Considers representing Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic as his biggest baseball accomplishment...Originally signed by Rays scouts Marlon Roche and Ronnie Blanco, and his $1.55 million signing bonus was the 4th-largest of the 2011-12 international class...His favorite place to eat is Chipotle, and his favorite show is Family Guy...His all-time favorite athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo.
Placed on the 60-Day Injured List on March 1 after suffering a left forearm flexor strain...made 9 rehab appearances (2 starts) between El Paso (AAA), Lake Elsinore (A) and AZL Padres 1, posting a 4.50 ERA with a .172 opponent AVG and 18 SO...Reinstated from the IL on August 8 and made his season debut that same day vs. COL, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings with 2 SO and 1 BB before leaving the game with an injury...Placed on the 10-Day IL on August 9 with an eventual season-ending torn ligament in his left hand...transferred to the 60-day IL on Sept. 2.
Split the season between San Antonio (AA), El Paso (AAA) and SD, making his ML debut on 6/2 and recording 37 appearances out of the SD bullpen...Made 12 appearances out of the SA bullpen to begin the season, posting a 3.00 ERA (5 ER, 15.0 IP) with five saves before being promoted to ELP on 5/14...His only earned run with ELP came in his AAA debut on 5/14 at Reno…did not allow an earned run across his next nine outings (10.1 IP) with three saves before earning his first call up to the big leagues on 6/2...Became the third pitcher in SD history to strike out the first three batters he faced in his ML debut on 6/2 vs. CIN (also: Jeremy Fikac in 2001 and Tommy Layne in 2012)... Earned his first ML victory in his second career outing on 6/6 vs. ATL, tossing 1.2 IP of one-hit ball in SD's 3-1 victory...Was scoreless in 10 of his first 13 outings from 6/2-7/4 with a 2.84 ERA (4 ER, 12.2 IP) before being placed on the 10-day DL on 7/7 with a strained right hamstring...Did not allow an earned run across three rehab outings for ELP...was reinstated from the DL on 7/28...Posted a career-best 9.2 scoreless-IP streak across nine outings from 8/21-9/12...Struck out each of the three batters he faced on 9/12 at SEA...his three strikeouts were part of a franchise-best nine consecutive strikeouts among relievers, along with Robert Stock, Craig Stammen and Trey Wingenter... His .170 opponent average led the SD bullpen and ranked sixth among all NL arms that made at least 35 appearances...Did not allow a run in 27 of his 37 outings for SD...Posted a 3.22 ERA (8 ER, 22.1 IP) and a .154 opponent average on the road compared to a 3.38 ERA (6 ER, 16.0 IP) and a .193 average at home...Posted a 1.69 ERA (3 ER, 16.0 IP) and a .130 opponent average against NL West opponents... Limited opposing hitters to a .146 AVG with a 1.54 ERA (2 ER, 11.2 IP) in one-run games...Allowed just one hit to the 24 batters he faced in full 3-2 counts…his .056 opponent average in those scenarios ranked 10th best among all NL arms...Allowed just one hit, a walk and no runs in his 3.0 IP in extra innings...Relied on four pitches: four-seamer (54.9%), slider (44.8%), changeup (0.2%) and cutter (0.2%).
Split the season between Lake Elsinore (A) and San Antonio (AA), pitching to a combined 4-2 record and a 2.88 ERA (18 ER, 56.1 IP) with 59 SO against 26 BB in 47 relief appearances...Spent the majority of the season with Lake Elsinore where he went 3-2 with a save and a 2.87 ERA (15 ER, 47.0 IP)...Allowed nine earned runs across his first six outings and 8.0 IP (10.13 ERA) from 4/6-21 for Lake Elsinore...allowed just six earned runs in his remaining 33 appearances and 39.0 IP (1.38 ERA) from 4/25-8/5 for the Storm...Promoted to San Antonio on 8/9 and did not allow a run in his first six appearances for the Missions...allowed three earned runs across his final two appearances...Tossed 0.2 scoreless IP in his lone postseason appearance in Game 1 of the Texas League semifinals on 9/9 at Midland...Represented Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic in March...earned the save in Venezuela's first win of the tournament, an 11-10 first round victory in 10 innings over Italy...in the opening game of the second round against the United States, entered in the sixth inning and struck out Christian Yelich and Nolan Arenado to end the frame and protect a then 1-0 lead...Following the season, played for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League and posted a 3.52 ERA (3 ER, 7.2 IP) in nine relief appearances.
Split the season between Tri-City (A), Fort Wayne (A) and Lake Elsinore (A), pitching to a combined 2-2 record and 2.03 ERA (9 ER, 40.0 IP) with 49 SO against 12 BB in 20 relief appearances, working exclusively in relief for an entire season for the first time in his career...Began the season with Tri-City and tossed scoreless outings in four of his five relief appearances before being assigned to Fort Wayne on 7/4...Tossed multiple innings in eight of his nine appearances and also allowed an earned run in six of his nine appearances with Fort Wayne, posting a 2.28 ERA (6 ER, 23.2 IP) with 35 SO to just four BB...Struck out a career-high nine hitters in 4.2 IP and earned the win in the TinCaps' 4-3 victory in 15 innings on 7/30 vs. Lansing...Assigned to Lake Elsinore on 8/15 and allowed just one earned run in two of his seven appearances, posting a 1.59 ERA (2 ER, 11.1IP)...Following the season, played for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League and did not allow a run in 14 relief appearances.
Split the season between Tri-City (A) and Fort Wayne (A), posting a 4-2 record with a 3.74 ERA (33 ER, 79.1 IP) in 19 appearances (18 starts).
Made three relief appearances for the GCL Rays (R) and posted a 3.86 ERA (2 ER, 4.2 IP)...Acquired by SD from TB along with INF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan and RHP Gerardo Reyes as part of an 11-player, three-team trade that sent RHP Burch Smith, C Rene Rivera and INF Jake Bauers to TB and RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later (INF Trea Turner) to WSH on 12/18.
Made his professional debut for the GCL Rays and posted a 2-2 record with a 5.87 ERA (20 ER, 30.2 IP) in 12 appearances (three starts).