Played three seasons at the University of California-Los Angeles (2013-15), entering as a preferred walk-on/ bullpen catcher after attending numerous baseball camps at the school growing up... Selected as a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist after hitting .351 with 7 doubles and 26 RBI as a junior... His brother, Scott, is an outfielder in the Rangers organization... Performs magic tricks with cards...began dabbling with cards while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republican…had a knack for it, and he later watched some DVDs and even took some private lessons from a man he met after he happened to wander into a magic shop... Spent two seasons in the Dominican Winter League (Licey in 2015-16 and Escogido in 2017-18).
Started the season with Triple-A Reno and hit .325 (26- for-80) with 13 RBI in 25 games before being traded to the Miami Marlins on June 4... Appeared in 48 games for Triple-A New Orleans, batting .341 (56-for-164) with 10 home runs and 25 RBI... Has his contract purchased by Miami on September 3 and made his Major League debut on September 4 as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-1... Recorded his first career hit on September 25 at New York-NL (double) and recorded his first career home run on September 26 at New York-NL off Zack Wheeler... Was named a MiLB.com organizational All-Star for Miami.
Spent the majority of the season with Double-A Biloxi and hit .254 with 11 doubles, 4 home runs and 23 RBI in 72 games…also played in 6 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs...Combined to throw out 32.4 pct. of attempted basestealers (24-for-74)...Batted .310 (18-for-58) vs. left-handed pitchers.
Made his third straight appearance at Major League Spring Training camp and played in 12 games for the Astros, hitting .217 (5x23) with a double and two RBI...was assigned to Triple A Fresno and played the entire season at the Triple A level...finished the season hitting .259 (62x239) with nine doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI and a .344 OBP...the switch-hitter faired evenly against lefties (.256 BA) and righties (.261 BA) on the year...played in 66 games at catcher, including 64 starts...threw out 19 of 57 attempting basestealers for a 33% clip..
Played in 78 combined games between Fresno (56g) and Double A Corpus Christi (22g), combining to hit .285 (79x277) with 17 doubles, three homers, 30 RBI and a .334 on-base percentage...began the year at Double A where he hit .318 (27x85) with a .383 OBP in 22 games...threw out six of 13 runners attempting to steal (54%)...was promoted to Triple A for the first time in his career on May 21...batted .271 (52x192) during his time with Fresno...all three of his homers with Fresno came in the final 13 games of the season...
Spent the entire season with Corpus Christi...played in 78 games, with 70 behind the dish...owned a .242 batting average (64x265) with 15 doubles...hit .286 (18x63) with four doubles, two triples and a .788 OPS (.375 OBP/.413 SLG) in 18 games during the month of May...had eight at-bats with the bases loaded, hitting at a .375 clip with nine RBI...posted a .994 fielding percentage (4E/642TC)...played in three games for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League...was invited to his first Major League Spring Training prior to the season on Jan. 14...appeared in four Spring Training games and hit .500 (1x2) with an RBI..
Skipped low A ball and played his entire second professional season with Advanced Class A Lancaster...hit .286 (106x370) with 23 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 71 RBI and a .361 on-base percentage in 104 games...led all California League catchers in fielding percentage (.991), assists (90) and caught stealing percentage (41.7%) in his 100 games behind the dish...hit .297 (93x313) against right-handed pitchers...hit his first professional home run on May 19 vs. Rancho Cucamonga, which marked his 90th game as a professional.
Selected by the Astros in the eighth round of the June draft out of UCLA on June 5...was the first catcher taken by Houston in the 2012 draft...signed his professional contract on June 22...reported to Class A Tri-City, where he led the New York-Penn League with a .358 (69x193) batting average...also ranked second in the NYPL in OBP (.452) and OPS (.882)...hit 14 doubles, drove in 26, walked 26 times and struck out only 12 times in his 55 games on the season...posted a .997 fielding percentage (1E/311TC) in his 37 games behind the plate...played his other 18 games on the season as a designated hitter...named the Tri-City Defensive Player of the Month in August.