Signed by Houston as a 17-year-old amateur out of the
Dominican Republic by Astros scouts Julio Linares and
... Named as having the best control among all Astros
prospects prior to the 2008 and 2009 seasons by
... Added to the Astros 40-man roster for the first time in
his career following the 2008 season.2009In his first season at the Triple A level, went 6-5 with a 4.53 ERA (44ER/87.1IP) in 13 games (12 starts) for Round Rock...
started the season at Double A Corpus and posted a 7-5 record with a 2.94 ERA (27ER/82.2IP) in 13 games (12 starts) before being
promoted in early July...tossed two complete games at the Double A level...struck out a combined 112 hitters between the two
levels, including 53 strikeouts and only 10 walks at Corpus Christi...his seven wins while with Corpus Christi were his most at any
level in a single season and his 13 combined wins between the two levels were his highest total for any single season...played for
the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League and posted a 2.45 ERA (2ER/7.1IP) in 13 games2008Finished the season 10-7 with a 3.14 ERA (59ER/169.1IP) in 28 starts with Corpus Christi and Salem...began the season with
Salem by winning the club's Pitcher of the Month for April after posting a 2-0 record and a 1.74 ERA (6ER/31IP) in his first five
starts...promoted to Corpus Christi in late May...during his five June starts, went 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA (8ER/28.2IP) en route to being
named Corpus Christi's Pitcher of the Month...participated in the XM All-Star Futures Game during the Major League All-Star Break
and tossed 1.0 scoreless inning for the World Team...played for Licey in the Dominican Winter League...