Attended Southern Door High School in Brussels, WI, where he was named the 2004 Gatorade Wisconsin Player-of-the-year as a senior.
Hard-throwing right-hander was recalled from triple-A Fresno on Sept. 2...made his ML debut the following day, hitting 100mph on the radar gun consistently...Spent nine seasons in the minor leagues with the Royals, Braves, Pirates and Giants...Spent the entire year at triple-A Fresno, going 4-3 with a 3.59 ERA in a career-high 47 games...Struck out 68 batters in 52.2 innings of work with the Grizzlies...Allowed just one of his 17 inherited runners to score.
Spent the entire season with triple-A Indianapolis and went 4-2 with a 4.58 ERA (27er, 53.0ip) in 44 appearances. His 44 appearances were a career-high and ranked as the second most on the team. Right-handed batters were just 21-for-105 (.200) off him, while lefties hit .319 (30-for-94). Tossed 14.1-scoreless innings over 10 games from May 26-June 23. Threw 2.0-scoreless innings and recorded his first career save on May 28. Finished 4-for-8 in save opportunities.
Started the 2012 season with triple-A Gwinnett and made eight appearances (4 starts) before being placed on the disabled list on May 12, 2012 with an injured right hand, which forced him to miss the next 10 weeks of the season.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Gwinnett, but did make one start for Double-A Mississippi. Combined to go 5-9 with a 5.14 ERA between the two Clubs...Made 19 starts for the G-Braves, going 5-8 with a 5.13 ERA...Posted 7.0-shutout innings, allowing just three hits in his first win of the season on 6/7 at TOL...Collected a season-high eight strikeouts in 6.0 IP in a no-decision on 7/15 vs. NOR...His lone start for the M-Braves came on 5/12 at JXN...Made two relief appearances for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League: 0-0, 3.38, 2.2 IP.
Ranked by Baseball America as the Braves 13th-best prospect...Spent the majority of the season at Mississippi (AA) going 11-7 with a 3.71 ERA. Received an end-of-theseason
promotion to Gwinnett, making two starts for them (1-1, 5.63) in September...Between the two Clubs he went 12-8 with a 3.82 ERA, setting career highs in wins, games and strikeouts...Ranked among Braves farmhands in several categories including wins (2nd), opponent's average (7th,
.236), starter's ERA (9th), and strikeouts (117)...Paced the Mississippi staff with 11 wins, 135.2 innings pitched and 113 strikeouts...Earned organizational Mississippi Pitcher of the Month honors for July: 3-1, 1.71 in five games (three GS)...Went 11-6 with a 3.98 ERA in 21 starts for MS and 0-1 with a 1.72 ERA in four games as a reliever...Underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL,
on January 19, 2011. He is scheduled to return to play in June 2011.
Began the season on Myrtle Beach's (A) disabled list after a line drive fractured the tip of his right ring
finger during spring training...Ranked ninth among Braves minor league starting pitchers with a 3.87 ERA...Led the Myrtle Beach pitching staff in wins, games started and innings pitched...Recorded eight strikeouts on 8/21 vs. Frederick (5.0 IP, 3 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB).
Pitched in a combined 12 games (11 starts) and went 1-2, 4.60 ERA between Rome (A) and the
Gulf Coast League Braves...Opened the season on the disabled list recovering from "Tommy John" surgery...
In three injury rehab appearances with GCL, allowed no runs on four hits in 5.0 innings...Pitched a season-
high 6.1 innings and did not allow a run 8/23 at SAV, but did not factor in the decision...Only win of the
season came 7/30 vs. GRE when he struck out a season-high six batters in 5.0 innings.
Missed entire season recovering from "Tommy John" surgery.
Named as the sixth-best prospect and as having the best fastball in the Royals organization by
Baseball America...Made just 10 starts combined for Idaho Falls and Burlington before missing the remainder
of the season with "Tommy John" surgery.
Missed the entire season with a knee injury.