Graduated from Hampshire HS (IL) where
he earned three varsity letters in baseball,
football and basketball...was an all-state
baseball player as a junior...was a threetime
all-conference and all-area baseball
selection...named to the Allstate academic
team and was a four-year Super Honor Roll
... Went on to play collegiately at Northwestern
for three seasons (2007-09)...had his final
year cut short because of injury after
appearing in 30 games (.280, 4HR, 23RBI)...
as a sophomore in 2008, was a second-team
All-Big Ten selection...named the team's
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient...
broke a 31-year-old school season record by
posting a Big Ten leading 22 doubles.
... Drafted by Houston in the 13th round of
the June 2009 draft after his junior year at
Northwestern...signed by Astros' scout Troy
... Is signed to a minor league contract that
runs through the 2013 season...was invited
to Major League Spring Training on Jan. 17,
2013...will be in Major League camp for the
second consecutive season.2012Hit a combined .291 (116x398) with 24 doubles, nine homers, 54 RBI and an .838 OPS (.388 OBP/.450
SLG) in 130 combined games between Triple A Oklahoma City (16g) and Double A Corpus Christi (114g) in
2012...ranked tied for fourth in the Texas League with a .304 batting average...named the Texas League Player
of the Week for April 5-16...was also named Corpus Christi's Offensive Player of the Month for August...spent
the majority of the season with Corpus Christi, but made a brief, three-week stint at Triple A OKC from June
9-29...played in 17 games in the Venezuelan Winter League2011Advanced three levels in 2011, combining to hit .290 (140x482) with 27 doubles, 12 home runs and 67 RBI in 132 games with Advanced Class A Lancaster, Double A Corpus Christi and Triple A Oklahoma City...progressed systematically up the minor league chain, playing one month with Lancaster, three months with Corpus Christi and one month with Oklahoma City...named Corpus Christi's Defensive Player of the Month in June and July...following the season, played for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League and hit .247 (21x85) with two home runs and 10 RBI in 22 games.2010Advanced to Class A Lexington in his second professional season and earned the club's MVP Award after hitting .291 (151x519) with a .363 on-base percentage, 48 doubles, 10 home runs and 98 RBI in 135 games...named Lexington's Defensive Player of the Month in April and June and the club's Offensive Player of the Month in August...earned the South Atlantic League's Player of the Week from July 26-Aug. 1...led all Astros minor leaguers with his 98 RBI on the
season.2009Signed nine days after being drafted on June 19, spent his season with short-season Class A Tri-City...hit just .238 (45x189) but posted a .332 on-base percentage with 22 walks in his 59 games...made 47 starts in the outfield.