Aaron Michael Harang… Married Jennifer Wade (11/16/02); has three children: daughters Addison (10/3/06) and Kailey (12/17/10) and son Dustin (12/17/10)… 1996 graduate of Patrick Henry High School (CA)… Attended San Diego State University, where he majored in graphic design… Was named SDSU Pitcher of the Year in 1999… Was the Reds' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2007 and 2009, the Branch Rickey Award in 2007 and the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009… Honors local military families through his Aaron's Aces ticket program, which provides tickets and signed T-shirts during Sunday home games… Plans to bring this program to Philadelphia to host military families at Citizens Bank Park in 2015… Hobbies: Golf and spending time with kids… Signed by: Jim Lentine.
Went to spring training with CLE... Got released on 3/24 despite going 2-0, 2.00 ERA (2 ER, 9.0 IP) in 4 spring games... Signed by ATL on 3/26... T-2nd in the NL in quality starts (25), T-4th in starts (33), 6th in pitches/game (102.8) and 9th in innings (204.1)... Posted a career-best 3.57 ERA... Went 3-1, 0.85 ERA (3 ER, 31.2 IP) over his first 5 starts of the season, 4/2-23... Carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning, 4/2 at MIL; was the first pitcher to carry a no-hitter into the 7th inning in his ATL debut since the club moved to Atlanta in 1966... Tossed 7.0 no-hit innings, 4/18 at NYM... Had a season-high 11 SO, 4/23 vs MIA... Won 4 consecutive starts, 6/24-7/10... Held opposing hitters to a .077 AVG (1-13) with the bases loaded
Was traded twice in April prior to making his season debut; dealt from LAD to COL for Ramon Hernandez on 4/6, then traded to SEA with cash for Steven Hensley on 4/11... Lost each of his first 3 starts with SEA, 4/16-26 (11.37 ERA, 16 ER, 12.2 IP)... Pitched 2 SHO over a 4-start span: 5/27 vs SD and 6/11 vs HOU... Had a 2.45 ERA (9 ER, 33.0 IP) in 5 starts from 6/11-7/5 before posting a 7.34 ERA (34 ER, 41.2 IP) over his next 8 starts, 7/10-8/25... Was released on 9/1... Signed by NYM on 9/2 and assigned to Las Vegas (AAA)... Had 10 SO in his NYM debut, 9/12 vs WSH... T-2nd in the NL and T-6th in MLB in strikeouts over his final 4 starts (26 SO), 9/12-9/29
Posted a career-low 3.61 ERA and reached double-digit victories for the second consecutive season and the sixth time in his career in his first season with the Dodgers. Ranked third on the club with 31 starts, 179.2 innings pitched and 131 strikeouts...his 179.2 innings were his most since 2008 (184.1 IP with CIN). Limited opposing hitters to a .246 batting average, including a .233 mark against right-handers (80-for-344)...was especially tough with runners in scoring position, holding the opposition to a .202 average (33-for-163). Was one of the National League's best pitchers from May 1-thru the All-Star break, going 5-3 with a 2.64 ERA (21 ER/71.2 IP), the fifth-lowest ERA in the NL, in 12 starts during that span. Made 16 quality starts and pitched 6.0 or more innings on 17 occasions, going 8-1 with a 2.45 ERA (30 ER/110.1 IP) in those games. Established a franchise record on April 13 at Dodger Stadium by striking out nine consecutive Padre hitters, breaking Johnny Podres' franchise record of eight set on July 2, 1962 vs. Philadelphia...he finished the night with 13 strikeouts in 6.1 innings, tying his career high for strikeouts (Sept. 29, 2007) and became the first Dodger pitcher in the last 90 seasons to have 13 or more strikeouts in a game when pitching fewer than 7.0 innings.
Led San Diego with 14 wins, going 14-7 (.667) with a career-low 3.64 ERA...was his second-most wins a season and most since a career-best 16 in 2006 and 2007...Missed time from June 13-July 9 (26 games) while on the 15-day disabled list due to a right foot contusion...made one rehab start for Single-A Lake Elsinore...Went 10-3 (.769) in starts following a Padres loss in 2011...Posted 18 quality starts, third most on the team behind Mat Latos and Tim Stauffer who both had 20 QS...his 18 QS were his most in a season since a career-best 20 QS in 2007 for Cincinnati...Went 3-4 with a 2.40 ERA (12 ER/45.0 IP), a .221 (36-for-163) opponents batting average and 36 strikeouts against 14 walks over his last seven starts of the season from Aug. 20-Sept. 24...Was 8-5 with a 3.05 ERA (37 ER/109.1 IP) and a .240 (97-for-405) opponents' batting average in 17 starts at home...Went 5-5 with a 3.11 ERA (28 ER/81.0 IP) in 13 starts against NL West opponents...Was 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA (14 ER/43.2 IP) in seven starts against NL Central teams.
Appeared in 22 games (20 starts), missing timewhile on the disabled list from 7/6-8/26 with lower lumbarspasms.Was the Reds' Opening Day starter for the fifth straight season(2006-10), tying Pete Donohue (1923-27) and Mario Soto (1982-86) for the club's consecutive Opening Day starts record (Sotohad six overall)...Posted a 6-7 record and 5.02 ERA (56 ER/101.1 IP) over his 17starts before being placed on the disabled list...returned fromthe DL and appeared in five games, making three starts...didnot factor in a decision while recording a 7.94 ERA (10 ER/11.1IP) after returning....Was left off the Reds playoff roster for the NLDS...CIN was swept in three games by PHI...Finished the season with six wins for the third consecutive season.
Made his fourth straight Opening Day start...on 8/22 had a season-ending appendectomy...at the time of the surgery led the staff with 26 starts, 162.1 innings and 142 strikeouts...still led the team in strikeouts...ranked among the National League leaders in losses (14, T2nd) and ERA in day games (3.00, 9th)...in his last 3 starts went 1-1, 2.14 to drop overall ERA from 4.43 to season-ending 4.21...with 14 qualitystarts tied Johnny Cueto for second on the staff to Bronson Arroyo (23 QS)...in his 26 starts the Reds went 11-15, scored 89 runs (3.42 r/g), scored 2 runs or fewer 12 times and twice were shut out...in his 26 starts Reds batters hit just .239...in 13 starts from 5/30-8/3 went 0-9, 5.49...snapped that career-high 9-game losing streak with a 5-2 win on 8/9 at SF...the 9-game skid tied Bal's Jason Berken for the longest in the Major Leagues in 2009...was the longest by aReds pitcher in a single season since Tom Hume's 9-game losing streak from 4/19-7/4, 1978...from 4/28-6/4 allowed a home run in 8consecutive apps (10hr), the longest streak by a Reds pitcher since RHP Ramon Ortiz tied the National League record by allowing a home run in 15 consecutive apps from 5/1-7/17, 2005...on 4/23 at Chi recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career (Derrek Lee)...on 7/18 vs Mil recorded his 1,000th strikeout as a Red (Manny Parra)...on 7/24 at Chi hit his first career home run (3-run off Randy Wells)...his 3-hitter in the club's fifth game, a 2-0 win on 4/12 vs Pit, was thequickest complete game by a Reds pitcher since Pete Harnisch threw a CG in the Reds' fourth game of 1999...threw his other complete game in his 200th career start, a 3-1 loss at StL on 6/4in which Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter also threw a CG...on 5/9 vs StL celebrated his 31st birthday with an 8-3 victory...on 5/15 at SD, returned to his hometown and in his 200th career appearance suffered the 5-3 loss...on 5/25 vs Hou earned the 8-5 victory when he returned after a 2-hour, 3-minute rain delay with 2 outs in the top of the fifth inning, allowed a single toHunter Pence but then struck out Humberto Quintero to become eligible for the win...with that victory improved to 5-4, 3.36 through his first 10 starts...beginning with his next appearance, in his last 16 starts of the seasonwent 1-10, 4.78...made his last start of the season on 8/20 vs SF and received no decision in the 2-1 win (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR).
Made his third straight Opening Day start...won the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award from thelocal chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America...his career-high 17 losses tied Hou's BrandonBacke for the most in the National League...also ranked among the NL pitching leaders in HR allowed (35, 2nd),earned runs allowed (98, T7th) and runs allowed (104, 10th)...tied the club record for most homers allowed bya righthander (35, Sammy Ellis in 1966)...from 7/13-8/9 was on the 15-day disabled list with a strained rightforearm...prior to his disabling went 3-11, 4.76 in 19 starts and 1 relief appearance...in 10 starts after he cameoff the DL went 3-6, 4.84 with 1 complete game...in his 29 starts the Reds went 12-17 and scored 102 runs (3.52r/g)...his 17 quality starts ranked third on the staff behind Edinson Volquez (20) and Bronson Arroyo (18)...from8/22-9/17 threw 6 consecutive quality starts, his longest QS streak of the season (2-3, 1.93, 42ip, 9er)...duringthat stretch suffered all 3 losses by 3-2 scores...on 5/25 at SD made his first relief appearance since 8/11/06and as the ninth of the Reds' 10 pitchers threw 4.0 scoreless innings in the 18-inning, 12-9 loss (2h, 1bb, 9k,63 pitches)...his 9 strikeouts were a season high and the 4.0 innings tied for the longest relief appearance ofhis career...was the ninth of the Reds' 10 pitchers and threw innings 13-16...fellow starter Edinson Volquezpitched the 17th and 18th innings...Cin used every player but starter Johnny Cueto, who was scheduled tostart the next game 2 days later...Harang went 2-6, 3.50 in 11 starts prior to that relief outing and 4-11, 5.71in 18 starts after that appearance...was scheduled to start on 7/5 vs Wsh but was given a few extra days torecover from stiffness in his right forearm...pitched instead on 7/8 at Wrigley Field and issued a career-high 7walks...continued to be bothered by the injury and returned to Cincinnati, where an MRI revealed a strainedright forearm...went on the disabled the final day prior to the All-Star break and didn't pitch again for the Redsuntil 8/10...on Opening Day wore #41 in honor of Joe Nuxhall...was the club's nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award for his contributions to thecommunity...pledged $55,000 to the Miracle Leagueof Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
For the second time in 3 seasons won the Johnny Vander Meer Award as the club's MostOutstanding Pitcher...finished fourth in the National League Cy Young Award voting...tied his career high invictories (16) and established a new career best in strikeouts (218)...4 times was the victim of blown saves...led the staff in wins, starts, complete games (2), innings pitched (231.2) and strikeouts...led the club inwins for the third straight year, in strikeouts for the fourth straight year and in complete games for the thirdstraight year...ranked among the National League pitching leaders in starts (34, T2nd), innings pitched (2nd),strikeouts (2nd), fewest walks per 9ip (2.0, 2nd), winning percentage (.727, 4th), ERA at night (2.86, 4th),complete games (T4th), victories (T5th) and strikeouts per 9ip (8.5, 7th)...in addition to his 2 complete gamespitched 9.0 innings in a 12-inning, 2-1 win at SD on 5/15 and a career-best 10.0 innings in a 12-inning, 2-1win vs Mil on 7/23...became the first Reds pitcher to throw 10.0 innings in a game since Rick Mahler did it on8/30/89 at StL...twice was on the bereavement list but did not miss a start (5/17-5/19, 7/19-7/22)...on 8/2 atWsh missed a start with soreness in his lower back...in 11 starts after his return went 6-3, 4.08 with 1cg and6 quality starts...in his last 24 starts of the season went 11-4, 3.33...in his 34 apps produced 20 quality starts,second on the staff to Bronson Arroyo (22qs)...in his 34 starts the Reds went 24-10 (.706) and scored 175runs (5.15 r/g)...the .283 difference between his winning percentage (16-6, .727) and his team's (72-90, .444)was the highest in the majors (minimum 10 decisions)...went 16-4, 3.61 in his first 32 starts of the seasonand 0-2, 5.40 in his final 2 starts...was his only losing streak of the year...his 4-0 start was the best of hiscareer...his 14-3 start was the best by a Reds pitcher since Tom Seaver finished the 1981 season 14-2...his5-game winning streak from 5/30-7/13 was the longest by a Reds pitcher in 2007 and tied his career high...received votes for National League Pitcher of the Month for April (6g, 4-0, 4.23)...on 4/2 vs Chi, in his secondconsecutive Opening Day start earned the 5-1 victory...became the first Reds starter to win on Opening Daysince LHP John Smiley in 1997 (11-4 win vs Col) and the first RH starter since Jose Rijo in 1993 (2-1 win vsMtl)...his 7.0 innings were the most by any Reds starter on Opening Day since Rijo threw 8.0 innings in that2-1 win vs Mtl in 1993...became the first Reds pitcher to make consecutive Opening Day starts since RHPPete Harnisch had the honors in 2000 and 2001...between Harnisch and Harang, Opening Day nods went toJoey Hamilton, Jimmy Haynes, Cory Lidle and Paul Wilson...on 5/15 at SD, started in his hometown and inone of the best pitching performances of his career received no decision in the 12-inning, 2-1 victory (9ip, 2h,1er, 4bb, 7k, 120 pitches)...allowed only a 1-out double to Mike Cameron in the fifth inning and a 1-out doubleto Geoff Blum in the eighth...with 2 outs in the bottom of the eighth balked in the tying run...on 7/28 vs Chi,left his start after 1.0 inning with a sore lower back...an MRI the next day showed no structural damage buthe skipped his scheduled start...didn't pitch again until 8/8 vs LAD, when he threw 8.0 shutout innings in the1-0 victory (4h, 1bb, 8k, 111 pitches)...in a no-decision in the 7-6 win on 8/19 at Mil allowed 4 homers, tyinghis career high and the most by a Reds pitcher in 2007...allowed all 6 runs on homers (Ryan Braun solo, BillyHall 2-run, Prince Fielder 2-run & solo)...lost his last 2 starts of the season...on 9/23 at SF suffered the 5-4loss...took a 4-hit shutout into the sixth inning, then in that frame allowed 6 hits and all 5 of his runs...in hisfinal start of the year, on 9/29 vs Chi, suffered the 4-0 loss despite a career-high 13 strikeouts...in 8.0 inningsdidn't walk a batter and threw for strikes 95 of his 125 pitches...on 9/3 vs NYM was Pedro Martinez' 3,000thstrikeout victim...on 9/22 at SF made the first pinch-hitting appearance of his career (sac bunt).
The Reds' Opening Day starterled the National League in strikeouts (216) andcomplete games (6), tied for the NL lead in starts(35) and victories (16) and ranked among the leadersin innings pitched (234.1, 3rd), ERA (3.76, 11th),shutouts (2, T3rd), ERA on the road (2.98, 3rd),fewest walks per 9ip (2.2, 9th) and strikeouts per9ip (8.3, 6th)...was the first Reds pitcher to lead theleague in strikeouts since Jose Rijo in 1993...for thethird straight season led the staff in strikeouts (216)...for the second straight season led the staff in victoriesand complete games...as the club battled for a playoffspot down the stretch, in 6 starts in September went 3-1, 3.83 with 2 complete games...his 16 wins were the mostby a Reds pitcher since Pete Harnisch went 16-10 in 1999...became the first Reds pitcher with 200 strikeouts in a seasonsince Rijo led the league with 227k in 1993, ending the longest200-strikeout drought in the National League...his 6cg were themost by a Reds pitcher since Rijo's 7cg in 1990...with 17 qualitystarts ranked second on the staff to Bronson Arroyo (23qs)...ended the season with 2 consecutive complete games, a 3-2win on 9/24 vs Chi (6h) and a 5-2 win on 9/29 at Pit (8h)...following his final start of the season moved into the MajorLeague lead in innings pitched, moved into a tie for the NL leadin wins and starts and moved into sole possession of the NLlead in strikeouts and complete games...in 6 starts from 4/8-5/4went 5-0, 2.95...the 5-game winning streak was the longest ofhis career and tied Arroyo for the longest by a Reds pitcher in2006...twice was the victim of blown saves...in his 35 startsthe Reds went 20-15 and scored 165 runs (4.71 r/g)...in his18 apps on the road went 9-7 and ranked third in the NationalLeague with a 2.98era...threw both of his shutouts and 5 ofhis 6 complete games while on the road...on 4/3 vs the Cubsmade the first Opening Day start of his career...at 27 years,329 days old was the youngest Reds pitcher to start OpeningDay since Brett Tomko (25 years, 363 days) in 1999...in that16-7 Opening Day loss allowed 5 runs in the first inning, themost allowed by the Reds on Opening Day since Louisvillescored 5 in the first frame in 1877...the 16 runs were the mostallowed by a Reds team on Opening Day since that 22-4 lossto Louisville in 1877...in his 1-0 win at StL on 4/14 produced a2-out RBI-single off Chris Carpenter to become the first pitcherto drive in the only run and earn the decision in a 1-0 victorysince Chi's Carlos Zambrano did it on 9/22/04 at Pit...becamethe first Reds pitcher to do it since Johnny Klippstein did bothin a 13-inning win at Hou on 8/6/62...was Cin's first gameat new Busch Stadium...on 4/23 at Mil made his first career start on 3 days' rest and threw a 5-hit complete game in the11-0 win (2bb, 4k)...started in place of Eric Milton, who wasscratched with a left knee injury...in the 7-1 win at Col on 5/4,his career-high 12 strikeouts were the most by a Reds pitchersince LHP Ron Villone had 16 punchouts on 9/29/00 at StLand the most by a Reds righthander since Pete Harnisch had12k on 8/19/99 vs Pit...on 5/21 at Det, in his 100th career start,threw his second complete game of the season but suffered the 1-0 loss (8ip, 5h, 1er, 1bb, 9k)...took a 0-0 score and a 4-hit shutout into the eighth inning but allowed an RBI-single to pinch hitter Placido Polanco...retired 15 straightbatters during one stretch...on 7/25 at Hou threw 8.0 shutout innings to earn the 2-0 victory (4h, 1bb, 6k, 112pitches)...outdueled Roger Clemens (7ip, 7h, 2er, 2bb, 4k)...on 8/11 at Phi made his only relief appearancesince 5/28/03 and received no decision in the 14-inning, 6-5 loss (1ip, 2h, 0r, 0bb, 1k)...threw a scoreless13th inning as the eighth of Cin's 9 pitchers...snapped his streak of consecutive starts at 100...finished theseason with 10 straight starts...in addition to double-digit strikeout games on 5/4 at Col (12k) and 4/8 vs Pit(10k) had seven 9-strikeout games.
Received the Johnny Vander Meer Award as the Reds' Most Outstanding Pitcher...led the staff invictories (11), ERA (3.83), quality starts (19), innings pitched (211.2) and strikeouts (163), all career highs...tied withRamon Ortiz for the staff lead in complete games (1)...with a career-high 32 starts ranked second on the staff to EricMilton (33)...became the first Reds pitcher with 200 innings in a season since RHP Elmer Dessens led the staff with205ip in 2001...his 211.2ip were the most by a Reds pitcher since LHP John Smiley had 217.1ip in 1996 and the mostby a righthander since Jose Rijo's 257.1ip in 1993...posted a 3.54era in his first 29 starts but a 6.87era in his last 3 starts(18.1ip, 32h, 14er)...in each of his last 2 apps of the season established career highs in hits allowed (11h in 5ip on 9/23 vs Phi, 14h in 7.1ip on 9/28 at Mil)...in his 32 starts the Reds went 13-19 and scored 143 runs (4.5 r/g)...in 12 of his32 starts the Reds scored 2 runs or fewer, including 7 starts in which they scored 1 or 0 runs, and twice were shutout...3 times was a victim of a blown save, all in his first 7 starts...on 7/20 vs Chi threw the staff's first complete gameof the season, a 9-3 victory in Cin's 95th game of the season...the 94g to begin a season without a complete gamewas a new club record...in the 9-0 win at Hou on 5/30 threw 7.0 innings in the Reds' only shutout of the season...from5/3-5/30 threw at least 7.0 innings in each of his 5 starts, the longest such streak by a Reds pitcher in 2005...also wasthe only Reds pitcher this season to throw 8.0 innings in consecutive apps (5/9 vs SD, 5/14 at Phi)...in May receivedvotes for the National League Pitcher of the Month Award (5gs, 3-1, 1.93)...finished the month with a 3-game winningstreak (5/14-5/30, 3gs, 3-0, 2.01), a season-high and his longest personal streak since he began his Reds career bywinning his first 3 starts (8/9-8/20, 2003)...immediately followed that winning streak with a career-high 6-game losingstreak (6/4-7/7, 0-6, 5.91, 7gs), tied for the second-longest losing streak by a National League pitcher in 2005 (Col'sShawn Chacon, 7g)...was the longest by a Reds pitcher since Danny Graves' 8-game skid from 7/5-9/2, 2003...duringthat 6-game skid skid became the first Reds righthander to lose 4 consecutive starts (6/4-6/20) since Graves lost 4straight from 5/25-6/14, 2003...as a batter went 2-for-74...no player in the Major Leagues had as few hits in as manyat bats...produced his first 3 career RBI, a run-scoring single off A.J. Burnett on 4/22 at Fla, an RBI-single off MarkRedman on 8/26 at Pit and a run-scoring groundout off Vicente Padilla on 9/23 vs Phi...between his 2 hits went 0-for-49 (4/22-8/20), a career high and the longest hitless skid in the Major Leagues in 2005...was the longest single-seasonhitless skid by any Major League batter since Padres pitcher Andy Benes went 0-for-50 in 1991 and the longest by aReds batter since pitcher Jack Billingham went 0-for-67 in 1973...finished the season 0-for-17...on 7/20 vs Chiproduced 3 sac bunts, 1 shy of the Major League record shared by 7 players, including Cin's Cy Seymour.
Established career highs in most statistical categories...led the Reds' staff in strikeouts (125)...ranked second on the staff to Paul Wilson in wins (10), starts (28), innings pitched (161.0) and quality starts (12)...from 6/4-6/25 was on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right elbow...went 4-2, 5.43 in 11 starts beforehe went on the DL and 6-7, 4.53 with 1cg in 17 starts after he came off the DL...in his 28 starts the Reds went 16-12 and scored 138 runs (4.9 r/g)...3 times was the victim of blown saves, all in his first 9 starts and twice in his first3 starts...allowed 11hr in his first 22 starts (128.1ip) and 15hr in his last 6 starts (32.2ip)...in the 1-0 victory on 8/26vs StL threw his first complete game in his 52nd career start (3h, 1bb, 6k)...didn't allow a Cardinals runner to reachsecond base...allowed 2 singles to Tony Womack and a single with 2 outs in the ninth to Larry Walker...StL starter ChrisCarpenter also threw a 3-hit CG (1bb, 11k)...in the 10-inning, 7-6 victory on 6/1 at Fla allowed 10 hits, tying his careerhigh...3 days later went on the disabled list...on 6/26 vs Pit, in his first appearance after his stint on the DL threw 5.0shutout innings in the 1-0 loss (4h, 3bb, 7k, 94 pitches)...on 7/9 at Mil, in one of his best starts of the season threw7.2 shutout innings in the 3-0 victory (5h, 1bb, 10k, 120 pitches)...tied his career high with 10 strikeouts...allowed only5 singles...until his CG on 8/26 vs StL was the longest outing of his career...from 8/31-9/12 allowed 11 homers over3 starts, including a career-high 4hr on 8/31 vs Hou and 9/6 at Hou and 3hr on 9/12 vs Mil...made a rehab appearanceon 6/18 in a 9-5 Louisville loss vs Buffalo...as a batter, on 9/6/04 at Hou produced an infield single off Brandon Backeto snap an 0-for-33 skid (5/11-8/31), at that time the longest hitless skid by any Reds batter since pitcher Mike LaCosswent 0-for-36 in 1980.
Combined to go 5-6, 5.31 in 15 starts and 1 relief appearance for the Athletics and Reds...also went8-3, 3.22 in 13 minor league starts...skipped a scheduled start on 9/10 because of a lower back strain but returned tofinish the season 1-1, 6.00 in his last 3 starts...the injury forced his removal from a game on 9/5 at StL...began theseason at Sacramento, where he went 7-2, 2.38 in 9 starts before he was promoted to Oak on 5/24...when promoted led the Pacific Coast League in wins and ranked seventhin ERA...made his first appearance for Oak on 5/28at Min, threw 4.0 innings in the longest relief outing byan Athletics reliever to that point of the season...madehis last 6 apps for the A's as a starter...returned toSacramento on 7/16 and made 3 more starts (1-0, 3.78)before he was traded to the Reds on 7/30...made just 1start for Louisville before he joined Cin on 8/9 and spentthe rest of the season there...won his first 3 starts forthe Reds, the longest winning streak of hiscareer...became the first Reds pitcher to win his first 3starts since Bill Bonham won his first 4 starts in April1978...in his 9 starts the Reds went 6-3...made his Redsdebut on 8/9 at SD and in his first career appearance inhis hometown earned the 9-5 victory...in his secondstart, on 8/14 vs Ari, earned the 3-2 victory to snap the Reds' 16-game losing streak to the Diamondbacks...in his thirdstart, on 8/20 at Ari, threw 7.0 shutout innings to earn the 2-0 victory...beat Randy Johnson...on 9/5 at StL, in theshortest start of his career received no decision in the 12-inning, 4-2 victory (1ip)...did not return for the bottom of thesecond inning because of a lower back strain...wouldn't pitch again until his 12-4 victory on 9/16 at Pit...on 8/14 vs Arirecorded his only career hit, a single off Stephen Randolph.
Career highlights: In 2000 was a Florida State League All-Star...was Florida State League Pitcher of the Weekfor 6/12-6/18, 2000...in 1999 was Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year...was Appalachian League Pitcher of theWeek for 7/19-7/25, 1999.
Made his major league debut with the A's and appeared in 16 games,15 starts...the starts were fifth most on the A's pitching staff...14 of the starts came from May25 to August 25...started the season in the minors and finished it in the A's bullpen beforemaking a spot start in his final outing of the season...ranked ninth among American Leaguerookies in starts, 10th in strikeouts (64) and tied for 10th in wins...allowed a .261 opponentsbatting average...began the year at Double-A Midland and was 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in threestarts before he was promoted to Sacramento on April 18...went 3-2 with a 1.77 ERA inseven starts in his Triple-A debut and was called up to Oakland on May 25 after going acombined 5-2 with a 1.55 ERA and no home runs allowed in 10 minor league starts (52.1innings)...made his major league debut on May 25 against Tampa Bay and pitched sevenshutout innings to pick up the win (3 h, 3 bb, 10 so)...combined with Chad Bradford on athree-hit shutout and struck out 10 to become the second pitcher in Oakland history to fan 10 or more in his debut...Tim Hudson set therecord with 11 on June 8, 1999...became the 29 th pitcher in Oakland history to start in his debut, the ninth to win...took the loss in hisnext start, a 4-1 A's loss against Seattle on June 3 but shut out the Mariners over the first four innings...that extended his career openingscoreless streak to 11.0 innings, an Oakland record for a starter...previous mark was 10.0 by John Johnson in 1978...tossed at least sixinnings in five of his first six starts and then tossed fewer than six innings in eight of his final nine starts...was moved to the bullpenfollowing the break with the acquisition of Ted Lilly but never pitched in relief before he was optioned to Sacramento on July 23...returnedthe next day when Lilly went on the disabled list and went 2-1 with a 5.87 ERA (20 er in 30.2 ip) in six starts during his secondstint...charged with the A's final loss before their 20-game winning streak on August 12 vs. Toronto, despite allowing just two runs on fivehits in 7.0 innings...optioned to Sacramento on August 26 th as the A's had three off days over an eight day stretch and went with a four-manrotation...made one start at Sacramento, a loss at Las Vegas on September 2, and finished the Triple-A portion of his season 3-3with a 3.26 ERA in eight starts...returned to Oakland on September 4 and appeared in two games...made his only relief appearance ofthe season on September 15 against Seattle and took the loss (2.0 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 3 bb, 1 so) and started on September 28 at Texasand had a no decision, despite allowing a season high seven runs in a season low 1.1 innings.
Acquired by the A's from theTexas organization during the off-season and tied for fourth in the A's organization in wins (10) while ranking sixth in ERA (4.14)...started27 games which tied for third most in the Texas League...tossed six or more innings in 12 of those starts, allowed three runs or fewer 18times and did not walk a batter eight times...led Double-A Midland in strikeouts (112), tied for the team lead in games started and rankedsecond in innings pitched (150.0)...allowed a .285 opponents batting average which broke down to .335 (71 for 212) against lefthanders and .258 (102 for 396) against right handers...posted a 2.08 ERA in five April starts but was just 2-2...went 4-1 with a 3.15 ERAin six July starts...including a four-game winning streak from July 10 to 26 that he capped with 7.0 shutout innings on July 26 against ElPaso.
Named to the Florida State League post-season All-Star team after leading the league with a career high 13 wins...alsotied for second in complete games (3) and shutouts (2), was third in opponents batting average by a starter (.219), tied for fourth ingames started (27) and ranked eighth in ERA (3.32)...led his Charlotte team in wins and shutouts and tied for the team lead in starts andcomplete games...ranked second in the Texas organization in wins, fifth in strikeouts (136) and sixth in ERA...allowed a .220 opponentsbatting average which broke down to .283 (41 for 145) against left handers and .200 (87 for 436) against right handers...tossed sevenor more innings in 10 of his 27 starts...struck out a season high 13 in 6.0 shutout innings of one-hit ball on April 25 at Daytona...was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five games in May...tossed a one-hitter in a 5-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader on June 13 at St.Petersburg...was named FSL Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 12-18...finished the season with a seven-game winning streakfrom July 15 to August 28 (2.59 ERA).
Was named Pitcher of the Year in the Appalachian League..led the AL in wins (9) and fewest base runnersper 9 innings (1.83) and tied for the league lead in complete games (1) and shutouts (1)...ranked third in ERA(2.30) and strikeouts (87) and was fifth in IP (78.1).