Pacific Coast League All-Star in 2011 and 2019 ... In 2013, his 1.78 ERA for the Braves was 10th-best among all National League relievers ... Began the 2017 season in the independent Atlantic League with Bridgeport...on 7/21 was signed by the D-Backs to a 2-year minor league contract and finished that season with 10 apps at Class AA Jackson and Class AAA Reno...also pitched for Bridgeport in 2016 ... In his career made 81 apps in the independent league (2-3, 2.80, 37sv, 80.1ip, 71h, 32bb, 94k) ... Was drafted out of West Virginia University as a catcher and played that position his first 3 professional seasons...converted from catcher to pitcher in mid-season 2008, his third year.
Graduated from East Fairmont High School in Fairmont, West Virginia...attended West Virginia University...as a catcher in 2006 was named to the All-Big East team.
At Class AAA Nashville was a Pacific Coast League mid-season and post-season All-Star.... In spring training was signed by the Rangers to a minor league contract.... Was promoted to Tex on 5/31 and made 1 appearance, on 6/4 vs Bal, before he was designated for assignment on 6/8...2 days later was outrighted to Nashville.... His 6/4 appearance vs the Orioles was his first in the Major Leagues since 7/5/15 for SF vs Wsh.... Was promoted again on 8/13 and made 3 more relief apps before he was designated for assignment on 8/19...on 8/21 was outrighted to Nashville, where he spent the rest of the minor league season.... Became a free agent following the season and on 12/16 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2020 Major League spring training camp.
Went 6-4 with three saves and a 3.54 ERA (61.0IP, 24ER) and 67K in a career-high 65 relief appearances withthe Braves…retired 48-of-65 ﬁrst batters faced (73.8%)…stranded 23-of-27 inherited runners (85.2%)... Won a career-high ﬁve straight decisions from 9/20/13-5/23/14... Earned the save on 4/14 at Philadelphia, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning…was his ﬁrst Major League save since8/28/11 at San Francisco w/ Houston... Was placed on the 15-day disabled list from 6/17-7/2 with a strained right biceps... Struck out the 200th batter of his career on 9/23 vs. Pittsburgh (Jordy Mercer).
Spent the majority of his first season in the Atlanta organization with the Major League club, appearing in 56 games for the Braves. Posted a 4-1 record with a 1.78 ERA, while striking out 74 over 65.2 IP. His 1.78 ERA ranked as the third-best bullpen ERA for the Braves behind Craig Kimbrel (1.31) and Luis Avilan (1.52). It was the 10th-best mark among major league relievers and the fifth-best mark in the National League. Set career highs in games (56), innings pitched (65.2) and strikeouts (74) and his 1.78 ERA was a career low. Opened the season with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves and made four relief appearances (11.1 IP/6ER) before being recalled on 4/20 in place of the injured Blake DeWitt. Was optioned to GWI on 4/22 and appeared in two games before being recalled for a second and final time on 4/30. Among National League relievers with 60 or fewer appearances, ranked tied for fourth with 74 strikeouts. 2013 marked his first postseason appearance. He pitched in three National League Division Series games vs. LAD, going 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. Tossed a perfect eighth inning in his postseason debut in Game 1 on 10/3 vs. LAD and notched a hold on 10/4 in Game 2 (0.2 IP/2 ER). Was saddled with the loss in Game 4 (on 10/7) of the NLDS at LAD after surrendering a two-run homer to Juan Uribe in the eighth inning of a 3-2 game. Owned a 1.38 ERA (32.2 IP/5 ER) and a .173 opponents' batting average over his final 33 appearances of the season (since 7/23). Allowed just one run on four hits in 13 appearances (13.0 innings) in the month of September. Equaled his career high with 3.0 IP on 5/29 vs. TOR and 7/20 at CWS.
Split the season between Houston and Toronto organizations, logging 56 relief appearances between Triple-A and Major League levels. Began the year in Houston, going 0-2 with a 6.07 ERA in 30 relief outings. Also spent two stints (5/17-24,7/12-17) with Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and three saves in three chances. Held Pacific Coast League opponents to a .212 average in seven total appearances. Included as part of a 10-player trade with Toronto on 7/20...Joined Triple-A Las Vegas and went 0-1 with a 3.57 ERA and one save in 16 relief outings for the 51's. Held PCL opponents to a .221 average. Acquired by Boston on 10/21 along with manager John Farrell in exchange for infielder Mike Aviles. Designated for assignment by Boston on 11/20; claimed off waivers by Atlanta on 11/30.
Made his MLB debut and made 34 relief apps. forHouston, collecting one save in 27.2 innings pitched...held lefties to a .190 (8x42) average...posted a 2.00 ERA (4ER/18IP) in 17home games...began the year at Double A Corpus Christi before being promoted to Triple A Oklahoma City on May 11...recalledto Houston from OKC on June 29 and made his MLB debut on June 30 vs. TEX (0ER/1IP)...was one of 11 Astros players, sevenpitchers, to make their MLB debut this season...began his Astros career with five consecutive scoreless apps. (4.1IP) from June 30-July 15...marked the most consecutive scoreless apps for an Astros rookie to begin his career since 2003 when Mike Gallo went 11straight to begin his career (July 2-27)...combined with his minor league numbers, went 28 straight scoreless appearances (27.1IP)between the Majors (5g; 4.1IP), Triple A (19g; 19IP) and Double A (4g; 4IP)...did not allow a run from May 1-July 18...picked up hisfirst MLB save on Aug. 28 at SF, a 4-3 win in 11 innings for Houston...earned his first MLB win on Sept. 19 at CIN after tossing 0.1of an inning in a tie game, which ended as a 3-2 win...appeared in a career-high 67 games combined this season in the minor andMajor Leagues, tossing 60.2 innings...combined to pitch in 33 games with OKC and Double A Corpus Christi (0-1, 14 SV, 1.91 ERA;7ER/33IP)...promoted to OKC on May 11...in 19 outings at OKC, tossed 19.0 scoreless innings with nine saves...named a PacificCoast League All-Star, but was replaced on the roster after being recalled to the Majors...pitched for the Leones del Escodigo in theDominican Winter League, making 10 appearances and posting a 1-0 record and a 3.48 ERA (4ER/10.1IP)
Went 6-4 with 20 saves and a 2.51 ERA (17ER/61IP) in55 relief appearances combined with Class A Palm Beachand Class A Lancaster... as Palm Beach's closer, was 5-3with a career-high 20 saves and a 2.36 ERA (14ER/53.1IP)...also struck out 50 in 53.1 innings pitched... his 20 saves ranked fifth in the Florida State League.
Finished fifth amongCardinals minor leaguers in saves (12) and tied for seventh in appearances (52) in his first full season as a pitcher... was 5-3 with a4.28 ERA (32ER/67.1IP) in 52 relief outings.
Made the move to the mound after two-plus pro seasons as a catcher... started theseason as a catcher with Class A Quad Cities of the Midwest League and had three consecutive multi-hit games from April 12-16...hit .175 with a homer and three RBI in 12 games with Class A Advanced Palm Beach... changed positions to become a pitcher andposted a 1.04 ERA with three saves in nine outings with the Rookie Gulf Coast League Cardinals... promoted to Class A Short-SeasonBatavia on Aug. 8... struck out a season-high four in two scoreless innings on Aug. 23.
Hit .429 (12x28) with a homer, five RBI.
Committed two errors in 182 total chances for a .989 fielding percentage behind the plate at StateCollege...his first professional hit (single) came on June 25 against Batavia...also collected his first multi-hit game that day.