Resides in Tampa, Florida during the offseason...Participated in the Tigers Winter Caravan and TigerFest.
Selected to the National League All-star squad for the first time in his career as he ranked eighth in the league with 15 wins in 2014...Established career highs with 15 wins, 32 games started, 22 quality starts, 196.1 innings pitched and 127 strikeouts in his first full season as a starter since 2011...Ranked ninth in the National League with a .216 (36x167) batting average against with runners in scoring position...Recorded a quality start in each of his first six outings to begin the season...Tossed a season-high 8.0 innings on April 12 versus Tampa Bay...Tied for second in the National League with four wins during April, while he was tied for fourth with a 1.60 ERA (33.2IP/6er)...Allowed five-hits-or-fewer and won each of his first five starts on the road to begin the season...Fanned a season-best eight batters on May 16 at Philadelphia -- equaled the high on July 9 versus Chicago...Recorded a quality start in a career-high eight straight outings June 1-July 9 -- compiled a 6-0 record, a 2.47 ERA (54.2IP/15er) and 37 strikeouts during the streak...the six-game winning streak also established a career high...Tied for first in the National League with 12 wins prior to the All-Star break...suffered the loss in five straight decisions July 19- August 14...Made his 200th career major league appearance on August 9 versus Miami...Established a career-high 17.0 inning scoreless streak September 10-21...Limited lefthanded batters to a .251 (93x370) batting average...righties hit .238 (88x369) against him...Compiled a 7-5 record, a 3.74 erA (91.1IP/38er) and 58 strikeouts in 15 starts at home... posted an 8-5 record, a 3.17 erA (105.0IP/37er) and 69 strikeouts in 17 starts on the road...Recorded a 12-3 record, a 2.70 ERA(116.2IP/35er) and 75 strikeouts in 18 starts prior to the All-star break...posted a 3-7 record, a 4.52 ERA(79.2IP/40er) and 52 strikeouts in 14 starts following the break.
Established career highs in apps and wins...in his last 12 apps of the season posted a 0.90era as the Reds battled for a Wild Card playoff berth, including a career-high 11.2-inning scoreless streak to end the year...stranded 21-25 inherited baserunners...on 5/6 vs Atl struck out all 6 batters faced, a new career high for strikeouts in a relief appearance...became the first Reds pitcher to strike out 6 consecutive hitters since Aaron Harang produced 7 straight strikeouts in a relief appearance on 5/25/08 at SD...had 6 strikeouts again on 6/15 vs Mil (3ip)...in the 5-1 win on 6/15 vs Mil recorded the Reds' first 3-inning save since Micah Owings did it on 9/1/09 vs Pit...5 times threw a season-high 3.0 innings (4/27 at Wsh, 6/16 vs Mil, 9/4 vs StL, 9/16 at Hou, 9/18 at Hou)...15 other times threw at least 2.0 innings...his 4-game winning streak from 4/20-5/22 was the longest of his career...on 4/13 at Pit singled off Justin Wilson for his first career hit...in the 6-2 Wild Card playoff loss at Pit, threw 1.1 scoreless innings over the fifth and sixth innings...made 1 appearance for World Baseball Classic champion Dominican Republic.
Two days before Opening Day was
claimed off waivers from the Orioles ... on 7/30 vs SD
allowed a season-high 5 earned runs in 2.1 innings ...
his ERA in his other 35 apps was 1.99 (58.2ip, 13er) ...
in the 5-3 win on 9/20 at Chi earned his only save of
the season ... 4 times threw 3.0 innings, tied with Tony
Cingrani for the longest outings by a Reds reliever
(5/28 at Pit, 7/16 vs Ari, 8/5 vs Pit, 8/24 vs StL) ... his 5 strikeouts on 8/5 vs Pit tied Aroldis Chapman and
Cingrani for the most by a Reds reliever in a game in 2012 ... allowed just 2 homers all season, in his Reds
debut and then in his second-to-last appearance of the season ... in between didn't allow a homer in 57.0
innings over 33 apps ... retired his first batter 22-36 times (61%), stranded 12-16 inherited baserunners (75%)
and converted his only save opportunity ... on 6/14 vs Cle made his first career plate appearance and struck
out (Esmail Rogers) ... made his first career Postseason appearance in Division Series Game 4 vs SF.
Began the season on the Restricted List until being reinstated on May 21 (also on R.L., July 18-19)
... Opened the season with Double-A Bowie, making three starts and going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (16.0IP, 6ER), striking out 17 and
... Was on DL, June 13-29, with a strained right hamstring
... Made a rehab start with Bowie, June 26 vs. Binghamton (2.0IP, H, BB, 3K)
... Began his O's season with seven relief appearances, going 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA (21.1IP, 11ER) and stranding 8 of 9 runners
... 4.2 innings on June 12 vs. TB was the longest relief appearance by an Oriole this season
... Moved into the rotation and made 16 starts, going 3-8 with a 4.96 ERA (94.1IP, 52ER) and seven Quality Starts
... Went career-high 8.0 innings twice; August 23 @MIN (W) and September 23 @DET (ND)
... Pitched 7.0 innings or more in all three of his wins as a starter
... Averaged 6.3 innings per start in August (37.2IP/6GS)
... Struck out career-high nine, September 13 vs. TB
... Pitched to a 1.57 ERA (23.0IP, 4ER), struck out 17 and walked three in his four wins (3 starts).
Began the year at Triple-A Norfolk as he continued to recover from "Tommy John" surgery on May 5, 2009...Had his
contract selected from Norfolk April 27...Placed on the disabled list May 24 with a strained left hamstring, reinstated from DL on
June 14...Was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA (17.0IP, 3ER) in four games (three starts) for Norfolk before having his contract selected by
the Orioles...Joined the Orioles bullpen April 27 and converted his first five save opportunities before blowing his first save May
15 vs. Cleveland...Had three streaks of five converted saves (April 27-May 13, May 21-June 30 and July 8-29)...Blew two of his
final four save opportunities July 30-August 9 and did not pitch in a save situation in his final 13 appearances...Was 2-1 with a
3.24 ERA (25.0IP, 9ER) and was 13-for-15 in save opportunities in 25 games prior to the All-Star break and was 2-1 with a 6.66
ERA (24.1IP, 18ER) and was 4-for-6 in save opportunities in 24 games after the break...Set a career-high with two-game winning
streaks from May 18-June 25, 2010 and August 6, 2010-current...Orioles were 29-20 in the 49 games in which he pitched but
won just three of the final 11 games in which he pitched...Allowed home runs in four straight appearances August 8-16...Allowed
four of the 11 runners he inherited to score and retired the first batter he faced 31 times in 49 appearances...Was ejected from
the September 26 game at Toronto for hitting Jose Bautista with a pitch after both benches had been warned...Was suspended
for two games September 29-30 as a result of the ejection on the 26th.
Was placed on the disabled list April 15 with right elbow discomfort and later underwent successful "Tommy John" ligament
replacement surgery on May 5, with Dr. James Andrews performing the procedure...Allowed home runs to Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher in his first start on April 9 and was tagged with the loss (5.0IP, 4ER)...Left his second start on April 14 at Texas after just 27 pitches with discomfort in his right elbow after allowing home runs to Michael Young, Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis...Allowed five home runs in 6.1 innings of work prior to the season-ending elbow surgery
Went 7-2 with a 2.67 ERA(81.0IP, 24ER) in 15 games (11 starts) for Monterrey of the Mexican League before the O's signed
him as a minor league free agent on August 29...Made one start for Triple-ANorfolk, taking the loss against Richmond on September 1, going 4.2 innings and allowing 4 earned
runs on 9 hits...Had contract selected from Norfolk on September 5...Made major league debut on September 6, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits (2 HR) and a hit batter
vOAK in relief...Made first major league start on September 23 vTB, going 7.2 innings and allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits with a career-high
6 strikeouts...Appeared in a total of 3 games as a reliever, pitching to a 10.13 ERA(5.1IP, 6ER)...Went 2-0 with a 4.57 ERA(21.2IP, 11ER) and 17 strikeouts in five starts (one CG) for Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League
Went 5-10 with a 6.43 ERA (119.0IP, 85ER) and 73 strikeouts in 22 starts (one complete game) for Triple-A Oklahoma.
Split the season between Fresno (AAA) and San Jose (A)...Combined to go 2-10, 6.62 ERA in 28
appearances (17 GS)...Started the season at Fresno...Had a season-high 8 SO, 4/10 at Tucson...Spent time on the DL, 5/29-7/4 (right elbow tendInitis)...Activated in July and transferred to San Jose, where he finished
the season...Posted a 3.07 ERA (5 ER, 14.2 IP) in relief and held California League hitters to a .204 avg...Pitched in 5 games
for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League (2-1, 0.71 ERA, .174 opponents'avg)...Was shut down for the winter
on 11/28 after experiencing arm soreness.
Made double-A debut at Norwich and, after making 6-straight starts to open campaign, logged 19 saves as Navs' closer...was 3-8 with 5.03 ERA in 43 games overall, including 9 starts...was quite good in 34 relief appearances, posting 3.86 ERA (22er, 51.1ip)...was just 1-4 with 6.53 mark (29er, 40.0ip) in 9 opening assignments...dominated to close out season, forging 2-0 mark with 6 saves and 1.86 ERA (2er, 9.2ip) over his final 8 efforts...posted 9 strikeouts over stretch, while walking just 1...was tabbed Giants' Organizational Player of Month for Norwich in both May and June.
Pitched in 21 games for single-A Clearwater in Phillies organization before being traded to Giants July 30...was assigned to single-A San Jose, going 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA (20er, 31.2ip) in 6 starts...prior to trade, was 7-9 with 3.27 ERA (49er, 134.2ip) in 21 games (20 starts) for Clearwater and was leading Florida State League in innings pitched (134.2), complete games (4), and shutouts (3)...all told, saw most extensive action of professional career, establishing career highs in every category except wins and saves...hurled 3 consecutive complete games in July, including 2 straight shutouts...enjoyed personal-best 23-inning scoreless streak during stretch...named Florida State League Pitcher of Week, July 19-25.
Start of season was delayed until June due to visa problems...was limited to just 14 games (7 starts) for single-A Lakewood in Phillies chain, logging perfect 5-0 mark with 3.79 ERA (30er, 71.1ip)...yielded just 59 hits, while walking 25 and striking out 66...made 1st 7 appearances in relief before fashioning 3.05 ERA as starter...went 3-0 with 2.22 ERA (6er, 24.1ip) over his final 4 starts...held right-handers to .198 avg. against...also pitched in Florida Instructional League following season.
Put together solid season with single-A Batavia, posting 3.59 ERA (36er, 90.1ip) in 15 games (14 starts)...led all Phillies short-season hurlers with 9 wins...ranked 2nd in New York-Penn League for both victories and innings pitched.
Earned All-Star honors in rookie-level Gulf Coast League...appeared in 10 games (8 starts) for Phillies' club, going 2-2 with 2.91 ERA (14er, 43.1ip)...worked in Florida Instructional League.
Made professional debut with La Vega Phillies in Dominican Summer League, fashioning 1.46 ERA (2er, 12.1ip) over 4 starts.