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 wasperformed 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 waslimited 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 hitjust .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 holdingopponents to a .158 clip (3-for-19) with 5 strikeouts in those contests...Blew 2 of his last 3 save opportunitiesfrom 9/20-10/2, including a blown save and loss 9/20 at TB after yielding a career-high 5 runs on a career-high4 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 consecutiveyear despite missing a month and a half due to injuries...was 1-3 with 25 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 47relief 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 insaves but had just three blown saves...his save percentage of 89.3% was fifth best in the league...nowhas 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 saveopportunities)...also ranked seventh among AL relievers in opponents on-base percentage (.251) andeighth in opponents slugging (.292)...his 1.47 ERA was third lowest among AL pitchers with 40 or moreinnings pitched...now has a 1.70 ERA in his career...since the earned run became an official stat (1913AL, 1912 NL), that is the lowest ERA in Major League history among pitchers with 100 or more inningspitched...allowed one run or fewer in all 47 of his appearances and now has an Oakland record streak of57 consecutive games with one run or fewer dating back to Sept. 6, 2009...broke the previous mark of56 set by Dennis Eckersley (Aug. 28, 1988-Sept. 10, 1989)...went 0-3 with 18 saves, three blown savesand a 1.70 ERA before the All-Star Break and was 1-0 with seven saves, no blown saves and a 0.75 ERAafter the break...is a perfect 23-for-23 in save opportunities in his career after the break, not blowinga save after June 17 in either of his two seasons...allowed a .199 opponents batting average, whichbroke 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 inscoring position...now has a .148 (17 for 115) career opponents average with RISP, including .108 (7for 65) with RISP and two outs...allowed 6 of 16 (37.5%) inherited runners to score, while first battersfaced were 11 for 43 (.256) with two walks...compiled a 0.78 ERA in 23 outings during the day, a 2.08ERA in 24 appearances at night...now owns a 0.89 ERA (5 er in 50.2 ip) in his career during day gamescompared to 2.20 (20 er in 81.2 ip) at night...converted all 16 of his save opportunities against AL Eastand AL Central teams and is now a perfect 32-for-32 against those teams in his career...tossed at leastone inning in 41 of his 47 outings, including a season-high 2.0 three times...recorded four or more outsin 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 inApril (7.0 ip) and now has a 0.79 ERA (2 er in 22.2ip) in 19 career appearances in the month...allowedhis first run of the season May 11 at Texas, snapping acareer-long 21.2-inning scoreless streak dating backto Sept. 6, 2009...the streak tied for ninth longestin Oakland history by a reliever...was also chargedwith his first blown save in that game, snappinghis streak of consecutive saves at 27...that was thesecond 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 LosAngeles (NL)...took the loss in his next outing two days later against the Rangers and was charged withthe blown save two outings later May 18 against Seattle, giving him a loss and two blown saves over afour-game stretch from May 11 to 18...then recorded a save in each of his next six outings...tied for theAL 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 theyear by converting each of his final 13 save chances...made his 100th career appearance July 2 atCleveland and retired the side in order in the ninth for the save in a 3-0 A's win...was named to hissecond consecutive AL All-Star team, appearing in the game for the first time...entered the game in thetop of the seventh with the AL trailing 3-1 and a runner on second with two outs...walked Furcal beforestriking out Phillips to end the inning...had a win and two saves in his first three outings after the breakbefore he was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 30, retroactive to July 21, with a right intercostalstrain...made one rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento Aug. 20 against Iowa, allowing two runs in 0.2innings (3 h, 0 bb, 1 so)...was reinstated from the DL Aug. 22 and did not allow a run in eight of his finaloutings...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 in2009 and was named American League Rookie ofthe Year by the BBWAA...became the eighth Athleticto win Rookie of the Year honors, the third inthe last six years (Bobby Crosby, 2004 and HustonStreet, 2005)...was also named as the closer onBaseball Digest's Major League All-Star RookieTeam...assumed the A's closer duties by the endof May and set an Oakland rookie record with 26saves, breaking the previous mark of 23 set byStreet in 2005...it tied for the sixth highest save totalby a rookie in AL history...led all Major Leaguerookies in saves (no one else had more than nine) and ranked ninth among all AL relievers...had justfour blown saves for a save percentage of 86.7%, which also ranked ninth in the AL...his last blownsave came June 16 at Los Angeles (NL) and he converted each of his final 21 saves opportunities...thattied for the second longest save streak in the AL and tied for third longest in the majors...it was the longestever by an Oakland rookie and is tied for second longest in Oakland history...was named to the ALAll-Star team, the only rookie named to either team...led AL relievers and ranked second in the majorswith a .167 opponents batting average (Broxton, LAD .165)...it was the fifth lowest mark by a relieverin 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 relieverswith a 1.84 ERA...since the earned run became an official stat in 1913, that was the fourth lowest ERAby any Athletics pitcher with 80 or more innings...also ranked second among AL relievers in opponentson-base percentage (.228), third in innings pitched (83.1) and opponents slugging (.248), tied for fifthin wild pitches (6) and tied for eighth in wins (6)...appeared in 68 games, which ranked third amongAL rookies and was the second highest total in Oakland history (71, Aaron Small in 1997)...his .167opponents batting average included a .146 (20 for 137) mark against left-handed hitters and .185 (29 for157) 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 theAL...yielded a .152 average with runners in scoring position and opponents were 3 for 37 (.081) withRISP and two outs...first batters faced hit .125 (8 for 64) with four walks...the batting average was fifthlowest in the AL but was fourth lowest by an A's reliever since 1974...allowed just one run and converted11 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 andstruck out 53 in 39.0 innings in Oakland and issued 16 walks while striking out 38 in 44.1 innings on theroad...had a 0.98 ERA in 23 day games and a 2.26 ERA in 45 night games...compiled a 0.90 ERA ineight interleague appearances but had two of his four blown saves...tossed at least 1.0 innings in 67 ofhis 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 was5-9 with a 4.32 ERA in 37 games, 15 starts...began the seasonin the starting rotation and went 1-8 with a 6.18 ERA and.258 opponents batting average in his 15 starting assignmentsbefore the Texas League All-Star Break...was moved to thebullpen following the break and finished the season by going4-1 with a 0.92 ERA and .207 opponents average in 22 reliefappearances...led the RockHounds in losses and ranked secondin strikeouts (110)...allowed a .240 opponents batting average,which included a .235 mark against left-handed hitters and .243against 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 opponentsaverage increased to .287 with runners in scoring position, but itdropped to .208 against batters leading off an inning...was 2-3with a 3.27 ERA in 20 games on the road compared to 3-6 with a 5.37 ERA in 17 outings at home...theRockHounds were 3-12 (.200) in his starting assignments...tossed at least one inning in each of his reliefappearances, including two or more 11 times...allowed 6 of 14 (42.9%) inherited runners to score anddid 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 fromApril 27 to July 10...tossed a season high 6.2 innings May 13 at Frisco but allowed six runs on three hitsand five walks for the loss...also took the loss in his next start May 18 against Corpus Christi, despitestriking out a season high nine in 6.0 innings...made his final start June 21 against San Antonio...tosseda scoreless inning in his first relief appearance June 28 at Arkansas and did not allow an earned run in hisfirst eight relief appearances through July 22 (12.0 ip)...allowed his only home run in his 39.0 inningsof 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 asa reliever...pitched for Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League followingthe season and had no decisions, a save and a 1.29 ERA in 11 reliefappearances...walked just one and struck out 16 in 14.0 innings.
Pitched for three different teams in the A's farm system andcombined 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 inERA...averaged 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings which ranked sixthbest among all minor league starting pitchers...held the opposition toa .223 batting average, including .200 by right-handed hitters and .257by left-handers...had 107 strikeouts and 25 walks against righties butjust 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 sixgames with 10 or more strikeouts...began the season in extended spring training and was sent to KaneCounty May 6...went 1-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 11 games, 10 starts, with the Cougars...tossed his firstcareer 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 hisonly win with Kane County...also fanned 12 in his final start with the Cougars July 1...was promotedto Stockton July 3 and went 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 starts for the Ports...posted a 5.13 ERA in fivestarts in July and a 2.95 ERA in six starts in August...was transferred to Sacramento at the end of theseason to make a start Sept. 3 at Tucson and he picked up the win by allowing one run on three hits anda 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 homeruns in 58.0 innings...allowed a .187 opponents batting average, including .158 by right-handed hittersand .225 by left-handers...made his professional debut July 4 at Everett and tossed 2.0 scoreless inningsof relief (1 h, 2 so)...each of his first three appearances came in relief and he was 0-1 with a 3.52ERA...finished the season by going 2-4 with a 1.79 ERA in 10 starts...ranked second among NorthwestLeague starting pitchers with a .182 opponents batting average...had a no decision in his first start July19 against Spokane (4.1 ip, 3 h, 4 so) and did not allow a run in his first three starting assignments (15.1ip)...capped the streak with his first professional win July 30 against Tri-Cities when he tossed 5.0 shutoutinnings...was named NL Pitcher of the Week, July 24-30.