He was a two-time All-SSC baseball player at Nova Southeastern University. He became the first player from Nova Southeastern University to play in the major leagues.
He hit a home run in each of his first two postseason games in 2014, the first player in Tigers' history to do so.
His parents are named Mayra and Julio, and he was raised with five sisters.
In 2011, he was called up to the majors by the Astros to replace outfielder Hunter Pence, who was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.