Incorporated swimming into his exercise routine consistently from 15 to 17 years old to help strengthen both his arm and body as a whole...He simultaneously honed in his lower half by competing in long-distance running and triple jump events...His two older brothers, Miguel and Helmer, are javelin throwers at the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
Split the 2019 campaign between Amarillo (AA), El Paso (AAA) and SD, making 35 minor league appearances and 22 at the Major League level...Began the season with AMA and earned the save in his first appearance…gave up an earned run in 3 consecutive outings from April 9-14 before holding opponents scoreless in his next 10 appearances...Allowed just 1 ER in 9.1 IP on the road (0.96 ERA) with 20 SO against 3 BB...Earned saves in 3 straight outings from May 12-17...Tossed a 1-2-3 9th inning on May 15 where his final fastball clocked in at 104 MPH before striking out Greg Deichmann with an 85 MPH slider…his final 2 fastballs came in at 103 and 104 MPH...Prior to the All-Star break, he pitched to a 1.72 ERA in 15 outings and converted 4 of his 5 SVO...Promoted to ELP on May 21 and did not given up a run through his first 5 outings and 5.1 IP...held opponents scoreless in 11 of his 19 Triple-A appearances...Had his contract selected by SD on July 12...was ranked as the Padres' No. 18 prospect by MLB Pipeline...Made his ML debut on July 12 vs. ATL, tossing a scoreless inning with 1 BB and 1 SO...his 101.9 MPH pitch thrown in his debut set the Padres record for the fastest thrown in the Statcast era (broken by his own 102.8 MPH pitch on August 10, 2019 vs. COL)...Posted a 9.0-innings scoreless streak over his first 7 outings to begin his ML career, during which he held opponents to a .097 AVG with 11 SO against 2 BB...Held an 11.2-scoreless inning streak through his first 11 appearances at Petco Park to begin his career (July 12Sept. 7)...in 12 games at home, he pitched to a 2.13 ERA (3 ER, 12.2 IP) with 16 SO against 6 BB...Tossed a career-high 2.0 innings on July 18 at MIA and struck out a career-high-tying 3 twice (July 18 at MIA and Sept. 1 at SF)...Tagged with his 1st-career losing decision on August 7 at SEA and his 1st-career win in his next outing on August 10 vs. COL...Did not give up a HR until his 21st outing and 2nd-to-last appearances of the season on Sept. 10 vs. CHC...gave up 2 HR in 1.0 IP, and he allowed a career-high-tying 3 ER in each of his last 2 outings to finish the season...12 of his 22 appearances came in the 8th inning…in the 7th inning-or-later, opponents hit just .208 (16-for-77) against him...Relied on 4 pitches: four-seamer (66.1%), slider (32.5%), sinker (0.7%) and cutter (0.7%)...opponents went just 2-for-31 (.065) against his slider with 18 SO, inducing a 51.4 SO% while whiffing 46.3% of the time off this pitch... his four-seamer averaged at 99.9 MPH, the 2nd-highest average velocity for a four-seamer behind only STL Jordan Hicks' (100.9 MPH).
Split the campaign between Tri-City (A) and San Antonio (AA), allowing just 2 earned runs across 25 total relief appearances (0.73 ERA)...Limited opponents to a .139 AVG with a 0.97 WHIP...Began the season with TC and did not allow a hit in 5 outings and 5.2 scoreless innings...Promoted to SA on June 29 and was scoreless in his 1st 10 appearances and 9.2 IP, converting all 5 of his SVO...Was scoreless through his 1st to 2 Texas League postseason appearances, allowing just 1 hit…blew the save and was tagged with the loss in Game 2 of the TL championship series (0.2 IP, H, 2 ER, 3 BB).
Spent the majority of the season with Tri-City (A), going 3-0 with a 3.80 ERA (10 ER, 23.2 IP) and a .176 opponent AVG...Assigned to FW on August 29 and received his first postseason action, earning the win in his postseason debut on Sept. 7 vs. Bowling Green...Pitched in the Arizona Fall League following this season and was named to the AFL All-Prospect Team...pitched in 9 games and allowed just 1 earned run on 4 hits over his 8.2 IP, striking out 11 and walking 2.
Made his professional debut with the Rookie-Level AZL Padres, going 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA (12 ER, 19.2 IP) across 16 appearances (1 start).