He transferred from Navarro College to baseball powerhouse Rice University in 2009, and that season he hit .348, prompting him to be selected in the 9th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
On September 4th, 2012, against the Houston Astros, he became the second Pirate in over a century to record a four-hit game within his first four MLB games.
He married Lakyn Pennington on November 9, 2013. Their son, Griffin, was born in December 2016.
As a rookie for the Pirates, he was managed by Clint Hurdle.