Graduated from Escuela Cano Abajo High School in the Dominican Republic...Had 4 pitches clocked at 100+ MPH...Only one AL pitcher had more - teammate Jesus Colome with 8 (Source: Baseball Info Solutions).2004Pitched in 8 games for the Rays over two tours, going 0-3 with a 5.91 ERA...struck out 14 in
10.2 IP...Was up from Aug. 13-22 and Sep 3 through season's end...was optioned on Aug. 23 when Scott Kazmir was promoted...Initially re-called when Jeremi Gonzalez was optioned...made his major league debut Aug. 14 at
Texas and fanned 3 of the 6 batters he faced, but was charged with the 6-5 loss...Allowed a
triple to the first man he faced (Michael Young) and a homer to the 3rd batter (Kevin Mench)...Followed that with 6.0 scoreless innings, a season-high 3.0 vs. Anaheim on Aug. 18, 2.0 vs. Oakland on Aug. 21 (4-K) and 1.0 @ New York on Sep 6...First stint: 6.1-IP, 4-H, 1-ER, 1-BB, 8-SO (1.42 ERA)...Second stint: 4.1-IP, 7-H, 6-ER, 6-BB, 5-SO, 2-WP (12.47 ERA)...Suffered his 2nd loss Sep 10 at Kansas City...Faced 5 batters in the 7th inning and retired only one (sac fly)...IP-0.1, H-3, R-4, ER-3...Entered the game with a 5-2 lead, KC won 8-5 scoring 6 times that frame...Also registered the loss in his next outing Sep 15 at Boston (0.2-IP, 1-R, 2-BB)...His last appearance of the season was Sep 23 at New York and allowed a pair of runs in a 7-3 Rays loss (2.1-IP, 4-H, 2-BB, 3-K)...Pitched with AA Montgomery and AAA Durham combining for a 4-3 record with 9 saves and
a 2.47 ERA in 46 games...struck out 89 in 62 innings...Went 4-2 with 9 saves and a 2.81 ERA in 37 games at Durham and was named the club's pitcher of the year...struck out 70 batters in 51.1 innings...Had a win or save in 13 of his final 21 appearances with Durham...included was a win and 2 saves in his 3 apps for the Bulls after being sent down...Allowed just one earned run in 6 appearances with Montgomery (10.2-IP) before joining the Durham Bulls in late April.