Optioned from Twins spring training to Double-A Chattanooga March 16....Hit fifth career grand slam April 17 vs. Birmingham.... Hit .159 (10-for-63) in 18 April games, .303 (30-for-99) in 26 May games and .329 (26-for-79) in 22 June games, all with Chattanooga.... Named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 17, hitting .379 (11-for-29) with four doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, three walks and a .438 on-base percentage.... Named Southern League All-Star and started at third base, batting fourth for the North Division, going 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and a run.... Recalled from Double-A Chattanooga July 2.... Recorded first major league hit July 2 at Kansas City, hitting an infield single off Greg Holland.... Recorded first career RBI July 3 at Kansas City, with a single.... Hit safely in first seven career games, marking the third longest for a Twin to start career...also walked six times in first seven games, tying him with Danny Ardoin for second most walks in club history in his first seven games.... Hit first career home run July 7 vs. Baltimore, a two-run shot off Kevin Gausman....Missed two games in late July with a sprained right ankle.... Hit safely in season-high eight straight games twice: July 24-August 1 and September 13-20.... Recorded first career two-homer game August 12 vs. Texas, including six RBI, third most RBI by a rookie in a single game in club history (Tony Oliva - 1964 and Oswaldo Arcia - 2013)....Homered August 25 at Tampa Bay becoming the first player age 22-or-younger with 12 home runs within his first 45 career games since Adam Dunn (2001)...joined Orlando Cepeda (1958) and Albert Pujols (2001) as the only players that young with 12 home runs and 37 RBI in first 45 games (ESPN Stats & Info)....Named AL Rookie of the Month for August after hitting .278 (27-for-97) with seven doubles, nine home runs and 26 RBI...led all AL rookies in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (.629)...nine home runs tied for second most all-time among Twins rookies in any month: Jimmie Hall had 13 in August of 1963 and Tony Oliva had nine in May of 1964.... Hit game-winning solo home run in 12th inning September 9 at Kansas City, giving Twins a 3-2 victory...according to Elias, he became just the second rookie in the last 27 seasons (1989-2015) to hit a pinch-hit game-winning home run in the 12th inning-or-later (Lyle Overbay - 2003 and Mark Parent -1988).... Combined to hit .271 (141-for-520) with 35 doubles, 33 home runs, 100 RBI and 91 walks in 146 games between Chattanooga and Minnesota....Finished eighth on Twins all-time list in home runs (18) for rookies and most since Marty Cordova hit 24 in 1995; his 53 walks ranked 10th. ... Ranked second among AL rookies in home runs and fifth in baseball...ranked third in RBI (52) among AL rookies...among rookies with 200 at-bats, he ranked first in on-base percentage (.385) and slugging percentage (.530).... Given Calvin R. Griffith Award for Most Valuable Twin and Bill Boni Award for Twins Outstanding Rookie, both awards voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA...became second Twins rookie to ever win Calvin R. Griffith Award, the other being Tony Oliva in 1964....Finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting with 20 voting points (all 3rd place votes), behind Carlos Correa (124 points) and Francisco Lindor (109 points).... Named third baseman on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team.... Named designated hitter on Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team.... Ranked top prospect in Southern League by Baseball America (one spot in front of teammate Byron Buxton).
Started season with Single-A Ft. Myers and hit .368 (35-for-95) with seven doubles, nine home runs and 24 RBI in 25 April games…Hit third career grand slam April 16 vs. Palm Beach…Reached base safely in 27 straight games April 20-May 21, posting a .470 on-base percentage in that span…Selected to play for the World Team in the Sirius-XM All-Star Future's Game at Citi Field in New York; started at third base and batted fourth, going 0-for-2 with a walk…Named Florida State League Midseason All-Star; did not play due to promotion to Double-A New Britain June 10…Ranked third best prospect in baseball at Midseason by Baseball America, behind Minnesota's Byron Buxton and St. Louis' Oscar Taveras…Named Eastern League Player of the Week August 12, hitting .417 (10-for-24) with four doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored in six games for the Rock Cats…Hit nine home runs and recorded 23 RBI in 25 August games…Recorded four multi-homer games, all coming after June 8, one with the Ft. Myers and three with New Britain…Combined to hit .280 (123-for-439) with 30 doubles, five triples, 35 home runs, 103 RBI, 86 runs scored, 65 walks and 11 stolen bases in 123 games between both levels…Ranked third among all minor leaguers in home runs (35), second in slugging percentage (.610) and OPS (.992), tied for second in extra-base hits (70), sixth in total bases (268), and tied for seventh in RBI (103)…His 35 home runs were tied for sixth most ever for a Twins minor leaguer (since '61) and most since Stan Holmes hit 37 for Single-A Visalia in 1983…Named third baseman on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team…Named High Class-A Player of the Year, Minor league All-Star and High Class-A All-Star by Baseball America…Ranked second best prospect and best power hitter in the Twins system by Baseball America entering 2014.
Spent season with Single-A Beloit...hit first career grand slam April 6 vs. Peoria...named Twins minor league Player of the Month for April, hitting .276 (24-for-87) with five doubles, six home runs, 21 RBI and 17 runs scored...named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 4, hitting .500 (10-for-20) with two home runs and nine RBI...named Midwest League Player of the Week August 20...named Midwest League All-Star Game selection...led Midwest League in home runs (28), RBI (100) and total bases (238), and second in walks (80)...Midwest League Prospect of the Year...Midwest League Mid- and Postseason All-Star...Baseball America Second-Team minor league All-Star...Baseball America Low Class-A All-Star...ranked second best prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America...named third baseman on MiLB.com's Twins organizational All-Star team...named top prospect in Twins organization by Baseball America entering 2013, ninth best prospect in baseball by Baseball America and 12th best in baseball by MLB.com...recipient of Sherry Robertson Award as Twins minor league Player of the Year.