Signed by the Houston Astros in 2005, the backstop reached AAA by 2008. He played sparingly in AA for Houston in 2009 as he was coming back from an injury. Healthy again, he was a late cut in spring training for Houston as he
was competing for a AAA postion. None for his fine defense and exceptionally strong arm, he hit .230 over his five seasons in the Astros system.