Played ball at Pearl River Community College (Miss.)...Led all junior college players with 18 HR and ranked 3rd with 70 RBI...
Hit .401 and earned All-MACJC and All-Region XXIII honors leading the Wildcats to the MACJC State Championship...Named
a 2004 preseason All-American by Baseball America...Originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 8th round of the 2004 First Year
Player Draft.2009Split time across three minor league teams (Double-A Montgomery, Triple-A Durham and Triple-A Norfolk)...Acquired by the O's on August 15 to complete earlier trade for CA Gregg Zaun...Batted a combined .279/.349/.506 (143-512) with 35 doubles, 25 home runs, 79 RBI and 71 runs scored...Began the season with Double-A Montgomery in the Rays' system and hit 15 HR in 58 games...Collected season-highs with 2 HR and 4 RBI (also May 8 and 18) on April 14 vs. Charlotte...Promoted to Triple-A Durham, where he slugged .533 (22 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs) in 56 games...Tied season-high with 4 hits, July 25 vs. Norfolk, to begin a 13-game hit streak (through August 7), batting .500 (23-46) with
11 XBH...Hit .331 (53-160) with a .922 OPS vs. RHP while with the Bulls...Acquired by the Orioles and played in 20 games for Norfolk, where he batted .264/.346/.444 (19-72)...Collected 5 multi-hit games for the Tides2008First baseman/designated hitter batted .299 against RHP and .165 against LHP...After the season, played for Peoria of
the Arizona Fall League and was named to the league's Top Prospects Team...Led the AFL with 20 extra-base hits and ranked
among several other league leader boards: .394-AVG (T-6th), 43-H (T-4th), 12-2B (T-2nd) and .697-SLG (5th).2007Won the Florida State League batting title and was honored as Vero Beach Player of the Year...Finished 3rd in the FSL in
OBP and 4th in SLG...Appeared in 21 games for Montgomery but was hit in the face by a pitch on Aug 25, ending his season...
Combined .323 average ranked 2nd in the Rays system...Homered in the FSL All-Star Game...Baseball America named him the
No. 20 FSL prospect and the league's best defensive first baseman.2006Was a Midwest League midseason All-Star.2005Played in 58 games (.279/.335/.470) for Class-A Hudson Valley, with 18 doubles, 8 HR and 30 RBI.