Returned after missing the entire 2015 season recovering from Tommy John surgery... Appeared in 57 ML games and made 49 starts over a pair of stints with the Red Sox...Also appeared in 42 games with Triple-A Pawtucket. Threw out 8 of 23 (34.8%) attempted base stealers at the ML level. Began the season on the DL (retroactive to 3/25) recovering from Tommy John surgery...Reached base safely in each of his 5 rehab games with Pawtucket from 4/8-14, making 4 starts at catcher and going 6-for-13 (.462) with a double, 7 BB, 2 RBI, and a .650 OBP. Was activated from the 15-day DL on 4/15, starting that day vs. TOR...Was his 1st ML game since 9/27/14 vs. NYY...Went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, also picking off a runner at 1B. Broke a 6-6 tie with a 2-run HR off Dellin Betances in the 7th inning on 5/1 vs. NYY...Was his 1st HR since 9/25/14. Optioned to Pawtucket on 7/5 and remained with the PawSox until being recalled to the big league club on 9/5... Appeared in 6 more ML games (2 starts), going 2-for-8 with a double. Caught all 10 innings of the Sox' 3-2 win at TB on 9/25, when BOS set a franchise record with 23 SO...The Sox set a ML record by striking out 11 consecutive batters faced, from the 2nd out of the 4th inning through the final out of the 7th. Started 41 games at catcher for the PawSox, throwing out 11 of 24 (46%) attempted base stealers...Hit .291 (32-for-110) with a .358 OBP vs. RHP...Batted .314 (22-for-70) with a .377 OBP in 19 August games in the minors. Following the season, played for Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League...Hit .237 (23-for-97) with 2 HR in 28 regular season games...Started each of the club's 13 postseason games (DH-7, C-6), batting .405 (17-for-42, 11 RBI, 5 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, 6 BB, HBP)...Threw out 2 of 3 attempted base stealers and picked off a runner at 1B in the postseason. POSTSEASON: Named to the Red Sox' ALDS roster vs. CLE but did not appear in a game.
Missed the season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow...Procedure was performed on 4/2 by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL. Was originally placed on the 60-day DL on 3/30 with a right elbow sprain...Sustained injury in spring training. Returned to game action in the Fall Instructional League in September/October...Served only as DH (did not catch). Following the season, hit .254 (32-for-126, 6 2B, 3B, 12 RBI) in 34 games between Mayaguez and Santurce of the Puerto Rican Winter League, including the postseason...Served only as a DH (did not catch).
Played 55 games for the Red Sox, his 1st career ML action, including 54 games at catcher (50 starts)...Took over as the club's regular catcher after July recall...Reached base safely in 40 of his 50 starts for BOS, hitting .240 (42-for-175) with 9 2B, HR, 20 RBI, and 19 BB...Threw out 51.7% of attempted base stealers (15 of 29), best in the majors among catchers with at least 50 games behind the plate...Was the best such mark in Red Sox history (since CS began being tracked in the AL in 1920)...Did not benefit from a pitcher caught stealing, making his 51.7% catcher caught stealing rate the best among major leaguers with at least 50 games behind the plate since STL's Yadier Molina in 2005 (54.8%; 17 of 31)...Was the best such mark by a rookie catcher since CCS began being tracked in 1974...Posted a team-best 4.04 catcher's ERA...His 54 games, 50 starts, and 458.1 innings at catcher all ranked 2nd on the team to A.J. Pierzynski (64 games, 60 starts, 540.0 inn.)...Had 4 pickoffs, the most by a Red Sox catcher in a season since Rich Gedman had 4 in 1985...Hit .286 (20-for-70) at Fenway Park compared to .210 (22-for-105) on the road...Went 7-for-24 (.292) with 5 walks with 2 out and runners in scoring position...Began the year with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .273 (68-for-244) with 17 2B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 35 R, and 21 BB in 66 games...Threw out 39.6% of attempted base stealers (19 of 48)...Named a Mid-Season International League All-Star and was also selected to the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game...Did not participate in either contest...Recalled 7/9 and made his ML debut that night, starting behind the plate in a 5-4 win vs. CWS...Started 50 of Boston's 72 remaining games following his recall...The Red Sox won his first 5 career starts from 7/9-21, over which Red Sox pitchers allowed only 9 runs...Was the 1st Red Sox ever to start as a catcher and win each of his first 5 major league games, and the 1st AL player to do it since MIL's Bill Schroeder in 1983 (Source: Elias)...Went 3-for-4 with 2 R, 2 2B, and 3 RBI in his 2nd ML game on 7/11 at HOU...Was the fastest Red Sox to a 3+ hit game since Nomar Garciaparra's on 9/1/96 at OAK (2nd game, 3 H)...Appeared in 13 of the club's last 14 games beginning on 9/12 (11 starts)...Hit safely in 8 of his last 9 starts (.400, 12-for-30, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB)...Went 4-for-4 with a double and his 1st ML home run on 9/25 vs. TB...The homer was a 2-run, go-ahead shot off Jeremy Hellickson in the 2nd inning...Was the 1st Red Sox rookie catcher with 4 or more hits in a game since Scott Hatteberg had 4 hits on 8/8/97 vs. KC...Following the season, played 33 games for San Juan of the Puerto Rican Winter League...Ranked 9th among qualifiers with a .288 AVG (32-for-111) and had 6 2B, HR, 12 RBI, 10 BB, and a .365 OBP...Tied for the league lead among catchers with 10 CS (21 attempts, 47.6%)...Was named by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the International League in 2014.
Led Double-A Portland with a .289 AVG (99-for-342) and was named team MVP. Including 1 game with Triple-A Pawtucket, ranked 5th among full-season Red Sox minor league qualifiers with a career-best .287 AVG (99-for-345)…Also posted a career-high .375 OBP. Ranked 9th in AVG among Eastern League qualifiers…Had the 4th-highest ratio of plate appearances per strikeout (9.1). Topped Eastern League backstops throwing out 46.5 percent (47 of 101) attempted base stealers…Also led EL catchers in total chances (871), putouts (781), and assists (tied, 80). Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month for April (11 CS in 16 G). Reached in all 5 PA on 5/22 vs. New Hampshire (4-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB). Started behind the plate for the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game on 7/10 in New Britain. Posted a season-long 12-game hitting streak from 7/31-8/16 (.429 AVG, 21-for-49, 3 2B, 7 RBI)…Matched the longest hit streak by a Sea Dog all year. Hit .347 (50-for-144) after the All-Star break…Promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on 9/1, where he made his Triple-A debut the next day in the PawSox' regular season finale. Hit .273 (3-for-11) with 2 RBI and 2 walks in 3 playoff games for Pawtucket. After the season, played for Santurce of the Puerto Rico Winter League and led the league with 32 games behind the plate…Threw out a league-best 63.0% (17 of 27) of attempted base stealers. Following the season, ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the Red Sox farm system for a 3rd straight year…Also named the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League.