Is married to Nicole…graduated from Gulfport H.S. (Miss.), where he lettered three times as a pitcher and first baseman. Played three seasons for Mississippi State, owning a 1.59 ERA in 91 relief appearances…set the school's career (37) and single-season saves records (21)…was named a 2013 consensus All-American and earned 2012 consensus Freshman All-America honors... In January 2018, hosted a youth baseball clinic in Biloxi, Miss., with other professional and collegiate baseballplayers, with proceeds beneﬁting local youth undergoing cancer treatment.
Was 1-1 with a 3.89 ERA (39.1IP, 17ER) in 37 relief appearances over four stints with the Yankees (4/2-6/27, 7/8-16, 7/31 and 9/16-10/1)…opponents batted .283 (45-for-159, 5HR); LH .361 (13-for-36, 2HR), RH .260 (32-for-123, 3HR)…allowed 9-of-15 inherited runners to score (60.0%)…retired 25-of-37 ﬁrst batters faced (67.6%)... Made his ﬁrst career Opening Day roster... Earned his ﬁrst Major League win on 5/5 at Chicago-NL (1.0IP, 1H, 1K)... Set a career-high with 3.0 scoreless innings (also 3.0IP on 7/15 at Boston) in the Yankees' 18-inning win on 5/7 at Chicago-NL (1H, 1BB, 3K)... In 12 regular season relief appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, had one save and posted a 1.69 ERA (16.0IP, 3ER) with 21K…in three postseason relief appearances with the RailRiders, posted a 3.60 ERA (5.0IP, 3H, 2ER, 1HR, 2BB) and a team-leading 12K.
Posted a 5.40 ERA (8.1IP, 5ER) over eight relief appearances in his only stint with the Yankees (9/2-10/2)…retired 7-of-8 first batters faced…allowed 1-of-6 inherited runners to score. Made his Major League debut in 9/2 loss at Baltimore, tossing a perfect sixth inning (1.0IP, 1K)…struck out his first batter faced (Adam Jones, swinging)…was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the active roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to the game. Spent the majority of the season in the minors with Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 5-1 with 16 saves, a 1.65 ERA (65.1IP, 12ER), 101K and just 7BB in 42 relief appearances…ranked second among Yankees farmhands in saves…began the season with Tampa, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings (2G, 2H, 0BB, 7K)…was promoted to Trenton on 4/11, going 3-1 with 10 saves, a 2.20 ERA (41.0IP, 10ER) and 59K in 28 relief outings. Led all minor league pitchers (min. 60.0IP) with a 42.4% strikeout rate (101K/238BF) and ranked third with a 13.91 K/9.0IP ratio (101K/65.1IP)…led full-season minor league pitchers (min. 60.0IP) with a 14.43 K/BB ratio (101K/7BB). Was transferred to Scranton/WB on 7/21 and went 2-0 with six saves, a 0.89 ERA (20.1IP, 2ER), 0BB and 35K in 12 appearances out of the bullpen for the RailRiders…was named the International League's "Pitcher of the Week" from 8/22-28 (6.0IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 16K)…on 8/28 at Rochester, struck out 12 of his 13 batters faced, including his first 11 straight before allowing a single to former Yankee John Ryan Murphy (4.0IP, 1H)…earned the save in the game, which clinched a postseason berth for the RailRiders.
Combined with Single-A Tampa, the GCL Yankees 2 and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to go 7-6 with a 2.52 ERA (118.0IP, 33ER) and 90K in 23 games (21 starts)…recorded the fourth-lowest ERA among all Yankees farmhands…allowed 2ER-or-fewer in 19 of his 21 starts…opponents batted .226 (101-for-447)... Spent the majority of the season with Tampa, going 7-5 with a 2.44 ERA (103.1IP, 28ER) in 19 games (18 starts)…was named a FSL Mid-Season All-Star…tied for Tampa's team lead in wins.
Made his professional debut, combining with the GCL Yankees 2 and short-season Single-A Staten Island to go 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA (36.1IP, 16ER) and 34K in 12 games (eight starts)... Began his season with the GCL Yankees 2, going 1-1 with a 12.27 ERA (3.2IP, 5ER) in two games (one start)... Was transferred to Staten Island on 6/30 and went 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA (32.2IP, 11ER) in 10 games (seven starts).