Married Amber ... Attended the University of Nebraska, where he went 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA, one save and 110 strikeouts over 51 career appearances (23 starts) … earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013 and 2014 … was on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in Fall of 2011 and 2013 and Spring of 2012 and 2013 ... Graduated in 2010 from Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Ariz ... In 2019, participated in a community outreach visit in Glendale, Ariz. during spring training, "Mike's Wish" during Sox Serve Week and visited patients at Rush Hospital.
American League Relief Leaders: 2nd-IRS Pct. (19.4); T4th-1st Batter Eff. (.115); T6th-Holds (27); 7th-ERA (2.13); T9th-Opp. AVG (.184) ... Southpaw Relief: Ranked among the major-league lefthanded relief leaders in first-batter efficiency (1st), ERA (3rd), holds (4th), opponents average (5th), games (T9th, 58) and IP (T9th, 67.2) ... Hold it Right There: His 27 holds were the third-highest total in franchise history behind Barry Jones (30 in 1990) and Nate Jones (28 in 2016) and the most ever by a left-hander ... One Up, One Down: Posted a .115 (6-52) opponents average vs. first batter faced, the third-lowest mark in White Sox history since 1974 behind David Robertson (.100 in 2015) and Kevin Hickey (.105 in 1981) ... Began the season on the Class AAA Charlotte injured list with a strained right hip … was reinstated on 4/12 ... Appeared in five games with the Knights (2 ER/7.2 IP) before being recalled by the White Sox on 4/28 ... Posted a 1.80 ERA (7 ER/35.0 IP) over 31 games at home and a 2.48 ERA (9 ER/32.2 IP) in 27 games on the road ... Recorded a 0.49 ERA (1 ER/18.1 IP) and .100 (6-60) opponents average over his first 16 outings with the Sox … did not allow an earned run over his first nine games ... Made his season debut on 4/29 vs. Baltimore, retiring all three batters he faced for the hold ... Compiled a 0.68 ERA (1 ER/13.1 IP), 0.68 WHIP, .130 average (6-46) and 12 strikeouts over 11 games in May … worked at least 1.0 IP 10 times and 1.1-plus IP five times ... Struck out three batters over 1.1 scoreless IP on 5/5 vs. Boston … matched his career-high with 2.0 scoreless IP on 5/8 at Cleveland ... Earned his first career save on 6/13 vs. the Yankees, pitching a scoreless ninth … suffered his first blown save on 6/21 at Texas ... Made seven consecutive scoreless appearances from 7/13- 31, allowing just three hits (all singles) over 6.2 IP ... Recorded a hold in six consecutive appearances from 8/4- 19, the second-longest streak in Sox history behind Matt Albers (seven from 9/17/15-4/7/16) ... Milestone K: Tallied his 100th career strikeout on 9/3 at Cleveland in the eighth inning (Yasiel Puig) ... Tossed a career-high-tying 9.0 consecutive scoreless IP over his last seven outings, recording a hold in each of the last five.
Split the season between the White Sox (37 appearances) and Class AAA Charlotte (31)....Posted a 2.66 ERA (6 ER/20.1 IP) over 20 appearances at Guaranteed Rate Field, compared to a 7.15 mark (9 ER/11.1 IP) in 17 outings on the road...Averaged 9.95 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (35 SO/31.2 IP) with a 3.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio (10 BB), but yielded a .301 (40-133) opponents average with a 1.58 WHIP...Made his first career Opening Day roster, working 0.1 scoreless IP in the season-opener on 3/29 at Kansas City...Worked 1.2 perfect IP on 4/20 vs. Houston … suffered his first loss on 4/22 vs. Houston (1 ER/0.0 IP) … registered his first hold on 4/27 at Kansas City...Matched his career-high with 2.0 scoreless IP on 5/18 vs. Texas … also threw 2.0 IP on 9/26 vs. Cleveland (career-high four strikeouts) and 9/29 at Minnesota... Was optioned to Charlotte on 6/6, where he threw 1.0-plus IP in 26 of his 31 appearances and limited right-handers to a .222 (12-54) average... Lowered his ERA with the Knights from 4.15 (6 ER/13.0 IP) in the first half to 1.53 (3 ER/17.2 IP) after the break … did not allow a run over his final nine outings (8.2 IP)...Was recalled by the White Sox on 9/1, recording a 5.84 ERA (8 ER/12.1 IP) over 11 outings in September …allowed his only homer of the season on 9/7 vs. the Angels (Andrelton Simmons)....Entered the season ranked by MLB.com as the No. 20 prospect in the White Sox system.
Began the season with Class A Winston-Salem before earning promotions to Class AA Birmingham, Class AAA Charlotte and the White Sox during the season...Limited opponents to a .178 (13-83) average with the White Sox, including a .171 (7-41) mark by left-handers...Posted a 2.70 ERA (4 ER/13.1 IP) in 15 games at home (7.27 mark in 15 road appearances)...First batters faced hit .125 (3-24) with four walks … allowed 11.8 percent (2-17) of inherited runners to score...His contract was purchased from Charlotte on 7/27 … made his major-league debut that night vs. the Cubs, allowing one run on one hit in 1.0 IP … struck out the first batter he faced, Anthony Rizzo, and surrendered a homer to Kyle Schwarber...Surrendered a game-ending home run to Mitch Moreland in the 11th inning on 8/4 at Boston...Worked 2.0 scoreless IP on 8/11 vs. Kansas City for his first major-league victory...Recorded a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) with five holds, eight strikeouts and a .133 opponents average over 14 September appearances...Ended the season with a streak of 11 consecutive scoreless appearances (9/9-30), allowing just one hit with four walks and six strikeouts over 7.0 IP...Made 28 combined appearances (one start) between Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte, going 1-5 with a 3.31 ERA (18 ER/49.0 IP), five saves and 54 strikeouts...Opened 2017 with the Dash and made eight relief appearances, limiting lefties to a .207 mark (6-29)...Made 17 appearances, including one start, with Birmingham… converted all three of his save opportunities...Made his only start on 6/7 at Tennessee (1 ER/2.2 IP)...Was promoted to Charlotte on 7/17.