Last name is pronounced BER-kin...Married, (Emily)…daughter, Hadley Lane...Played baseball at Clemson University.
Spent the season with triple-A Charlotte and went 12-12 with a 3.80 ERA (68 ER, 161.0 IP) in 27 starts...Finished tied for second in International League in wins (12) and games started (27)...also ranked third in innings pitched (161.0).
Spent the majority of 2012 with triple-A Norfolk, going 5-6 with a 3.50 ERA (56 ER, 144.0 IP) in 26 starts...Was claimed off waivers by Chicago-NL from Baltimore on Sept. 7, 2012, and made four starts for the Cubs in the season's final month.
Has not factored in the decision in his last 23 appearances...Recorded his only win of the season, June 16 at Toronto with two scoreless innings...Was on the disabled list from August 22-September 12 with a right forearm strain...Posted a 4.63 ERA (23.1IP, 12) on the road and a 6.08 ERA (23.2IP, 16ER) at home...Pitched to a 1.42 ERA against the AL Central and a 1.93 ERA against the AL West, but was roughed up for a 6.95 ERA against
the AL East...Did not allow a run in four August appearances...Recorded a 2.16 ERA in six June appearances...Was tagged for 14 runs (13 earned) in five appearances (6.2 IP) against the Yankees...Left-handed batters hit .391 (34-87) against him...Opponents batted .377 (40-106) against him at Camden Yards...AL East foes batted .358 (34-95) against him...Appeared in five games for Triple-A Norfolk, May 24-June 9 and August 4...In four starts for the Tides from May 24-June 9, was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA (16.1IP, 7ER).
Placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on August 16...Transferred to the 60-day DL on August 27 ... At the time of injury, was second among AL relievers with 62.1 IP and 19th with 45 strikeouts ... Did not allow an ER in 26 of his 41 appearances (1ER nine times and 2ER six times) ... Did not allow an ER in 10 straight appearances (14.1IP), June 12-29 ... Made season debut on April 10 vs. TOR (2.2IP, ER) ... Pitched career-high 5.0 relief innings on April 14 vs. TB, allowing one earned run and striking out a season-high five ... Picked up first win on June 26 vs. WAS ... Allowed eight ER in 45.0IP in his first 27 games (1.60 ERA) then allowed 13 ER in his last 17.1 IP over his final 14 appearances (6.75 ERA) ... Went 12.2 IP without allowing an ER in Interleague Play, the most IP for a reliever with a 0.00 ERA in Interleague Play in a single season ... Owned a 1.95 ERA (50.2IP, 11ER) before the All-Star break ... Pitched to a 2.17 ERA (29.0IP, 7ER) in 19 road games ... Went 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA (17.2IP, 2ER) in 11 games vs. losing teams and 1-3 with a 3.83 ERA (44.2IP, 19ER) vs. teams .500 or better ... Went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA (15.0IP, 9ER) in seven spring training games (two starts)
Had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk on May 26 and won his major league debut vs. TOR that day...Became third (following Uehara and Bergesen) of eventual five (also Hernandez and Matusz) O's rookie pitchers to win major
league debut, the most by a team since the Chicago White Stockings had six pitchers do it in 1888...Began the season with Double-A Bowie (two starts) before being promoted to Triple-A Norfolk, where he went 2-0 with a 1.05
ERA (25.1IP, 3ER) in five starts...Was second on the O's staff with 24 starts, the 5th most by an O's pitcher in his debut season in franchise history and the most since Daniel Cabrera's 27 in 2004...Pitched a career-high 7.0 innings on May 31 vs. DET...Struck out a career-high eight on June 18 vs. NYM...Was 2-0 with a no-decision in three starts in which he struck out five or more...Received three or fewer runs of support in 19 of his 24 starts...Average support of 4.36 runs per game was the 7th lowest in the AL among pitchers who made at least 20 starts...12 losses were the tied for 3rd most in team history for a rookie...Took nine losses in a 12 game stretch, May 31-August 2, with the O's going 1-11 in those games...Won three straight, August 23-September 15 and four of his final five decisions to end the season
Spent the season with Double-A Bowie, finishing 4th in the EL in strikeouts (125) and 9th in ERA (3.58)...Finished second on the club in innings pitched (145.2) and wins (12)...Made 12 quality starts.
Went 9-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for Frederick...Finished 3rd in the Carolina League with 124 strikeouts...
Pitched 6.0 innings or more in 8 of his last 9 starts...Did not receive a decision in his lone playoff start, pitching 5.2 innings and
allowing 4 earned runs with 6 strikeouts on September 9 against Salem in Game 2 of the Mills Cup Championship Series...Won
the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award.
Spent the season at Class-A Aberdeen...Pitched 2.0 innings in relief in his pro debut before moving into the rotation and
posting a 2.72 ERA in 8 starts...Did not allow more than 3 earned runs in any outing...Struck out 46 batters in 45.0 innings on the
year, including a season-high 8, August 8 vs. Hudson Valley.