Graduated from Duluth High School (GA) in 2002. • Was selected by Atlanta in the second round of the 2002 draft...signed by Braves scout Al Goetz. • His father, Howard, is a former baseball coach at Howard University...his brother, Brad, was a first baseman in the Marlins and Royals organizations. • IN THE COMMUNITY: Since 2008, has served as the spokesperson for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research...with his wife Ashley, has helped to fund more than $6.1 million in childhood cancer research nationwide, including research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center and Golisano Children's Hospital. • In November of 2016, raised money for the Rally Foundation by holding a Benefit Bash in New York City, and a celebrity softball game at Georgia Tech's Russ Chanler Stadium. • Received a 2016 Thurman Munson Award for his success on the field and his philanthropic efforts in the community. • Was the Yankees 2015 Hank Aaron Award nominee. • Is entering the third year of a five-year contract he signed with the Yankees prior to the 2014 season...also includes a vesting option for the 2019 season.
Hit .242 (104x429) with 13 doubles, 20 homers, 58 RBI and a .335 OBP in 130 games (86 starts at catcher; 28 at DH) with the Yankees...hit .249 (85x342) with 17 homers and a .340 OBP against right-handed pitchers... reached the 20-homer plateau for the ninth straight season, joining David Ortiz as the only Major League players to do this...tied a career-high with three multi-homer games (also 2011)...became the third Yankees catcher in a 50-year span to have three multi-homer games, joining Russell Martin (4 in 2011) and Matt Nokes (5 in 1991)... Gary Sanchez joined him later in the season...led all AL catchers in OBP and OPS (.751), while ranking second in slugging (.419) and fifth in home runs (16)...he and Gary Sanchez (20HR) made the Yankees the third team in Major League history to have two catchers hit at least 20 home runs in the same season...also the 1965 Milwaukee Brewers (Joe Torre-27HR/Gene Oliver-21HR) and the 1961 Yankees (Elston Howard-21HR/Johnny Blanchard- 21HR)...made his 10th career Opening Day roster and start...reached base safely at least twice in each of his first five games of the season, batting .500 (9x18) with 10 runs, two homers, four RBI and four walks (April 5-12)... became the third Yankees catcher in over 100 years to reach base safely multiple times in each of his first five games of a season, joining Don Slaught (1988) and Wally Schang (1922)...was the first Major League catcher to do so since Victor Martinez in 2009...also became the second Major League catcher since at least 1913 to score 10 runs over his team's first six games of a season, joining Yogi Berra (1950)...snapped an 0x21 stretch with a tworun homer on May 30 at TOR...matched his career-long hitless streak...had a career-long, 17-game road hitting streak from June 19-Aug. 20...hit .348 (24x69) with six homers and 12 RBI during the run...had a 19-game road on-base streak that was from June 19-Aug. 22...his three multi-homer games came on June 19 at MIN, June 29 vs. TEX and Sept. 8 vs. TB...were his first multi-homer contests since 2014...on June 29, hit a solo homer in the 8th inning and a game-tying three-run homer in the 9th inning...per Elias, became the first Yankee to hit home runs in the 8th and 9th innings of the same game since Tony Clark homered in the 6th, 8th and 9th innings on Aug. 28, 2004 at TOR...had two 10-game hitting streaks (July 23-Aug. 5, June 27-July 9)...was the first time in his career he recorded two double-digit hitting streaks in the same season...recorded a steal on Aug. 20 at LAA...was his first stolen base since Sept. 26, 2012 vs. MIA...had gone 470 games without a stolen base, which was the sixth-longest active streak in the Majors at the time...played his 1,500th career game on Sept. 21 at TB, going 4x5 with an RBI to tie his career high in hits...was his 12th career four-hit game, and first since Sept. 3, 2014 vs. BOS...hit home run No. 20 on Oct. 2 vs. BAL.
Hit .232 (108-for-465) with 68R, 15 doubles, 26HR and 94RBI in 135 games (119 starts at C, three at DH) with the Yankees...established a career high in home runs and tied his career high with a team-leading 94RBI (also 94RBI in 2009 w/ Atlanta)...led all Major League catchers in home runs and ranked second in RBI (Buster Posey-95)...his 2.9 WAR (FanGraphs) was fourth-highest among Major League catchers...Won his sixth career Silver Slugger Award as the AL's top hitting catcher...was his first career AL Silver Slugger...Became the sixth catcher in franchise history to hit 25HR in a season, joining Yogi Berra (six times, 1950-53, '55-56), Bill Dickey (twice, 1937-38), Jorge Posada (twice, 2000, '03), Elston Howard (1963) and Mike Stanley (1993)...Was tied with Nolan Arenado, Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Gonzalez for the Major League lead with 8HR with at least two men on base...marked the most such HRs by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez in 2007 (also eight)...Has led the Yankees in RBI each of the last two seasons (had 75RBI in 2014)...according to Elias, is the seventh player to lead the Yankees in RBI (outright or tied) in each of his first two seasons with the club, joining Babe Ruth (first five seasons from 1920-24), Roger Maris (three, 1960-62), Reggie Jackson (four, 1977-80), Dave Winfield (three, 1981-83), Tino Martinez (three, 1996-98) and Jason Giambi (two, 2002-03)...Hit .365 (19-for-52) with 11R, 2 doubles, 7HR, 32RBI and a 1.227 OPS in the first inning, tied for the second-most RBI by any player in any inning in 2015 (Nolan Arenado-39RBI, first inning; Paul Goldschmidt-32RBI, first inning)...marked the most RBI in a single inning in a season by a Yankee since Dave Winfield had 40RBI in the first inning in 1985...was the ninth-highest OPS by any player in any inning (min. 50PA) and the Majors' second-highest first-inning OPS (Arenado-1.274)...Caught 26-of-76 potential base stealers (34.2%), the fifth-best percentage in the Majors...his AL-high 26CS ranked second among MLB catchers behind only San Diego's Derek Norris (38)...since joining the Yankees in 2014, the club has allowed at least 3SB in a game just three times, the fewest such games by any team over the span...Caught the first 18 innings of the Yankees' 19-inning loss on 4/10 vs. Boston, going 2-for-6 with 1 double, 1RBI, 1SF and 1HP before being removed for PR (Murphy) in the bottom of the 18th...Hit his 200th career home run (solo) in 4/12 win vs. Boston...is one of only six catchers in Baseball history (min. 90% of career games played at the position) to reach 200HR by age 31, joining Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Lance Parrish, Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez...Had a streak of at least 1RBI in eight straight games from 5/20-30...was the longest such streak by a Yankee in 2015 and matched the longest of his career (also 8G from 7/8-19/06)...was the longest RBI streak by a Yankee since Robinson Cano from 6/27-7/6/12 (9G)...was the first Yankee to drive in runs in eight consecutive games, all as a catcher, since Aaron Robinson from 8/8-15/46 (credit: Elias)...the only longer RBI streaks, all as a catcher, in franchise history were both by Bill Dickey: 10G from 4/29-5/11/38 and 9G from 5/29-6/5/32, according to Elias...also had an eight-game hitting streak over the stretch...Homered in four consecutive games from 5/25-29, becoming just the second Yankee since 1957 to accomplish the feat while playing catcher, joining Mike Stanley (4HR total from 7/20-25/93)...from 5/25-28, joined Stanley (7/20-23/93) as the only two players in Yankees franchise history to reach base safely three times with a home run in each of three straight games, all as a catcher...Hit his 11th career grand slam-and first as a Yankee- in 6/27 win at Houston...was his first grand slam since 6/23/13 at Milwaukee w/ Atlanta...was his 10th grand slam as a catcher, tying Johnny Bench for the third-most in Baseball history behind only Mike Piazza (14) and Gary Carter (11)...Hit 12th-inning "walk-off" three-run HR in 7/3 win vs. Tampa Bay...marked his seventh career "walk-off" hit and third as a Yankee...was his fourth career "walk-off" HR and second as a Yankee.//Hit three-run HR and was 3-for-5 with 1 double and a career high-tying 5RBI (all in the first three innings) in 8/17 win vs. Minnesota...also caught three runners trying to steal (tying his single-game career high), becoming the first catcher in Yankees history with at least 5RBI and 3CS in a single game and the first Major League catcher to do so since Brad Ausmus for the Astros in 2003...was the first Yankees catcher to throw out three attempted base stealers since Jorge Posada had 3CS on 8/8/06 at Chicago-AL...Was 0-for-4 in the Yankees' 10/6 Wild Card Game loss vs. Houston.
Batted .232 (115-for-495) with 57 runs, 15 doubles, 23 HR and 75 RBI in 140 games (101 starts at C, 13 at DH and 11 at 1B)in his ﬁrst season with the Yankees…had never appeared at 1B in his Major League career entering the season... Of his 23 HR, 19 came at Yankee Stadium…became the second player in franchise history to hit 16 of his ﬁrst 18HRfor the Yankees at home, joining Joe Sewell in 1931-33 (credit: Elias)… Elias also notes he is the ﬁrst Major Leaguerto hit at least 16 of his ﬁrst 18HR with a team at home since the Angels' Dave Hollins from 1997-98... Collected his ﬁrst hit as a Yankee with an eighth-inning RBI single in 4/1 Opening Day loss at Houston... Hit solo HR-his ﬁrst as a Yankee-and two-run HR and was 2-for-4 in 4/12 win vs. Boston…was his 10th career multi-HR game and ﬁrst since 5/28/13 at Toronto (w/ Atlanta)…was his ﬁrst of two multi-HR games in 2014 (also9/21 win vs. Toronto)... Started at catcher in 4/24 win at Boston, but moved to ﬁrst base in the ninth inning, marking his ﬁrst career appearance at a defensive position other than catcher... Made his ﬁrst career start-and fourth appearance-at 1B in 5/28 win at St. Louis (2-for-4, 1R, 1RBI, 1BB)... Hit two-run HR and a bases-clearing triple in 6/18 win vs. Toronto, tying his career high with 5RBI (sixthtime, ﬁrst since 7/18/10 vs. Milwaukee)…was his third career triple (also 4/24/08 vs. Florida and 6/6/09 vs.Milwaukee)…was the ﬁrst time in his career he hit a triple and a home run in the same game... Missed two games (7/4-5) with a sore left foot... Reached base safely in 19 straight games from 7/2-26/14, batting .338 (25-for-74) with 8R, 4 doubles, 2HR and 8RBI in those games…was tied for the second-longest such streak of his career (also 19 straight from7/11-8/13/08) behind a career-high 26-game stretch of reaching safely from 6/18-7/26/06... Hit safely in a season-high 11 straight games from 7/11-26, hitting .372 (16-for-43) with 4R, 2 doubles, 1 HR and 5RBI over the stretch…was his sixth career double-digit hitting streak and his longest hitting streak since7/3-21/12 w/ Atlanta (also 11 straight)... Hit ninth-inning "walk-oﬀ" single and was 2-for-5 with 1RBI in 7/20 win vs. Cincinnati…was his ﬁfth career "walk-oﬀ" hit, ﬁrst as a Yankee and ﬁrst since 5/17/11 vs. Houston w/ Atlanta (HR)... Made seven straight starts at 1B from 7/22-28... Was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list from 8/9-17 (missed six games)…suﬀered injury on foul tipon 8/9 vs. Cleveland... Homered in a career-high three-straight home games from 8/24-9/3... Hit pinch-hit, three-run "walk-oﬀ" HR in the 10th inning on 8/24 vs.Chicago-AL…was his sixth career "walk-oﬀ" hit and second of theseason (also 7/20 vs. Cincinnati) and third career "walk-oﬀ" HR (laston 5/17/11 w/ Atlanta vs. Houston)…was his third career pinch-hit HR (last also on 5/17/11)…was the ﬁrst pinch-hit "walk-oﬀ" HR by aYankee since Jason Giambi on 6/5/08 vs. Toronto (ninth inning oﬀ B.J.Ryan)…according to Elias, is one of three Yankees to hit a pinch-hit"walk-oﬀ" HR in extra innings, joining Bob Cerv in 1960 and GaryWard in 1988…was his eighth career extra-inning HR (credit: Elias)... Hit 8 HR with 18 RBI in September, his highest totals in both categories in a calendar month since July 2012 (9 HR and 21 RBI)... Tied his career high with 4H in 9/3 win vs. Boston (11th time, ﬁrstsince 7/6/13 at Philadelphia w/ Atlanta)... Homered in back-to-back games at Camden Yards from 9/13-14…his home run on 9/13 was just his third road homer of theseason and ﬁrst since 5/23 at Chicago-AL, snapping a 37-gameroad homerless stretch and marking the second-longest suchstretch of his career behind a 48-game homerless span on theroad from 8/20/10-6/4/11 w/ Atlanta... Pinch-ran for Derek Jeter after Jeter's ﬁnal career hit in the third inning of 9/28 win at Boston…was his second career pinch-running appearance (also 5/25/12 vs. Washington w/ Atlanta for David Ross).
Batted .256 (91-for-356) with 43R, 13 doubles, 20HR and 57RBI in 102 games with Atlanta… posted a 2.98 catchers' ERA, the lowest such mark in the Majors since the Dodgers' Paul Lo Duca in 2003 (2.73). Was named to his seventh career All-Star game (also 2006-11), replacing injured teammate Freddie Freeman. Began the season on the 15-day disabled list from 3/23-5/6 recovering from right shoulder surgery performed on 10/16/12… missed the Braves' first 30 games of the season. Led all Major League catchers with 20HR from the time of his season debut on 5/6 through the end of the year. Batted .349 (38-for-109) with 9HR and 27RBI over a 29-game span from 6/23-8/2. Recorded at least one extra-base hit in seven straight games from 6/29-7/6, all while playing catcher… according to Elias, became just the second Brave to accomplish the feat since 1900, joining Earl Williams from 7/14-20/72. Was named NL "Co-Player of the Week" for the period from 7/1-7 after batting .600 (15-for-25) with 6R, 4 doubles, 1HR and 4RBI in six games, including five multi-hit contests… led the Majors in batting average and hits over the stretch, while also leading the NL with a .600 on-base percentage. Was removed from 9/26 win vs. Philadelphia in the bottom of the second inning with a right adductor strain… missed the Braves' final four regular season games. Collected 1RBI in four NLDS games vs. the Dodgers (0-for-13, 3BB).