In Postseason 2016 made 3 scoreless apps during the Indians' run to Game 7 of the World Series...in 2015 went to spring training with the Indians as a non-roster invitee but posted a 0.92 ERA in 32 relief apps, the lowest single-season ERA in franchise history and the lowest ERA among all Major League pitchers that year who made at least 30 apps...became 1 of just 12 pitchers since at least 1914 to record an ERA of 0.92 or better over at least 30 apps...was a Midwest League All-Star in 2007 and a Florida State League All-Star in 2008...5 times was a minor league Pitcher of the Week...in 2003 graduated from Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX, where he was an All-American his final 2 seasons after combing to finish 22-2, 0.64 with 4 no-hitters, including a perfect game...over those 2 seasons posted a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 7.9 and 9.0-inning average of 17.4 strikeouts, 2.2 walks and 3.1 hits...was a member of Team USA's 16-under and 18-under Youth and Junior National Teams, winning a gold medal in 2001...graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where in 2007 he earned a degree in economics and led the team in strikeouts (111) and wins (9) as Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Spent the season pitching for NC Dinos in the Korea Baseball Organization...in 21 starts went 12-4, 3.67 (112.2ip, 112h, 33bb, 86h, 7hr)...on 2/7/18 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.
While pitching for the Indians produced career highs in almost every statistical category...in July and August was disabled with tendinitis in his right wrist...in 16 apps after he returned from the DL produced a sterling 2.57 ERA...made 1 appearance during the American League Championship Series vs the Blue Jays and 2 apps during the World Series vs the Cubs...following the season was eligible for arbitration for the first time but became a free agent after he was non-tendered by the Indians...signed a contract for the 2017 season with NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.
Came to Major League camp as a non-roster, Minor League player and compiled one of the most impressive seasons of relief in club history, posting a 0.92 ERA in 32 games (39.1IP, 20H, 4R/ER, .155avg), the lowest ERA in club history and lowest in MLB in 2015 among pitchers with 30 games pitched...Was one of just 12 pitchers since at least 1914 to have an ERA of 0.92 or better in at least 30 games...Posted a 0.79 ERA in 12 spring relief appearances (11.1IP, 9H, 1R/ER, 3BB, 14K, .205avg) before being assigned to Triple-A Columbus at the end of camp...Was with Columbus the first two and a half months of the season, posting an ERA of 0.44 (20.1IP, 14H, 1ER) over his last 15 appearances...Was promoted from AAA Columbus on June 18 and spent the remainder of the season with Cleveland…Allowed runs in just 4 of his 32 appearances with Cleveland, including 3 holds over his last 9 appearances…Over his last 27 outings in the second half he posted an ERA of 0.86 (31.1IP, 18H, 3ER, 8BB, 27SO, .171 avg) and over his last 18 outings after August 10 he posted an ERA of 0.41 (22.0IP, 12H, 1R/ER, 6BB, 21SO, .162 avg) and did not allow a run over his last 14 games (16.1IP, 6H, 0R) starting on August 26...Tossed at least 1.0IP in 26 of 32 outings and over 1.1IP in 13 of them...Batters hit just .155 (20-129) off him with Cleveland with just 1 home run allowed in 39.1IP while yielding an OPS of .440...Batters hit .158 (9-57) with runners on base and .200 (9-45) with RISP...Right-handed Major League batters hit just .103 (8-78) off him with 3 2B, 0 3B, 0HR and a .310 OPS allowed...From the 8th inning-on he posted an ERA of 0.64 (14.0.IP, 6H, 1ER).
Made the Phillies as a non-roster invitee...His win on 4/26 at Arizona was his first since 9/6/10 vs KC, a span of 40 ML appearances (including 4 starts)..Was removed after straining his right quad running to 1st base on 5/31 and placed on the 15-day DL the next day...Was outrighted to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on 7/25.
Began the season with Colorado Springs (AAA)...Shuttled between the rotation and the bullpen...Walked 1 or none in 9 of 17 starts (53%)...Had his contract selected by COL on 8/8...Made 4 starts (0-4, 6.86 ERA) before moving to the bullpen.
Split the season between Rochester (AAA) and MIN ..... Was recalled by Twins on 3 separate occasions
(5/27-6/27; 7/30-8/15; 9/29-remainder of season) .... Had a 7.89 ERA (19 ER, 21.2 IP) in 12 relief appearances with MIN; threw more than 1.0 inning in 7 of those 12 appearances ..... Was named International League Pitcher of the Week, 7/17-23 ..... Went 2-1, 3.91 ERA (11 ER, 25.1 IP) in 11 relief appearances and 4-2, 2.45 ERA (15 ER, 55.0 IP) in 11 starts.
Made the Twins Opening Day roster for the first time in his career...made five appearances for the Twins before being optioned to Triple-ARochester, April 17...Pitched in seven games (two starts) for the Red Wings, going 1-2, 6.23 ERA (17.1 ip, 12 er)...Placed on the 7-day disabled list with rightshoulderstrain, May 23...madetwostarts with the GCLTwinson rehab assignment June 27-July2...reinstated from the disabled list, July 4...Tossed 7.2 shutout innings with just two hits allowed and seven strikeouts in four games (one start), July 6-28...Placed back on the 7-day disabled for the remainder of season with left back strain, August 1.
Started the season with Triple-A Rochester...made four starts for Rochester, going 2-2 before being recalled on May 1...Made his first Major League start of the season, but did not factor into the decision, allowing two runs on five hits in 6.0 innings, with onewalk and six strikeouts, May 1 at Cleveland...Optioned to Rochester, May 4, when Nick Blackburn was reinstated from Family Medical Emergency List...made three starts at Rochester...recalled May 18 and made one relief appearance (2.0 ip) for the Twins, July 19 vs. Cleveland...optioned to Rochester, May 20...Made five more starts for the Red Wings, including a complete game shutout victory, allowing four hits with no walks and six strikeouts,June 3 vs. Norfolk...recalled June 19...Pitched 4.1 innings of relief and struck out in his first Major League plate appearances, June 19 at Philadelphia...Made two relief appearances for the Twins, allowing two runs on four hits in 5.1 innings before being optioned June 26...Made three starts for the Red Wings and was recalled, July 15...made one relief appearance before being optioned, July 21...Made four appearances (three starts) for Rochester and was recalled, August 12...Earned first win of the season, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, August 18 vs. Chicago (AL)...Posted an ERA of 2.41 (18.2 ip, 5 er) with opponents batting .229 (16-for-70) with four extra-base hits (two home runs) in May, June, Julyand August with the Twins...posted an ERA of 10.45 (10.1 ip, 12 er) with opponents batting .391 (18-for-46) in September.
Began season at Double-A New Britain where he went 6-4, 4.28 (75.2 ip, 36 er) in 13 starts...had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.25 with the Rock Cats and allowed just two home runs...promoted to Triple-A Rochester on June 24, where he went 4-2, 3.22 (50.1 ip, 18 er) in eightstarts...allowed just one home run and had 30 strikeouts with the Red Wings...contract selected from Rochester on August 12, replacing pitcherKevin Slowey who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with strained left wrist...made his Major League debut in relief, August 15 vs. Cleveland pitching 1.0 scoreless inning of relief...moved into the starting rotation after Francisco Liriano was placed on the 15-day disabled list...made first Major League start, allowing one run on four hits in 5.0 innings pitched, September 1 vs. Chicago (AL)...first Major League win, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings pitched with four strikeouts and one walk, October 2 vs. Kansas City.
Began season at Single-A Ft. Myers...went 7-3, 2.86 (78.2 ip, 25 er) in 13 starts for the Miracle...tossed four-hit shutout, June 3 vs.Dunedin...went 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA in nine home starts for Ft. Myers...named Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, June 6-13...selected to Florida State League All-Star team...promoted to Double-A New Britain, June 16...went a combined 10-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 27 starts for Ft. Myersand New Britain...participated in the Arizona Fall League with the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
Began season at Single-A Beloit...went 0-0, 13.1 ip, 17 strikeouts as the Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, April 20-26...named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week, April 30-May 5...named Twins' Pitcher of the Month for April...selected to Midwest League All-Star team...promoted to Single-A Ft. Myers, June 27...named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, July 23-29...named to the Midwest League Postseason All-Star team...his 15 wins tied him for ninth in all of minor league baseball...ranked best breaking pitch and best control in the Midwest League by Baseball America...named 13th-best prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America.
Began professional career at Rookie-Level GCL Twins...promoted to Ft. Myers, August 12...named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, July 23-29 after going 1-1, 0.75 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 12.0 innings pitched for Ft. Myers.