Graduated from Paul VI (NJ) High School in 2002...Was a Scond Team All-South Jersey selection as a senior... Graduated from Wagner College where he amassed 14 wins and a school-record 237 strikeouts while leading the Seahawks to 3 straight NEC Tournament appearances...Had his uniform No. 17 retired by Wagner on 1/28/10.
Began season in Phillies organizati on and made fi rst appearance with Philadelphia April 23 aft er opening season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley...Had seven game scoreless streak (6.2 IP) from May 17 - June 3...Set career-high with fi ve strikeouts June 16 vs. Toronto...Released by Phillies Aug. 6 and signed minor league contract with Angels Aug. 12...Made Angels debut Sept. 2 at Seatt le and worked one scoreless inning...Did not allow a hit in first five games (5 IP) foR Angels...Assumed role as Angels closer and recorded fi rst save on Sept. 4, marking fi rst Major League save since June 15, 2013 for Boston...Did not allow a run in 11 of 12 appearances with Angels...Six saves in month of Sept. were most for any Angels pitcher in any month for the season.
Completed 1st season with the Red Sox...Missed the club's 1st 116 games after starting the season on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from right thumb surgery.
Underwent surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb on 4/4...The surgery was
performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland.
Combined for a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts and just 1 walk over 6 rehab appearances between
the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Double-A Portland, and Triple-A Pawtucket from 8/1-12.
Activated from the DL on 8/14 and made season debut that night at BAL, facing 2 batters (BB, K)...Appeared
in 19 games with Boston to finish out the season, including 14 scoreless tilts...Posted a 1.35 ERA (1 ER/6.2 IP)
over 1st 9 appearances from 8/14-9/4 compared to 11.42 (11 ER/8.2 IP) over his final 10 from 9/8-10/2.
His 7.04 ERA (12 ER/15.1 IP) was the highest of his major league career (previous 3.24 in 2011), but was
limited to a career-low 19 games and 15.1 innings pitched...Posted a 4.50 ERA (4 ER/8.0 IP) at Fenway Park compared to a 9.82 mark (8 ER/7.1 IP) on the road.
Held opponents to a .200 clip (4-for-20, RBI) with 2 outs, recording 8 K's in those situations...Opponents hit
just .167 (1-for-6) against him with RISP and 2 outs.
Converted 6 of 9 save opportunities...Picked up 1st save of the season on 8/24 vs. KC with 1.1 perfect frames,
his 1st save overall since 9/28/11 at SEA with OAK and 1st of at least 4 outs since 6/25/11 at PHI (1.1 IP).
Saved 5 straight chances beginning with the 8/24 save through 9/18, tossing 5.1 scoreless frames and holding
opponents to a .158 clip (3-for-19) with 5 strikeouts in those contests...Blew 2 of his last 3 save opportunities
from 9/20-10/2, including a blown save and loss 9/20 at TB after yielding a career-high 5 runs on a career-high
4 hits and a walk in the 9th inning while recording 1 out (2 runs scored on B. Upton's walk-off HR off Padilla).
Tossed a scoreless 9th inning on 9/11 vs. NYY for his 1st win since 7/20/10 vs. BOS with OAK.
Led the A's in saves for the 3rd straight year despite missing nearly the 1st 2 months
of the season due to injury. ... Converted 24 of 26 (92.3%) save opportunities, the 2nd-best percentage in the AL and the 4th-best mark in
Oakland history (min. 20 chances). ... Posted a 3.24 ERA (15 ER/41.2 IP) in 42 outings after beginning the season on the disabled list with a strained right forearm....Was injured during a Spring Training game on 3/14. ... Was activated on 5/29 after tossing 4 scoreless rehab outings with Triple-A Sacramento from 5/20-27 (4.0
IP) ... Made 4 appearances before resuming his duties as closer on 6/10 at CWS. ... Went a perfect 16-for-16 in save chances after the All-Star break ...16 saves were 3rd most in the AL in the 2nd half. ... Tied for 3rd in the AL with a .125 clip (5-for-40) against 1st batters faced. ... Held that group to a .167 OBP,
4th best in the AL. ... Threw a season-high 2.0 innings on 8/31 at CLE, matching a career-high for the 15th time.
Led the A's in saves and was named to the American League All-Star team for the second consecutive
year despite missing a month and a half due to injuries...was 1-3 with 25 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 47
relief appearances...was on the disabled list from July 21 to Aug. 21 and did not pitch after Sept. 17...
Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on his right elbow Sept. 24 in Florida...ranked 10th in the AL in
saves but had just three blown saves...his save percentage of 89.3% was fifth best in the league...now
has 51 saves in his two seasons with the A's, converting 87.9% (51 for 58) of his save opportunities...
ranks seventh on the Oakland career saves list and his save percentage is third best (minimum 30 save
opportunities)...also ranked seventh among AL relievers in opponents on-base percentage (.251) and
eighth in opponents slugging (.292)...his 1.47 ERA was third lowest among AL pitchers with 40 or more
innings pitched...now has a 1.70 ERA in his career...since the earned run became an official stat (1913
AL, 1912 NL), that is the lowest ERA in Major League history among pitchers with 100 or more innings
pitched...allowed one run or fewer in all 47 of his appearances and now has an Oakland record streak of
57 consecutive games with one run or fewer dating back to Sept. 6, 2009...broke the previous mark of
56 set by Dennis Eckersley (Aug. 28, 1988-Sept. 10, 1989)...went 0-3 with 18 saves, three blown saves
and a 1.70 ERA before the All-Star Break and was 1-0 with seven saves, no blown saves and a 0.75 ERA
after the break...is a perfect 23-for-23 in save opportunities in his career after the break, not blowing
a save after June 17 in either of his two seasons...allowed a .199 opponents batting average, which
broke down to .195 (15 for 77) against left-handed hitters and .202 (19 for 49) against right-handers...
opponents hit .240 with the bases empty and .147 with runners on base, including .143 with runners in
scoring position...now has a .148 (17 for 115) career opponents average with RISP, including .108 (7
for 65) with RISP and two outs...allowed 6 of 16 (37.5%) inherited runners to score, while first batters
faced were 11 for 43 (.256) with two walks...compiled a 0.78 ERA in 23 outings during the day, a 2.08
ERA in 24 appearances at night...now owns a 0.89 ERA (5 er in 50.2 ip) in his career during day games
compared to 2.20 (20 er in 81.2 ip) at night...converted all 16 of his save opportunities against AL East
and AL Central teams and is now a perfect 32-for-32 against those teams in his career...tossed at least
one inning in 41 of his 47 outings, including a season-high 2.0 three times...recorded four or more outs
in five of his saves and now has 12 career saves where he pitched more than one inning.
OAKLAND: Did not allow a run in eight outings in
April (7.0 ip) and now has a 0.79 ERA (2 er in 22.2
ip) in 19 career appearances in the month...allowed
his first run of the season May 11 at Texas, snapping a
career-long 21.2-inning scoreless streak dating back
to Sept. 6, 2009...the streak tied for ninth longest
in Oakland history by a reliever...was also charged
with his first blown save in that game, snapping
his streak of consecutive saves at 27...that was the
second longest save streak in Oakland history (40,
Dennis Eckersley, Sept. 15, 1991 to Aug. 7, 1992)...
it was his first blown save since June 16, 2009 at Los
Angeles (NL)...took the loss in his next outing two days later against the Rangers and was charged with
the blown save two outings later May 18 against Seattle, giving him a loss and two blown saves over a
four-game stretch from May 11 to 18...then recorded a save in each of his next six outings...tied for the
AL lead with nine saves in May, which tied for the fifth highest single-month total in Oakland history...
was charged with his third and final blown save of the season June 17 at Chicago (NL)...finished the
year by converting each of his final 13 save chances...made his 100th career appearance July 2 at
Cleveland and retired the side in order in the ninth for the save in a 3-0 A's win...was named to his
second consecutive AL All-Star team, appearing in the game for the first time...entered the game in the
top of the seventh with the AL trailing 3-1 and a runner on second with two outs...walked Furcal before
striking out Phillips to end the inning...had a win and two saves in his first three outings after the break
before he was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 30, retroactive to July 21, with a right intercostal
strain...made one rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento Aug. 20 against Iowa, allowing two runs in 0.2
innings (3 h, 0 bb, 1 so)...was reinstated from the DL Aug. 22 and did not allow a run in eight of his final
outings...had a 1.04 ERA, striking out 13 in 8.2 innings over that span...made his final appearance Sept.
17 at Minnesota before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery a week later.
Made the jump from Double-A to the majors in
2009 and was named American League Rookie of
the Year by the BBWAA...became the eighth Athletic
to win Rookie of the Year honors, the third in
the last six years (Bobby Crosby, 2004 and Huston
Street, 2005)...was also named as the closer on
Baseball Digest's Major League All-Star Rookie
Team...assumed the A's closer duties by the end
of May and set an Oakland rookie record with 26
saves, breaking the previous mark of 23 set by
Street in 2005...it tied for the sixth highest save total
by a rookie in AL history...led all Major League
rookies in saves (no one else had more than nine) and ranked ninth among all AL relievers...had just
four blown saves for a save percentage of 86.7%, which also ranked ninth in the AL...his last blown
save came June 16 at Los Angeles (NL) and he converted each of his final 21 saves opportunities...that
tied for the second longest save streak in the AL and tied for third longest in the majors...it was the longest
ever by an Oakland rookie and is tied for second longest in Oakland history...was named to the AL
All-Star team, the only rookie named to either team...led AL relievers and ranked second in the majors
with a .167 opponents batting average (Broxton, LAD .165)...it was the fifth lowest mark by a reliever
in Oakland history...ranked second among AL relievers and eighth among all AL rookies with 91 strikeouts...
that was the 10th best total by a reliever in Oakland history...ranked third among AL relievers
with a 1.84 ERA...since the earned run became an official stat in 1913, that was the fourth lowest ERA
by any Athletics pitcher with 80 or more innings...also ranked second among AL relievers in opponents
on-base percentage (.228), third in innings pitched (83.1) and opponents slugging (.248), tied for fifth
in wild pitches (6) and tied for eighth in wins (6)...appeared in 68 games, which ranked third among
AL rookies and was the second highest total in Oakland history (71, Aaron Small in 1997)...his .167
opponents batting average included a .146 (20 for 137) mark against left-handed hitters and .185 (29 for
157) against right-handers...the mark against lefties was the lowest in the AL (min. 125 batters faced)...
allowed four of his five home runs to lefties, but his .248 slugging percentage was also the lowest in the
AL...yielded a .152 average with runners in scoring position and opponents were 3 for 37 (.081) with
RISP and two outs...first batters faced hit .125 (8 for 64) with four walks...the batting average was fifth
lowest in the AL but was fourth lowest by an A's reliever since 1974...allowed just one run and converted
11 of 12 save opportunities in 17 outings on no days rest (19.1 ip, 0.47 ERA)...had a 2.25 ERA in his other 51 appearances...allowed 8 of 23 (34.8%) inherited runners to score...walked just eight and
struck out 53 in 39.0 innings in Oakland and issued 16 walks while striking out 38 in 44.1 innings on the
road...had a 0.98 ERA in 23 day games and a 2.26 ERA in 45 night games...compiled a 0.90 ERA in
eight interleague appearances but had two of his four blown saves...tossed at least 1.0 innings in 67 of
his 68 outings, including a season-high 2.0 innings 11 times...struck out at least two batters 31 times.
Spent the entire season at Double-A Midland and was
5-9 with a 4.32 ERA in 37 games, 15 starts...began the season
in the starting rotation and went 1-8 with a 6.18 ERA and
.258 opponents batting average in his 15 starting assignments
before the Texas League All-Star Break...was moved to the
bullpen following the break and finished the season by going
4-1 with a 0.92 ERA and .207 opponents average in 22 relief
appearances...led the RockHounds in losses and ranked second
in strikeouts (110)...allowed a .240 opponents batting average,
which included a .235 mark against left-handed hitters and .243
against right-handers...yielded 11 of his 13 home runs to righties...
had a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.48 against righties (82 so,
33 bb) and 1.22 (28 so, 23 bb) against lefties...his opponents
average increased to .287 with runners in scoring position, but it
dropped to .208 against batters leading off an inning...was 2-3
with a 3.27 ERA in 20 games on the road compared to 3-6 with a 5.37 ERA in 17 outings at home...the
RockHounds were 3-12 (.200) in his starting assignments...tossed at least one inning in each of his relief
appearances, including two or more 11 times...allowed 6 of 14 (42.9%) inherited runners to score and
did not have a save opportunity...was the winning pitcher in his first start of the season April 5 at Arkansas...
allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6.0 innings...
then went 0-8 with a 6.75 ERA over his final 14 starts and had a nine-game losing streak overall from
April 27 to July 10...tossed a season high 6.2 innings May 13 at Frisco but allowed six runs on three hits
and five walks for the loss...also took the loss in his next start May 18 against Corpus Christi, despite
striking out a season high nine in 6.0 innings...made his final start June 21 against San Antonio...tossed
a scoreless inning in his first relief appearance June 28 at Arkansas and did not allow an earned run in his
first eight relief appearances through July 22 (12.0 ip)...allowed his only home run in his 39.0 innings
of relief July 27 at Corpus Christi...went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 11 relief appearances in August...tossed 3.1 shutout innings Aug. 24 against Frisco, his longest outing as
a reliever...pitched for Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League following
the season and had no decisions, a save and a 1.29 ERA in 11 relief
appearances...walked just one and struck out 16 in 14.0 innings.
Pitched for three different teams in the A's farm system and
combined for a 5-8 record and a 3.46 ERA in 23 games, 22 starts...
led the A's farm system with 150 strikeouts and ranked seventh in
ERA...averaged 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings which ranked sixth
best among all minor league starting pitchers...held the opposition to
a .223 batting average, including .200 by right-handed hitters and .257
by left-handers...had 107 strikeouts and 25 walks against righties but
just 43 strikeouts and 29 walks against lefties...allowed a .226 average with runners in scoring position,
including .100 with RISP and two outs...nine of the 14 home runs he allowed were solo shots...had six
games with 10 or more strikeouts...began the season in extended spring training and was sent to Kane
County May 6...went 1-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 11 games, 10 starts, with the Cougars...tossed his first
career complete game June 21 at Clinton, but was the losing pitcher in a rain shortened 3-0 decision
(4.2 ip, 4 h, 3 r, 3 er, 4 bb, 3 so)...struck out a season high 12 in 6.0 innings June 8 at Wisconsin for his
only win with Kane County...also fanned 12 in his final start with the Cougars July 1...was promoted
to Stockton July 3 and went 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 starts for the Ports...posted a 5.13 ERA in five
starts in July and a 2.95 ERA in six starts in August...was transferred to Sacramento at the end of the
season to make a start Sept. 3 at Tucson and he picked up the win by allowing one run on three hits and
a walk in a season high tying 8.0 innings.
Began his professional career at Single-A Vancouver and was 2-5 with a 2.02 ERA in 13 games,
10 starts...tied for the team lead in losses and ranked second in strikeouts (53)...yielded just two home
runs in 58.0 innings...allowed a .187 opponents batting average, including .158 by right-handed hitters
and .225 by left-handers...made his professional debut July 4 at Everett and tossed 2.0 scoreless innings
of relief (1 h, 2 so)...each of his first three appearances came in relief and he was 0-1 with a 3.52
ERA...finished the season by going 2-4 with a 1.79 ERA in 10 starts...ranked second among Northwest
League starting pitchers with a .182 opponents batting average...had a no decision in his first start July
19 against Spokane (4.1 ip, 3 h, 4 so) and did not allow a run in his first three starting assignments (15.1
ip)...capped the streak with his first professional win July 30 against Tri-Cities when he tossed 5.0 shutout
innings...was named NL Pitcher of the Week, July 24-30.