Graduated from Albuquerque Academy H.S. in New Mexico in 2012...had a big junior season in 2011 as he was named first-team All-State and set a New Mexico season record with 19 home runs...battled injuries his senior year and was drafted by Boston in the 29th round of the June 2012 draft... opted to attend LSU... Received many accolades in his three years at LSU, including his junior season of 2015... named a First-Team All-American, was a Gold Glove Award winner and was a Golden Spikes Award finalist, which goes to the top collegiate player in the country... Finished his career batting .337 (265x786) with 56 doubles, 10 triples, 21 homers, 148 RBI, 153 runs and 66 stolen bases... committed just nine errors in 359 chances... Played in the 2015 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park for LSU and was named to the All-Tournament Team hitting .385 (5x13), with three runs scored, a double and three stolen bases... Drafted with the second overall selection in the June 2015 draft...signed by Astros scout Justin Cryer... IN THE COMMUNITY: This offseason, he launched AB for AUDS in honor of his godson Brady Columbus...the organization raises money for children with autism and down syndrome...has also served as the National Fund Chair for the LSU Alumni Association... in 2016, helped to establish the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which directed donations toward the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund... Was added to the Astros 40-man roster on July 25, 2016...is currently signed to a oneyear contract for the 2018 season...is under Astros club control through 2022.
23-year-old built upon his stellar 2016 rookie season by establishing himself as one of the brightest young stars in the game...clubbed 39 doubles (T-9th in AL), five triples and 19 home runs while swiping 17 stolen bases and posting an .827 OPS (.352 OBP/.475 SLG) in 155 games...was one of five players in the Majors to post at least 39 doubles, 19 home runs and 17 stolen bases, along with Jose Altuve, Elvis Andrus, Mookie Betts and Jose Ramirez...the only player in club history to reach those numbers in a season at a younger age was Cesar Cedeño at age 21 (1972)...the only other third basemen in MLB history to reach those totals, regardless of age, were Anthony Rendon (2014), David Wright (2005-07), Chipper Jones (1997, 1999), Howard Johnson (1989) and George Brett (1979)...became the third player in American League history to reach 39 doubles, five triples, 19 homers, 17 steals and 55 walks in a season at age 23 or younger, joining Mike Trout (2013) and Grady Sizemore (2006)...ranked third among AL third basemen in OPS, behind Josh Donaldson (.990) and Mike Moustakas (.858)...was one of the to hitters in the AL against lefthanded pitching...hit .331 (47x142) with 18 extra-base hits (9 doubles, 2 triples, 7 homers), and a .974 OPS (.404 OBP/.570 SLG) against left-handed pitchers...ranked ninth in the AL in both batting average and OPS vs. lefties... finished tied for ninth in the AL in triples (5)...marked the most triples by a 23-year-old Astros player since Luis Gonzalez hit nine as a 23-year-old in 1991...led the Astros with 155 games played...started 127 games at third base and 21 games at shortstop...led all American League third basemen in fielding percentage (.970), making just 10 errors in 337 total chances...was the fourth-highest fielding percentage by a third baseman in club history, trailing Bob Aspromonte (.973 in 1964), Matt Dominguez (.972 in 2014) and Doug Rader (.971 in 1975)...vastly improved upon his .931 fielding percentage he posted at the position in 2016...made his first career Opening Day roster and Opening Day start...at 23 years, four days old, became the youngest third baseman in club history to start on Opening Day on April 3 vs. SEA...hit his first career grand slam in Game 2 of Houston's doubleheader at NYY on May 14...was his first homer of the year, snapping the longest homerless streak of his career (147 at-bats, 41 games)...at 23 years, 45 days old, became the sixth-youngest visiting player since 1930 to hit a grand slam at Yankee Stadium, behind Adam Jones (22.362 in 2008), Wil Myers (22.194 in 2013), Ken Griffey Jr. (21.244 in 1991), Pat Seerey (22.118 in 1945), Ted Williams (21.351 in 1940)...tied a career high in hits on May 24 vs. DET, going 3x4 with a double and a homer...homered in all three games of the Astros series at Minnesota from May 29-31... marked the first time in his career that he homered in three straight games...also recorded multiple hits, multiple RBI and a homer in those three games at Minnesota, becoming the youngest player in club history with a streak like that since Jeff Bagwell also did so during his 1991 rookie season at 23 years old...in July, ranked tied for third in the AL in doubles (11) and eighth in OPS (1.021)...had a three-hit game on July 4, and after that date was one of the best hitters in the American League...from July 4 through the end of the season, hit .321 (93x290) with 57 runs, 25 doubles, four triples, 11 homers, 45 RBI, 11 steals and a .927 OPS (.378 OBP/.548 SLG)...among AL players in that span, ranked third in runs, third in doubles, sixth in batting average and tied for seventh in hits...doubled in a career-long four consecutive games from July 4-7...ranked fourth in the AL in hits in August (39), while hitting .345 during the month...tied a franchise record by recording an extra-base hit in 10 consecutive games from July 30-Aug. 9...tied the club record streak set by Richard Hidalgo in 2000...was the longest extra-base hit streak by a Major League player since Brian Dozier had an 11-game streak in 2016...hit .378 (14x37) with five doubles, three home runs and two triples during his streak...became the fourth player since 1913 to have a 10-game extra-base hit streak at 23 years old or younger, joining Justin Upton (2011), Ken Griffey Jr. (1993) and Willie Mays (1954)...hit a game-tying, two-run, 9th-inning triple off RHP Roberto Osuna on Aug. 6 vs. TOR...scored the game-winning run on Juan Centeno's walkoff single...posted a career-long, 14-game hitting streak from July 29-Aug. 12...played the 162nd game of his career on Aug. 15 at ARI...recorded 42 doubles and 71 total extra-base hits over his first 162 games in the Majors...the only player in club history to record more in his first 162 games was Hunter Pence, who posted 43 doubles and 77 extra-base hits...homered in each of his first two career games at Fenway Park from Sept. 28-29 at BOS...became the first Major League player to homer in each of his first two games at Fenway Park since Paul Goldschmidt in 2013...had a breakout postseason in his first ever trip to the playoffs...hit .208 (15x72) with three doubles, four homers and 10 RBI in 18 starts at third base...while he did not hit for a high batting average, he had a number of key hits and highlight reel defensive plays that propelled Houston to their first World Series Championship...became the fifth player in MLB history to hit four homers in a single postseason at age 23 or younger...joined Carlos Correa (2017), Kyle Schwarber (2015), Evan Longoria (2008) and Miguel Cabrera (2003)...homered off LHP Chris Sale in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. BOS in what was his first career postseason plate appearance...became the fourth Astros player to homer in his first career postseason plate appearance, joining Raúl Chávez (Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS), Jason Lane (Game 1 of the 2004 NLDS) and Glenn Davis (Game 1 of the 1986 NLCS)...per ESPN Stats & Info, became the second-youngest player in club history to hit a postseason homer (Carlos Correa, 21, 2015)...at 23 years old, became the youngest third baseman in club history to start a postseason game...hit a game-tying, solo homer off LHP Chris Sale in the 8th inning of Game 4 of the ALDS at BOS...became the fourth-youngest American League player in postseason history to homer in a series clinching game...the only players to do it at a younger age: Mickey Mantle (1952 World Series), Charlie Keller (1939 World Series) and Joe DiMaggio (1937 World Series)...became the second player in MLB history to record an RBI in each of his first five career games in the World Series, joining Amos Otis (1980)...became the eighth player to hit multiple homers in a single World Series at age 23 or younger, joining Hank Aaron (1957), Charlie Keller (1939), Goose Goslin (1924), Lenny Dykstra (1986), Reggie Smith (1967), Mickey Mantle (1952-53) and Jimmie Foxx (1929)...homered off LHP Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series...became the youngest player to homer for an American League team in the World Series since Manny Ramirez in the 1995 World Series...hit a walkoff RBI-single off RHP Kenley Jansen in Game 5 of the World Series...was the 57th walkoff win in World Series history, the first for the Astros, and the first since Eric Hosmer's sac-fly in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series.
Made his Major League debut with the Astros, after he was selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft...was named the Astros Minor League Player of the Year, ESPN.com Prospect of the Year, MLB Pipeline Hitter of the Year and a Baseball America Minor League All-Star...was named the 2016 USA TODAY Minor League Player of the Year...became the first player in Houston franchise history to receive the award, which was created in 1988 and is given annually to the top performing prospect in the game... batted .264 with a .791 OPS (.313 OBP/.478 SLG) in 49 games in the Majors...recorded 24 extra-base hits (13 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs)...began his career in the Majors just 1x32 in eight total games...in his final 41 games, batted .308 (52x169) with eight homers, 32 RBI, and a .917 OPS (.355 OBP/.562 SLG)...in that span, led Astros hitters in batting average and RBI (34), while ranking second in homers (8), second in slugging (.562), second in runs scored (31), second in doubles (13), fourth in hits (50)...made 48 starts with Houston: 40 at third base, four at shortstop, three as designated hitter and one at second base...appeared in one game in left field on July 30 at Detroit...among AL rookies with at least 200 at-bats, ranked fifth in OPS (.791), fourth in slugging (.478), ninth in RBI (34) and tied for 11th in homers (8)...his slugging percentage ranked seventh by an Astros rookie all-time...spent the first four months of the season in the minors...was selected to the Major League roster on July 25, and made his Major League debut that night vs. the Yankees at Minute Maid Park...recorded his first Major League hit on July 31 vs. DET...was his fifth start at third base in his sixth career game...on Aug. 5 vs. TEX, went 3x5, becoming the youngest third baseman in club history (22 years, 129 days old) to record a three-hit game (previously Jimmy Paredes at 22 years, 257 days old on Aug. 9, 2011 at ARI)...had a four game, multi-hit game streak from Sept. 2-5...was tied for the second longest multi-hit game streak by an Astros player during the season...went 9x19 (.474) with a double, triple, two home runs and six RBI during the run...had a careerlong 25 game on-base streak which spanned from Aug. 16-Sept. 11...was tied for the third-longest streak by an Astros rookie in club history with Chris Johnson's 25-game streak in 2010, trailing streaks by Gerald Young (29g in 1987) and Greg Gross (27g in 1974)...batted .346 (37x107) with seven doubles, three triples, eight homers, 28 RBI, .391 OBP during the streak...had a career-long 10-game hitting streak from Sept. 2-11...was the longest by an Astros rookie since George Springer hit in 11 straight games in 2014...batted .378 (17x45) with a 1.182 OPS with nine extra base hits (3 doubles, 3 triples and 3 homers) during the streak...on Sept. 14, left the game with right hamstring discomfort after running to third base on a Tyler White groundout...missed the next 11 games, and returned to action as a pinch-hitter on Sept. 27 vs. SEA...hit a game-tying pinch-hit single in the 6th inning of RHP Felix Hernandez that game, in what was his first career pinch-hit appearance...in his final outing of the season, made a start at third base on Sept. 28...recorded an RBI-single in the 5th inning, which was his 34th RBI of the season...became one of just five players in franchise history to record 34 RBI in his first 49 career games... also: George Springer (36 in 2014), Hunter Pence (34 in 2007), J.D. Martinez (34 in 2011) and Carlos Correa (34 in 2015)...in 80 combined games between Triple A Fresno (18g) and Double A Corpus Christi (62g), hit .306 (96x314) with 71 runs, 22 doubles, two triples, 20 HR, 61 RBI and a .986 OPS (.406 OBP/.580 SLG), with more walks (47) than strikeouts (38)...was a 2016 Texas League Midseason All-Star and also participated in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game...fell a home run shy of the cycle in the Futures Game, going 3x5 with a double and a triple in a start at third base...led all Double A players in OPS (.975) prior to his promotion to Triple A on June 30...during his 18 games at Triple A, hit six HR with a .333 avg. and 1.015 OPS.