Rule 5 Draft
At 18 years old in 2007 he played for the GCL Phillies in the Gulf Coast League. 54 games, 200 at bats with a .235 BA, .297 OBP. He then went on to play for Lakewood Blue Claws in the South Atlantic League. He played in 129 games, 460 at bats with a .254 BA and .321 OBP. 2009 he returned to Lakewood to play in 126 games and getting a .236 BA in 450 AB. In 2011 he played for Lakewood and Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. He ended the season with a total of 90 games played with 312 at bats and a .231 BA. Looking at these numbers don’t do him much justice considering it was mostly single A but there must be something the Reds front office liked about him to get him.
From the looks of it on his minor league stats they had him playing 3B with 394 games and a 4 season total of .941 Fld% with a 2.56 RF / G.