Levi Jared Burton...1999 graduate of West Oak (S.C.) High School...attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.
Began season on Twins Opening Day roster for second consecutive season...Posted a 0.96 ERA (9.1 IP, 1 ER) in 10 April appearances...Did not allow a home run in first 19 appearances (18.0 IP) April 3-May 17...Recorded first save of the season May 11 vs. Baltimore with 1.0 scoreless inning...Recorded 15 holds pre-All-Star break, tied for eighth most in the American League...Allowed just one home run in a 28-game span (25.2 IP) June 8-August 15...Posted 19 consecutive scoreless appearances July 4-August 15, 17.1 scoreless innings in that span...Set single-season career-high with 65th appearance September 8 vs. Toronto...reached 62.1 innings pitched September 12 vs. Oakland, setting a single season career-high...Led the Twins with 27 holds-tied for fourth most in the AL and tied for sixth most in baseball...Appeared in 71 games, tied for ninth most in the AL for right-handers...led all relievers in baseball with nine losses.
Was an invite to spring training...made Twins Opening Day roster, his first on a major league Opening
Day roster since 2009 (Cincinnati) and fourth time in career (also Cincinnati in 2007 & 2008). ... Made Twins debut April 7 at Baltimore, allowing two runs on two hits in 1.0 inning. ... His 0.73 ERA (12.1 IP, 1 ER) in June was seventh lowest in the AL for the month (minimum of 10.0 IP). ... Did not allow a hit to 34 consecutive batters April 12-May 11 (11.1 IP). ... Walked one batter in 20-game span (20.0 IP) April 30-June 22. ... Posted 16-game scoreless appearance streak June 12-July 29 (16.2 IP). ... Won first game as Twin and 11th win of career with 1.1 scoreless innings June 20 at Pittsburgh. ... Recorded first career save with 1.0 scoreless inning June 24 at Cincinnati...earned second career save in next appearance (1.0 IP) June
25 vs. Chicago-AL. ... Appeared in 200th career game July 7 at Texas. ... His .189 opponent batting average was ninth lowest in American League among relievers before All-Star break. ... Held opponents scoreless in 35 of 39 appearances June 12 through the end of season, posting an ERA of 1.17 (38.1 IP, 5 ER) in that span. ... Charged with six runs allowed (1 earned) August 23 at Texas, marking most for a Twins reliever since Brian Bass allowed seven May 24,
2008 at Detroit. ... Set single season career-high with 54th appearance September 8 vs. Cleveland; set new career-high with 55th September 9 vs. Cleveland. ... 54 of 64 appearances on the season were scoreless. ... Led club in holds (18), the most for a Twins reliever since Matt Guerrier had 23 in 2010. ... Allowed just one of 13 inherited runners to score (7.7%), second lowest percentage in AL (minimum 50.0 IP). ... Was one of just four AL relievers and seven relievers in baseball with at least 50 appearances (64), an ERA under 2.20 (2.18) and a battingaverage-
against under .190 (.186); the others being Fernando Rodney (76 G, 0.60 ERA, .167 BAA), Ryan Cook (71 G, 2.09 ERA, .166 BAA),
Jake McGee (69 G, 1.95 ERA, .168 BAA), Sergio Romo (69 G, 1.79 ERA, .185 BAA), Aroldis Chapman (68 G, 1.51 ERA, .141 BAA) and Craig
Kimbrel (63 G, 1.01 ERA, .126 BAA).
Started the season on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation (officially put on DL, March 29)...transferred to 60-day disabled list, April 18...had right shoulder surgery, April 22...Went on rehab assignment, July 19-August 17, making three rehab starts for the AZL Reds and seven more rehab starts for Triple-A Louisville...Reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, August 22 and was officially optioned to Triple-A...Eight of his 11 appearances for the Bats were scoreless before being recalled on September 1...Made his first appearance, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings, September 1 vs. Philadelphia...Did not allow a run in his final five appearances (4.0 ip), with just three hits allowed in that time...Was outrighted off Cincinnati's roster, September 31 and elected free agency.
Was 1 of 6 players to spend the
entire season with Class AAA Louisville (Zack Cozart,
Chad Reineke, Wilkin Castillo, Todd Frazier, Danny
Dorn)...following the International League playoffs was
recalled and retired all 10 batters faced for the Reds...began the season on the Bats' disabled list with thyroid
dysfunction (4/8-5/18)...from 8/10-8/31 returned to Louisville's DL with a strained left oblique...was recalled on
9/13 and 3 days later vs Ari made his season debut by throwing a perfect ninth inning in the 3-1 loss...made
4 hitless apps as the Reds battled for the National League Central Division title.
Began the season with CIN and posted a 6.33 ERA in 20 apps before he was optioned to Louisville on 6/1, when Edinson Volquez came off the disabled list...never left the team and was recalled the next day, when Volquez returned to the disabled list...posted a 2.19 ERA in 9 more apps for the Reds before he was optioned to Louisville on 7/1...returned to CIN on 7/20 and made 2 more apps before he went on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue (7/26-8/9)...in 22 apps after he came off the DL posted a 2.35 ERA, including a 1.20 ERA in his last 15 apps of the season...didn't allow a run in 9.0 innings over his last 9 apps, his longest scoreless streak of the season.
From 7/19-9/1 missed 39g while on
the 15-day disabled list with a strained right latissimus
muscle...posted a 2.23era in 43 apps (47.1ip) prior to
his disabling and a 7.84era in 11 apps (10.1ip) after he
came off the DL...in the 27 apps prior to his disabling
had posted a 0.85era (31.2ip, 3er)...13 times threw
more than 1.0 inning and 8 times threw 2.0 innings...
his career-high 5-game winning streak (4/20-9/8) tied
Bronson Arroyo for the longest by a Reds pitcher in
2008...twice was the victim of blown saves, in the
18-inning loss at SD on 5/25 and the 8-7 loss on 6/7
at Fla...the Reds went 28-26 in his apps...was 1 of only 5 Reds pitchers to participate in more winning games
than losing games (Bronson Arroyo, Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez, David Weathers)...on 5/27 vs Pit,
in his first career plate appearance, was struck out by Marino Salas.
In his Major League debut posted a
2.51era in 47 relief apps...among National League
rookie pitchers ranked seventh in apps...twice was on
the 15-day disabled list, from 4/8-5/8 with a strained
left hamstring and from 6/12-7/6 with low back spasms...made 14 rehab apps at Chattanooga and Louisville...
after Pete Mackanin was named interim manager in July became the primary setup man for closer David
Weathers...in his last 27 apps of the season posted a 1.37era and in 36 apps after the All-Star break posted a
1.83era...received votes for the NL Rookie of the Month Award for August (16g, 2-0, 1.17, 15.1ip, 15k)...posted
a 1.80era in 10 apps in September...on 4/4 vs Chi made his Major League debut and walked all 3 batters he
faced...before he made another appearance went on the DL with the hamstring injury...on 5/9 was reinstated
and posted a 5.19era in 10 more apps before he returned to the DL on 6/12 with back spasms...returned from that second stint on the DL in time for the second half and finished the season with a 1.83era over 36 apps...
on 5/14 at SD recorded his first career strikeout (Adrian Gonzalez)...in the 12-inning, 2-1 victory on 7/23 vs
Mil earned his first career win...was 1 of 10 Reds players to make Major League debuts (OF Josh Hamilton,
LHP Jon Coutlangus, RHP Brad Salmon, RHP Homer Bailey, RHP Marcus McBeth, LHP Phil Dumatrait, RHP
Tom Shearn, 1B/OF Joey Votto, C Ryan Hanigan)...in spring training led the staff with 3 saves.
At Class AA Midland made a career-high 53 apps, all in relief...established a career high
in apps for the second straight season...allowed only 71 hits in 74.0 innings...earned his only save of the
season on 5/20 vs Frisco...following the season pitched for Phoenix in the prestigious Arizona Fall League
(10g, 1-2-1, 4.38, 12.1ip, 10h, 6bb, 11k, 1hr)...in December was selected by the Reds in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
At Class A Stockton ranked among the California League leaders in saves (24, 3rd) and apps (52,
5th)...established career highs in both categories.
Combined to finish 4-2, 4.53 in 8 starts and 7 relief
apps at Rookie Arizona and Class A Modesto...missed the first half of the season with tendinitis in his right
Went 2-1, 2.27 with 1 save in 2 starts and 13 relief apps at Class A Kane County...missed the
last 3 months of the season with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
Signed his first professional contract
on 6/12...spent his first season at Class A Vancouver in the Northwest League.