Resides in Bayamon, PR during the offseason...Attended the ¡Fiesta Tigres! luncheon; participates in the Autographed Memorabilia Donation and Autographs for a Cause (donates money to the Detroit Tigers Foundation) programs; participated in the annual PLAY Ball Weekend pregame activities, the pre-game ceremony prior to the ¡Fiesta Tigres! game and the Tigers Winter Caravan... Recommended/signed by Rolando Casanova and German Geigel for the Tigers.
Appeared in 25 games out of the bullpen for the Tigers in 2020, posting a combined 1-3 record with five saves and a 7.15 ERA (22.2IP/18ER)…allowed 25 hits, six walks, seven home runs and five hit batters, while striking out 22... Entered 2020 tossing the ninth inning, and became the first Tigers closer to ever record four saves in the club’s opening six games of a season... Allowed just three earned runs over 10 outings to close the season, dating back to Sept. 7…over that span he posted a 2.61 ERA (10.1IP/3ER) on nine hits and no walks, while punching out nine...had an average fastball velocity of 94.7 MPH over that stretch, compared to 93.9 in the 15 appearances to start the season... Since initially becoming Detroit’s closer on Aug. 1, 2019, he has converted 14-of-16 save opportunities and posted a 3.68 ERA (14.2IP/6ER), allowing 16 hits and four walks, while striking out 16…has struggled in 28 non-save opportunities over that span, going 3-3 with a 6.31 ERA (25.2IP/18ER), allowing 28 hits and eight walks, while punching out 29.
Established single-season career highs with nine saves and 82 strikeouts in 2019...Racked up 82 strikeouts over 59.2 innings pitched, posting a 12.37 strikeouts per nine innings rate…that figure ranked seventh among American League relievers (min. 59.0 IP) and established his single-season career high, which was previously 11.20 in 2018...Earned 15 holds this season, and now ranks tied for ninth in the American League with 38 since the beginning of 2018...Moved to the closer role following the trade of Shane Greene and successfully converted nine-of-10 save opportunities in August and September...Finished the season on a strong note, posting a 1-0 record with five saves, a 1.00 ERA (9.0IP/1ER) and 12 strikeouts in nine September outings.
Named to the American League All-Star Team in 2018...Selected to participate in the Futures Game prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati and in 2016 at PETCO Park in San Diego -- threw 0.2 scoreless innings with one strikeout in 2015, while he tossed 0.1 shutout innings in 2016...Named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Saw the first Major League action of his career in 2017, making 24 appearances for the Tigers...Made his Major League debut on April 13 vs. Minnesota, throwing a scoreless inning with one strikeout...struck out Byron Buxton for his first Major League strikeout... Sidelined from May 5-June 15 with a lumbar spine strain...Threw 17.0 consecutive scoreless innings with Triple A Toledo from June 25-July 28...during the streak, he struck out 20 batters, while only allowing nine hits in 16 games...Appeared in four games with Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and had a 0.00 ERA (3.0IP/0ER) with two strikeouts.