He and his wife, Mechelle, have one daughter, Shaylen (April 16, 2009)...First name is pronounced "Ahn-HELL."...Is a 2001 graduate from Florencia Garcia High School in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico...drafted by Kansas City in the 11th round of the 2001 June draft...signed by Royals scout Johnny Ramos...Named the Astros 2011 Opening Day shortstop in 2011...marked his first time on an Opening Day roster and his first OD start...Outrighted off the Astros 40-man roster on Jan. 24,
2012...re-signed to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training on Feb. 1, 2012.2012Led Class AAA Oklahoma City in average (.320), tied for the team lead in walks (40) and ranked third in hits (110) ... appeared in 78 games at shortstop, 23 at second base and three at third ... batted .298 (67-225) with four home runs and 32 RBIs in the first half of the season and .361 (43-119) with a home run and 13 RBIs in the second half ... went 34-98 (.347) with RISP and 11-15 (.467) with bases loaded ... recorded 10-game hitting streaks from 7/1-15 and 8/7-21 ... reached base in 20 consecutive home games from 6/30-8/27 ... collected a season-high four hits on 7/31 vs. Omaha ... went 3-4 with a home run and three RBIs on 8/29 vs. Albuquerque.2011Set career highs in runs (35), doubles (10), homers (1), RBI (28), walks (27) and stolen bases (3)...had a walk-off, RBI-bunt hit on Sept. 26 vs. STL in the 10th inning...was his first walk-off RBI, and the club's ninth walk-off win of the season...in 37 games as a pinch-hitter, hit .313 (10x32) with two RBI and four walks...ranked 10th in the NL in batting average as a PH...finished the season with hits in both of his last two pinch-hit at-bats...had 41 starts at shortstop, 14 at second base and eight at third base...did not commit an error in his 29 overall combined games at second base and third base...hit his first career MLB home run in his 317th career at-bat on April 11 vs. CHC off Ryan Dempster in the 7th inning...was the Astros Opening Day shortstop, marking his first time on an Opening Day roster and his first OD start...played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League following the season and hit .293 (27x92) with one home run and 10 RBI in 24 games.2010Hit .277 (70x253) with 25 RBI in 66 combined games with Houston (65g) and Boston (1g)...started 57 games at shortstop and seven games at second base during his time with Houston...began the year at Boston's Triple A affiliate Pawtucket before being purchased from the minors on May 20...optioned back on May 24...recalled on June 26 and traded to Houston in
exchange for C Kevin Cash on July 1...finished his campaign with the Astros...prior to being acquired by the Astros, spent most
of 2010 with Pawtucket, where he hit .274 (61x223) in 62 games (most at SS) with 10 doubles, 17 RBI and six stolen bases...
had a career-long, 10-game hitting streak from Aug. 31-Sept. 17, hitting .359 (14x39) during the run...was part of an all-rookie
infield on Aug. 20 at FLA along with C Jason Castro, 1B Brett Wallace, SS Tommy Manzella and 3B Chris Johnson...was the first
time a team started five rookies at those positions since Washington did so on Sept. 28, 2008 at PHI...had a career-day on Aug.
3 at STL, going 4x6 with six RBI and falling a homer shy of the cycle...became only the third rookie shortstop to have a four-hit,
six-RBI game since 1920 (when RBI were first officially recorded)...J.J. Hardy did it for the Brewers in 2005 (also four hits and six
RBI), and Travis Jackson had four hits and eight RBI for the New York Giants in 1923 (source: Elias)...marked the most RBI by an
Astros rookie since J.R. Towles had eight on Sept. 20, 2007 at STL...acquired by Houston on July 1, one week after the Astros
placed starting shortstop Tommy Manzella on the DL...would go on to start 34 of the clubs next 39 games at shortstop before
Manzella's return...hit .291 during that span, which earned him another 27 starts through the remainder of the season (seven at second base).2009In 1st season in Blue Jays organization, spent entire year at Triple-A Las Vegas...Finished 18th in Pacific Coast League with .318 avg. (137-for-449), 5th-best in Blue Jays system...Batted .326 (115-for-353) against right-handers and .229 (22-for-96) off lefties...Led all PCL shortstops in total chances (569) and putouts (184)...Played 116 games at shortstop and 10 at
second base...Had a season-high, 13-game hitting streak from 5/24-6/5, during which he batted .347 (17-for-49)...Hit .359 (33-for-92) with 11 RBI in the month of July and .310 (31-for-100) in August...Hit .318 (41-for-129) with 3 homers and 17 RBI in 38 games for the Indios de Mayaguez of the Puerto Rican
Winter League...Tied for 3rd in the league with 6 stolen bases...Played for Puerto Rico in 2010 Caribbean World Series, hitting safely in 5 of 6 games at 9-for-22 (.409) with 2 RBI.2008Combined to hit .247 (92-for-372) with 2 homers and 36 RBI with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha of the Royals organization...Began the year with Northwest Arkansas of the Texas League...Hit .326 (28-for-86) with 13 runs scored in the month of May...Went 17-for-41 (.415) in an 11-game span from 5/24-6/9...Promoted to Omaha on 6/28...Combined with both clubs to appear in 99 games at shortstop, posting a .966 fielding percentage (16 E/468 TC).2007Missed the entire season due to injury...Underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in late March.2006Spent nearly the entire season at Wichita before being recalled on Sept. 20...saw his 1st action at the Major League level, hitting .222 (6-27) with 1 RBI and 2 runs in 8 games...Made his Major League debut as a defensive replacement at shortstop on Sept. 23 vs. Detroit...went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the game...Made his 1st Major League start on Sept. 26 at Minnesota, starting at 2nd
base...went 2-for-4 with a run, recording his 1st Major League hit off the
Twins Johan Santana...Started 4 times at 2nd base and once at shortstop...did not commit an error
in 46 total chances and helped turn
5 double plays...Went 3-for-6 with a run scored on
Oct. 1, keying the Royals' decisive 2-
run, 12th-inning rally with a single...
was his 1st career 3-hit game...Hit .282 (153-542) with 24 doubles,
1 triple, 4 home runs, 57 RBI and
105 runs scored in 133 games for
the Wranglers...ranked 2nd in the
league in runs and 6th in hits.2005Spent the entire season with High Desert (A) and had a breakout season offensively for the Mavericks, setting career highs in all offensive categories with the exception of stolen bases...Hit .313 (183-585) with 33 doubles, 4 triples, 5 home runs, 70 RBI, 102 runs and 10 steals in helping lead the Mavericks to the 2nd-half title and a trip to the California League playoffs...led the league in hits and finished 2nd in runs scored and 10th in batting average...His 183 hits were the most by any player in the entire minor leagues...Following the season, was added to the Royals 40-man roster...Rated by Baseball America as the best defensive infielder and having the best infield arm in the Royals organization entering the 2006 season.2004Played for Class A Burlington of the Midwest League for the 2nd year in a row...set a career high with 16 stolen bases in 23 attempts...played 88 games at shortstop, posting a .950 fielding percentage
(20 E/402 TC).2003Made Class A debut with the Royals Burlington affiliate...played 97 games at shortstop and 9 at second base.2002Spent the second straight season with the Gulf Coast League Royals...stole nine bases in 11 attempts.2001Made his professional debut at age 17 with the Gulf Coast League Royals...appeared in 16 games at shortstop, 13 at third base and one at second.