Last name is pronounced "FAHR-kwahr"… he and his wife, Lexie, have three children: Madison, Landon and Liam… is fully bilingual in English and Spanish… in 2017, joined White Sox teammates and Southpaw in visiting patients at Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital… played three seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette (2005-08)… prior to the 2008 season, was named Sun Belt Preseason "Pitcher of the Year" appeared on the Brooks Wallace and the Golden Spikes Award Watch Lists… is a 2005 graduate of Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) H.S., where he also ran cross country.
Was limited to eight appearances with the White Sox, going 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA (8.0IP, 6H, 5ER, 0BB, 9K, 3HR)… left 4/20 game vs. Houston after suffering a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm in the sixth inning… additional overnight testing at RUSH University Medical Center revealed the ruptured aneurysm… underwent successful surgery on 4/21 to address the aneurysm… following the surgery, doctors confirmed he had use of his extremities, responded appropriately to questions and commands and spoke to doctors and his family… following surgery, successfully took a few short steps/walks on the neuroscience ICU floor at Rush University Medical Center with his wife, Lexie… was placed on the 10-day D.L. on 4/21 and transferred to the 60-day D.L. on 4/23, missing the remainder of the season… was not medically released to pitch again in a competitive game during the 2018 season… on 5/7, was discharged from RUSH and began resting at home with his family… on 5/8, visited teammates and coaches at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time… threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game on 6/1 vs. Milwaukee, surrounded by his family, teammates and coaches, and the doctors, nurses and sta. of RUSH University Medical Center that assisted in his recovery.
Split the season between the White Sox and Tampa Bay organizations, making a combined 52 appearances...Combined to go 4-2 with a 4.20 ERA (23 ER/49.1 IP), 13 holds, 45 strikeouts and a .223 (39-175) opponents average between the Sox and Rays bullpens...His 52 appeareances were the second-most of his career (66 in 2014) … his four wins were a career high, and 13 holds matched a career high (also 2014)...Allowed 28.6 percent (8-28) of inherited runners to score … first batters faced hit just .174 (8-46)...Limited lefties to a .185 average (15-81) … opponents batted just .185 (10-54) with RISP and .130 (3-23) with RISP/two outs...Made the Rays Opening Day roster … worked 1.0 scoreless IP in his season debut on 4/2 vs. the Yankees...Made a career-high 16 straight scoreless appearances from 4/23-5/23, allowing just five hits with 10 strikeouts over 11.2 IP...Worked 1.0 scoreless IP and earned his first win on 5/1 at Miami … earned his second win on 5/19 vs. the Yankees...Allowed at least one run in five of his final 12 outings with the Rays before being designated for assignment on 6/29, outrighted to Class AAA Durham on 7/3 and released on 7/20..Was signed by the White Sox as a minor-league free agent on 7/24 … his contract was purchased on 8/19 … made his Sox debut on 8/20 at Texas, recording a hold and working 1.0 scoreless IP...Was charged with a blown save on 9/13 at Kansas City after allowing two runs on three hits over 0.2 IP...Went 1-0 with two holds in 3.2 scoreless IP over his final four outings from 9/21-30 … earned a win on 9/27 vs. the Angels...Combined to go 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA (6 ER/12.2 IP), one save, 16 strikeouts and a 1.03 WHIP in 12 combined relief appearances between Durham and Class AAA Charlotte...Made four appearances with the Bulls before being released.
Made 35 apps over five major league stints in his first season with the Rays: Opening Day-April 23, May 14, June 25 (G2), June 27-July 4 and Aug 6 through the end of the season. Led the Rays bullpen with 24 apps during his final stint, compiling a 1.46 ERA (24.2-IP, 4-ER) with 36 SO (13.1 SO/9 IP) during this stretch…16 of his final 17 apps were scoreless, beginning Aug 27, including a career-long streak of 13 straight from Aug 27-Sep 23. In his first four stints, pitched to a 6.75 ERA (10.2-IP, 8-ER) and yielded 6 HR over 11 apps. Yielded 8 HR in only 35.1 IP…home runs accounted for 11 of his 14 total runs allowed. Allowed 11 of his 20 inherited runners to score (55.0 pct.)…only one AL pitcher who inherited as many runners allowed a higher pct. to score: BOS Junichi Tazawa (63.6 pct.). Recorded a 1.56 ERA (17.1-IP, 3-ER) on the road. Picked up his only win of the season on Sep 2 vs. TOR after working a scoreless 6th inning. On Sep 6 vs. BAL, had his wedding ring knocked off by a Jonathan Schoop comebacker to end the 5th inning…found it before walking off the field. Yielded the first grand slam of his career on Sep 24 vs. BOS (Dustin Pedroia), after inheriting the bases loaded.
Had five tours with Seattle and made 27 appearances at Triple-Tacoma...suffered 8 relief losses with the Mariners, 2nd in the majors to TB Brad Boxberger (10) and most by a Mariners reliever since Arthur Rhodes was 5-8 in 2000...his .111 winning pct. was lowest among major league relievers...his ERA rose more than 2.5 runs per game over 2014…His lone win came Sep 18 at TEX when he entered the game in the 5th with the bases loaded and induced Mike Napoli to hit into an inning-ending double play while protecting a 3-1 lead…Did not walk a batter in his last 12 appearances and struck out 17, but was 1-4 in that stretch. Had a club-high 9 appearances of 2 innings or longer, including a season-high 2.2 IP in the game Felix Hernandez lost 22-10 on Aug 15 at BOS...after throwing 35 pitches that game, he earned his only save the next night, throwing a perfect 12th inning at Fenway Park to preserve a 10-8 win...it was one of nine times he pitched on back-to-back days…Took the loss in his last 4 appearances of the season, Sep 26-Oct 2...only three other active relievers have suffered a loss in 4 straight appearances: BAL Bud Norris in 2013, SEA Brandon League in 2011 and CLE Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona) in 2006...since 1914, only one reliever has had a longer streak: Washington's Tom Zachary (5) over 1926-27…Limited left-handed hitters to a .220 (20-for-91) average with 10 extra-base hits...right-handers hit .306 (33-for-108) with 16 extra-base hits…Did not pitch vs. the Rays in 2015, but 8 of his 9 career appearances against them have been scoreless.
Went 3-1, 2.66 with1 save in 66 appearances (71.0IP, 58 H, 21 ER)... Had 51 shutoutappearances (in 66 games total)this season and allowed 1 run orless in 61 of 66 games... Struck out 10.27batters per 9.0 innings (81 SO,71.0 IP) & has averaged 11.26K/9.0 IP in his career (161 SO,128.2 IP)... Stranded 24of 30 inherited runners this season (80.0%)... Posted a 1.47 ERA (6 ER, 36.2 IP) in 32 appearances on the road…10th-lowest road ERA amongst AL relief pitchers... One of 7 Seattle pitchers with at least 50 appearances... Notched only save of season (#17 of his career) May 4 at Houston, working2.0 IP in 8-7 win (w/Rodney unavailable)... Collected his ﬁrst MLB win in Seattle's 6-5 victory over Texas April 27,pitching a scoreless 8th inning…win came in career game #60... Finished with 3-1 record in 2014 in 66 games after entering season 0-3in 49 career big league games.
Converted 16 of 18 save opportunities after moving into closer role Aug. 3 at Baltimore. 16 saves from Aug. 3-end of the season were tied for 3rd-most in the Majors behind Greg Holland (19) and Craig Kimbrel (18). Retired 21 consecutive batters July 28-Aug. 7, tied for the 4th longest streak by a relief pitcher in club history…also retired 16 straight Aug. 16-27. Averaged 12.77 K/9.0 IP (79 K, 55.2 IP) to set a club record by a relief pitcher, and rank 4th among AL relievers. Recorded 79 strikeouts, 2nd-most by a rookie reliever in club history (Enrique Romo, 92 in 1977)…strikeout rate of 12.77 K/9.0 IP was highest by a rookie in club history. Recorded 11 saves in August, T2nd-most in a month in club history…trailed only 13 saves by Kazuhiro Sasaki (April 2001), and tied the 11 saves by J.J. Putz (June 2007) and Norm Charlton (September 1995). Allowed 2 HR in 46 appearances…ended the season not allowing a HR in final 36.1 IP. Made Mariners debut with 2.2 perfect innings May 18 at Cleveland (5 strikeouts). Selected from AAA Tacoma on May 17…went 0-1 with 6 saves and 2.25 ERA (5 ER, 20.0 IP) in 15 appearances with the Rainiers.
Split the season between five minor league teams (AA New Hampshire, AAASacramento, AA Trenton, AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Tacoma) and four organizations(SEA, TOR, OAK, NYY)...appeared in 44 games, going 3-3 with 9 saves and a 2.65 ERA(20 ER, 68.0 IP) and 1.029 WHIP...claimed by New York (AL) from Oakland and optionedto AA Trenton June 26...designated for assignment on June 29...traded to Seattle on July23 as part of Ichiro trade, and spent rest of season with AAA Tacoma...with the Rainiersposted a 0.54 ERA (1 ER, 16.2 IP)...played for Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League;went 2-1 with 3 saves and a 1.50 ERA (4 ER, 24.0 IP) in 21 relief appearances.
Appeared in three games for the Blue Jays and split the rest of the season in AAA between Las Vegas and Sacramento... WELCOME BACK: Was re-acquired from the Oakland A's in exchange for LHP David Purcey on Apr. 18 after being traded to the A's on Nov. 17, 2010 along with RHP Trystan Magnuson in exchange for OF Rajai Davis... ML DEBUT:Made his ML debut on Sept. 13 at BOS and allowed four runs (three earned) over just 0.2 of an inning... Did not allow a run overhis final two appearances and allowed just one hit (1.1IP)... IN THE MINORS: Spent the majority of the season in the PacificCoast League (AAA) with Sacramento and Las Vegas... Appeared in 50 games with the 51s and was 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA and14 saves... His 15 saves (1 with Sacramento) was 6th in the PCL... Had a stretch of 12.2 scoreless innings from May 17-June17 and allowed just one run over 20.0 innings from May 1-June 17.
Was 4-3 with 17 saves and a 3.52 ERA in 53 appearances with Double-A New Hampshire...rankedthird in the Eastern League in games pitched and tied for third in saves...also finished third among EL relievers with a .189 opponents batting average...led the Fisher Cats in games and saves...ranked fourthin the Blue Jays farm system in saves...had career highs in wins, innings pitched (76.2), hits (50), runs(32), earned runs (30), walks (42) and strikeouts (79)...surrendered seven home runs after allowing justtwo over his first two seasons...his opponents batting average broke down to .156 (23 for 147) againstright-handed hitters and .229 (27 for 118) against left-handers...yielded a .242 average with runners inscoring position...compiled an ERA under 2.00 in three months: April (1.00), July (1.89) and August(1.45)...had a 4.97 ERA in 35 games before the All-Star Break, 1.80 in 18 contests after the break...was17-for-19 (89.5%) in save opportunities...allowed 6 of 15 (40.0%) inherited runners to score...posteda 2.25 ERA and .151 opponents batting average in 37 night games, had a 6.97 ERA and .278 opponentsaverage in 16 outings during the day...tossed at least 1.0 inning in 48 of his 53 appearances, including2.0 or more 18 times...pitched for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League following the season and was 1-0with a 4.50 ERA and .211 opponents batting average in nine relief appearances.
Between two levels combined to post a 2-4 record with a 1.87 ERA in 54 relief appearances... Struck out 74 batters in only 62.2 innings... Began the season at Dunedin (A) in the Florida State League where he made 17 appearances,allowing just one earned run... Held FSL hitters to a .164 average and picked up seven saves... Was promotedto New Hampshire (AA) in the Eastern League on May 24 and finished the balance of the season with the FisherCats...Assumed the closer role and posted 15 saves, holding Eastern League hitters to a .193 average... Did not allow more thanone earned run until his 30th appearance, after which he did so three times.
Spent the majority of his season with Auburn (A) of the New York-Penn League...In his 12 appearances, suffered one outing, allowing four earned runs, otherwise allowed only three in his other 11 games... Was promoted to Lansing (A)to finish up the Midwest League season... Made three appearances, not allowing an earned run.