Begins his third season on the staff after being named to his position on 12/7/15.....is his first experience at any level as a coach
Was selected by Houston in the sixth round of the 1999 draft... Enjoyed a 17-year professional playing career, primarily as an outfielder, including seven seasons in the Major Leagues with Houston (2002-07) and San Diego (2007, 2014)... Was a career .241 hitter with 61 HR and 189 RBI in 500 games in the Major Leagues.....his best season came in 2005 as he batted .267 with 26 HR and 78 RBI in 145 games for the National League champion Astros... Was converted into a pitcher in 2012 and made his only big league appearances on the mound with San Diego in 2014, going 0-1 with a 0.87 ERA in 3 games, including 1 start (10.1ip, 7h, 1r, 1er, 0bb, 6k)... Spent his final professional season at Triple-A El Paso (Padres) in 2015 and went 10-10 with a 5.71 ERA in 28 starts.
Has a daughter named Ally... Graduated from El Molino (CA) High School, where he also played football and basketball... Attended Santa Rosa Junior College before graduating from the University of Southern California... Was a member of the 1998 NCAA champion Trojans.....belted a grand slam in the title game against Arizona State, who were managed by current Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy.....also pitched 2.2 innings and earned the win in the 21-14 victory... Set a College World Series record with 15 hits in 1998... Earned All-America honors as a senior at USC in 1999... Played two summers (1996-97) in the Alaska Baseball League for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks and one summer (1998) in the Cape Cod League for the Hyannis Mets... Footage of him hitting a home run against the Brewers in 2006 appears in the Oscar Award-nominated movie Boyhood (2014)... Enjoys golf, target shooting and classic cars.