Grew up in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, which is just east of Montreal...played soccer and volleyball as a youth, before picking up baseball at the age of 14...played at Edouard Montpetit HS in Montreal, graduating in 2015...Went on to play one season collegiately, at Seminole State Junior College in Central Oklahoma...hit .439 (90x205) with 14 doubles, 20 homers and 86 RBI in 55 games with Seminole State in 2016...was selected by Houston in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB Draft...signed by Astros scout Jim Stevenson...Is from a Venezuelan family and grew up in Quebec, therefore he speaks Spanish, French and English...Is signed to a one-year contract for the 2020 season...was added to the Astros 40-man roster on Aug. 22, 2019.
Was named the Astros Minor League Player of the Year and made his Major League debut with the Astros in August as part of a breakout season that saw him advance from Double A to the Majors...made 20 starts for the Astros in August and September (all at third base), with the Astros going 14-6 in those games...began the season at Double A Corpus Christi following his first appearance at Major League Spring Training camp... was promoted to Triple A Round Rock on Aug. 1...was selected to the Major League roster on Aug. 22...made his MLB debut in a start at third base on Aug. 22 vs. LAA, going 0x4...became the fourth Canadian-born player to make his MLB debut with the Astros...also RHP Jason Green (2000), RHP Gordi Pladson (1979) and OF Terry Puhl (1977)...became the eighth Canadian-born player to appear in a game for Houston, and the first since LHP Erik Bedard in 2013...was the first position player to appear in a game for the Astros since OF Terry Puhl (1977-80)...recorded his first Major League hit on Aug. 23 vs. LAA as part of a 2x4 game...posted his first-career RBI on Aug. 25 vs. LAA...went 1x2 with three walks and his first-career Major League home run on Aug. 29 vs. TB...joined OF Terry Puhl as the only Canadian-born players in Astros history to hit a home run...became the youngest Canadian-born player all-time with three walks and a home run in a single game, surpassing Russell Martin, who did so at 25 years of age on April 30, 2008 for the Dodgers...hit a two-out, two-run homer in the 9th inning off Jays closer RHP Ken Giles on Sept. 1 at TOR, snapping a 0-0 scoreless tie in what became RHP Justin Verlander's third-career no-hitter...was inserted into the starting lineup after Yuli Gurriel was scratched pregame with a left elbow contusion ...also made the final out of the no-hitter, a 5-3 putout...became the fifth Canadian-born player in MLB history to hit two home runs over his first eight MLB games...also Danny Klassen (3), Joey Votto, Brett Lawrie and Dave McKay...in 114 minor league games between Triple A Round Rock (16g) and Double A Corpus Christi (98g), hit .324 with 31 doubles, 4 triples, 17 homers, 80 RBI and a .938 OPS (.411 OBP/.527 SLG)...was a Double A Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-Star after batting .306 with 16 home runs and a .906 OPS (.393 OBP/.513 SLG) in 98 games with the Hooks...hit .424 in limited action at Triple A (16 games)...during his 16 games at Triple A, ranked among the top-three Pacific Coast League hitters in hits (28), batting average and OBP (.506)...was named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of May 6-12...hit .381 with two homers and eight RBI in six games during the week...led the Texas League in OPS and OBP while ranking second in batting average and slugging percentage...recorded five hits on Aug. 8 while playing for Triple A Round Rock.
Began his third professional season at Class A Buies Creek, where he appeared in 83 games, en route to being named a Carolina League Midseason All-Star...hit .257 (76x296) with 20 doubles, 14 home runs, 56 RBI and an .834 OPS as a BC Astro...named the Carolina League Player of the Week on June 24...promoted to Double A Corpus Christi on July 6 and finished his season with the Hooks...combined to hit .247 (117x474) with 35 doubles, 16 home runs and 78 RBI in 133 games on the season...following the season, played in 19 games for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .348 (23x66) with six doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and a 1.023 OPS...recorded 12 walks to his 12 strikeouts.
Split his second professional season between Class A Short-Season Tri-City and Class A Quad Cities, combining to hit .246 (59x240) with 11 doubles, 15 home runs, 33 RBI and an .859 OPS in 69 games
After completing his collegiate season, selected by the Astros in the fifth round of the draft on June 10...signed on June 20 and reported to Rookie Level Greeneville...played in 44 games for the Astros, but did not hit a home run.