January 24, 1991
2nd round, 2012 by WAS
Minor league free agent (April 2018)
School: Serra (CA)
Contract expired (Nov. 2019)
Utility player with a short, stocky frame. Above-average hit tool. Line
driver hitter with quick hands and minimal holes in his swing. Will jump
on bad pitches but can also lay off balls out of the zone and work the
count. Doesn’t strike out much. Hits to all fields. Smart at the plate.
Minimal to no power -- essentially no home run power, but will hit some
gappers and leg them out to doubles or triples. Fringe-average arm
strength, but makes accurate throws. Passable defender, not stellar.
Decent glove, limited range. Best suited as a second baseman, but also
able to play third base, left field, and right field. Has even played
first base in a pinch, but not the best fit for the position at his
height. Drafted by the Dodgers out of high school, but opted to go to
Cal-Berkeley. Played three seasons at Cal, winning the Pac-10 Player of
the Year Award in 2011. Played in the Nationals, Yankees, Reds, and
Diamondbacks organizations before signing with the Red Sox in April 2018.
Played 32 major league games with the Reds in 2016, where he failed to
impress at the plate. Profiles as an emergency depth utility player. Has
the potential to stick around in a reserve role for an extended period if
he could play up to his offensive potential when given the opportunity.
Could be a valuable asset due to his versatility, baseball IQ, and makeup.