Name is pronounced "FIRE-rye-zehn".....enjoys hunting, fishing and the Green Bay Packers...Graduated from River Falls (WI) High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Went 10-2 with a 2.49 ERA and 7 saves in 40 relief appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Was an International League All-Star.. tied for second in the league in wins (10)... Held opponents to a .173 batting average with 94 strikeouts in 61.1 innings...Was traded by New York-AL to Milwaukee on 9/2 and added to the 40-man roster on 11/20.
Combined at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to go 2-3 with four saves and a 3.27 ERA (63.1IP, 49H, 26R/23ER, 28BB, 60K, 3HR) in 27 games…allowed ﬁve of his 23ER in his ﬁnal appearance, posting a 2.60 ERA (62.1IP, 18ER) in his ﬁrst 26 appearances…held opponents to a .219 BA (49-for-224)…began the season with Trenton, converting three saves and posting a 2.70 ERA (20.0IP, 14H, 6ER, 8BB, 18K, 2HR) in 13 appearances…was promoted to Scranton/WB on 5/31 and went 2-3 with one save and a 3.53 ERA (43.1IP, 35H, 20R/17ER, 20BB, 42K) in 24 games.
Split the season between Double-A Akron and Double-A Trenton and was 7-3 with ﬁve saves and a 1.70 ERA (58.1IP, 38H, 14R/11ER, 26BB, 78K, 3HR) in 42 appearances…was an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star…led the EL in K/9.0IP ratio (12.03) and ranked third with a .185 (38-for-205) opponents' BA; LH .255 (24-for-94), RH .126 (14-for-111)…went 4-3 with ﬁve saves and a 2.23 ERA (40.1IP, 30H, 12R/10ER, 20BB, 56K) in 33 games with Akron…in nine appearances for Trenton following the trade, went 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA (18.0IP, 8H, 2R/1ER, 6BB, 22K)…also tossed 6.2 scoreless innings (2H, 4BB, 12K) over ﬁve postseason outings with the Thunder…following the season, pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-1 with one save and a 2.57 ERA (14.0IP, 15H, 5R/4ER, 7BB, 18K) in 10 games.
Combined at Single-A Lake County andSingle-A Lynchburg to go 1-1 with 12 saves and a 2.08 ERA (47.2IP, 30H, 11ER, 16BB, 56K, 2HR) in 46 appearances…opponents hit .179(30-for-168); LH .250 (13-for-52), RH .147 (17-for-116)…went 1-0 with 10 saves (in 11 chances) and a 1.08 ERA (16.2IP, 7H, 2ER, 6BB, 25K)in 16 games for Lake County…was promoted on 5/26 to Lynchburg, where he had an 0-1 record, two saves and a 2.61 ERA (31.0IP,23H, 9ER, 10BB, 31K) in 30 outings.
Made his professional debut with short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley and did not allow a run over 15 appearances, going 3-0 with four saves (17.0IP, 9H, 1BB, 24K)…opponents hit .150 (9-for-60).