Austin Mitchell Bibens-Dirkx…he and wife Leah reside in Meridian, Idaho…originally selected by Seattle in the 16th round of the 2006 June draft and signed by M's scout Phil Geisler…played college baseball at both the University of Portland and Chemeketa (OR) Community College…graduated from McNary (OR) HS.
Ranked among team leaders in wins (6th, 5), starts (8th, 6), innings (8th, 69.1), and games (T9th, 24) in his first major league season…voted Rangers Rookie of the Year by the DFW BBWAA chapter, first pitcher to win the award since Martin Perez in 2013…became just the 2nd Texas pitcher in the last 12 seasons (2006-17) with at least 6 starts and 18 relief appearances in a season, joining Matt Harrison in 2010 (31 GR/6 GS) …contract purchased from Round Rock on 5/7 and spent the duration of the campaign on the active roster.
Signed as a minor league free agent on 6/16 and pitched in 17 G/13 GS at Round Rock…began season with Lancaster in the independent Atlantic League and was 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA (23 ER/54.1 IP) in 10 starts.
Combined to go 7-9 with a 4.17 ERA (53 ER/114.1 IP) over 25 games/21 starts with Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo in the Toronto organization…was 5-4 with a 3.44 ERA (25 ER/65.1 IP) in 13 games/12 starts with Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League…
Split season between New Hampshire and Buffalo, going 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA (43 ER/113.1 IP) in 34 games/16 starts…was 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA (11 ER/22.1 IP) over 6 games/5 starts with Este in the Dominican Winter League.
Was 12-9 with a 2.48 ERA (46 ER/166.2 IP) over 29 games/23 starts with High-A Dunedin and New Hampshire in his 1st season in the Toronto organization…was 1-0, 2.38 (3 ER/11.1 IP) in 3 games/2 starts with Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Was a non-roster invite to Nationals spring training and combined to go 2-4 with a 6.40 ERA (50 ER/70.1 IP) over 39 games/4 starts in the Washington and Colorado organizations…released by Washington on 8/11 and signed by Colorado on 8/15…went 2-3 with a 2.61 ERA (17 ER/58.2 IP) over 13 games/11 starts with Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League.
In final season in the Cubs chain, combined to go 6-7 with a 5.94 ERA pitching for Iowa of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and Tennessee of the
Double-A Southern League.
Beyond one game with Tacoma in '06, reached both Double-A levels for the first time, making career-high 24 starts for Iowa and Tennessee...with
102, eclipsed the 100-strikeout plateau for the first (and only) time in career.
Began the season pitching for the Victoria Seals of the independent Golden Baseball League...signed with the Cubs on July 5 and, from there, posted
a 2.04 ERA with Peoria of the Single-A Midwest League.
Endured stints on the DL (strained right elbow, strained left knee) while pitching with Single-A High Desert and Rookie-level ASL Mariners...pitched
in a starting role for the first time as a pro, accepting 6 starts with ASL Mariners.
Posted 8 saves for High Desert of the Single-A California League, but did not pitch after July 1 with elbow issues.
In pro debut, which came at 3 levels in SEA's chain, registered a 1.64 ERA in 29 games out of the bullpen.