Earned two varsity letters in baseball playing for Keith Merkel at St. Mary's (AZ) High…Was named first-team All-State as a junior after posting a 8-2 record with an ERA of 0.95…Went 8-1 with a 0.50 ERA as a senior before earning the state of Arizona Player of the Year award along with a Baseball America All-America distinction…Was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft by the Angels, but elected to attend the University of San Diego…Was signed by Orioles scout Mark Ralston.
Posted career bests in ERA (2.94) and K/9.0 IP (10.29) • Led Orioles relievers in inherited runners (46) and inherited runners stranded (29)...His 46 inherited runners ranked tied for fifth among AL relievers • Since 2011, he ranks tied for 10 among AL relievers with 146 inherited runners and seventh with a 21.9 inherited runners scored percent (146 IR, 32 IRS) • Recorded at least one strikeout in a season-high nine consecutive outings, 8/9-23 (14 strikeouts) • Tossed 1.1 scoreless innings on 9/2 vs. TB becoming the third pitcher since 1991 to record four outs on four pitches, according to STATS, LLC • Of his 58 appearances, 48 were 1.0 IP or fewer...He posted nine multi-strikeout efforts in those 48 outings (13 total multistrikeout games) • Struck out an Orioles reliever season-high tying four on 6/14 vs. NYY and 8/11 at SEA, which also tied the highest strikeout total of his career as a reliever • Tossed 3.0 innings on 4/21 at TOR, the longest outing of his career as a reliever and longest since a start on 7/1/12 vs. CLE (4.0 IP) • Retired 42-of-58 first batters faced • Named the Orioles nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Posted career-bests with a 3.48 ERA (51.2IP, 20ER) and 9.2 K/9.0 IP in 63 appearances, allowing one ER or fewer in 59 of 63 outings...Pitched to a 2.84 ERA (25.1IP, 8ER) and 10.3 K/9 in 27 games at home...Held LHH to a .223/.277/.350 line in 112 plate appearances...From April 26-May 27, posted a 13-game scoreless streak (9.1 IP)...Was the 2nd-longest scoreless streak by games in his career...Over his last 27 appearances beginning July 3, pitched to a 1.23 ERA (22.0IP, 3ER) with four walks and 29 strikeouts...Snapped a streak of 10 consecutive outings without allowing a run at OPACY (10.1IP), September 17 vs. TOR...Appeared in ALCS Game 1, allowing one run on one hit over 0.2 inning.
Pitched out of the bullpen and posted career bests with a 24.0% K rate, 8.82 K/9, 3.13 K/BB, a 28.3% swing-and-miss rate, a 2.89 FIP and 3.53 ERA, .230 average against, .295 OBP allowed and .321 SLG allowed... Stranded 32 of 37 inherited runners in 2013, the 7th best mark in the majors (3rd in AL)... Has stranded 46 of 51 inherited runners (90.2%) dating back to 2012, the 2nd best mark in the majors (Doolittle, OAK, 90.7%) in that time... Held LHH to a line of .168/.225/.277 in 112 plate appearances... .168 average against by LHH was the 5th best mark for any AL reliever... Posted a 1.35 ERA (26.2IP, 4ER) in 34 games at OPACY... Tossed season-high 1.2 innings twice, April 28 @OAK (2ER) and May 31 vs. DET (scoreless)
Began season with O's before being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, 7/1
... Was 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA (84.2IP, 51ER) in 16 starts before being optioned
... Went 2-1 with 1 save and a 4.21 ERA (47.0IP, 22ER) in 10 games (6GS) with the Tides
... Held left-handed hitters to a .258/.288/.274 line in 62 at-bats at AAA
... Recalled by the O's, 8/24, and was transferred to the bullpen
... Pitched to a 1.35 ERA (13.1IP, 2ER, 5H, 3BB & 19K) in 18 relief outings, stranding all 14 inherited runners
... Held left-handed hitters to a total line of .175/.230/.298 line in 123 plate appearances in the majors
... Earned first career relief win, 9/16 @OAK (2.0 scoreless IP, 2K)
... Pitched season-high 7.1 innings, striking out 7 in earning the win, 6/2 @TB
... Struck out season-high and career-high tying 9 batters, 5/22 vs. BOS
... Snapped career-long 12 game losing streak, 5/1 @NYY (6.1IP, ER)
... Struck out only batter faced (Hamilton) in AL Wild Card Game vs. TEX...Went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA (4.1IP, ER) in the ALDS vs.
NYY, appearing in all 5G of the series
Had two stints with the Orioles; March 31-June 30 and August 16-end of season
... On DL with a strained left intercostal, March 30-June 1
... Went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA (11.0IP, 3ER) in his first two starts to begin the season
... Went 0-9 with a 13.03 ERA (38.2IP, 56ER) in his final 10 starts to end the season, allowing 4ER or more in each game
... Season-ending 9-game losing streak is the longest current active losing streak in baseball
... Surrendered at least one HR and one walk in each of his final 11 starts, the longest streak in franchise history
... 10.69 ERA was the highest single-season ERA in ML history for a pitcher making 10 or more starts in a season
... 3.26 HR per 9.0 innings was the highest rate in ML history for a pitcher making 10 or more starts in a season
... Tossed season-high 6.2 innings, August 16 @OAK
... Struck out season-high 5 on five occasions (6/18 @WAS, 6/25 vs. CIN, 8/16 @OAK, 8/28 (2) vs. NYY and 9/25 @DET)
... Went 2-3 with a 3.46 ERA (54.2IP, 21ER) in 9 starts for Triple-A Norfolk
... Named International League Pitcher of the Week, July 13-17 (7.0 scoreless innings, 3H, 2BB, 8K vs. Gwinnett).
Led AL rookies in strikeouts (143), innings pitched (175.2) and games started (32)...Was second in opponents' average (.255),
tied for second in wins (10) and third in ERA (4.30) ... Was named AL Rookie of the Month for August after going 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA (37.0IP, 10ER) in six starts ... Won six consecutive decisions from August 20, 2009-April 24, 2010, then dropped a career-high nine games from April 29-June
29...Won his final six decisions from August 19 through the end of the season ... Went 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA (46.0IP, 8ER) over his final eight starts starting August 19...The Orioles won each of those eight
games ... Was 2-0 in five starts against the Red Sox, the first rookie since the St. Louis Browns' Sig Jakucki in 1944 (4-0 in five
starts) to go undefeated in five starts against Boston (Elias)... In nine career starts against the Yankees and Red Sox, is 4-3 with
a 2.49 ERA (61.1IP, 17ER) ... Pitched at least 6.0 innings in 20 of his 32 starts...Had 18 Quality Starts on the year
Spent time with Class-A Frederick, Double-A Bowie and the Orioles (recalled on August 4) in his first professional season... Became fifth of five O's rookie pitchers to win their major league debut in 2009 (also Uehara, Bergesen, Berken and Hernandez), the most by a team since the Chicago White Stockings had six pitchers do it in 1888...Won the Jim Palmer Award for the best pitcher in the Orioles' minor league system...Was named Orioles Organizational Pitcher of the Month for June and July...Pitched 5.0 innings, allowing one earned run to earn the win in his debut, August 4 @DET...Recorded first major league strikeout in the 2nd inning, getting Miguel Cabrera swinging to lead off the inning...Went 1-2 in his next three starts, pitching to an 8.56 ERA (13.2IP, 13ER), allowing four earned runs or more in each start...Pitched to a 3.12 ERA (26.0IP, 9ER) in his final four starts, going 3-0 with 18 strikeouts and six walks...Struck out seven or more batters three times in eight starts, including a career-high eight, August 30 vs. CLE...Finished the season with a four-game winning streak and pitched 7.0 innings in each of his final three starts...Held lefties to a .200 average (7-35)...Pitched to a 3.16 ERA (31.1IP, 11ER) in five victories and an 8.10 ERA (13.1IP, 12ER) in his other three starts...Did not allow a hit with a runner on third and two outs in eight plate appearances against (0-for-7 with a walk allowed)...Went 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA (17.0IP, 5ER) in three starts vs. AL Central opponents...Did not lose a game from May 8 (in the Carolina League) until August 9, when he was beaten by Roy Halladay @TOR...Went 11-2 with a 1.99 ERA (113.0IP, 25ER) in 19 minor league games...Made 12 quality starts out of 19 starts in the minor leagues (one was shortened to one inning due to his promotion)...Became the fifth player from the 2008 draft to reach the big leagues (Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie, Ryan Perry and Daniel
Schlereth)...Was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week with Double-A Bowie, July 6-12, when he tossed 8.0 shutout innings, allowed one hit and struck out 11...Went 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA in eight starts with the Baysox before being called up to Baltimore on August 4...His seven wins led the Baysox...Was named to the 2009 Carolina League All-Star Team with Single-A Frederick, but was promoted to Bowie before the game and did not participate...Was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, May 25-31, going 1-0 in two starts without allowing an earned run...Finished second on the Keys in strikeouts (75) despite making just 11 starts...Pitched in MLB Future's Game for Team USA on July 12 in St. Louis (1.0IP, H, ER, BB)...Named the Orioles' #1 prospect by Baseball America after the season
Signed his first professional contract on August 15...Made his pro debut pitching for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall
League, where he went 2-4 with a 4.73 ERA (26.2IP, 14ER) in seven games (six starts)...Recorded 31 strikeouts and 7 walks in
26.2 innings...Went a combined 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (7.0IP, 1ER) in his first two starts in the AFL...Selected to play in the AFL's
Rising Stars Showcase...Named both the Orioles' and Arizona Fall League's #3 prospect by Baseball America after the season
Named to the Wallace Award Watch list for the best collegiate player in the nation...Was named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch list vying for the nation's best collegiate pitcher...Was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award for the Nation's best collegiate player...Made 18 starts as USD's Friday starter...Helped team win the WCC regular-season Championship and achieve a program-best No. 4 national ranking...Named first-team All-WCC...Named National Pitcher of the Week twice...Named WCC Pitcher of the Month once...Named first-team All-American by the NCBWA...Was named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball...Named insidepitching.com's West Region Pitcher of the Year...Set the new single-season record for strikeouts with 163...Posted a 10-3 record with an ERA of 2.85...Recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts on three occasions and rung up 10 or more batters in nine games...Threw one complete game allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out 10 against Saint Mary's (April 5, 2007)...Recorded 13 strikeouts against Cal Poly (January 26, 2007), USC (February 9, 2007) and Portland (April 13, 2007)...Played for Team USA during the summer of 2007.
Made 15 appearances (13 starts) and posted a 4-3 record with an ERA of 4.25...Rivals.com named him a second-team Freshman All-American...Was also named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball...Was named to Baseball America's All-Freshman team...Was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week (April 21, 2006)...Struck out a season-high 11 batters in 8.0 innings of work against Georgia (February 26, 2006)...Picked up win against San Diego State allowing one run on 3 hits, while striking out 10 in 8.0 innings of work (March 10, 2006).