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Mark is in his fifth professional season after making his major league debut in 2017 with the Cubs ... originally drafted by the Cubs in the third round of the 2014 draft... Has batted .277 (364-for-1,313) with 86 doubles, 14 triples and 33 homers in 370 minor league games, including 147 games at the Triple-A level... Had his contract selected by the Cubs, June 22, 2017, and made his debut that night ... went 0-for-14 with four walks in his first major league action... Named a mid-season All-Star with Tennessee in 2016 (Southern League), Myrtle Beach in 2015 (Carolina League) and Boise in 2014 (Northwest League) ... also named a post-season All-Star with Myrtle Beach in 2015... Attended Virginia Tech where he was a 2014 Johnny Bench Award semifinalist ... named a two-time All-ACC Second Team and a three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection ... ranked third in the ACC in career batting average among active players in 2014... Graduated from Holy Cross (N.J.) High School.

2017
Mark made his major league debut in June after beginning the season with Triple-A Iowa... Spent the majority of the season with Iowa, batting .267 (88-for-330) with 21 doubles and 13 homers in 97 games... Was selected to the major league roster, June 22, and made his major league debut that night ... drove in a run in his first plate appearance (RBI ground out) ... went 0-for-14 in seven games but did draw a walk in four of his last five games ... was optioned to Iowa, July 1... Was placed on the minor league disabled list, August 13, with a fracture of the hamate bone in his left hand ... missed the remainder of the season.

2016
Split the season between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, batting .288 (103-for-358) with 25 doubles, 10 homers and 49 RBI in 101 games... Began the season with the Smokies, batting .302 (54-for-179) with 13 doubles and four homers in 51 games ... was promoted to Iowa, June 8, and batted .274 (49-for-179) with 12 doubles and six homers in 50 games... Named a mid-season Southern League All-Star with Tennessee ... batted .345 (20-for-58) off lefties and .281 (34-for-121) off righties... With Triple-A Iowa, he batted .309 (38-for-123) with five homers against righties compared to just .196 (11-for-56) with one homer against lefties... Was placed on the disabled list, July 30, with a fractured right toe that ended his season early.

2015
In his first full professional season, he spent the entire campaign with Single-A Myrtle Beach ... he batted .271 (112-for-413) with 24 doubles, five triples, eight homers and 54 RBI in 115 games ... drew 80 walks contributing to a .406 OBP ... earned Carolina League mid-season and post-season All-Star honors... Earned Carolina League Player of the Week honors for June 15-21 ... went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBI, June 19 vs. Lynchburg... Batted .320 (74-for-231) with a .442 OBP in the first half compared to .209 (38-for-182) with a .361 OBP in the second half... Fared better against lefties, hitting .322 (37-for-115) off southpaws compared to .252 (75-for-298) off righties.

2014
2014 In his first professional action, he appeared in 57 games between the AZL Cubs, Single-A Boise and Single-A Kane County ... combined to bat .288 (61-for212) with 16 doubles, three triples and two homers ... drew 42 walks leading to a .420 OBP... Named a Northwest League mid-season All-Star with Boise, as well as a Baseball America Short Season All-Star ... batted .299 (46-for-154) with nine doubles and 27 RBI in 41 games for the Hawks.


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