Is married.....wife's name is Caroline.....the couple has two daughters, Alana and Veronica...Has struck out 387 batters in 303.1 innings over his Major League career (11.48k/9ip) while holding opponents to a .209 batting average...Pitched for Team Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic...Tied for seventh in the American League with 37 saves in 2013...Was a "Final Vote" candidate for the last American League All-Star roster spot in 2012 along with fellow pitchers Yu Darvish (Texas-winner), Jonathan Broxton (Kansas City), Jason Hammel (Baltimore) and Jake Peavy (Chicago)...Was a Pacifc Coast League All-Star in 2010...Was a Texas League All-Star in 2009...Follow him on Twitter (@ernasty49).
Signed as a free agent with Milwaukee on 1/1/18...Signed as a free agent with New York-AL on 3/16.....released on 6/4...Signed as a free agent with Texas on 6/14...Acquired by Seattle from Texas in exchange for cash on 8/8
• Released by Philadelphia on 4/5
Signed as a free agent with Philadelphia on 12/11
Began season with Los Angeles (AL), where he went 11-for-14 in save opportunities ... Did not allow a run in six appearances (6.0 IP) while pitching in the eighth inning ... Allowed two runs in 1.0 IP while making his season debut on 4/2 before making four straight scoreless appearances (4.0 IP) ... Recorded first save on 4/9 at Seattle ... Went 6-for-6 in save opportunities with a 1.17 ERA (15.1 IP/2 ER) and .120 batting average against (6-for-50) in 15 appearances from 4/25 to 6/1 ... Was scored upon in four of his last five appearances with the Angels ... Was acquired by the Pirates on 6/27.
Finished 2-4 with 37 saves, a 3.80 ERA (68.2 IP - 29 ER), 98 strikeouts and 30 walks in first full season with the Angels... Established or tied career bests in saves (37), innings pitched (68.2), games finished (51), games (67) and strikeouts (98)…His 3.80 ERA set a career high, while 51 hits and 11 home runs allowed were also career highs... Among AL relievers ranked eighth in saves, ninth in games finished and third in strikeouts...Also ranked second among AL relievers with a .155 (22/142) batting average against vs. left-handed hitters in 2013... Led the Majors with seven saves of more than three outs…Most in MLB since Brian Wilson (10) and Carlos Marmol (8) in 2010... 37 saves in 2013 were most by an Angel since Brian Fuentes had 48 in 2009... Became sixth pitcher in Angels history to reach 35-save plateau in a single season, joining Francisco Rodriguez, Troy Percival, Fuentes, Lee Smith and Bryan Harvey... Earned a win or save in 13 of last 17 appearances of 2013... In final 15 games (after August 10th), compiled a 2-0 mark with 10 saves and a 1.66 ERA (21.2 IP - 4 ER) with 29 strikeouts... Stranded 20 of 23 inherited runners in 2013.
Entered campaign as longest tenured player in Padres organization, having originally signed in January 2003...Registered 1-0 record with 2.31 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 11.2 innings for San Diego before being acquired by Angels on May 3 in exchange for Minor Leaguers Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach...Made Angels debut May 5 vs. Blue Jays...With Angels, established career highs and led all Halo relievers in wins (4), saves (23), and strikeouts (80) in 56 appearances...Posted a 4-2 record with a 2.32 ERA (54.1 IP - 14 ER) with LAA...Overall, was 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA (66 IP - 17 ER) and a career high 98 strikeouts in 67 total outings with Padres and Angels...Strikeout total ranked fourth among Major League relievers...Tied for MLB lead in 4+ out saves with five (Jason Motte & Rafael Soriano)...Recorded 20 strikeouts in first nine innings of Angels career, while holding opponents hitless...Joined Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson as a member of 20 K's in 9 innings club...Did not allow a hit in first 13.1 IP with Halos, and became first pitcher in MLB history to make 13 consecutive outings without allowing a hit to begin his tenure with a particular team (ELIAS)...Prior to All-Star Break, converted all 11 save opportunities (led club), while registering seven holds...Angels were 25-1 in games he pitched during first half...Became first Angels reliever in club history to not allow a single run before All-Star Break (min. 10 IP)...Struck out 45 of 105 first half batters faced (averaging 15.5 strikeouts per nine innings) to become first MLB pitcher with 45+ strikeouts and zero earned runs in first 25+ innings with a new club (STATS LLC)...Selected as one of five American League candidates for final All-Star roster spot in "Final Vote" campaign...String of 26 consecutive games without allowing a run is second most in franchise history, trailing only a 2006 stretch of 30 games by Francisco Rodriguez...Streak of 26.1 consecutive scoreless innings ranks tied for third longest in Angels history...Only K-Rod (30.2 IP in 2006), and Bob Lee (27 IP in 1964) had longer scoreless inning streaks for Halos...Combined with final SD appearance, recorded 27.1 consecutive scoreless innings pitched; tied w/ Tampa's J.P. Howell for longest streak in MLB in 2012...For season, converted 23 of 26 save opportunities...Angels were 49-7 when he pitched in 2012...Finished two strikeouts shy of century mark...In three seasons from 2009-11, only 10 relievers eclipsed 100 punch outs.
Posted career highs in games, innings pitched and strikeouts for the Padres after being named to his first Opening Day roster...Hit a career-high nine batters, setting a franchise record for hit batsmen by a reliever...Missed 15 games from 8/6-21 while on the disabled list with a lower back strain...did not allow a run in his 13 appearances after being reinstated from the DL...Ranked ninth among NL relievers with a 10.86 strikeout/walk ratio...Missed three games from 7/26-28 while on the paternity list.
Recalled from Triple-A Portland on 7/16, spending the
rest of the season with the Padres...Dating back to his Major League debut on 9/26/09, started his career
with 12 straight scoreless outings from 9/26/09-8/6/10 (10.2 IP), tying
Jeremy Fikac (8/16-9/8/01) for the most scoreless outings by a Padre
to start their Major League career...Held his first 18 batters faced in the Big Leagues hitless...Allowed only one earned run in 15 outings at home for the Padres
(0.66 ERA, 1 ER/13.2 IP)...Held right-handers to a .156 (12-for-77) opponents batting average while lefties hit just .176 (6-for-34) off him...Ended the season by not allowing an earned run over his last 14 outings (13.2 IP)...Converted 17 of 19 save opportunities for Triple-A Portland while allowing just a .114 (14-for-123) opponents batting
average over 34 outings for the Beavers.
Spent the year with Double-A San Antonio before being called up 9/14 and making his Major League
debut with the Padres.
Made two relief appearances for the Padres, including his Big League debut 9/26 at ARI...worked 1.0 scoreless frame in each
outing...recorded two strikeouts and one walk without allowing a hit...Pitched primarily as a starter at San Antonio, making 26 starts and one relief appearance...relief outing was 5.0 scoreless
inning of work 5/21 vs. Corpus Christi...Limited opponents to a .237 average, including a .210 mark at home and .276 on the road...Tallied four wins in five starts during the month of May, posting a 3.91 ERA (11 ER/25.1 IP)...posted a 2.96 ERA in July (9
Split the season between Single-A Lake Elsinore, Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Portland,
appearing in a total of 36 games (21 starts)...Set career highs in starts, innings pitched (140.2) and strikeouts (125)...Limited opponents to a .246 batting average (132-for-535)...Made 21 starts in 2008 after having made 12 over the previous five years of his professional career.
Split the season between Single-A Fort Wayne and Single-A Lake Elsinore...went 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA (19 ER/64.2 IP) in 40 relief appearances with the Wizards...struck out 65, averaging over 9.0 strikeouts per 9.0 IP...allowed just three earned runs over 21.2 innings of work (1.25 ERA) with the Storm...made 12 relief appearances and one start with Lake Elsinore...combined for a 2.29 ERA (22 ER/86.1 IP) in 53 appearances in 2007, limiting opponents to a .196 (59-for-301) batting average.
Spent the majority of the season at Short-A Eugene (27 games, one start), while also making two
appearances at Lake Elsinore and one at Fort Wayne...ranked as the 17th-best prospect entering the 2006
season according to Baseball America...Did not allow a home run in 17 consecutive appearances (21.2 IP) from 7/29-9/6...Left-handers hit .151 (8-for-53) against him while with Eugene.
Split the season between Rookie-level Peoria and Single-A Lake Elsinore, making 19 appearances
(five starts)...Paced the entire organization with a 1.27 ERA (7 ER/49.2 IP) overall...Led the Arizona League with a 1.17 ERA (6 ER/46.1 IP) and paced all relievers with a .122 opponent batting average...also
ranked among league leaders in wins (T-1st, 7), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (5th, 12.69) and fewest base runners per 9.0
innings (5th, 8.13)...Went 6-0 with a 0.65 ERA (2 ER/27.2 IP) in 12 games from 7/19-8/30 with Peoria.
Spent the entire season with the DSL Padres, appearing in 21 games (one start).
Began his professional career with the VSL Padres, making 15 appearances (four starts).