Selected by the Blue Jays in the first round (33rd overall) of the 2000 June Draft out of Long County (Ga.) High School…helped them make the state playoffs in three consecutive seasons as a shortstop and pitcher…was also a standout on the basketball team…earned All-State honors in baseball and All-Region in basketball…diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during his rehab from 2004 Tommy John surgery and pitches with an insulin pump attached to him to control his blood sugar.
Made a career-high 63 apps in his second season with the Marlins…marked the second time in his career he was on an active roster in the majors for the entire season (2014)…his 8 wins were his most since 2007 (12), tied for most among NL relievers and tied for 2nd among major league relievers behind CWS/NYY David Robertson (9)…ranked 5th among NL relievers with 77.2 IP…posted a 1.91 ERA (42.1-IP, 9-ER) in 35 apps at Marlins Park, compared to a 8.15 ERA (35.1-IP, 32-ER) in 28 apps on the road…pitched to a 9.67 ERA (22.1-IP, 24-ER) over his final 21 apps, Aug 4- Oct 1, inflating his season ERA from 2.77 to 4.75.
Spent majority of season with Miami, appearing in a careerhigh 55 games; had a brief stint with Triple-A New Orleans...Had 2.82 ERA and .202 average against, just short of personal bests set in 2013 with Toronto (2.45/.190)... Average against ranked 16th among NL relievers... Held right-handers to .148 (22x149), which ranked fifth among NL relievers (min. 50 AB by right-handed hitters), behind only Carl Edwards Jr. (.108/8x74), Kenley Jansen (.109/13x119), Adam Ottavino (.136/8x59), and Aroldis Chapman (.139/10x72)... Posted a 1.72 ERA (36.2/7) in 29 games at Marlins Park; marked fifthbest home ERA among NL relievers (min. 20 games)... In first stint with Miami, was 0-1, 3.38 (5.1/2) in six appearances from Opening Day through April 17...Designated for assignment on April 17 and outrighted to New Orleans on April 20... Made four relief appearances with Zephyrs, going 0-0, 0.00 (7.1 ip) with two saves in two chances...Had contract selected on May 11 and spent rest of season with Miami...Over final 49 appearances, was 1-2 with 2.77 ERA (61.2/19) and one save in two chances...Recorded second career save on July 1 at Atlanta, first since June 13, 2014 at Baltimore with Toronto...In the offseason, was named 52nd winner of annual Hutch Award for outstanding community service by an MLB player.
Began the season as a member of the rotation for Toronto and was the starting pitcher for the home-opener on April 4 vs. New York (AL)... went 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA (22 ER/39.0 IP) in eight starts and moved to the bullpen following his May 14 start...After joining the bullpen he went, 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA (16 ER/43.0 IP) in 45 games, while limiting opponents to a .215 average (34-for-158) and a .284 on-base percentage...Allowed only seven of 36 inherited runners to score (19.4 %)...Posted a 4-0 record with a 2.31 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP) in 28 games (four starts) away from Rogers Centre, limiting opponents to a .173 batting average...went 1-3 with a 6.62 EA (26 ER/35.1 IP) in 25 home games (four starts)...His 53 relief appearances established career high, passing his previous high of 27 games in 2007...Earned his first career save on June 13 at Baltimore, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings and striking out three batters
On June 8 vs. TEX returned to the majors making his 1st appearance since September 26, 2011 at CWS. Did not allow an earned run on the road over the 13.0 innings pitched. Surrendered a home run in two of his first four games…Did not allow another over the following 21 contests (22.1 IP). Recorded 14 strikeouts over 10.1 IP from June 23-July 19, a span of nine games. Placed on the 15-day DL on August 1 with a strained right oblique … Returned from his medical rehab assignment with Dunedin on September 1. The 25 appearances were his most since 2007.
On March 26 signed a two year contract extension with the Blue Jays...Spent the enitre 2012 season on the disabled list... Has spent the enitre year on the disabled list in three of his last four seasons...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 3 with plantar fasciitis of his right foot... Was later transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 25 after recurring soreness in his throwing shoulder.
Returned to the Major Leagues for the first time since July 8, 2008, making five appearances, including four starts... WELCOME BACK: Appeared in a Major League game on Sept. 6 vs. BOS for the first time since starting July 8, 2008 vs. BAL... Had two shoulder surgeries in 2008 and 2010 in between... In his first appearance on Sept. 6, tossed four innings,allowing three runs to the Red Sox... Held opponents to a .247 average... Right-handed hitters were limited to a .158 mark, going6-38... START ME UP: His final four outings were all starts... Posted a 0-2 record with a 6.35 ERA in those starts... Tossedfive innings on two occasions, including an eight strikeout, zero walk performance vs. LAA on Sept. 21... THE LONG ROAD: Made 12 rehab starts, splitting time between Dunedin (A) and New Hampshire (AA)... Combined to go 0-4 with a 2.80 ERA... Limited opponents to a .238 average... The appearances were the first of any kind since 2008.
Did not pitch ... Had surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff on June 22, performed by Dr. James Andrews ... Was transferred from the 15-Day to the 60-Day disabled list Apr. 15 where he remained for the remainder of the season.
Did not pitch... Recovering from debridement (fraying of the labrum) surgery on his right shoulder, July31, 2008.
Had season ending debridement (fraying of the labrum) surgery on his right shoulder July 31... Made 19 starts, 5th most on the club... HOME COOKING: In eight home starts, posted a 4-2 record with a 2.38 ERA at home... Was 2-5, with a 6.17 ERA away from Rogers Centre... At thetime of his last start in July, ranked 6th in the AL in homeERA... In fact over his career, is now 13-7, with a .329 ERAat home, and 7-15 with a 6.11 ERA on the road... Team recordwas 8-11 in his starts and posted nine quality starts...WHERE'S THE HELP: Received a team low 3.2 runs ofsupport per game, no other primary starter received lessthan 4.5... HEART OF THE ORDER: Held the opponents#3/4/5 hitters to a .237 avg. (35-148) and over his careerthose same hitters have batted .238 (108-454)...NOTABLE: Tosed his 3rd complete game of his career,June 10 vs. SEA... Allowed 10 hits for the first time on Apr.14 at BAL... Saw his ERA rise in each month, Apr. (3.57),May (4.33), June (4.99) and Aug. (5.40).
Was 12-10 with a 4.08 ERA in his first fullseason...OH, SO CLOSE: On June 24 vs. COL became the 6th different pitcher (9th time) in Blue Jay history to carry a no-hitter into the 9th inning...Dave Stieb has the only no-hitterin Franchise history (Sept. 2, 1990 at CLE, won 3-0)...Alloweda single to begin the 9th inning to Jeff Baker, markingthe 8th time a Blue Jays pitcher reached the 9th inning witha no-hitter in tact before losing it...The one-hitter marked the17th one-hitter in Club history (14th by an individual)...Completegame shutout was the 1st by a Blue Jay pitcher sinceA.J. Burnett did so back on June 27, 2006 vs.WAS...Worked a career high 15.1 consecutive scoreless inningsfrom July 19-30 (2nd longest by a Jay starter thisyear)...Voted by the BBWAA as clubs pitcher of the monthfor July, compiling a record of 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA(10ER/32.1IP) in five starts...On Aug. 5 vs. TEX, surrendereda leadoff home run to Frank Catalanotto whichsnapped a string of 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings atRogers Centre...Finished with 11 quality starts in his final 14outings, recording 18 quality starts for the season...Recordednine quality starts in 10 outings from July 19-Sept7...Team record was 13-14 in his starts...HOMECOOKING: Was 8-3 with a 3.27 ERA at Rogers Centre,holding opponents to a .215 average...Both completegames came at Rogers Centre (6/24 vs. COL & 9/17 vs.BOS)...TOUGHONRIGHTIES: Held right-handed hitters toa .198 average, with only 10 extra-base hits(8-2B/1-3B/1-HR), a .514 OPS... Had a career 12 strikeoutsSept 7 at TB...Allowed a career high three homeruns July 14at BOS...MINORS: In five starts, posted an 0-2 record, despitea 1.64 ERA...Did not allow a home run, while hittersbatted .208...Tossed 191.2 IP between Syracuse andToronto, the most he has thrown in his career.
Made three separate stints with the Blue Jays thisseason...Earned his 1st career victory in relief on May 30 at BOS...Made three starts for Toronto, posting a record of 0-2 with an ERA of 6.00 (.289 OBA)...Appeared in 23 games for Syracuse (AAA), making 13 starts...Struck out 86 over 84.0IP...Produced a 2-4 record as a starter with a 4.66ERA...Was 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA as a reliever.
Was recalled by the Blue Jays from Class AA, NewHampshire Fisher Cats on July 30th...Made his Major League debut on July 30 vs. TEX... Received a no decision in a 3-2 loss... 5.0IP, 2H, ER, 3BB, 6K...The six strikeouts were the most ever by a Blue Jays starter in his ML Debut...August 9 vs. DET registered his first ML win and threw 6.0IPfor the only time... Began the season with Dunedin of theFlorida State League... Was promoted to New Hampshire ofthe Eastern League on June 24th...As a starter was 1-3 witha 8.13 ERA in seven starts...Aug. 21 at DET, tied a BlueJays record by hitting three batters...Allowed 12 runs and10 earned runs were the most allowed by any Blue Jayspitcher this season...As a reliever was 0-0 with a 0.82 ERAin six appearances, holding opponents to a .135 average...In 11.0IP, struck out 11 batters while walking just one...Becamethe 4th first round (or supplemental 1st round) pick inteam history to debut as a starter and the first to do so sinceRoy Halladay on September 20, 1998 at TB...The other twoBlue Jays 1st round picks to debut as a starter are AlexSanchez and Chris Carpenter.
Began the regular season at New Hampshire of theEastern League (AA)... Recorded a win in his first two starts of the season... Allowed just one earned run over 11.0 innings combined in those two victories for a 0.82 ERA... Had his season cut short due to a pre-existing injury to his rightelbow... In six starts with the Fisher Cats, compiled a recordof 2-0 with a 4.06 ERA while striking our 29 batters in 31.0 inningsof work... Was placed on the disabled list May 13 andmissed the remainder of the season... Underwent reconstructiveelbow surgery on May 13, otherwise known as"Tommy John" surgery... The operation was performed byDr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama
Split the season between Dunedin of the Florida State League (A) and New Haven of the Eastern League (AA)... Combined to go 12-6 with a 3.01 ERA in 28 starts... May 21 pitched a complete game shutout (7.0) at Palm Beach in game 1 of a doubleheader... Was promoted to New Haven June 13... Made his debut with the Ravens on June 16 andpitched 6.0 innings of one-hit shutout ball for a 4-1 win vs.Binghamton Mets... Was a perfect 7-0 with a 3.17 ERA,while the Ravens were a perfect 14-0 in his starts.
Finished first in the league and in the organization with 163 strikeouts... Earned his first win of the season after striking out 11 batters over five innings of two-hit ball in a 9-3romp of Savannah April 26.
Led short-season Class-A New York-Penn Leaguewith 49 walks and tied for third in both strikeouts (80) and SO/9 IP for starters (11.14)... Was named as the Doubledays Pitcher of the Month for July.
Appeared in eight games and went 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA... Issued 25 walks in 25.0 innings while striking out 19.