Originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on 3/31/09...Signed by Pirates scouts René Gayo and Ellis Peña.
Began the season with Philadelphia and appeared in 26 games with the Major League club ... Earned his first Major League win on 4/23 vs. ATL after tossing 0.2 innings of relief, recording one strikeout...Did not allow a run in nine-straight appearances from 4/16-5/1 (8.0 IP) with Philadelphia ... Tossed a season-high 2.2 innings on 5/4 at CHC, but suffered the loss ... Made 22 appearances with Triple-A Round Rock...Recorded a season-high five strikeouts in his win on 6/23 vs. Iowa ... Following the season, appeared in 17 games for the Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Winter League, going 1-1 with a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP) with seven walks and seven strikeouts.
Spent most of the season with Reading (AA); also appeared in games for Clearwater (A), Lehigh Valley (AAA) and the Phillies...Went 7-0, 2.40 ERA (23 ER, 86.1 IP) in 65 combined appearances between the four levels...Did not allow an ER over 11 straight games with Reading, 5/23-6/16 (17.0 IP)...Was promoted to Lehigh Valley on 8/1...Had his contract selected on 9/10...Made his ML debut, 9/11 at WSH (0.1 IP, 1 IR/0 scored)...Allowed just one hit to 18 batters faced (.067, 1-15) over seven scoreless appearances (5.1 IP) to begin his ML career, 9/11-22...Pitched for Cibao in the Dominican Winter League
Finished tied for seventh in the International League in complete games (1)...Had a 3.34 ERA (11 ER/29.2 IP) in nine road games with Reading, as opposed to an 8.33 ERA (29 ER/31.1 IP) in 10 home games.
Spent the entire season with Altoona (AA)... Set a professional high in games (30)... Made 18 starts before being moved to the bullpen in mid-July; made the start in his final 3 appearances... Went 6-8, 4.75 ERA (61 ER, 115.2 IP) in 21 starts and 0-3, 5.40 ERA (11 ER, 18.1 IP) in 9 relief appearances... Pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League (7 GS, 3-0, 3.38 ERA)... Selected to the AFL All-Prospect Team... Named AFL Pitcher of the Week on 10/28 (2-0, 1.13 ERA, 2 GS)... T-1st in the AFL in wins, was 3rd in ERA and 7th in SO (22)... Also pitched for Cibao in the Dominican Winter League (1-1, 4.29 ERA, 5 G, 4 GS)
Went 9-8 with a 2.70 ERA (140.0ip/42er) and 101 strikeouts in 26 combined starts between Low-A West Virginia and High-A Bradenton...Established minor league career highs in every category...Struck out a season-high eight batters while suffering a loss in his first start on 4/4 vs. Asheville (5.0ip/2er)...Lost his first two decisions (four starts) before capturing first win on 4/25 at Charleston...Went 4-1 with a 0.76 ERA (35.2ip/3er) in a six-start stretch from 4/25 thru 5/25...Was charged with two earned runs or less in nine of his last 10 starts with West Virginia...Surrendered just one home run in his last 11 starts (57.2ip) with the Power after giving up three long balls in his first three outings (15.0ip)...Was promoted to Bradenton on 6/20 and went 0-3 with a 2.83 ERA (28.2ip/9er) in his first five starts with the Marauders...Tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and claimed first win with Bradenton on 7/21 vs. Lakeland and followed that with another 6.0 scoreless frames in a victory on 7/26 at Brevard County...Won each of his last four decisions with Bradenton, where he was charged with two earned runs or less in eight of his 12 starts...Made one appearance with Gigantes del Cibao during the Dominican Winter League (1.0ip/1h/1r/1er/0bb/0so).
Spent entire season with State College in the New York-Penn League...Shared team lead in starts and ranked second in innings pitched...Gave up just two home runs; in his sixth start on 7/17 at Mahoning Valley and in his 13th start on 8/28 vs. Auburn...Was charged with a total of seven earned runs in his first six starts thru 7/17 and went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA (29.1ip) in that time...Tossed 12.0 consecutive scoreless innings over a three-start stretch from 6/24 to 7/11...Won back-to-back starts on 7/5 and 7/11...Posted a 2.92 ERA (24.2ip/8er) in five starts during the month of July...Won his final game on 8/16 vs. Jamestown...Lost each of his last three starts...Pitched a season-low 2.2 innings on 8/28 vs. Auburn and gave up a season-high 11 hits and seven runs in his final start on 9/3 vs. Williamsport.
Season was limited to just two appearances (one start) with State College...Pitched in relief on 6/17 at Williamsport (2.1ip/1r/0er) and suffered his loss in a start on 6/21 vs. Auburn (3.0ip/4r/3er)...Missed most of the season with an elbow stress reaction and appendicitis.
Went 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA (51.1ip/29er) in 14 games (nine starts)...Spent majority of season with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, where he led the league in home runs allowed...Recorded first and only professional save in second outing on 6/24 against the GCL Phillies...Made his first three appearances in relief (9.0ip/7er)...Was victorious in his first start on 7/6 at the GCL Phillies (5.0ip/4er)...Surrendered four home runs and five runs total in a loss at the GCL Blue Jays on 7/12...Was charged with just one earned run in a three-start stretch (11.2ip) from 7/17-29...Was charged with a total of four runs (all homers) in his last three starts (14.1ip)...Made his last two appearances in relief with State College on 8/29 at Batavia (1.0ip/3er) and 9/3 at Williamsport (4.0ip/1r/0er)...Went 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA (38.1ip/14er) in his nine starts and 0-0 with one save and a 6.43 ERA (14.0ip/10er) in five relief appearances.
Spent first professional season pitching in the Dominican Summer League...Lost his first three decisions before winning his first game on 7/10 at the DSL Astros (5.1ip/0r)...Won back-to-back starts on 7/10 and 7/16 and posted a 0.52 (17.1ip/1er) over a three-start span from 7/10-22...Posted a 2.96 ERA (24.1ip/12er) in five starts during the month of July despite giving up a season-high 12 hits and eight runs (seven earned) on 7/22 at the DSL Blue Jays...Surrendered his lone home run in his 11th start on 8/1.