Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the New York Yankees onJanuary 6, 2011...Resides in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.
Ranked T-11th in the NL in saves despite taking over the closer role on August 30... Set the Cardinals franchise record for saves in the month of September with 11, leading MLB (2nd closest had 8) and T-8th most all-time in the month... Struck out 95, T-4th highest total by a Cardinals reliever in a single season; also owns the 7th-best mark in 2019 (93)... Did not allow a run in his final eight appearances, last allowing a run on a Javier Baez solo homer (9/14)... Pitched on consecutive days 17 times.
2021 POSTSEASON: Appeared in the 8th inning of the Wild Card game at Los Angeles and struck out two of four batters in a scoreless inning before exiting with a split fingernail.
Tied for the Cardinals team lead with four saves despite appearing in only 16 games.... Posted the highest strikeouts/9 IP (12.60) of his career...Missed 14 games with a right groin strain (9/11-20), suffered vs. DET (9/10) in a game in which he took the loss...Pitched on consecutive days just once (9/5-6)...Did not allow a run in his first eight appearances (8.0 IP) from 7/28-8/31, without walking a batter and allowing only two hits with 10 strikeouts... Allowed only one hit in the 9th inning (1-13, .077)...Threw a season-high 2.0 innings pitched in his final appearance of the season vs. MIL (9/27) earning the win.
2020 POSTSEASON: Appeared in two games recording a win and a Hold while allowing two home runs in Wild Card Series at San Diego... recorded his first career postseason win tossing 1.1 scoreless innings in relief and stranded two inherited runners.in the Cardinals 7-4 win in Game 1... surrendered back-to-back home runs in Game 2, the first Cardinals pitcher to do so since Lance Lynn who allowed consecutive shots to Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche in Game 2 of the 2012 NLDS at Busch Stadium (Last back-to-back HR’s, but with different pitchers, was Game 3 of 2015 NLDS at CHI).
Began the season in Memphis (AAA) and made one appearance before being recalled on 4/7. Was optioned following the Mexico Series (4/13-14) on 4/15, was recalled on 4/16 due to Ryan Helsley on I.L., remaining in St. Louis for the rest of the season...Picked up his first Major League victory vs. LAD (4/11) striking out three batters in 1.1 innings or relief...Made a relief appearance in his home country of Mexico vs. CIN (4/14) and allowed a home run to Yasiel Puig while recording an out via strikeout...Ranked T2nd on the Cardinals with 66 appearances. Earned three wins in relief...Had a .149 opp BA (17-114) vs. LH batters ranking 1st among NL relievers (min. 100 AB)...Ran off a career-high 18.1 inning scoreless streak (7/5-8/18), 15th-longest in the NL and 3rd-longest by an NL relief pitcher (Jarlin García 20.0 IP & Richard Rodríguez 19.1)...Posted 1.89 ERA in 31 games after the All-Star Break (33.1 IP), ranking 4th among N.L. qualifiers behind Jack Flaherty (0.91), Jacob deGrom (1.44) and Archie Bradley (1.71)...Recorded his first save as a Cardinal (2nd career) at CHI (9/19) pitching a scoreless 10th inning to hold down a Cardinals 5-4 opening series win en route to a four-game sweep at Wrigley Field...Did not allow a run to 11 of the 20 opponents he faced in 2019, facing eight of the opponents multiple games...Made 25 appearances of 4+ outs, T2nd among NL relievers with Seth Lugo (NYM). Eight appearances of 2.0+ innings with a season high vs. PIT (8/10) of 2.1 innings in a Hold...Struck out multiple batters 28 times (T10th N.L.); most by a Cardinal since SeungHwan Oh (35 in '16)...Pitched on consecutive days eight times and did not allow a run (5.2) in any consecutive appearances...Stranded the bases loaded 5 times in 2019...Went from 6/21-8/27 without allowing an inherited runner to score (14 IR/0 RS)...Went from 6/21-8/27 without allowing an inherited runner to score (14 IR/0 RS)...Appeared in five postseason games and did not allow a run in three appearances (all Cardinals wins) in the NLDS vs. ATL, but surrendered a run in Game 1 of the NLCS vs. WSH. Struck out three batters over 2.0 scoreless innings in Game 4 of the NLCS, his first 2.0 IP outing since 9/10 at COL. Was the 4th Mexican-born player to appear in a postseason game for St. Louis, joining RHP Dennys Reyes (2009), RHP Fernando Salas (2011-12), and LHP Jaime García (2011-15).
Was acquired by the Cardinals on July 28 from the Yankees along with LHP Chasen Shreve for 1B Luke Voit and International Cap Space...Reported to Memphis (AAA)...Had pitched 17 games for Scranton Wilkes-Barre and four games in New York (AL) before the trade...Appeared in 13 games at Memphis and two in St. Louis after arriving via trade...Made his St. Louis debut vs. SF (9/23) pitching a scoreless 9th inning allowing one hit with two strikeouts...Retired his lone batter faced two days later vs. MIL (9/25)...Fanned 10 in 10.0 innings pitched in his four appearances for the Yankees, including a career-high six on 6/27 at PHI in his 3.0 IP...Pitched in 30 minor league games, all in relief, at Scranton Wilkes-Barre (AAA) and Memphis (AAA) posting a 2-1 record with a 2.64 ERA and an 0.92 WHIP...Was 2-1 with a 3.90 ERA in 17 appearances at Scranton Wilkes-Barre, fanning 41 over 27.2 innings (13.34 K/9 IP); and 0-0 with an 0.54 ERA in 13 appearances at Memphis striking out 16 over 16.2 innings...Recorded three total saves...Struck out a season-high seven batters in 2.2 innings of relief vs. Durham (6/5)...Struck out a batter in each of his first 29 minor league appearances before the streak was snapped in his final appearance of the season with Memphis (9/3) at Nashville in which he pitched only one-third of an inning...Did not allow a home run in his last 20 minor league appearances...Was recalled from Memphis (AAA) on 9/21 after performing as a key fixture in the Redbirds bullpen as they won the Triple-A National Championship and second consecutive Pacific Coast League title...Sent the Redbirds to the PCL Championship with a twostrike walk-off single in the 10th inning vs. Oklahoma City (9/9) in his second professional plate appearance, also earning the decision as the winning pitcher...Posted a combined record of 2-0, 2.57 ERA in five postseason games...Earned save in the PCL Title clinchingwin over Fresno.
Was 0-1 with a 4.87 ERA (20.1IP, 11ER) in 16 relief appearances over four stints in his ﬁrst Major League action with the Yankees (5/11-21, 5/31-6/16, 8/12-13 and 8/31-10/1)…allowed 5-of-10 inherited runners to score…retired 10-of-16 ﬁrst batters faced (62.5%)... Made his Major League debut in 5/12 loss vs. Houston, retiring his only batter faced (Carlos Correa) in the ninth to strand two runners (0.1IP)... Recorded the ﬁrst loss of his Major League career on 6/15 at Oakland, allowing 3H and 2ER in the 10th inning (1IBB, 1K)... Tossed a career-high 3.0 innings in 5/14 Game 2 loss vs. Houston (1H, 1R/0ER, 1BB, 3K)…collected his ﬁrst career strikeout (Brian McCann, swinging)... Struck out a career-high four batters over 2.2 scoreless innings in 8/12 loss vs. Boston (1H)... In 28 relief appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, went 4-2 with seven saves, a 2.08 ERA (43.1IP, 10ER) and 69K…at the time of his ﬁnal call-up, led the IL and was tied for sixth among all minor leaguers with a 14.33 K/9.0IP ratio (min. 40.0IP)... Attended spring training with the Yankees, making ﬁve relief appearances and going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (6.0IP, 2ER)…made one relief appearance for México in the World Baseball Classic (2.0IP, 1ER).
Split the season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, making a total of 42 relief appearances while going 7-2 with four saves and a 1.27 ERA (78.0IP, 48H, 13R/11ER, 17BB, 106K, 5HR)…led all minor league pitchers (min. 75.0IP) with a 12.23 K/9.0IP ratio and a 36.1% strikeout rate (106K, 294BF), ranked fifth in ERA and opponents' batting average (.175) and 12th with a 6.24 K/BB ratio…opponents batted .175 (48-for-274); LH .129 (16-for-124), RH .213 (32-for-150). Began the season with Trenton, going 2-1 with two saves and a 1.09 ERA (33.0IP, 20H, 6R/4ER, 7BB, 53K, 1HR) in 17 relief appearances. Also pitched for Scranton/WB, going 5-1 with two saves and a 1.40 ERA (45.0IP, 28H, 7ER, 10B, 53K, 4HR) in 25 relief outings. During the postseason for the RailRiders, went 2-0 with two saves and did not allow a hit over 6.2 scoreless innings (1BB, 9K) across four relief appearances…earned saves in the RailRiders' Governors' Cup-clinching game at Gwinnett and the Triple-A National Championship Game vs. El Paso. Prior to the season, made one relief appearance for México in a World Baseball Classic qualifying game (1.0IP, 1H, 2K). Was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster on 11/18/16.
Combined at Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to go 3-1 with ﬁve saves and a 1.71 ERA (63.0IP, 41H, 15R/12ER, 9BB, 64K, 2HR) in 35 relief appearances…held opponents to a .183 (41-for-224) BA; LH .157 (13-for-83), RH .199 (28-for-141)... Went 1-0 with ﬁve saves and a 0.96 ERA (28.0IP, 3ER) in his ﬁnal 18 appearances of the year (combined at all three levels)... Spent the majority of the season with Tampa, going 3-1 with ﬁve saves and a 1.35 ERA (53.1IP, 32H, 11R/8ER, 7BB, 54K) in 30 relief appearances... Also pitched for Trenton (3G, 5.40 ERA, 6.2IP, 4ER) and Scranton/WB (2G, 0.00 ERA, 3.0IP, 0ER)... Following the season, appeared in 13 games for Yaquis de Obregón of the Mexican Winter League and went 1-2 with a 10.00 ERA (9.0IP, 10ER).
Spent the entire season with Single-A Charleston, going 5-5 with one save and a 4.57 ERA (88.2IP, 108H, 56R/45ER, 19BB, 91K, 8HR) in 29 games (six starts)…his 1.52 BB/9.0IP ratio (59.1IP, 1IBB) as a reliever ranked fourth in the SAL... Following the season, went 1-1 with 1.69 ERA (16.0IP, 3ER) in 16 relief appearances for Yaquis de Obregón of the Mexican Winter League.
Made 16 starts with short-season Single-A Staten Island, going 2-8 with a 4.27 ERA (65.1IP, 71H, 32R/31ER, 14BB, 43K, 9HR)…tied for the NYPL lead in starts and ranked ﬁfth among starters with a 1.93 BB/9.0IP ratio... Following the season, made ﬁve relief appearances with Yaquis de Obregón of the Mexican Winter League, going 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA (6.1IP, 9H, 3ER, 2BB, 3K).
Made his professional debut with the GCL Yankees, going 0-1 with a 1.67 ERA (27.0IP, 20H, 7R/5ER, 2BB, 22K,1HR) in 12 appearances (four starts).