Graduated from Dr. Juan J Nunez High School in Puerto Rico... Was selected by the Angels in the 27th round of the 2004 MLB Draft...signed by Angels scout Arnold Cochrane... Internationally, played for Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic... IN THE COMMUNITY: In January of 2013 and 2014, hosted a carnival for kids of Three Kings Day in Nagubo, PR..hosted over 250 children in 2013 and 300 in 2014... Signed a two-year contract with Houston as a free agent on Dec. 23, 2019...his deal runs through the 2021 season.
33-year-old played in 105 games across three teams, as he was traded twice...began the season with Kansas City (74g) before joining the Cubs (4g) and Astros (27g) via trade...joined the Astros in a midseason trade for the secondconsecutive season...was acquired by Houston from the Cubs on July 31 in exchange for IF/OF Tony Kemp....set a career-high in runs (46) and tied his career-high in doubles (19, also 2017)...made 24 starts for Houston, with the Astros going 14-7 in those games...while with Houston, batted .310 (9x29) with three doubles, three homers, four RBI and a 1.136 OPS (.412 OBP/.724 SLG) against left-handed pitchers...was on the Royals Opening Day roster... was traded to the Cubs on July 15 in exchange for LHP Mike Montgomery...was traded to Houston on July 31 in exchange for IF/OF Tony Kemp....started on Opening Day for the third consecutive season...left the game on June 2 with right forearm tightness...was back in the lineup on June 4...drew two walks in the 2nd inning on May 14 vs. PHI, becoming the first Royal with multiple walks in an inning since Ken Harvey on Sept. 13, 2004 (5th)...tied a career-high three extra-base hits on June 28 at TOR...marked the first time a Royals catcher had at least three extra-base hits in a game since Salvador Perez did so on Aug. 28, 2013 vs. MIN...hit a go-ahead 7th inning homer on July 12 vs. DET, his third-career go-ahead homer in the 7th inning or later...caught his first-career no-hitter on Aug. 3 vs. SEA, becoming the 10th catcher in club history to catch a no-hitter and first since Jason Castro (8/21/15 vs. LAD)...recorded the third multi-homer game of his career on Sept. 10 vs. OAK...was his first multi-homer game since Sept. 4, 2017 at OAK...hit safely in five of seven games in the postseason, posting a .300 (6x20) average with one home run and two RBI..started two games in the World Series vs. WSH (Games 2 and 5)...homered in Game 2, marking the second postseason home run of his career...he and Robinson Chirinos (2HR) combined to tie the second-most homers by a catching corps. during a single World Series with the 1956 Yankees, behind only the 1972 A's (4 HR).
games) and Houston (41 games), after being acquired by the Astros on July 26 in exchange for LHP Patrick Sandoval and international bonus pool money…made a combined 111 starts behind the plate, which ranked third in the American League...Ranked second among Major League backstops in caught stealing percentage (45.5%), throwing out 15- of-33 would-be basestealers, trailing only Salvador Perez (47.1%)…threw out 5-of-8 runners attempting to steal (62.5%) in his 41 games with Houston...Hit .333/.355/.542 (24-for-72) with six doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in the month of May, his highest career average in a calendar month (min. 75 plate appearances)...Batted .280/.317/.430 (26-for-93) with runners in scoring position, which included going 3-for-10 with the bases loaded…collected 14 RBI during the month of June, matching his highest total of any calendar month (June 2012) in his Major League career...Made his second consecutive Opening Day start with the Angels, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI at Oakland on March 29…became the third Halos catcher to record three hits on Opening Day, joining Lance Parrish (1991) and Tom Satriano (1969)... Finished a single shy of hitting for the cycle on Aug. 19 at Oakland, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer…his triple marked the third of his career and first since June 23, 2017 at Boston…became the first Major League catcher to record a double, triple and homer in the same game since Jarrod Saltalamacchia did so on Sept. 12, 2012 with Boston... Also finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on Aug. 22 at Seattle, going 3-for-5 with three RBI.
In seventh Major League season and first with the Angels, set new career highs in hits, runs, doubles, home runs, RBI and games played ... Led the Majors in games caught (137 G)...The 137 games were tied for seventh in franchise history and most since Bob Boone's 144 in 1986 ... 95 hits and 14 home runs both marked the most by an Angels catcher since Mike Napoli's 104 H/14 HR in 2009 ... Won first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award...Joined Bob Boone (1982, 1986, 1987 & 1988) and Bengie Molina (2002 & 2003) as the only players in franchise history to win the award as a catcher...Also named Wilson's Defensive Player of the Year at catcher...Defensively, led American League backstops with a .998 fielding percentage, a 38.7 caught stealing percentage (min. 100 G) and was tied for the lead with 22 catcher caught stealing (Yan Gomes)...The .998 fielding percentage was the second-best mark by a Halo catcher in franchise history (Bengie Molina, .999 in 2002) while his 38.7% caught stealing was the best showing by a Halo backstop since Bengie Molina in 2003 (44.4%) ... Finished second in the American League with 19 hit by pitch...Second-most HBP by an A.L. catcher since 1974, trailing only Jason Kendall's 20 HBP with the A's in 2005.
In sixth season with the Brewers, ti ed a career high with eight home runs and set new career highs in walks (35) and OBP (.332)...Threw out 34.8% of would-be base stealers (16 CS/46 SBA), which was good for second in the Nati onal League (min. 500 inn.) and sixth overall in the Majors...Milwaukee pitchers fashioned a 3.91 ERA (559 IP - 243 ER) with him behind the plate, good for seventh in the N.L., compared to a 4.18 ERA (875.1 IP - 407 ER) with all other Brewer backstops.
Batted .210 with 4 HR and 22 RBI in 79 games…Made 66 starts, all at catcher.....the team went 25-41 in his starts behind the plate…The team posted a 4.03 ERA when he caught (602.2ip, 270er).....overall team ERA was 4.28…Threw out 17 of 46 runners attempting to steal (37%), including 6 of his last 10 (60%)…Started 33 of 38 games from 4/21-5/31 while Jonathan Lucroy was on the disabled list…Started 19 of the team's last 24 games as Jonathan Lucroy recovered from a concussion…Produced a walk-off RBI-single in the 11th inning of the 3-2 Mother's Day victory on 5/10 vs. Chicago-NL.....his mother, Jeanette, was in attendance (see photo below) as he went 3-for-5 with a run, home run and 2 RBI in the contest…Belted his first career walk-off homer with a solo shot off Vidal Nuño on 5/31 vs. Arizona to give the team a 7-6, 17-inning win.....notched a career-high 3 runs in that contest and tied his career high with 4 hits (4-for-6, 3r, 2 doubles, HR, 2rbi, 2bb-1ibb).....became the first player in Major League history to hit a walk-off homer while playing an entire game of at least 17 innings at catcher.....tied the latest walk-off homer in franchise history (Dave May, 5/15/73 vs. Cle)…Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Batted .234 with four HR and 16 RBI in 52 games...Made 30 starts (29g at C, 1g at 1B).....the team went 18-11 in his starts behind the plate...The team posted a 3.77 ERA when he caught (274.1ip, 115er)...Threw out 5 of 18 runners attempting to steal (27.8%)...Served a 5-game suspension from 4/22-4/27 for punching Travis Snider on 4/20 at Pittsburgh...Pitched the eighth inning of a 9-3 loss on 4/30 at St. Louis (1ip, 1h).....became the first Brewers position player to pitch since Joe Inglett on 7/27/10 vs. Cincinnati...Tied his career high with 4 RBI in a 5-0 win on 7/30 at Tampa Bay...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League...Signed a 2-year contract on 1/15/15, avoiding arbitration
In his first full season in the Major Leagues batted .169 with 4 HR and 22 RBI in 67 games...Made his first career Opening Day roster...Made 47 starts (40g at C, 7g at 1B)...The team posted a 3.17 ERA when he caught (366.2ip, 129er).....overall team ERA was 3.84...Threw out 8 of 27 runners attempting to steal (29.6%)...Represented Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic (5g, 0-for-9, 2bb)...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League and batted .271 with 1 HR and 11 RBI in 28 games.
Began the year at Triple-A Nashville, where he batted .198 with 4 HR and 13 RBI in 35 games. Was recalled by Milwaukee on 5/29, taking the roster spot of catcher Jonathan Lucroy (DL). Appeared in 78 games with the Brewers, including 58 starts at catcher ... the team was 10 games over .500 when he started (34-24, .586). The team had a 3.87 ERA when he caught (537.1ip, 231er). Threw out 12 of 44 runners attempting to steal (27.3%). Made his ﬁrst Major League start on 5/29 at Los Angeles and notched his ﬁrst big league hit with a single off Nathan Eovaldi ... he and Mike Fiers became the ﬁrst catcher/pitcher combo in franchise history to each make their ﬁrst Major League starts in the same game (won, 2-1). Recorded his ﬁrst Major League homer on 6/3 vs. Pittsburgh with a solo shot off Juan Cruz. Hit a 2-run homer in the top of the ninth inning on 6/15 at Minnesota off Matt Capps to snap a 3-3 tie and give the Brewers a 5-3 win. Produced a career-high 4 hits in the 10-7 win on 7/13 vs. Pittsburgh, going 4-for-5 with a run and his ﬁrst career stolen base. Belted his ﬁrst career grand slam on 10/2 vs. San Diego off Anthony Bass ... the home run provided the only runs in a 4-3 victory. Was selected to the Team Puerto Rico provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Batted .287 with 11 HR and 59 RBI in 103 games between Double-A Huntsville (64g) andTriple-A Nashville (39g).....set career bests in nearly every offensive category ... Was named Brewers Minor League Co-Player of the Month for August (.351, 8hr, 20rbi) ... Was recalled by Milwaukee on 9/1 ... Appeared in 3 games with the Brewers, all off the bench ... Made his Major League debut on 9/3 at Houston as he caught the ninth inning ... His only plate appearance with the Brewers came as a pinch hitter on 9/17 at Cincinnati ... Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League and batted .271with 4 HR and 15 RBI in 35 games ... Was named best defensive catcher in the Brewers organization according to Baseball Americafor the second straight season
Split the year between Class-A Brevard County (10g), Double-A Huntsville (34g) and Triple-ANashville (52g) and batted .239 with 9 HR and 41 RBI in 96 games...Named best defensive catcher in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League
Split the year between Triple-A Nashville (7g), Class-A Wisconsin (7g) and Class-A BrevardCounty (81g) and batted .201 with 2 HR and 26 RBI in 95 games...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League
Batted .229 with 2 HR and 17 RBI in 65 games between Class-A Brevard County (34g) andDouble-A Huntsville (31g)...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League
Was released by LA of Anaheim on 1/10 and signed with Milwaukee on 1/24...Batted .221 with 2 HR and 22 RBI in 66 games at Class-A West Virginia