Originally a highly regarded catching prospect, he broke into MLB with the Washington Nationals in 2007, signing a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013.
He ripped 21 home runs for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets in 2006.
He signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals in 2014.
He was born in Sucre, Venezuela.
Tall reliever Jon Rauch was his teammate on the Nationals.