First name is pronounced see-oh-NEHL...Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent out of the Bahamas on Dec. 9, 2016...signed by Astros scouts Charlie Gonzalez and Oz Ocampo, who currently serves as the Astros Spanish translator.. Was added to the Astros 40-man roster on Nov. 20, 2017...is signed to a one-year contract that runs through the 2020 season.
Spent most of Summer Camp assigned to the Astros' alternate spring training site in Round Rock...from 7/12-8/18 was on the minor league 60-day injured list... Made all his seven apps for the Astros from 8/20-9/4 (4g, 4.1ip) and 9/6-9/15 (3g, 2ip)...was on the Astros' 40-player Postseason roster but was not added to the Wild Card, Division Series or NLCS active rosters.
23-year-old appeared in five games for the Astros ...started the season with Triple A Round Rock...recalled to Houston on June 7...optioned to Round Rock on June 19...recalled to Houston on Sept. 2...earned his first career win in his 2019 season debut on June 7 vs. BAL...threw 3.0 scoreless and hitless innings, striking out two batters...spent the majority of the season at Triple A Round Rock...went 2-1 with a 5.36 ERA (28ER/47IP) in 13 games (10 starts) with the club...pitched in three games with the Rookie Level GCL Astros on a rehab assignment, going 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA (2ER/5.2IP) and 14 strikeouts...made one appearance with Class A Advanced Fayetteville, going 1-0 in 2.0 scoreless innings pitched.
Made his Major League debut with the Astros, pitching in eight games across four stints with the club...started the season in the rotation at Double A Corpus Christi...was recalled for his MLB debut straight from Double A on June 29 and optioned back on June 30...recalled on July 11 and optioned to Triple A on July 27...recalled on Aug. 3 and optioned to Triple A on Aug. 20...recalled from Triple A on Sept. 1 and finished the season with the Astros...made his MLB debut on July 11 vs. OAK...allowed one run on two hits over 1.2 innings pitched...at 22 years, 81 days old, he became the youngest Cuban-born pitcher to make his Major League debut since Jose Fernandez debuted for the Marlins on April 7, 2013 (20.250)...spent most of his time at Double A Corpus Christi this season and was dominant, posting a 6-1 record and a 1.98 ERA (15ER/68.1IP) in 16 games (11 starts), while accumulating 83 strikeouts in 68.1 innings pitched...was a Texas League Midseason All-Star and the Texas League Pitcher of the Week on May 20...in four games at Triple A, went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (2ER/5.1IP) and six strikeouts.
MINOR LEAGUES: Young southpaw went 6-4 with a 4.13 ERA (43ER/93.2IP) across three levels in his professional debut... began the season with Class A Quad Cities, where he posted a 4.39 ERA (27ER/55.1IP) while fanning 57 batters... the highlight of his campaign came on May 22, as he fired 7.0 no-hit innings while striking out a career-high 10 batters...was promoted to Class A Advanced Buies Creek on July 11 and went 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA (8ER/25.1) in five outings with the club...finished his inaugural year in the organization with a promotion to Double A Corpus Christi on Aug. 15...made four appearances (3 starts) with the Hooks, and put up a 5.54 ERA (8ER/13IP) with 10 punchouts...2013-15: Before joining the Astros organization, played two seasons with Matanzas in the Serie Nacional in Cuba...combined to go 10-5 with a 2.20 ERA (34ER/139IP) in 30 appearances, 28 of which were starts...last pitched for Matanzas in 2014, leading the Serie Nacional with a 2.06 ERA (20ER/87.1IP) in 17 starts... played that season at the age of 18 and went 7-2 with 75 strikeouts in his 87.1 innings pitched, while allowing just two home runs.