Graduated from Tomball (TX) High School...Named Aflac All-American as a junior in 2006 after going 9-2 with a 1.34 ERA and 84 SO in 60.0 innings. Participated in USA Baseball's Junior Olympics in 2006.
In his first full season as a reliever, he appeared in a career-high 52 games between Triple-A Pawtucket and Boston ...Allowed no runs in seven outings with the Red Sox in September (6.2 IP)...Joined Boston, September 5, where he remained for the rest of the season...Allowed five hits, walked two batters and fanned four in 6.2 shutout frames...Faced eight lefties, walking two batters and retiring the other six, including three via strikeout ...Righties hit .263 (5-for-19)...Spent the majority of the season at Pawtucket where he went 2-3 with five saves and a 5.86 ERA (38 ER/58.1 IP) in 45 relief appearances...Did not allow any runs in his last five outings with Pawtucket (11.1 IP)...At Pawtucket, lefties batted .276 (21-for-76) off of the southpaw while righties connected at a .350 clip (56-for-160)...Pitched more than 1.0 inning in 18 of his 45 games for the PawSox and 2.0 or more innings nine times.
Began the season at Portland where he was an Eastern League All-Star with the Sea Dogs. Made 16 starts for Portland (1 relief appearance)…Allowed 3 ER or fewer in 12 of his 16 starts. Overall, had 4 scoreless outings for Portland, 3 of which were 7.0 or more innings. Allowed only 1 hit over 8.0 scoreless innings on 6/5 at Erie…Earned the win, walked 1, and struck out a season- high 8 in Portland's 6-0 shutout. Named EL Pitcher of the Week for 6/3-9. Threw a shutout in his very next starts against Erie on 6/11 (7.0 IP, 6 H, BB, 3 SO). Held Double-A left-handed batters to a .187 AVG (20-for-107). Posted a 4-2 record with a 2.32 ERA (13 ER/50.1 IP) over his final 8 starts for the SeaDogs. Was promoted to Pawtucket on 7/5…Made only 1 appearance, a start on 7/9 at Lehigh Valley (L, 5.1 IP, 5 ER). Was recalled by BOS on 7/14…Worked out of the bullpen and made his ML debut on 7/20 vs. NYY (1.0 IP). Each of his first 7 appearances (9.0 IP) for BOS were scoreless…Overall did not allow runs in 13 of his 18 appearances for the Sox. Earned his 1st ML win in the Red Sox 15-inning, 5-4 victory on 7/31 vs. SEA. Threw a career-high 2.0 innings on 3 occasions (7/29 vs. TB, 7/31 vs. SEA, and 8/27 vs. BAL)…Did not allow a run in any of those 3 games. Pinch ran in the 9th inning on 8/7 at HOU and scored on Stephen Drew's game-winning 3-run HR.
Split the year with 24 starts and 2 relief appearances between High-A Salem and DoubleA Portland...Set career highs in wins (7), appearances (26), strikeouts (118), and innings (129.2).Finished 5th among Red Sox farmhands in strikeouts.Tallied a 3.45 ERA with 112 K's in 117.1 innings over his last 23 outings of the season beginning 4/25...Beganthe year allowing 19 ER over 12.1 innings in his 1st 3 outings, including both bullpen appearances on the year.Earned 1st win of the year allowing 1 hit over 5.0 scoreless innings on 4/25 vs. Wilmington.Promoted to Portland on 6/1 after tallying the Carolina League's 5th-best ERA in May (2.10) with 29 K's in 25.2 innings over 5 starts in the month.Had a 22.1-inning scoreless stretch from 5/25-6/15, spanning parts of his last 2 Carolina League outings and his 1st 3 Double-A outings.Threw 5.0 hitless frames for the win in his Double-A debut on 6/5 vs. Bowie...Did not allow a run through his 1st 12.1 career Double-A innings, including scoreless work in his 1st 2 starts...Had a 1.10 ERA (2 ER/16.1 IP) over his 1st 3 starts for the Sea Dogs.Earned Pitcher of the Week honors in his final week in the Carolina League (5/28-6/3) as well as his 1st week in the Eastern League (6/4-10)...During that 3-start stretch, went 2-0 with 14 strikeouts and just 8 hits allowed over 16.1 scoreless frames. Allowed 2 runs or less in 5 of his 1st 7 outings for the Sea Dogs.Closed out the year with a 2.23 ERA (11 ER/44.1 IP) and 45 K's over his last 8 starts beginning 7/21...Ranked8th among Eastern League leaders in that time in ERA and strikeouts (tied).
Made 26 starts while spending entire season with High-A Salem, his 1st action at that level.Posted a 6.91 ERA (75 ER/97.2 IP), increasing his career ERA as a professional from 3.12 before the season to his current mark of 4.82 (117 ER/218.2 IP). Tied for the Carolina League lead in games started, matching Ryan Pressly for the club lead...Led the circuit with 13 losses, tied for the most among Red Sox farmhands (also Stolmy Pimentel).Paced Salem with 8.20 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (min. 55.0 IP). ... Ranked 2nd on the team with 89 K's overall and was fourth on the club in innings pitched. Struck out at least a batter per inning pitched in 14 of his 26 starts. Gave up three earned runs or less in 20 of his 26 starts, including a season-long 8-game stretch from 4/20-5/30 and seven of his last eight starts beginning 7/19. Compiled a 4.00 ERA (12 ER/27.0 IP) in 6 May starts, his best mark in any month...His .154 opponent AVG (19-for-123) over 8 starts from 4/20-5/30 ranked second among Carolina League qualifiers in that time. Yielded just one run in each of back-to-back starts on 5/2 vs. Kinston (4.0 IP) and 5/7 vs. Myrtle Beach (6.0 IP), allowing 2 hits in each outing...Picked up his only win on 5/7. Recorded a season-high 7 strikeouts on 5/18 vs. Wilmington (5.1 IP) and again in his final start of the season on 9/3 at Myrtle Beach (6.0 IP). Held left-handers to a .226 batting average (21-for-93) and only seven extra-base hits (6 doubles, one home run).
Had a 2.97 ERA (25 ER/75.2 IP) with 78 strikeouts in 21 starts with Single-A Greenville...Led Greenville starters in ERA and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.28)...Recorded a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.39 (23 BB)...Held lefties to a .203 clip (15-for-74)...Limited opponents to 3 earned runs or less in all 21 starts...Went a season-high 5.0 innings on 6 occasions...Had a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) in 2 April starts before landing on the disabled list from 4/15-5/23...Compiled a 2.85 ERA (19 ER/60.0 IP) with 65 strikeouts over his last 16 starts beginning on 6/8...Struck out a career-high 10 batters over 5.0 innings in his last regular-season start, 9/2 at Charleston...Went 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA (4 ER/14.2 IP) and 14 K's over 3 playoff starts...Following the season, ranked as Boston's No. 2 pitching prospect and No. 3 prospect overall by Baseball America...Also Named the No. 16 prospect in the South Atlantic League and rated as having the best fastball in the Red Sox system by the publication.
Missed most of the season recovering from offseason Tommy John Surgery...Combined for a 0.77 ERA (1 ER/11.2 IP) with 19 K's in 7 starts between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Red Sox and Short-A Lowell...Began the year with 4 scoreless rehab starts in the GCL from 8/6-21...Activated from the DL on 8/23 and made 3 starts with Lowell, striking out 8 batters in 4.2 innings.