Was born in San Jose, CA but went to high school and grew up in Sparks, NV, which is located right next to Reno...Before he takes the mound he looks at the inside his hat where he has written inside: “Feel the ball. Take a Breath. Pound the zone.” Plus the names of his wife, Morgan, and daughter, Rowen. Also has Morgan and Rowen’s name sewn into his glove...Jake and his wife, Morgan, have one daughter, Rowen. They make their offseason home in northern Nevada...He and his wife have a Christmas Eve tradition, which is also their wedding anniversary, of delivering gifts to local foster families. The two were married in 2009 and decided to start the new tradition in 2010 when they didn't know what to get each other for their anniversary. So they decided to help others.
Finished his first season in SF with a 2.72 ERA and a career-best 31 saves...his 31 saves were tied for eighth-most in MLB...Was one of the six SF relievers with at least 50 appearances and a sub-3.00 ERA...Became just the second Giants left-handed pitcher to record 30-or-more saves in a season since 1969 when saves became an official stat (also: Will Smith in 2019 with 34 saves)...Posted a 1.93 ERA (10er, 46.2ip) with 40 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average against of .186 over his final 48 games dating to May 7...Left-handed batters were 13-for-66 (.197) off him, while RHB were 31-for-158 (.196).
POSTSEASON: Appeared in his fifth postseason and first with SF; going 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA (2er, 2.2ip).
Won a World Series with the Dodgers...Missed most of the year with left shoulder inflammation…was reinstated from the injured list on Sept. 1...Went 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA (9er, 12.2ip) over nine appearances (two starts) for the Dodgers...Opponents hit .304 (17-for-56) off him with six extrabase hits...Recorded 15 strikeouts in 12.2 innings of work...Was added to the NLCS and WS Roster after being left off the roster for Wild Card and Divisional rounds… appeared in four postseason games overall, posting a 1.35 ERA (1er, 6.2ip) as a reliever.
Appeared in 45 games out of the bullpen, his fewest games since 2015 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays ... Made his 500th career appearance on July 17 vs. San Francisco … among left-handed relievers since 2010, ranks sixth with 522 appearances and fourth with 497 strikeouts ... Allowed 17 of 26 inherited runners to score, a 65.4 percentage that was the highest in the Majors (min. 25 inherited runners) … 17 runners scored tied for the third most in MLB and were the most in the NL ... Made two appearances to begin the season before being placed on the injured list on April 2 with a sprained left knee … reinstated May 17 ... After reinstatement, did not allow a run in his first eight appearances and was scored upon three times in his first 18 games through June 28 (1.00 ERA) ... posted a 1.35 ERA (20.0 IP, 3 ER) prior to the All-Star break ... Posted a 2.91 road ERA (21.2 IP, 7 ER) with three walks and 14 strikeouts ... scored upon once in 12 road outings in the first half ... Allowed a career-high-tying two home runs twice (has allowed two home runs five times in his career) … his two home runs allowed on Aug. 12 vs. Arizona was his only time allowing two home runs at home.
Fifth season, all since 2012, making 60 or more appearances ... Scored upon 22 times in 61 games … allowed runs three times over his last 14 games ... Pitched two scoreless innings May 26 vs. Cincinnati, his second outing of two scoreless innings (also: May 17 at San Francisco) … his longest outings since Aug. 24, 2014 at Toronto with Tampa Bay ... Earned his second win Aug. 10 vs. the Dodgers with his longest scoreless stint (1.2 innings) since working two frames with no runs May 26 vs. Cincinnati ... Earned the save June 21 vs. the Mets, the 45th of his career and first since Aug. 27, 2017 at Atlanta ... Allowed three hits and two earned runs over his first 10.1 innings across 11 games from March 30-April 22.
Appeared in 62 games, his most since 2014...Was scored upon 13 times … limited opponents to a .224 batting average (47-for-210)...Pitched 0.1 inning in the NL Wild Card Game, his sixth career postseason appearance and his first since 2013 with Tampa Bay...Was on the 10-day disabled list from July 30-Aug. 6 with a mid-back strain...Posted a 2.70 ERA (36.2 IP, 11 ER) with nine walks and 44 strikeouts in 38 appearances prior to the All-Star break … allowed one run in 12 innings with one walk and 18 strikeouts across 11 appearances in May...His 14-inning scoreless streak from May 14-June 14 was the longest by a Rockies reliever in 2017...Went 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA (20.2 IP, 12 ER) in 24 appearances after the break … allowed three runs over 8.1 innings (3.24 ERA) in eight appearances in August … had a 8.2 inning scoreless streak over eight games from Aug. 15-Sept. 4...Allowed five runs over 7.2 innings (5.87 ERA) in 11 appearances in September...Career-high tying four strikeouts June 25 vs. the Dodgers, his most since Sept. 2, 2012 at Baltimore...Ranked tied for 14th in the NL with 20 holds.
Made 57 relief appearances in his first season with the Rockies...Team-high 15 saves tied for 16th in the National League...Became the first pitcher in franchise history to record a save in five consecutive games, May 11-17...Converted the save in all three games vs. the Mets, May 13-15, becoming the seventh Rockies pitcher with a save in all three games of a series...Scored upon in 14 of his 57 relief appearances … allowed multiple runs in five games...Was 2-0 with eight saves in nine opportunities and a 2.91 ERA (21.2 IP, 7 ER) in 29 road relief appearances...Placed on the 15-day disabled list June 11 with left knee inflammation … reinstated July 2 after making two rehab appearances with High-A Modesto June 28 and June 30, where combined to work two innings with a win and two strikeouts...Was 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA (20.2 IP, 7 ER) in 28 appearances after the All-Star break.
Was limited to 39 games with the Tampa Bay Rays due to a pair of injuries, his fewest appearances since 2011. Spent a total of 71 games on the disabled list over two stints … placed on the disabled list April 5 to recover from left elbow surgery in the offseason … placed on the disabled list a second time Aug. 20 with a torn meniscus in his left knee. In 39 games, posted a 2.41 ERA (37.1 IP, 10 ER) with a .197 opponent batting average and 48 strikeouts to eight walks. In his final appearance, Oct. 3 vs. Toronto, passed Joel Peralta for the Rays record with his 297th appearance. Pitched in "Late & Close" situations to 135 of his 147 batters faced (91.8%), the highest rate in the Major Leagues (min. 100 batters faced). From May 29-July 24 made 21 consecutive scoreless appearances, tied with Fernando Rodney (2012) for the second-longest streak in Rays history behind J.P. Howell's 24 straight scoreless appearances in 2012 … it was the third-longest streak in the American League in 2015 … 33 of his 39 appearances overall were scoreless outings. Among American League relievers with at least 30 appearances, ranked ninth in strikeouts per nine innings. In the Baseball America Best Tools survey of Major League managers released in August, was named as having the second-best fastball in the American League (behind the Angels' Garrett Richards).
Served as the Rays primary closer for the final three and a half months, beginning mid-June...led the Rays bullpen and set career highs in saves (19), ERA (1.89), apps (73) and IP (71.1)...Became the ninth different Ray to lead the team in saves in the past 10 seasons...His 19 saves set a club record by a lefthander, passing J.P. Howell (17 in 2009)...didn't get his first save until June 15 at HOU after Grant Balfour earned the team's first 10...Ranked among AL's top 10 relievers in several categories: games pitched (tied for 5th), strikeouts (7th) and ERA (9th)...Among AL lefty relievers, tied for 1st in games pitched, 4th in saves, 2nd in IP, 2nd in strikeouts, 3rd in ERA and 2nd in opp SLG...his ERA set a club record for lefty reliever, breaking his own mark of 1.95 in 2012...Became the first pitcher in major league history to record exactly 5 victories in four straight seasons...his 20 career wins as a reliever are only one shy of Esteban Yan's club record...Led the AL and set a club record by allowing only 10.0 pct. of his inherited runners to score (3 of 30)...ranked 2nd in the majors to LAD J.P. Howell (5.7 pct.)...incidentally, Howell held the previous club record of 11.4 pct. (2008)...Is the Rays career leader in appearances by a lefty (258)...surpassed J.P. Howell with his 253rd appearance on Sep 9 with a save at NYY...currently tied for 4th overall with Dan Wheeler, trailing Joel Peralta (296), Grant Balfour (268) and Esteban Yan (266)...Over the last three seasons his 213 apps are the most of any AL lefty and are tied for 3rd overall in the AL with TB/SEA Fernando Rodney...only TB Joel Peralta (225) and CLE/LAA Joe Smith (218) have made more...His career-high 90 SO ranked 3rd in club history among relievers behind Brad Boxberger (104 in 2014) and Howell (92 in 2008)...According to PITCHf/x data, 96.4 pct. of his total pitches were fastballs-tops in the majors-and the remaining 3.6 pct. were curveballs...averaged 96.3 mph on his fastball, matching his 2013 mark...it was the the 3rd-hardest fastball among AL relievers (see chart)...among lefty relievers, it ranked 1st in the AL and 3rd in the majors trailing CIN Aroldis Chapman (100.3) and PHI Jake Diekman (96.9)...Finished the season 19-for-23 in save chances, with 3 of those blown saves coming in September...began the season 16-for-17 in save opportunities, and converted 16 straight chances from June 27-Sep 5...Set a club record with 76 consecutive innings without allowing a home run, but the record was broken only two weeks later by Alex Cobb (82.1)...the streak spanned 79 apps over more than a year, from Sep 6, 2013-Sep 9, 2014...it was snapped Sep 11 at NYY, on a 3-run, walk-off homer to Chris Young-his first allowed since Sep 4, 2013 at LAA (Chris Iannetta)...Pitched in both games of a doubleheader on May 1 at BOS...recorded the win in Game 2...pitched on four straight days May 21-24, for the first time...retired all 10 batters faced on 34 pitches over that stretch...Recorded a strikeout in 19 straight apps from July 6-Aug 19, a club record for a reliever...previous mark was 15 by Chad Harville in 2006.
Completed his second full season, fourth overall, with the Rays…ranked 10th in the AL with a career-high 71 appearances, 44 of which he entered in the 7th inning... Among AL left-handed relievers, he tied for 2nd in appearances, trailing MIN Brian Duensing (73), and ranked 4th with 75 SO... Finished the year with a 4.02 ERA (62.2-IP, 28-ER) but pitched to a 2.31 ERA (50.2-IP, 13-ER) over his final 56 apps (44 scoreless) beginning May 10…opponents hit just .186 (33-for-177) in that span…prior to that he posted an 11.25 ERA (12-IP, 15-ER) and allowed 19 hits and 4 HR over his first 15 apps... Righthanders hit .190 (23-for-121) against him from May 7 until the end of the season compared to .353 (12-for-34) before then... Allowed 46.2 pct. (18 of 39) of his inherited runners to score, 3rd-highest pct. among major league relievers…only OAK Ryan Cook (50.0 pct.) and MIL Michael Gonzalez (47.4 pct.) allowed a higher percentage... Gave up 8 HR, most among Rays relievers and a career high (prev. 5 in 2011)... Earned his first career save on July 11 vs. MIN... Threw fastballs on 93.0 percent of his pitches, 2nd-highest rate among major league relievers after LAD Kenley Jansen (94.1) according to PITCHf/x data…for a second straight season, his average fastball velocity of 96.3 mph ranked 2nd among lefty relievers to CIN Aroldis Chapman (98.3)... POSTSEASON: Appeared in a team-high 4 of 5 postseason games, 3 of them scoreless, but took the loss in Game 4 of the ALDS vs. Boston as the Rays were eliminated…entered with the Rays leading 1-0 in the 7th, but walked Xander Bogaerts and allowed a single to Jacoby Ellsbury…both runners came around to score after he was removed.
Emerged as one of the AL's best relief pitchers in his first full major league season and second full season as a reliever...went 5-2 with a 1.95 ERA (55.1-IP, 12-ER) over 69 relief apps, 60 of which were scoreless...His 1.95 ERA ranked third among AL relievers and seventh in the majors...among lefty relievers, he ranked first in the AL, third in the majors and set a Rays club record (prev. 2.22 by J.P. Howell in 2008)...Held opposing right-handed hitters to .098/.157/.134 (11-for-112) with one HR, including only two hits in 44 AB (.045) from Aug. 1 through season's end...the .098 opp avg. against righties was the lowest by any left-handed pitcher (min. 100 AB) dating back to 1974 (see chart)...Ranked among AL relief leaders in opp avg. (.168, 5th), opp OBP (.213, 1st), opp SLG (.239, 2nd) and opp OPS (.452, 2nd)...among major league lefty relievers, ranked 1st in opp OBP and ranked secnd behind CIN Aroldis Chapman in opp avg., opp SLG and opp OPS...Struck out 73, with only 11 BB, in 55.1 IP...his 11.87 SO/9 IP ranked 6th among AL relievers...among left-handed relievers, it ranked second in the AL and 4th in the majors...his 6.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranked second among AL relievers, fourth in the majors and first among all ML lefty relievers...From Aug. 1 through season's end, compiled a 0.86 ERA (21-IP, 7-H, 2-ER, 1-BB, 29-SO) in 23 apps...from July 1 through season's end, recorded 13.81 SO/9 IP (29.1-IP, 45-SO)...According to PITCHf/x data, his average fastball velocity of 95.7 mph ranked second among all lefty relievers (min. 50 IP) after CIN Aroldis Chapman (97.7)...Allowed only three HR all season, but none after July 18 vs. CLE...did not allow a homer in his final 27 apps...retired 22 consecutive batters between Aug 28-Sep 15...Inherited 54 base runners, tied for four most in the AL...14 of them scored (25.9 percent), compared to the AL average of 29.4 percent...When he was ahead in the count, held opponents to a .101 avg. (8-for-79).
Rookie made his first Opening Day roster and served two stints with the Rays: Opening Day
through April 30 and July 15 through season's end...Held lefties to a .164 avg. (10-for-61) but righties hit .400 (20-for-50)...Earned 5 wins out of the bullpen, 4 coming in September, tops among major league rookies...tied the club record for wins in September, joining David Price (2010)...earned the win in the final 2 games of the season (Sep 27-28 vs. NYY)...his other 2 wins in September came over Boston and Texas...walked only one batter in 10 September apps...the last AL rookie to get 4 relief wins in September was TOR David Wells in 1987...During his first stint with the Rays made 11 apps and compiled a 5.14 ERA (7-IP, 4-ER) with 3 BB and only 2 SO...opponents batted .367 (11-for-30)...During his second stint with the Rays went 5-2 with a 4.29 ERA (21-IP, 10-ER) in 26 apps...had 25 SO against 9 BB and posted a .235 (19-for-81) opp avg...Inherited three bases-loaded situations with
the Rays and struck out his only batter faced in each instance: Adrian Gonzalez on July 16
vs. BOS, Alex Avila on Aug 22 vs. DET and Jorge Posada on Sep 22 at NYY...Allowed 3 HR in 3 consecutive apps over 5 days...on Aug 7 vs. OAK gave up a game-winning homer to Josh Willingham in the 10th inning and suffered his first career loss...in his next app (Aug 10 vs. KC) recorded his first career win when he allowed a 3-run HR to Melky Cabrera in the top of the 9th but got the win after the Rays scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th...Allowed only 1 run in 2.2 IP in his win on Sep 18 at BOS, the longest outing of his career...the win
moved the Rays to within 2 games of Boston in the AL Wild Card race...threw a career-high 43 pitches...allowed only 1 hit in 6 apps vs. the Red Sox on the year (4.1-IP, 1-BB, 5-SO)...Posted a 2.70 ERA (33.1-IP, 10-ER) in 24 apps with Triple-A Durham after being optioned...went 9-for-10 in save opps...Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 prospect in the Rays system.
Twenty-four-year-old was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sep 14 after transitioning to the
bullpen with the Bulls ... made 8 appearances after his call-up, 7 of them scoreless, and did
not allow a hit over his first 6 outings...Was one of only two lefthanders to pitch out of
the Rays bullpen in 2010, with Randy Choate...Became one of only eight pitchers in history
to not allow a hit over his first 6 major league appearances...the last was SF Jonathan Sanchez in 2006 (8 games) and last in the AL was SEA Brian Fuentes in 2001 (6)...Sanchez and MIN Garry Roggenburk (1963) share the major league record with 8 consecutive games without a hit to begin a career... Made his major league debut Sep 14 vs. NYY, entering in relief of Matt Garza with two on and two out in the 5th...walked his first two batters,
forcing in a run before striking out Derek Jeter to end the threat...faced one batter in the 6th
and issued his third walk to Curtis Granderson...Granderson later scored, the only run
McGee allowed in the majors...After his debut, did not allow a run in his next
7 outings (4.2-IP), allowing 2 hits and no walks with 5 strikeouts...Began the year with Double-A Montgomery, where he made 19 starts before his Aug 7 promotion to Durham...went 3-7 with a 3.57 ERA (88.1-IP, 35-ER) and tallied 100 strikeouts
(10.19 SO/9 IP)...Transitioned to the bullpen with Durham, going 1-1 with 1 save and a 0.52 ERA (17.1-IP, 9-H, 1-R/ER, 3-BB, 27-SO) in 11 games (1 start)...held opponents to a .148 avg. (9-for-61) with 0 HR, including .097 (3-for-31) vs. LHP...also pitched in 2 games for the Bulls in the playoffs vs. Louisville, tossing 3 scoreless innings of relief (0-H, 1-BB, 5-SO)... Did not allow a run until his 10th appearance with Durham, beginning with 14.2 consecutive
scoreless innings...Combining his stops in Montgomery and Durham, including IL playoffs, he went 4-8 with a 2.98 ERA (108.2-IP, 43-R, 36-ER, 90-H, 37-BB, 132-SO) in 32 games (12 starts)...In 30 total apps in the minors, held lefties to a .189 (25-for-132) avg. with 0 HR... Enters 2011 rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 prospect in the Rays system.
Spent the first 3 months of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery (July 8, 2008)...Returned in late June and made 16 starts for the Gulf Coast League Rays and Charlotte (A) over the remainder of the season, working a total of 30 innings...struck out 40...Made his first game appearance in almost a year when he started for the GCL Rays June 26 at GCL Orioles...faced 3 batters in a 9-2 loss (0-IP, 2-H, 3-R, 2-ER)...in his next outing, June 30 at GCL Red Sox, he pitched 2 perfect innings striking out 5...made 5 GCL starts...Moved to Charlotte after the All-Star break and made 11 starts over the season's final 6 weeks went 0-2 with a 6.45 ERA...struck out 26 in 22.1 innings...logged a season-high
3 innings on four occasions...his final outing of the season, Sep 6 vs. Sarasota (Reds), he
pitched 3 scoreless innings...Rated by Baseball America as the organization's 8th-best prospect (5th pitcher) following the season...In his professional career has 593 strikeouts in
515 innings pitched (10.36 SO/9 IP)
Made 15 starts for Double-A Montgomery in 2008 before tearing the ulnar collateral
ligament in his left elbow on June 22 vs. Mississippi (Braves)...Dr. James Andrews performed season-ending Tommy John surgery on July 8...Was selected to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team, but was unable to pitch due to injury...marked his 6th career All-Star selection...Held opponents to a .230 batting average, including
a .213 mark against lefties...Entered the season ranked by Baseball America
as the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball...following the season, was rated by BA as the
No. 9 prospect in the Rays organization...was added to the 40-man roster on Nov 20 along
with pitchers Wade Davis and Dale Thayer.
Led the Rays organization with 175 strikeouts, 4th most in all of minor league baseball while pitching for A Vero Beach and AA Montgomery...averaged 11.25 strikeouts per 9 innings, 6th best in the minors...despite promotion to Montgomery in early August, led the Florida State League with 145 Ks fanning 74 in his last 50.2 innings at Vero Beach...it was his second league strikeout crown (also A Midwest League in 2006)...Made a combined 26 starts at Vero Beach and Montgomery and didn't allow an earned run in 11 of those starts... pitched to a combined ERA of 3.15 (IP-140.1, H-105, ER-47, BB-52, SO-175)...had 7 starts in which he pitched 6 or more innings and didn't allow a run, but won only four of those games...allowed 3 ER or less in 22 of 26 starts and 3 hits or less 10 times...opponents batted .207 (105-508)...Had four games of 10+ strikeouts and now has 10 such games in his career...fanned a career-high 13 at Daytona (Cubs) on July 2 but didn't get the decision despite allowing no runs and only 2 hits in 7 innings...in 5 starts vs. Daytona he struck out 45 and walked two...was 2-0 vs. the Cubs and allowed 4 ER in 32.2 IP for a 1.10 ERA...In 18 of 26 starts he had more Ks than hits allowed...had 70 more strikeouts than hits allowed...in his pro career has 167 more strikeouts than hits allowed...In his 2nd start after joining Montgomery, he combined with Nick Debarr on a 2-hit shutout over Jacksonville (Dodgers) on Aug. 15...Was 3-1 in his last 4 regular season starts for Montgomery then went 1-0 (ERA-1.23, IP-11.0, H-11, ER-3, BB-2, SO-14) in two postseason starts...beat Huntsville (Brewers) 2-1 in Game 2 of the SL Championship Series (IP-6, H-6, R-1, ER-1, BB-0, SO-6)...Named Vero's Pitcher of the Year and was selected as having the best fastball in the FSL by Baseball America...BA also selected him to its Class-A All-Star Team and 2nd team All-Minor League Team.
Led the Midwest League and the Rays organization in 2006 with 171 strikeouts...Midwest League All-Star...was named Southwest Michigan Pitcher of the Year...ranked fourth among all minor league starters with an 11.49 strikeouts per 9 IP ratio and was one of only three pitchers to fan 10+ batters six times during the season...Opponents batted just .211 off him...his 2.96 ERA ranked 6th in the Rays organization and 10th in the Midwest League...also tabbed as having the Midwest League's Best Fastball by Baseball America's Best Tools survey.
Finished 2nd in the NYPL in 2005 with 89 strikeouts...allowed 3 runs or less in all but two starts...tabbed as the 9th-best prospect in the NYPL.
Named Princeton Pitcher of the Year in 2004...led staff with 5 wins and tied for team lead with 53 strikeouts.