Played high school baseball at Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas...batted .613 with a nation leading 21 HR to go with 46 RBI in 28 games his senior year...totaled 38 home runs over his junior and senior seasons...signed a letter of intent with the University of Arizona...played in the Little League World Series in 2003 and 2004 for Lamar (Texas); batted .632 (12-19) with 4 HR a nd 11 RBI in his 12-year old season at the LLWS helping Lamar to a 3rd place finish...played for Team USA in 2007 in the World Youth Baseball Championship in Venezuela, hitting three home runs in route to the Gold Medal...resides in Rosenberg, Texas...name pronounced GRICH-ick.
Spent the entire season in the majors for the first time…Ranked among MLB rookie leaders in several categories despite having 50 less games played and almost half as many at-bats as most other rookie leaders…Had 47 extra-base hits, 2nd among rookies, out of 89 total hits on the season (53%)…Extra base hits consisted of 23 doubles, 7 triples, 17 home runs. Became the first STL rookie since Johnny Mize in 1936 (30 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 19 HR) to post at least that many totals in all three categories…Ranked among N.L. rookies in doubles (23, 6th), triples (7, T1st), home runs (17, 4th) and RBI (47, T11th)…His 7 triples ranked T5th in the N.L. and were the most by a Cardinal since M. Carpenter had 7 in 2013…Was on the disabled list 4/17-5/15 with a lower back strain, missing 27 games. Played in 3 games at Extended Spring Training (6-10, .600, HR) during recovery…Placed on the 15-day disabled list 8/17 with a right elbow strain. Missed 18 games before being activated on 9/6…Had his 1st career multi-HR game on 6/20 at PHI. Led STL with 5 home runs, 17 runs and 13 extra-base hits in June…Led St. Louis with 15 RBI in July (career-best month). Had a season high eight-game hit streak 7/26-8/5 (12-32, .375, 3 2B, 3B, 2HR, 4RBI)…Went 3-3 with 2 home runs and a career high 6 RBI on 7/18 vs. NYM, reaching in all 5 PA's (HBP, BB). It was his 2nd multi-homer game…His home run was the game-winning RBI in the 13th on 8/5 at CIN...Hit 451 ft. HR in pinch-hit at-bat on 9/8, his 2nd career PH-HR. Went 3-16 as a pinch-hitter…Named to the 2015 Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team as an outfielder and shared St. Louis BBWAA Rookie of the Year honors with Stephen Piscotty.
Began first year in the Cardinals organization at Memphis (AAA), but joined St. Louis three separate times during the season...His 28 combined home runs (Memphis 25, St. Louis 3) led the entire organization...Played a total of 164 games between Memphis (108) and St. Louis (47), and on into the MLB postseason (9)...Was recalled to St. Louis on 4/28 and made his Major League debut that night vs. MIL, coming off the bench and playing both right field and center field, went 0-for-2...Picked up his first Major League hit with a single off Kyle Lohse (4/29 vs. MIL) and first home run off Mark Buerhle (6/7 at TOR)...Slugged .435 vs. left-handed pitchers, including all three of his home runs. Two of his three home runs broke scoreless ties...Tied for 4th on the team with 2 outfield assists. Ranked T9th among National League rookie outfielders in assists...Was recalled for the final time of the season on 8/26 and batted .318 (21-66) in the remaining 28 games with an OPS of .823...Went 6-for-18 (.333) as a pinch-hitter, and had five hits in his first six pinch-hit at-bats after his recall on 8/26...Had an RBI in three consecutive games (9/18-20) which included home runs in back-to-back games vs. CIN (9/19 & 20). His home run on 9/20 vs. CIN was his first career pinch-hit homer, a 448-foot solo shot...Scored from second base on a wild pitch at ARI on 9/27...Led all Cardinals minor leaguers with 25 home runs and ranked in the Top 10 in runs (73, T3rd), hits (113, 9th), doubles (23, T6th), RBI (71, T2nd), slugging (.494, 3rd) and on-base + slugging (.805, 10th)...Led Memphis with 25 home runs, ranking 6th in the Pacific Coast League. Hit 12 HR vs. left-handers and 13 vs. right-handers...Ranked 7th among Pacific Coast League outfielders with nine assists...Rated as the No. 4 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America. Listed as the "Best Athlete" and "Best Power Hitter" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey...Started each of the nine postseason games in right field...Batted .171 with 2 HR and 3 RBI, hitting safely in 6-of-9 games...Homered off Clayton Kershaw in his first postseason plate appearance, coming at Dodger Stadium in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at LAD (10/3)...became the first Cardinals rookie to homer in a postseason game since Matt Carpenter in Game 3 of the 2012 NLCS...Became the 6th Cardinals player to homer in his first postseason game, the 2nd Cardinals rookie to homer in his first postseason plate appearance (George Watkins, 10/2/1930 vs. PHA, Game 2 WS) and 3rd Cardinals rookie to homer in his first game joining Watkins and Mike Shannon (10/7/1964 vs. NYY, Game 1 WS)...hit game-tying home run in Game 3 of the NLCS at SF (10/14) off Tim Hudson in the 7th inning, the first of his career vs. a right-handed pitcher.
Played in 128 games at Arkansas (AA), his second highest total for games in a season. Made 95 starts in right field and 23 in centerfield. Was designated hitter for 10 starts... Was one of only two players in Minor League Baseball with at least 20 doubles, 8 triples and 20 home runs (Scott Schebler, Rancho Cucamonga-A)... Led the Texas League in runs scored (85) and extra base hits (57), while ranking second in total bases (237)... Recorded 11 outfield assists, ranking T5th in the Texas League... Posted single-season career highs with 22 home runs, 28 walks and 85 runs scored... Named Texas League Player of the Week (8/5-12), batting .458 (11-24) with 3 HR, 7 RBI and six runs scored... Had three multi-HR games, hitting two in each game (5/11 at Tulsa; 8/11 at Corpus Christi; 8/23 at Tulsa)... Went 4-for-4 with 2 HR and 5 RBI at Corpus Christi on 8/11, a season high in RBI... Tallied 38 multi-hit games with 10 games recording multi-extra base hits.
Played his first full season since 2009 appearing in a single-season high 135 games at Inland Empire (A)... started 88 games in RF, 38 in CF and 7 in LF...tied for the league lead in games (135)...ranked T2nd in at-bats (537), was 2nd in hits (160), T4th in triples (9) and 2nd in total bases (262)...led Inland Empire in runs (85), hits and triples...posted a 12-game road hitting streak from 6/6-7/17, batting .408 (20-49)...named California League Player of the Week (7/30-8/6) batting .556 (15-27) with 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 runs and 4-for-4 in stolen bases; the week started a season-high 10-game hitting streak (7/30-8/10)...hit first pro grand slam as part of two homer game at Rancho Cucamonga (8/1)...selected as MiLB.com organizational All-Star...ranked as the Angels No. 6 prospect by Baseball America.
Played at three different levels throughout the year, starting in the Arizona Summer League for seven games, before moving up to Cedar Rapids (A) for 32 games and finishing the season at Inland Empire (High-A) for the final 11 games of the season...suffered a broken knee cap from a foul ball during Spring Training, putting him on the disabled list until 7/10 when he started playing for the Arizona League Angels... finished the season compiling a combined .256 BA with 12 doubles, 7 triples, 3 HR and 25 RBI.
Suffered injuries stemming from a torn ligament and a broken left wrist while diving for a ball... despite playing in only 53 games for Cedar Rapids (A), still ranked T5th on the team in doubles (19), T6th in triples (4) and T5th in home runs (7).
Played in 53 games for the AZL Angels, starting 39 games in LF, 13 in CF and 5 in RF...led the league in hits (76), triples (10) and at-bats (236)...ranked 2nd in RBI (53), extra base hits (30) and total bases (13)...also ranked in batting (10th, .322), slugging percentage (5th, .551) and runs (3rd, 47)...hit safely in 39-of-53 games with 23 multi-hit games...posted first multi-HR game vs. AZL Indians (8/17)...went 6-for-7 with 4 RBI and 3 doubles in an 18-3 rout of the AZL Rangers (7/5)...raced out two triples twice (7/3 at Royals & 7/31 vs. Indians)...posted 11 multi-RBI games with five games with 4 or more RBI, knocking in a season and career-best 7 RBI vs. AZL Dodgers (7/20), a game in which he hit his first professional home run...rated as the No. 5 prospect in the Arizona League by Baseball America and the No. 7 prospect in the Angels organization by Baseball America.