Originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the 14th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft...Signed by Rangers scout Chris Kemp...Attended South Aiken (SC) HS.
Acquired by the Orioles for cash considerations on 4/6 and spent the season with Triple-A Norfolk ... Made 34 appearances out of the bullpen for the Tides, posting a 2.79 ERA (12 ER/38.2 IP) ... Went 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA (7 ER/33.0 IP) in 26 night games ... Went 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA (2 ER/19.0 IP) in 17 games from July through August ... Opponents hit .216 (30-for-139) and left-handed batters hit .208 (15-for-72)...Held opponents to a .143 (5-for-35) batting average with runners in scoring position.
A member of the Rangers' Opening Day roster for the first time, Faulkner totaled a month in the majors last season spanning 3 stints with Texas: Opening Day-4/15, 5/10-18, 9/23-end of season…saw action in 9 games, posting 1.800 WHIP…allowed 2 of 8 inherited runners to score, one game finished, one hold, still no career save chances…all 3 HR allowed were by right-handed batters in Arlington appearances…gave up 4 runs over 4.1 innings to open the year before he was optioned on 4/16…had 2.0 IP in season debut 4/5 vs. SEA…lone strikeout was 4/12 at SEA…allowed 4 of 8 batters faced to reach in 2nd stint before he was optioned on 5/19…worked out at team complex in Surprise, Ariz. beginning 9/12 after end of Triple-A season, and posted 1.0 scoreless inning in lone appearance of his final stint on 9/25 at OAK.
Was purchased from Round Rock on August 28 and issued runs in 2 of 11 relief appearances for the Rangers the rest of the year…permitted just one of 10 inherited runners to score and allowed 3 of 11 1st batters to reach base…worked 0.1 scoreless innings in his major league debut on 8/31 at SD and pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in his 1st 3 big league outings…issued 3 runs, all coming on a pair of homers in his next 2 games before finishing the year with 5.0 scoreless innings over 5 contests…left-handed batters were just 2-for-18 while right handed batters hit .316 (6-19)…opposition was 1-for-10 with RISP…longest outing was 2.0 IP on 9/18 vs. SEA…fanned high of 3 batters on 9/7 at SEA…pitched 4.2 scoreless innings in 5 road outings…was not on active roster for ALDS vs. TOR.
Named the top pitching prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America...Named a Mid-Season Carolina League All-Star...Named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July...Combined to go 12-5 with a 2.73 ERA (41 ER/135.0 IP) with 133 strikeouts over 28 games (24 starts) between Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco...Ranked among the Texas organizational leaders in wins (T-1st), ERA, and strikeouts (2nd)...Did not allow a home run in his first 101.1 IP of the season.
Began the season in extended Spring Training and was assigned to Class-A Hickory on 5/15...Ranked second on the Crawdads in starts (19), innings (111.1), and strikeouts (84)...Went 5-5 with a 3.46 ERA (40 ER/104.0 IP) as a starter and 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA (3 ER/7.1 IP) in relief appearances.
Spent the entire season with Class-A Hickory making 29 appearances (10 starts)...Went 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA (17 ER/47.1 IP) in his 19 relief appearances and 3-4 with a 5.40 ERA (28 ER/46.2 IP) in his 10 starts.
Made his professional debut on 7/4 against the AZL Angels, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning...Finished the season with a 2.16 ERA (6 ER/25.0 IP) in 12 games (seven starts)...Did not allow a run in five relief appearances (7.0 IP)...Held opponents to a .045 (1-for-22) batting average in his relief appearances...Opponents hit .187 (17-for-91) and left-handers hit .083 (1-for-12).