He attended Westlake High School in California; he was drafted out of high school by the Marlins in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
He hit 15 home runs in 2011 in A-ball.
He was born in Thousand Oaks, California the eldest of three. His brothers are Collin and Cameron, the former of which has played for the Atlanta Braves.
Outfielder Juan Pierre was his teammate on the Marlins.