Right-handed pitcher whose solid fastball was hampered by injuries. He produced his MLB debut in 1998 for the Houston Astros. He performed football at Lamar SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Colorado. The Astros selected him in the initial round from the 1994 draft. He was raised in Lamar, Colorado. Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was his teammate for the 2008 Cleveland Indians.