Married, wife's name is Natalie...The couple has two sons, Jackson and Eli...Originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft...Attended the University of Alabama...Named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2004, while also earning National Freshman of the Year honors from Baseball America...His 334 career strikeouts for the Crimson Tide are a school record and his 46 career starts rank second...Graduated from Alfred M. Barbe (LA) HS.
Made his Orioles debut on 7/26 at BOS; earned the win after allowing four earned runs on four hits, including two home runs, with no walks and four strikeouts over 5.2 innings … Four of his six starts were against the AL East; went 1-0 with a 6.32 ERA (11 ER/15.2 IP) and 10 strikeouts in these outings … Surrendered six of his 20 runs in the third inning, pitching to a 10.80 ERA (6 ER/5.0 IP) … Tossed 4.0-or-less innings in each of his final four starts … Exited the game on 8/23 vs. BOS in the first inning with left elbow discomfort; placed on the 60-day Injured List with a left elbow stress reaction and missed the remainder of the season.
Made 26 appearances (eight starts) for the Mariners, posting a 6-7 record with a 5.71 ERA (77 ER/121.1 IP) and 92 strikeouts...Earned the win in each of his first two starts (3/31 vs. BOS and 4/7 at CWS)...Posted an 8.35 ERA (34 ER/36.2 IP) in his eight starts and a 4.57 ERA (43 ER/84.2 IP) in his 18 relief appearances...Placed on the injured list from 4/14-5/18 with a right oblique strain...Tossed 8.0 innings in relief on 6/3 vs. HOU (8.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 2 K); the longest relief outing of his career and matching his longest overall outing...14 of his 26 outings were 5.0-or-more innings.
Signed by Seattle as a free agent on 3/25 and spent the entire season with the Mariners...Made 27 starts (32 appearances) for the Mariners, working to a 9-5 record and a 3.72 ERA (67 ER/162.0 IP) with 130 strikeouts...Set career-highs in wins, starts, innings pitched, and strikeouts...Had a scoreless streak of 19.0 innings from 8/25-9/12, the longest by a Mariners starter, and second-longest by a Mariners pitcher during the season (RHP Alex Colomé, 20.0 IP)...The Mariners went 17-10 in his 27 starts... In six starts in May, he went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA (6 ER/31.1 IP) with 23 strikeouts...Matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts on 7/20 vs. CWS...Signed to a contract extension through the 2019 season.
Spent the entire season with Pittsburgh, the first time in his career being on the Major League roster the full season...Made a career-high 50 appearances for the Pirates, going 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA (34 ER/68.0 IP)...Placed on the disabled list from 8/18-31 with a left quad strain, the first time in his career going on the DL.
Started the season with Triple-A Buffalo in the Blue Jays organization, pitching to a 7-2 record with a 1.71 ERA (17 ER/89.2 IP) in 14 starts...Acquired by the Seattle Mariners from the Blue Jays on 6/22 in exchange for a Player To Be Named Later... Made eight starts (11 appearances) for the Mariners, working to a 3-0 record with a 4.50 ERA (25 ER/50.0 IP) and 41 strikeouts... Earned his first career save on 7/23 at TOR (3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 HR, 2 K)...Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Mariners in exchange for a Player To Be Named Later on 9/13...Finished the season with the Pirates, making eight appearances and working to a 1-0 record with a 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP) and 10 strikeouts.
Signed with the Seibu Lions of the Japan Pacific League and spent the season pitching in Japan...Made eight starts for the Lions, going 2-5 with a 4.23 ERA (21 ER/44.2 IP)...Resigned back in the states to a minor league contract by TOR on 12/12.
Spent majority of season with Salt Lake (Angels' AAA), where he led the staff in wins...Won five straight decisions from 4/18 thru 5/21...Was selected by the Angels on 5/25 and pitched a big league career-high 6.1 innings of relief on 5/30 at Oakland (starter Garrett Richards was knocked out in the first inning)...Was designated for assignment on 5/31 and claimed off waivers by the Yankees on 6/3...Made lone appearance with New York on 6/4 vs. Oakland...Was designated for assignment on 6/11...Signed a minor league deal with the Angels on 6/17 and returned to Salt Lake...Went 5-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 Triple-A starts before being selected by Los Angeles on 8/21...Made start with the Angels on 8/25 (3.1ip/6er) before returning to Triple-A for one start on 8/30...Spent the entire month of September with LAA, picking up his lone win on 9/23 at Oakland (5.1ip/0r).
Was a member of Miami's Opening Day roster and started the third game of the season...Lost his first five decisions before winning his lone game with the Marlins on 6/2 vs. New York (NL) - his final game with the club...Was designated for assignment on 6/3 and claimed off waivers by Houston on 6/8...Made three relief appearances with Houston (3.2ip/4er) before being outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on 6/26...Recorded first professional save on 6/29 at Nashville...Made one more relief appearance with Houston on 8/19 (2.2ip/5r/1er)...Finished season at the Triple-A level.
Began season with Triple-A New Orleans in starting rotation, making 16 starts for Zephyrs before earning promotion to Miami on July 1...Despite being with Zephyrs for just half season, ranked third on Club in strikeouts (91) behind Brad Hand (141)and Tom Koehler (138)...At New Orleans, earned Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors from May 14-20, going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA (16.0 IP/3 ER) in two starts...Struck out 19 while walking just two...Went 8.0 innings in each start, recording a season-high 12 strikeouts on May 14 vs. Las Vegas...Tossed a season-high 9.0 innings on May 25 vs. Omaha, allowing one run on five hits...Left with game tied at 1-1; Z's fell, 2-1, in 12 innings...Allowed more than two runs in just four of 16 starts, including a season-high nine on May 9 vs. Tucson...Surrendered eight runs on 11 hits on June 10 at Oklahoma City...Also allowed five runs in consecutive starts, April 23 vs. Round Rock and April 29 vs. Albuquerque...Called up to Miami on July 1 and split time between bullpen and starting rotation...Made 16 relief appearances, going 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA (21.1 IP/6 ER)...As a starter, posted 2-5 mark and 3.67 ERA (68.2 IP/28 ER)...Took loss on Aug. 12 vs. Dodgers at Marlins Park despite allowing one run on six hits over 7.0 innings...Equaled 7.0-inning mark two starts later in second game of doubleheader against Arizona...In that contest, allowed three runs (two earned)on five hits, also taking loss...Earned win at Coors Field on Aug. 17, snapping a streak of six straight starts allowing two or fewer runs...During that run, which began on Sept. 17, 2011, against Arizona (3-1 win at San Diego), went 2-2 with a 2.04 ERA (35.1 IP/8 ER)...Over last 12 starts (dating back to Sept. 17, 2011), has gone 3-5 with a 3.61 ERA (67.1 IP/27 ER), while his teams are 6-6...In four home starts, was 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA (22.0 IP/10 ER) and a .287 opponents' average (25-for-87)...Meanwhile, went 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA (11.1 IP/2 ER) in nine relief appearances at Marlins Park, and held opponents to a .189 average (7-for-37)...Over career, is 18-25 with a 4.43 ERA (335.0 IP/165 ER) in 61 career starts, and 1-2 with a 3.67 ERA (27.0 IP/11 ER) in 18 relief appearances.
Had five separate stints with Padres. Was first optioned to triple-A Tucson on March 28 and recalled on April 10; optioned back to Tucson on April 11 without making an appearance. Second recall was on April 24 for a spot-start vs. Philadelphia in which he worked a career-high 8.0 innings; optioned back to Tucson on April 25. Third recall came on June 14, and again optioned back to Tucson on June 21 after making two starts. Called up for spot-start on July 31 vs. Colorado and was optioned back to Tucson on August 1. Recalled for remainder of season on August 8...Went 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA (25.2 IP/9 ER) and a .202 opponents' batting average (17x84) over final four starts, including striking out a career-high 10 batters on September 23 vs. Dodgers...Finished tied for team lead in Tucson with nine wins (also, Jeremy Hefner), and finished with Tucson on a five-game winning streak, going 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA (45.0/12) in seven starts over stretch...Named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 27-July 3 for start on July 1 at Sacramento (8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO)...At plate, had a career-best six-game hitting streak from August 14-September 17, second-longest by a pitcher in Padres' history.
Began the season at Triple-A Portland, making two starts for the Beavers before being recalled by the Padres on 4/18...Made a career-high 25 starts for the Padres in 2010...San Diego went 13-12 in his starts...Went 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA (5 ER/28.0 IP) from 4/18-5/11 in his first five starts for San Diego, with the Padres winning each of those starts...Was 4-5 with a 2.71 ERA (24 ER/79.2 IP) in 13 starts at home, with the Padres going 8-5 in his home starts...Picked off eight base runners in 2010, tied with multiple pitchers for the second-most in the Majors...also tied with Jim Deshaies (1992) and Dennis Rasmussen (1990) for the second-most pickoffs in franchise history since 1988 (pickoffs were first accurately recorded in 1988)...most pickoffs by a Padre since Deshaies also had eight in 1992...Hit .295 (13-for-44) at the plate, the second best batting average by a Padre in 2010 (no minimum)...finished the season with 49 total plate appearances, one shy of the amount needed to qualify for batting average by a pitcher...his .295 average ranks second all-time among Padres pitchers with 40-or-more plate appearances (John Curtis, .297 AVG over 41 PA in 1982)...13 hits at the plate are the most by a Padre left-handed pitcher since Dennis Rasmussen had 17 hits in 1990...Posted a career-best 20.1-inning scoreless streak from 4/18-5/4...longest scoreless innings streak by a Padres southpaw in a season since LHP Bruce Hurst posted a 27.0 scoreless innings streak from 9/1-17/90...Made one relief appearance on 9/17 at STL (3.0, 4, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1), his second career relief appearance and first since 9/28/08 vs. PIT.
Split the season between Triple-A Portland and San Diego, making three stints with the Padres. Began the season at Portland and was recalled...6/8...optioned back to Triple-A 6/10 before making an appearance...recalled 6/19 and made two appearances before being optioned 6/25...recalled for the final time 8/29 and spent the rest of the season with San Diego...Went 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA (12 ER/42.0 IP) over seven starts during his last stint with the Padres, allowing a .182 opponent average...Worked a career-high 7.0 innings twice, including shutout, two-hit ball in his last start of the season 10/3 vs. SF...Made 24 appearances (20 starts) for Portland, going 4-9 with a 3.87 ERA (52 ER/121.0 IP)...3.82 ERA (48 ER/113.0 IP) and .238 opponent average as a starter...worked a season-high 7.0 innings on five occasions.
Saw his first Major League action in September and appeared in five games (four starts) for the Padres after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Portland 9/1...named the Pacific Coast League pitcher with "Best Control" in Baseball America's annual "Best Tools" survey featured in the publication's 8/25-9/7 issue...With the Big League club, went 1-3 with an 8.02 ERA (19 ER/21.1 IP), 14 strikeouts and 15 walks...Held opponents to a .143 average (2-for-14) with runners on with two outs and .154 (2-for-13) with runners in scoring position with two outs...Made three of his four starts against the Dodgers, including two at Dodger Stadium...0-2 with a 9.24 mark (13 ER/12.2 IP) in those outings...Had his Major League debut in LA 9/3, yielding five runs over 4.0 innings in a losing effort...collected first Big League hit with a fourth-inning single...Picked up first Major League win 9/15 at COL, yielding four runs over 6.0 innings with a career-high six strikeouts...went 2-for-2 with the bat in the 11-5 Padres victory...Lone relief appearance came in the club's last game of the season, coming in for injured-starter Cha Seung Baek 9/28 vs. PIT... suffered the loss after yielding two runs over 2.2 innings...Spent the majority of the season with Portland, pitching in 26 games (25 starts)...Ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts (139) and tied for third in wins (11)...Third Portland pitcher (first LHP) since the team returned to the PCL in 2001 to reach the 11-win mark...Won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award on two occasions...first earned the honor, going 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) and 13 strikeouts over two appearances (one start) during the week of 5/26-6/1...allowed just three hits during that span and became the first left-hander since the Beavers returned to the PCL to win the award... honored again after going 2-0 with 13.0 scoreless frames over two starts for the week of 7/28-8/3...yielded four hits and no walks while recording 17 strikeouts...first Portland player since Justin Germano in 2004 to win a PCL weekly award twice in one season...Triple-A debut 4/7 vs. Sacramento, winning and striking out 11 batters to match Portland's single-game high for a pitcher since the team returned to the PCL (also Oliver Perez, 2003 and Steve Watkins, 2004)...also had 11 Ks on 8/2 vs. Albuquerque...Lone relief outing 5/27 vs. Sacramento, coming in behind Clay Hensley who was making a rehab start...collected the win, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts over 5.0 scoreless frames...Went 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA (3 ER/32.0 IP), 31 strikeouts and 17 hits allowed in a span of five starts, 7/13-8/8...allowed one or fewer runs in six of his final eight starts 7/13-8/28, posting a 2.25 ERA (15 ER/60.0 IP) with 49 strikeouts over the eight-game stretch.
Split his second professional season between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio... led all Padres minor leaguers with 145 strikeouts...recognized as having the best change-up in the San Diego organization in Baseball America's 2007 Best Tools survey...Combined to go 13-8 with a 2.95 ERA (49 ER/149.1 IP) between the two stops...limited opponents to a .217 average...Promoted to San Antonio in July and helped the Missions to the Texas League Championship...Earned organization Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors in August, going 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA (8 ER/27.0 IP) in five starts during the month...struck out 29 batters compared to eight walks while holding opponents to a .198 average (19-for-96)...Won each of his last four starts with San Antonio, posting a 1.17 ERA (3 ER/23.0 IP) from 8/17-9/1...Was the winning pitcher in the deciding Game 3 of the Texas League Division Series 9/7, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings and striking out 10, lifting the Missions to the League Championship series...Earned the win in Game 3 of the League Championship series, allowing one run over six innings for a 0.75 overall postseason ERA.
In his professional debut, posted a 5-1 record and 3.02 ERA (18 ER/53.2 IP) in 14 games (10 starts) between Short-A Eugene and Single-A Fort Wayne...Earned the win in his professional debut, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning of relief for a 12-6 Eugene victory 6/29 at Vancouver...Promoted to Fort Wayne 7/24...won his final three starts 8/18-9/2, giving up just two runs in 15.0 innings (1.20 ERA)...Struck out a season-high eight batters over 5.0 scoreless frames in a 4-2 win, 8/2 at West Michigan.