Was a three-year varsity member as an infielder and catcher at Chase High School in Forest City, N.C, receiving Southwestern 2A-3A All-Conference and All-County recognition during all three of his seasons...a career .407 hitter, helped lead Chase HS to the Southwestern 2A-3A conference championship and was named to the All-State Team during his senior season... Played four seasons at Western Carolina University (2010-13) as a starting first and third baseman...batted .325 with 77 multihit games during his career, finishing his career with the fourth-most hits (287) and third-most doubles (64) in program history... Was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2013, while also receiving All-Southern Conference First Team honors and Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American recognition... Drafted by Houston in the 33rd round of the June 2013 draft...signed by Astros scout Tim Bittner... Was selected to the Astros Major League roster on April 1, 2016...is signed to a oneyear contract that runs through the 2018 season.
Slugging infielder had an impressive 22-game stint with the Astros, his second season in the Majors... knocked nine extra-base hits (6 doubles, 3 homers), posting an .853 OPS (.328 OBP/.525 SLG)...per Statcast, posted the 12th-best "Barrels per Plate Appearance" mark (9.0) among all Major League players with at least 30 batted balls...posted a 30.4% line drive rate...hit two homers in nine plate appearances vs. left-handed pitchers for a 1.333 OPS against southpaws...appeared in 19 games at first base (12 starts), four games at second base, two in left field (one start) and made one appearance on the mound...began the season at Triple A Fresno... recalled to Houston on July 23...optioned to Triple A on Aug. 9...recalled to Houston on Sept. 2...went 4x5 with two homers and five RBI on Aug. 4 vs. TOR...set career highs for hits and RBI in a game...was his second career multi-homer game (also May 17, 2016 at CWS)...hit a solo homer in his first plate appearance on Aug. 5 vs. TOR, becoming the first Astros player with homers in three straight plate appearances since Craig Biggio in 2006... in 111 games at Triple A Fresno, hit .300 (131x436) with 22 doubles, one triple, 25 homers, 89 RBI and an .898 OPS (.371 OBP/.528 SLG)...named the Astros June Minor League Player of the Month after hitting .381 (40x105) with 10 doubles, nine homers, 28 RBI and a 1.189 OPS...recorded multiple hits in 11 straight games during the month, including a performance on June 16 where he went 5x6 with two doubles, one homer and six RBI...among all Triple A players in June, ranked second in extra-base hits, second in RBI, third in OPS and fourth in hits...made the Astros playoff roster for the ALDS vs. BOS, but did not appear in any games.
Made his Major League debut, hitting 16 doubles and eight home runs across 86 total games with the Astros...made the Astros Major League roster out of Spring Training but ultimately had three stints with Houston...became the first rookie position player in American League history to win the AL Player of the Week award for the first week of a season (April 4 -10)...during the week, which spanned six games, hit .556 (10x18) with two doubles, three homers and nine RBI, leading all Major League hitters in batting average and slugging percentage...set club records for most RBI within a player's first five Major League games (9), most hits within a player's first eight Major League games (13), and most homers within a player's first 15 Major League games (5)...hit .462 (6x13) with four doubles, four RBI, one walk and a 1.269 OPS as a pinch-hitter...marked the most pinch-hit doubles by a rookie in club history, and the third-most by an AL rookie since 1974 behind Carlos Baerga and Kevin Reimer, who both recorded five as rookies in 1990...marked the most pinch-hit doubles by an AL player overall since Jim Thome hit four in 2010...played 58 games at first base (50 starts), 15 games as the designated hitter (13 starts), three games at third base (no starts) and two games at second base (one start)... entered Spring Training as a non-roster invitee before making his first career Opening Day roster...was selected to the Major League roster on April 1...was optioned to Triple A Fresno on June 17...recalled to Houston on July 29, before getting optioned to Triple A on Aug. 20...recalled to Houston on Sept. 2 and remained in the Majors for the rest of the season...made his Major League debut on April 5 at NYY as a pinch hitter and went 1x1 with a hit by pitch...singled in his first at-bat against LHP Chasen Shreve...became the sixth player in club history to record his first career hit on Opening Day, and the first since James Mouton on April 4, 1994 vs. MON...also became the fifth player in club history to get hit by a pitch in his MLB debut, and the first since Hunter Pence on April 28, 2007...went 3x4 with his first-career homer and four RBI on April 7 at NYY in what was his third career game...also marked the first RBI of his career...the homer was a two-run shot off RHP Nate Eovaldi...joined George Bjorkman (July 13, 1983 vs. MON) as the only players in club history to have a four-RBI game within their first three games in the Majors...the next day on April 8 at MIL, went 3x4 with a homer and three RBI...per Elias, became the first Major League player to record nine-or-more hits within his first 13 at-bats in the Majors since Mike Schemer in 1945 (9x13)...also became the second player since at least 1913 to record two games with at least three hits and three RBI within his first four Major League games, joining Jack Merson (1951)...homered for the third consecutive game on April 9 at MIL...became the ninth AL player since 1913 to homer in three of his first five games, with the most recent being Josh Phegley (2013) and Yoenis Cespedes (2012)...became the seventh player in club history to begin his career on a five-game hitting streak, joining Jose Altuve (7 games in 2011), Russ Johnson (7 games in 1997), Chris Truby (6 games in 2000), Doug Rader (6 games in 1967), George Springer (5 games in 2014) and Rob Andrews (5 games in 1975)...hit .667 (10x15) over that five-game streak to start his career...earned AL Player of the Week honors for the first week of the season...led the Majors in batting (.556) and slugging (1.167) during the week, while leading the AL in OBP (.591) and ranking tied for first in hits (10) and RBI (9)...recorded a double and two homers on May 17 at CWS for his first career multi-homer game... became the sixth rookie in club history to record at least 10 total bases and a game, and the first since Brandon Barnes hit for the cycle on July 19, 2013 vs. SEA...pitched 1.0 inning of relief on Aug. 18 at BAL in a 13-5 Astros loss...gave up a solo homer in the inning...was his first career appearance as a pitcher in the Major Leagues... had a strong month of September, batting .313 (10x32) with five doubles, one homer, five RBI and an .896 OPS (.333 OBP/.563 SLG) in 16 games...during his time in the minors, hit .241 (42x174) with 13 homers, 29 RBI and a .500 slugging percentage in 44 games with Triple A Fresno...was named the Fresno July Player of the Month after hitting .322 (28x87) with eight homers, 20 RBI and a 1.024 OPS in 23 games during the month...ranked fifth in the Triple A Pacific Coast League in July OPS.
Was named the MiLB.com Fans' Choice for Best Offensive Player in addition to being named a Double A Texas League Midseason All-Star...combined to hit .325 (131x403) with 25 doubles, 14 homers and a .939 OPS (.442 OBP/.496 SLG) in 116 games between Triple A Fresno (57g) and Double A Corpus Christi (59g)...received 22 percent of the vote for the Fans' Choice award, beating out fellow Astros farmhand A.J. Reed (18%) and eight other minor league baseball players from various organizations for the honor...was the second Astros minor league player to win the award, with George Springer receiving the nod in 2013...began the season with Double A Corpus Christi and saw action in 59 games, batting .284 (54x190) with 13 extra-base hits and 40 RBI...made his Triple A debut on July 2 at El Paso and recorded five straight multi-hit efforts to begin his Triple A career...recorded a multi-hit game in 26 of 57 games with Fresno...batted .385 (35x91) in his first month with Fresno and followed it up by hitting .385 (36x96) with 32 RBI in August...from August 17-20, batted .688 (11x16) with four doubles, a triple, one homer and 16 RBI over four games, including six RBI on Aug. 17 vs. New Orleans...in the postseason with Fresno, batted .359 (14x39) with two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and five runs scored...in Game 5 of the PCL Championship-clinching victory over Round Rock, hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning that gave the Grizzlies the lead for good...went 2x4 with a double, RBI, walk and run scored in the 7-0, Triple A National Championship win over Columbus at Southwest University Ballpark in El Paso...following the season, played for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League and was named the MVP of the league...led the league in homers (7) and OPS (.914), while hitting .297 (47x158) with 10 doubles and 31 RBI in 44 games.
In his first full season as a professional, appeared in 114 games between Class A Quad Cities (71g) and Class A Advanced Lancaster (43g)...batted .290 (113x389) with a career-high 15 homers, 33 doubles and .911 OPS (.410 OBP/.501 SLG) between the two levels...was named the Quad Cities Player of the Month for June after batting .324 (22x68) with four doubles, a triple, five homers and a .632 slugging percentage...started the season with Quad Cities, playing in 71 games from April 3-July 14, while batting.305 (73x239) in that span...tallied a career-high five hits on May 6 at Cedar Rapids...was assigned to Class A Advanced Lancaster on July 15, where he remained through the end of the season...belted eight homers, 13 doubles and a triple with Lancaster...went 4x6 with two homers and a career-high six RBI on Aug. 26 at High Desert...was his first career multi-homer game...helped lead the JetHawks to the California League Championship, batting .259 (7x27) with two homers in eight postseason games.