One of the Major Leagues' most reliable relievers over the last 6 seasons has posted a 2.85 ERA over career 380 apps...helped anchor the Pirates' bullpen during their 3-year Postseason run from 2013-2015...since 2011 ranks 12th among all relievers with a ground ball rate of 61.4%...in both 2015 and 2016 received the Chuck Tanner Award, presented annually by the Pittsburgh chapter of the BBWAA to the Pirates player most cooperative with the media...also in 2016 was the Pirates' nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award for representing baseball on and off the field through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions.
Was born in Connecticut but moved to California when he was a child...in 2003 graduated from Santa Margarita (CA) High School...in 2004 pitched for Santa Clara University before transferring to Long Beach State University, where he was a teammate of Evan Longoria and Troy Tulowitzki...went 16-7 in his 2 seasons at Long Beach State (2005-2006)...was second-team All-Big West in 2005 and honorable mention All-Big West in 2006...was 1 of 3 Long Beach State players selected on the first day of the June 2006 first-year player draft, joining Longoria (by TB in 1st round) and Andrew Carpenter (by Phi in 2nd round)...in 2005 was a Baseball America second-team summer All-American after he went 7-0, 1.62 in the Cape Cod League...is married to Kelly...they have a son, Will.
On 3/31 was released by the Pirates...2 days later was signed by the Brewers and posted a sterling 3.02 ERA in 67 relief apps...opponents hit just .231...his 67 apps ranked T24th in the National League...in the Brewers' 7-4 win on 5/12 vs NYM earned his only save of the season, the fourth of his career...posted a 0.63 ERA in his last 19 apps of the season (14.1ip, 1er), including 13 scoreless apps in September...following the season was eligible for arbitration but was non-tendered and became a free agent...on 12/26 was signed by the Reds to a 2-year contract through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020.
Began season on the 15-day disabled list with a left latissimus muscle strain...Spent the first two weeks of the regular season in Extended Spring Training program...Began rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on 4/20...Made four rehab appearances with Indy, making his last outing on 4/27 at Norfolk...Was recalled from his Triple-A rehab assignment on 4/29 and reinstated from the D.L. on 4/30...Made his season debut with the Pirates on 5/1 vs. Cincinnati and was charged with one unearned run in 1.0ip...Inherited three runners on 5/24 vs. Arizona and threw one pitch to record the final out of the inning.... Suffered lone loss with the Pirates on 6/22 vs. San Francisco... Recorded a 3.0-inning save on 7/9 vs. Chicago (43 pitches); his third career save and the first 3.0-inning save for a Pirates pitcher since Ryan Reid on 6/28/13 ...Also struck out as a batter on 7/9...Produced a 0.77 ERA (11.2ip/1er) in 11 appearances during the month of July.. Made his 300th career appearance on 9/6 vs. St. Louis...Won his lone game on 9/20 at Milwaukee...Recorded a 1.80 ERA (20.0ip/4er) in his final 23 appearances, beginning with the action on 8/19...Ranked ninth among National League relief pitchers with 46 inherited runners...Was the recipient of the Chuck Tanner Award which is presented by the Pittsburgh chapter of the BBWAA to the player who is the most cooperative with the local media.
Spent first full season in the Majors and posted a career high in appearances...Tied for fifth among National League pitchers in games; tied for second among right-handed pitchers...Inherited a team-high 56 baserunners, which was tied for the fourth-highest total in the N.L., and 16.1% scored (also tied for the fourth-best mark in the league)...Produced a 1.61 ERA (44.2ip/8er) in his last 50 games, dating back to 6/3...Was charged with an earned run in just 12 of his 76 appearances...Posted a 1.59 ERA (34.0ip/6er) in 40 games at PNC Park...Was a member of Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster for the third time in his career (also 2012 and 2013)...Had a sacrifice bunt in his only plate appearance of the season (sixth career) on 4/19 at Milwaukee... Suffered his only loss on 5/2 at St. Louis....Threw three pitches and recorded one out while picking up first win on 5/10 vs. St. Louis...Threw a career-high 48 pitches in 2.0 innings on 5/15 at Chicago (NL)...Appeared in his 200th career game on 6/9 vs. Milwaukee...Made a career-high 15 consecutive scoreless outings (14.2ip) from 6/12 thru 7/17...Finished the season making 11 straight scoreless appearances (8.1ip) and tied career high with three consecutive winning decisions from 5/10 thru 9/13...Was on the postseason roster, but did not make an appearance in the Wild Card Game...Was the recipient of the Chuck Tanner Award which is presented by the Pittsburgh chapter of the BBWAA to the player who is the most cooperative with the local media.
Posted a career-best ERA and established Major League career high in wins...Produced a 1.15 ERA (31.1ip/4er) in 34 games on the road; a 0.44 ERA (20.2ip/1er) in his last 24 road games...Stranded 30 of his team-high 37 inherited runners...Entered six games with the bases loaded and allowed just five of those 18 inherited runners to score...Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis and picked up the win in his season debut on 4/4 at Columbus...Recorded a save in three straight appearances from 4/8-12... Did not allow a run in his first five games thru 4/17 (6.0ip)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 4/21 and picked up the win that night vs. Cincinnati... Was optioned back to Indy on 4/24 and posted his fourth save that night at Toledo...Was recalled by Pirates on 4/26 when Russell Martin went on the disabled list....Pitched 1.1 scoreless innings on 4/26 at St. Louis...Was optioned to Triple-A on 4/27...Was recalled a third and final time on 5/3... Gave up an unearned run in the 13th inning and suffered loss in 11-10 setback vs. San Francisco on 5/5...Picked up win on 5/10 vs. St. Louis; entered game with bases loaded in the fifth inning and retired each of the four batters he faced...Also grounded out in plate appearance on 5/10...Notched his third win with a scoreless frame on 5/24 vs. Washington...Made nine straight scoreless appearances from 5/23 thru 6/7 (7.1ip)...Pitched 2.0 scoreless frames and picked up his fourth win on 6/27 vs. New York (NL)...Posted a 0.68 ERA (13.1ip/2r/1er) in 13 games during the month of July and went 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA (20.1ip/4r/3er) in 20 appearances from 6/19 to 8/3...Made seven straight scoreless outings from 8/9-23 (8.0ip)...Allowed his three inherited runners to score and suffered a blown save on 8/17 at Washington...Struck out in his second and final plate appearance on 8/23 at Milwaukee...Posted a 1.17 ERA (7.2ip/1er) in 10 games during the month of September...Was charged with just six earned runs in his last 35 games and 33.2 innings of work (1.60 ERA), dating back to 7/3...Pitched 1.0 inning in the Wild Card Game vs. San Francisco on 10/1; stranded his two inherited runners in the sixth inning before being charged with two runs the following frame.
Was a member of Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster for the second straight season...Was scored upon once in his first six appearances thru 4/13 (5.1ip); surrendered two-run homer to Nate Schierholtz in second game on 4/4 vs. Chicago...Picked up first win on 4/14 vs. Cincinnati...Surrendered a two-run homer to pinch hitter Evan Gattis in eighth inning and suffered loss vs. Atlanta on 4/18...Pitched season-high 2.2 innings (0r) on 4/26 at St. Louis...Was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on 5/3...Posted a 0.00 ERA (6.2ip) and one save (5/10 vs. Toledo) in six relief appearances before being recalled by Pittsburgh on 5/17 (Jose Contreras on Bereavement List)...Was optioned back to Indy on 5/21 without appearing in a big league game...Picked up second save on 5/24 at Buffalo...Made five appearances with Indianapolis (6.1ip/1er) from 5/23 thru 6/1...Was recalled by the Pirates a third time on 6/3 and tossed a scoreless inning that night at Atlanta...Was charged with two runs in 1.2ip at Atlanta on 6/5...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/8 (retro to 6/6) with right shoulder inflammation...Made a rehab appearance with Indianapolis on 7/14 (1.0ip/0r) and with Double-A Altoona on 7/17 (2.0ip/0r)...Had rehab transferred back to Indy on 7/20 and made six more appearances (7.0ip/0r) thru 8/1...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from D.L. on 8/2...Matched season high with 2.2ip on 8/9 at Colorado...Was optioned to Altoona on 8/31, but did not appear in a game before being recalled by the Pirates on 9/3...Gave up a season-high three runs in 1.0ip on 9/6 at St. Louis...Was scored upon once in his his last three games (4.1ip/1er)...Struck out in each of his two plate appearances with Pittsburgh.
Was a member of the Opening Day roster - the only rookie pitcher to make the team out of spring training...Led all National League rookie relief pitchers in ERA and ranked second in appearancesand innings pitched...Was not charged with a run in 50 of his 66 appearances...Pitched a season-high 3.0 innings on 4/20 vs. St. Louis...Made five appearances (8.2ip/5r/2er) before being optionedto Triple-A Indianapolis on 4/21...Was recalled as the 26th man for the doubleheader vs. Colorado on 4/25 (the first player ever used in this circumstance under the new MLBPA rules for DH's)...Wasoptioned back to Indy following the doubleheader on 4/25...Was recalled on 5/1...Made 10 straight scoreless appearances (11.2ip) between 5/3-25...Picked up first Major League win on 5/21 vs.New York (NL)...Tossed 2.1 scoreless innings and picked up second win on 6/9 vs. Kansas City...Was scored upon just once in 13 games between 6/30 and 8/1 (13.0ip/1er)...Was optioned to Triple-A on 8/12 when Juan Cruz came off the D.L...Was recalled on 8/16 when Chad Qualls went on Bereavement List and remained with Pittsburgh for the rest of the season...Pitched 2.1 scorelessinnings at St. Louis on 8/18...Was charged with an earned run just once in a 13-game stretch from 8/11 to 9/12 (16.2ip); gave up three runs in 0.1ip on 8/24 vs. Milwaukee...Surrendered a threerunhomer to Starlin Castro at Wrigley Field on 9/14 and suffered a blown save and a loss while giving up a grand slam to Anthony Rizzo in Chicago two days later...Finished the season makingfour consecutive scoreless outings (4.0ip)...Picked up his second career save on 10/1 vs. Atlanta to preserve Jeff Locke's first Major League win...Went 2-for-4 in save situations and allowed 10 ofhis 38 inherited runners to score (eight of his last nine)...Struck out against Ian Kennedy while making his first career plate appearance on 4/17 at Arizona.
Went 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA (104.1ip/38er) in 48 appearances (11 starts)between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis...Began season with Altoona and was used as astarter in 11 of his 13 outings...Struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect inning of reliefon Opening Day at Erie on 4/7...Moved into the starting rotation on 4/10...Worked 5.0 shutout inningson 4/27 at Harrisburg and left with the lead, but came away with a no-decision...Tossed a seasonhightying 7.0 innings while picking up first win on 5/8 at Richmond...Won three straight starts from5/8-19...Made final appearance with Altoona out of the bullpen on 6/8...Was promoted to Indianapolison 6/10 and was used exclusively in relief...Allowed one run in 0.2ip while making Triple-A debuton 6/10 before making six straight scoreless appearances (6.2ip)...Picked up first win with Indy on7/2 at Toledo...Won back-to-back appearances on 8/6 and 8/8...Was scored upon once in final 13appearances (13.1ip/1er)...Was selected by Pittsburgh on 9/6 and tossed 1.1 scoreless innings inhis Major League debut on 9/7 vs. Houston...Did not allow a run in first eight appearances (8.0ip)...Suffered lone loss on 9/27 in Milwaukee...Did not receive a plate appearance with the Pirates.
Spent entire season with Eastern League Champion Altoona...Tied for the second-most wins in the league and his 12 winswere the third-most in a single season in club history...Tied for first among all Pittsburgh minor leaguers in wins...Led league in wildpitches...Went 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA (24.1ip/8er) in seven relief appearances and 9-8 with a 4.70 ERA (126.1ip/66er) in his 23 starts...Began season in starting rotation and won each of his first three starts...Tossed 5.0 innings of no-hit ball on 4/20 against Akron...Tossed 4.1 innings in his first relief appearance on 5/5 at Richmond...Was the first player in all of minor league baseball to record sevenwins; doing so on 5/15...Was named the Eastern League Pitcher-of-the-Week for the week of 5/10-17...Lost four straight decisionsfrom 6/29 thru 7/20...Snapped streak with a win on 7/25 after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings of relief...Pitched at least 2.1 innings inall seven of his relief outings...Did not allow a run in 8.1 innings of relief during the post season.
Began season in Altoona's starting rotation and posted a 1.91 ERA (28.1ip/6er) in his seven starts thru 5/16...Was placedon the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis on 5/17...Made three rehab starts with the GCL Pirates between 7/27 and 8/1 beforebeing reinstated...Returned to Altoona on 8/5 and made final appearances in relief...Retired the one batter he faced and picked up firstprofessional save on 8/23 at Bowie...Pitched 2.0 innings and earned a save in his next outing on 8/25 vs. Trenton...Notched third andfinal save in last appearance on 9/7 at Binghamton.
Went 5-11 with a 4.70 ERA in 27 combined starts between Class-A Lynchburg and Altoona...Led Carolina League in wildpitches...Lost his first three starts with Lynchburg and seven of his first eight decisions...Was promoted to Altoona for a spot-start on7/10 at Trenton and suffered the loss (5.0ip/5h/4r/4er/4bb/1so)...Returned to Lynchburg on 7/11 and went 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA in hislast four starts with the Hillcats...Was moved up to Altoona for good on 8/5 and earned his first Double-A victory that night vs. Akron(6.0ip/6h/1r/1er/3bb/6so)...Picked up his other win with the Curve on 8/16 at New Hampshire...Participated in the Arizona Fall Leagueand went 0-3 with a 10.62 ERA (20.1ip/32h/28r/24er/8bb/15so) in eight starts with Scottsdale.
Spent entire season with Class-A Hickory...Ranked 29th among Pittsburgh's top 30 prospects by Baseball America prior tothe season...Established minor league career highs in starts and led all Bucco farmhands in strikeouts...Was the Opening Day starterand winner (5.0ip/0r) on 4/5 at Hagerstown...Surrendered just one earned run in 19.0 innings while winning three straight decisionsfrom 6/5-15...Posted a 3.20 ERA in 13 starts prior to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game...Pitched a season-high 8.0 innings andwhiffed a season-high eight batters in a no-decision vs. Greensboro on 7/7...Tied season high with eight K's on 8/15 at Columbus....Started the third and deciding game of the divisional playoff series vs. West Virginia on 9/8; gave up five runs in 2.0ip in Hickory's9-4 loss.
Went 6-6 with a 4.79 ERA in 15 starts during his first professional season...Made his professional debut as the Opening Daystarter with Williamsport (Rookie) on 6/20 and received a no-decision (4.0ip/1h/1r/1er/1bb/1so)...Pitched 11.0 consecutive scorelessinnings in back-to-back starts on 6/30 and 7/5...Picked up first pro win on 7/5 at Batavia, giving up one hit in 6.0 scoreless frames...Was promoted to Hickory on 7/15, where he was victorious in his first start on 7/15 vs. Delmarva.