 8 SB's during that span...Drove in a season-high 3 runs on 3 occasions...Hit .333 (42-126) in 30 games in May, his highest average in any month...Switch-hitter batted
.292 (49-168) against left-handers and .305 (96-315) against right-handers...Hit .317 (39-123) with
runners in scoring position and .375 (21-56) with RISP and 2 outs...Posted a .976 fielding percentage
(245TC, 6E) and 9 assists in his first action as an outfielder...Was selected to play in the Texas League
All-Star Game, but did not participate due to injury...Was promoted to Oklahoma on 9/1, batting .316
in 5 games in his AAA debut...Appeared in all 5 postseason contests with the RedHawks, batting .250
(4-16) with one home run, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases...Played in the Dominican Winter League, batting
.304 (21-69) with 3 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 27 games for Azucareros.2004Hit .267 during his first year for Double-A Birmingham in the Southern League...finished with 35 stolen bases, a drop off from his last three single-season totals of 76, 88 and 56...played almost exclusively at second base, with 127 games there and one start in the outfield...hit only one home run, but drove in 48 runs and scored 56 in 128 games...finished with 12 doubles and 10 triples among his 132 hits.2003Is rated by Baseball America entering the 2004 season as the Fastest Baserunner in the White Sox
organization, the second straight year he has been honored ... ranked by the same publication as the Top Second
Base Prospect in the Carolina League at Class A Winston-Salem ... led all Class A players for the second straight
season and ranked second in the minor leagues with 76 stolen bases ... was successful on 85.4 percent (76-89)
of his stolen-base attempts ... stole at least 12 bases in all five months with a high of 19 in May ... led the CL
champion Warthogs in hits (128), 85 runs scored and 37 multihit games ... batted .333 (30-90) in April and .345
(38-110) in May but hit just .211 (60-285) over the final three months ... hit .274 (101-368) vs. right-handers and
.231 (27-117) vs. lefties ... was named to the CL mid and postseason All-Star Teams ... stole two or more bases
in a game 15 times with a season-high three on 5/29 vs. Myrtle Beach ... scored a run in eight straight games from
4/14-21 ... compiled a 21-game hitting streak from 5/2-24, the longest in the CL in 2003 ... batted .405 (30-74) with
12 stolen bases and 19 runs scored during the streak to raise his average from .327 to .362 ... went 4-5 in the
season opener on 4/4 at Kinston ... was rated by Baseball America entering the season as the Fastest Baserunner
in the White Sox system.
Minor League Highlights
Career: Has averaged 73 stolen bases over the last three seasons, leading the Carolina League in that category
in both 2002 and 2003.
2002: Led all minor leaguers and set a Class A Winston-Salem record with 88 stolen bases, breaking the previous
mark set by Ced Landrum (79 SB in 1987) ... ranked among the rganizational leaders in stolen bases (1st), runs
scored (2nd, 78), triples (2nd, seven), hits (5th, 124) ... led the CL in stolen bases and finished third in triples ...
finished second on team with 11 sacrifice hits ... was successful on his first 25 stolen base attempts ... swiped two
bases in a game 17 times and three bases three times ... stole 22 bases in July and 27 in August ... reached base
safely in 18 straight games from 8/10-28 ... acquisition was recommended by John Kazanas.
2001: Finished second in the South Atlantic League with 56 stolen bases at Class A Hickory in the Pirates
organization ... batted .323 (21-65) in April but average dropped to .184 (19-103) in May ... rebounded to hit .309
(86-278) over his final 79 games to raise his average from .238 to .283 ... played in 68 games at second base ad
53 at shortstop ... stole four bases on 4/25 at Lexington ... compiled a pair of eight-game hitting streaks.
2000: Made pro debut at Rookie Bradenton of the Gulf Coast League ... recorded a pair of four-hit efforts depsite
playing in just 12 games.
1999: Played for the Pirates entry in the Dominican Summer League, batting .300 (75-250) with 48 stolen bases
in 69 games ... was recommended/signed by Pablo Cruz of the Pirates.