Graduated from Berlin (CT) High School in 1999, where he played both basketball and baseball...Defeated Seymour
Connecticut High School to win the State Championship as a senior...Received the "Pitcher of the Game" award...Attended the University of Connecticut where he lettered in baseball in 2000, 2001 and 2002... Was selected to the Big East All-Rookie team as a freshman in 2000.
Missed the entire season due to injury...Was placed on Toronto's 60-day DL with a left shoulder strain on 3/29...Underwent left rotator cuff surgery on 5/24, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL...Signed with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent on 12/7.
Was recalled from Las Vegas (AAA) on Aug. 16 and appeared in 20 games for the Blue Jays through the
balance of the season ... Did not allow a run in 16 of 20 outings, holding opponents to a .250 average ... LEFT ON LEFT: Held lefties to a .158 average (3-19), with one walk and one double ...
Completed his second full season in the majors, appearing in 73 games... MAIN MAN: His 73 games led the club for the second consecutive season and ranked T-7th in the AL... In fact has now made 142 appearances over the last two seasons, ranking 3rd in the AL... His 67.2 innings surpassed his rookie total for a new career high... WHAT
A START: Did not allow a run in 14 of his first 16 outings, posting a 1.23 ERA in 14.2 innings, while holding opponents to
a .157 average... Had a streak of 10 consecutive innings without allowing a run from Apr. 17-May 3... ROUGH IN THE
MIDDLE: From May through Aug. 11, posted a 1-4 record with a 6.69 ERA in 40 contests... Allowed batters to hit .308 over
that stretch, while allowing six home runs... BOUNCE BACK: In his final 21 games of the season, held opponents to a .208
average and just one home run, while recording a 2.79 ERA... Had a stretch of 16 games from Aug. 16-Sept. 14 where he
allowed only one run... TEAM GUY: Was ejected for the first time in his career after an altercation with Jorge Posada, Sept.
15 at NYY, resulting in a three game suspension... HOLD 'EM RIGHT THERE: Led the staff with 12 holds, however was
0-3 in save situations... Fared better vs. right-handed hitters holding them to a .247 mark, while left-handed hitters batted
.272... BEARING DOWN: With no one on base allowed batters to hit .276, however that reduced to .235 once a runner
reached safely... In fact with men in scoring position and two outs limited opponents to a .188 average.
In his rookie season, led the club, appearing
in 69 games, T-2nd most ever by a Blue Jays rookie, Aquilino Lopez had 72 in 2003... Recorded seven wins in relief, marking the most for a Blue Jay since Paul Quantrill had 11 in 2001... Picked up wins in consecutive games, Sept. 2-3, becoming the first Blue Jay to do so since Scott
Downs in 2006... WELCOME TO THE BIGS: Retired the
first nine batters of his career, including the first batter he
faced (D. Barton) on three pitches... On Apr. 16 vs. TEX, entered
a tie game in the 11th with the bases loaded and no
one out, and proceeded to strikeout the side... Had a string
of 14 consecutive scoreless innings from Aug 20-Sept. 24...
Worked a career high three innings Apr. 16 vs. TEX...
LOVES THE ROGERS CENTRE: Posted a 5-1 record with
a 1.45 ERA at home... Held opponents to a .140 average
(14-100)... Only one of the six home runs he allowed were at
home... Overall betters hit only .196, in fact RH hitters fared
worse than LH hitters managing a .186 mark... With runners
on base, held opponents to a .183 average...Went to a 3-0
on just one batter all season.
Returned to the Blue Jays organization, pitching the entire season ay New Hampshire (AA) ... Made 58 appearances for the FisherCats, all in relief, saving six games ... Struckout 10.27 batters per nine innings ... Has recorded more than a
strikeout per inning over the course of his career, while walking only 2.5 per nine innings.
Spent the majority of the season with Frisco of the Texas League (AA) in the Rangers organization ... Saved three games in 43 relief appearances for the RoughRiders ... Was promoted to Oklahamoa (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League, making 10 appearances... Did not allow an earned run in 11.0 IP ... Allowed only six hits, holding opponents to a .167 avg.
Entering his 5th professional campaign, his first in the Texas organization...split the 2005 season between Syracuse (AAA) and New Hampshire (AA) in the Toronto organization...combined to go 4-3, 2.79 (18 ER/58.0 IP) and 5 saves in 61 relief appearances.
Syracuse: Started the season with the SkyChiefs, going 1-1, 4.82 (10 ER/18.2 IP) in 22 relief appearances in his Triple-A
debut...recorded a 8.21 ERA (5 ER/6.1 IP) over his first 6 appearances...tossed 7.0 scoreless innings over his next 8 outings from
April 25-May 17, lowering his ERA from 8.21 to 3.38...posted an 8.44 ERA (5 ER/5.1 IP) over his final 8 Syracuse appearances to
finish with a 4.82 mark...earned lone Triple-A win in last Syracuse outing, on June 6 vs. Louisville...tossed 0.1 inning or less in 8 outings,
including 4 of his last 5...was 1-0, 2.79 (3 ER/9.2 IP) in 12 home games and 0-1, 7.00 (7 ER/9.0 IP) in 10 road contests.
New Hampshire: Transferred to New Hampshire on June 10...was 3-2, 1.83 (8 ER/39.1 IP) with 5 saves and 42 strikeouts in 39 relief
appearances...allowed just 1.14 walks per 9.0 innings pitched (5 BB/39.1 IP), the 2nd-lowest ratio among Eastern League relievers...
permitted just 8.24 baserunners per 9.0 innings pitched (36 BR/39.1 IP), the 4th-lowest ratio among Eastern League relievers...
held opposing batters to a .203 average, .154 (8-52) against left-handers and .233 (20-86) against right-handers...posted an
0.49 ERA (2 ER/36.2 IP) over his first 34 New Hampshire outings, including 31.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his first 28 outings
with the Fisher Cats...allowed 6 earned runs in 1.0 inning over 3 appearances from August 25-31, taking 2 losses during that
span, to raise ERA from 0.49 to 1.91...tossed 2.0 scoreless frames in his final 2 outings to finish season with a 1.83 mark...earned
wins on July 9 vs. Portland, August 1 vs. Trenton and August 17 at Norwich...recorded season-highs with 3.0 IP and 4 strikeouts on
July 16 at New Britain...posted 4 of his 5 saves in August...held opposing batters to a .117 (9-77) average in 21 outings in June and
July...went 2-1, 3.10 (7 ER/20.1 IP) in 21 home games and 1-1, 0.47 (1 ER/19.0 IP) in 18 road contests...held opposing batters to a
.118 (4-34) average with runners in scoring position.
Went 5-0 with HOU's Double-A Round Rock affiliate...Recorded his only save of the season on 4/25 vs. Midland (0.2 IP)...Tossed a season-high 3.0 innings on 4 occasions with a season-high 5 K's in 2 of those games: 7/4 at Frisco and 7/31 at Midland...Held opponents to a .256 AVG (57-for-223)...Following the season, signed with the Blue Jays as a minor league free agent on 11/11.
Named MVP of Houston's Single-A Lexington club after going 3-0 with 13 saves and a 1.56 ERA (11 ER/63.1 IP) in 53 games out of the bullpen...Ranked 3rd among qualifying South Atlantic League relievers with 11.94 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (84 K's) and finished 4th among that group with just 7.82 base runners per 9.0 innings...Tossed a Lexington-record 36.0 consecutive scoreless innings over 27 games from 6/20-8/26...Did not allow an earned run on the road in 26 appearances (30.0 IP)...Signed with Houston on 3/31 after being released by Detroit 3 days earlier.
Played his 1st professional season with Short-A Oneonta in the Tigers system...Ranked 3rd among qualifying New York-Penn League relievers with just 7.11 base runners allowed per 9.0 innings...Was 5th among that group with a .146 AVG against (19-for-130)...Fanned 2 batters in 1.0 inning vs. Vermont on 6/19 in his pro debut...Did not allow a run in 10 straight outings from 7/3-8/8 (21.2 IP).