Acquired: Drafted in the first round (25th) of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (OAK).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|Hitting .259 with 16 home runs and 30 RBIs in 48 games at Nashville (Triple-A) for a .592 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Nashville on June 15 when SS Trevor Plouffe was designated for assignment
MLB Debut Date: 06/15/17
|June 15, in a 7-6 10-inning win over the Yankees. The starting third baseman, he batted seventh and went 0-for-3 with a run scored and two walks. In the second inning against right-handed starter Jordan Montgomery, he walked, then moved to third on a double by Josh Phegley and scored on a double by Adam Rosales. In the fourth, with one out, he struck out swinging. In the sixth, with one out, he popped out to shortstop. In the eighth, facing right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard with one out and one on, he drew a walk. In the ninth, facing right-handed reliever Dellin Betances with the bases loaded and two outs, he struck out swinging on three pitches.|
|The Cal State University, Fullerton product, like fellow debutante Derek Fisher, was sitting near the top of the minor league leaderboard in home runs when recalled, but he brings as much to the field as he does to the plate. Named by Baseball America as the Athletics' top defensive infielder with the best infield arm as well as the best power, he also ranked at the top of those three tools categories by Baseball Amnerica in the Texas League (Double-A) in 2016, when he earned the League's Player of the Year honors with the Midland RockHounds, combining between Midland and a brief stint at Nashville to hit .237 in 135 games with 36 home runs (third in the minors), 96 RBIs, with a .519 SLG to go with 92 runs scored, 267 total bases and 68 extra-base hits. With power to take it yrad to all fields and a plus arm, he was one of the last cuts out of spring training, and entered the season ranked as Oakland's No. 5 prospect by 2080 Baseball in their 2017 Athletics organizational review.|