J.J. was the captain of the Sabino High School (Tucson, AZ) baseball team and was an All-State selection in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
In 2015, J.J. led Major League shortstops in fielding percentage (.993) and finished second among A.L. shortstops in Zone Rating (.823). He was on a tear in the month of July in 2015 and had a 15-game hitting streak snapped on August 2.From 2011 through 2015, J.J. ranked third among Major League shortstops with 94 home runs and ranked sixth with 313 RBI.
J.J. won his third consecutive Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence in 2014. He is the first shortstop to win three consecutive Gold Glove’s since the Yankees’ Derek Jeter did it from 2004-6. His third Gold Glove at short also moves him ahead of Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. for second most in franchise history.