Graduated from Mansfield High School (Texas) in 2006...attended Grayson County (Texas) College...signed by Arnold Bathwaite of the Los Angeles Angels..his uniform number has gone from 51 with the Angels to 52 with the Braves and 53 with the Cardinals...resides in Mansfield, Texas.
Had a stellar April before landing on the disabled list for the remainder of the season in his first year with St. Louis…Made 12 relief appearances, recording a save, 8 Holds and took a loss on 4/10 at CIN…11 of his 12 appearances were scoreless including his last 10 consecutive (8.1 IP)…Earned his first save as a Cardinal on 4/19 vs. CIN, a 2-1 win on Sunday Night Baseball in relief of Adam Wainwright's 8.0 inning performance…Placed on the disabled list on 5/3 (right rotator cuff strain) and missed the remainder of the season…Made rehab appearances in Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA), making two appearances at each level (Springfield, 2.0 IP,0 R, 3 K & Memphis 1.2 IP, 1 R, 3 K) before being forced to shut down again.
Appeared in 58 games, his second highest single-season total, despite missing 36 days on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Made two appearances during a rehab stint in Gwinnett (AAA) from June 5-8...Struck out 62 batters, his second highest total in a season and his 5th-straight season with more strikeouts than innings...Allowed only two runs in the months of April (12 app.), July (14 app.) and August (12 app.)...Held left-handed batters to a .188 BA (16-85) and right-handed batters to a .185 BA (17-92, 1 XBH)...Right-handed batters slugged just .196 against him, 6th lowest among MLB relief pitchers (min. 50 batters faced)...Nailed down three saves, his highest total since 32 in his rookie season of 2011...Posted a streak of 11.1 scoreless innings over 13 appearances from June 15 through July 10, lowering his ERA from 4.40 to 2.45 during the stretch...Surrendered only 2 HR during the season, marking his lowest single-season HR/9 IP (0.36) total...Has not allowed a home run to a right-handed batter since 9/17/13 (51.2 IP/214 batters faced), Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals.
His .220 opponents batting average was a career best and his 50 appearances ranked fifth on the team. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list from 5/12-29 with right shoulder inflammation. Made one scoreless rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett (1.0 IP, 1 K). From 5/29 to 9/13, he pitched to a 1.95 ERA over 34 outings, with 36 strikeouts over 32.1 innings. Allowed one earned run in his postseason debut on 10/3 vs. LAD. Appeared in a total of two games and allowed four runs over 2.2 innings while fanning three in the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Acquired by the Braves from the Angels in exchange for RHP Tommy Hanson on 11/30. At home, went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA with 27 strikeouts. On the road compiled a 5.60 ERA. Had a stellar month of May, allowing just one earned run in 12.1 innings (0.73 ERA) with 12 strikeouts in 12 relief appearances.
On the 15-day disabled list from 7/9-8/15 with a strained right biceps. He made three rehabilitation appearances with Salt Lake (AAA).
Finished first full season in Majors at 5-5 with 32 saves (42 chances) and a
2.98 ERA (60.1 IP - 20 ER) in 62 appearances with Angels...Led Halos relief
pitchers in appearances, tied for fourth most by a rookie in club history
(Troy Percival, 1995)...Made first appearance as closer, April 5 at Tampa...
In 13 games from March 31-April 29, recorded four saves, two holds and a
0.73 ERA (12.1 IP - 1 ER)...With 23rd save July 21, set Angels rookie saves
record, surpassing Ken Tatum (1969)...With 30th save on Sept. 13, became
just the fifth rookie closer since 2000 to notch 30 or more saves (Feliz,
Kimbrel, Papelbon, Sasaki)...32 saves ranked 5th in A.L., while Walden's 10
blown saves were tied for most in Majors (Marmol)...50 of 62 outings were
scoreless...Named to A.L. All-Star team, becoming first Angel rookie selected since 1997 (Jason Dickson)...Pitched one
inning in the midsummer classic (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO).
Began season at double-A Arkansas where he went went 1-1 with a 3.35 ERA (43 IP - 16 ER) in 38 relief
appearances...Was named Texas League Midseason All-Star...Made a brief stop in Salt Lake where he posted
a 4.05 ERA (6.2 IP - 3 ER) in six games prior to being recalled on August 22 by Angels...Made Major League
debut in the ninth inning on the same day at Minnesota (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO)...Finished season 0-1 with one
save and a 2.35 ERA (15.1 IP - 4 ER) in 16 appearances...Recorded first career save, Sept. 19 at Tampa Bay (0.1
IP)...12 of 16 outings were scoreless...Led Halos pitchers with 13.5 strikeouts per 9 IP...Recorded 23 strikeouts
(7 BB) in first 16 appearances (15.1 IP) in Majors.
spent entire season at Arkansas, compiling a 1-5 record with a 5.25 ERA (60 IP - 35 ER) in 13 starts...
Named to Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects (No. 70), but spent majority of season on disabled list with
inflammation in his right elbow.
began season at Cedar Rapids, posting a 4-6 record with one complete game and a 2.18 ERA (107.1
IP - 26 ER) in 18 starts...Limited batters to a .207 clip...Promoted to Rancho Cucamonga where he registered
a 5-2 record with a 4.04 ERA (49 IP - 22 ER) in nine starts with the Quakes...Earned California League Pitcher
of the Week honors for the week of August 11.
spent first professional season with Orem going 1-1 with a 3.08 ERA (64.1 IP - 22 ER) in 15 starts.