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He was drafted by the Rays in the first round as the third pick overall in the 2006 MLB draft.

Because Long Beach State already had an established shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki (who now plays with the Toronto Blue Jays), Longoria played third base.

Following a successful MVP summer in 2006 in the Cape Cod League with the Chatham A's where he played second base, When he first started attending Long Beach State University, he majored in kinesiology.

After signing with the Rays, Longoria tore through his first assignments in the minor leagues.

After just eight games with the Single-A Hudson Valley Renegades, Longoria moved up to the Visalia Oaks and impressed the organization with his quick success, hitting .327 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 28 games.

This earned him a promotion to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits, where he hit .267 with six home runs through the end of the season, and hit .345 in the postseason, including a walk-off two run home run in the Southern League Division Playoffs to put Montgomery into the championship.

He was the 2007 Most Valuable Player with the Biscuits as well as a postseason all-star. Longoria followed up his successful debut with another stellar year in 2007.

In his freshman season, Longoria earned first-team All-State honors and was offered a scholarship by Long Beach State University.

He transferred to Long Beach for his sophomore year and hit .320, earning All-Conference honors.

However, he switched to the department of Criminal Justice because it was somewhat less time-consuming and, therefore, would not interfere with the baseball schedule as much.

In just two years, Longoria transformed his thin stature into a 6-foot-2 and 210-pounds by the end of his LBSU tenure.

On April 12, 2008, the Rays placed Willy Aybar on the disabled list and called up Longoria from Triple-A Durham to replace him on the major league roster and on the 40-man roster.

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