Joshua Thomas Kinney....Wife's name is Jorni...Has two sons; Saxton (2/8/11) and Sawyer (7/14/13)...Is a 1997 graduate of Port Allegany (PA) High School...Also played baseball at Quincy University from 1998 to 2001, where he went 22-11 with a 3.58 ERA in 47 career appearances (39 starts).
Was limited to 30 games while spending his third and final season in the Mariners organization...Was placed on the 60-day disabled list on 3/25 with a stress reaction of the third rib on his left side...Began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma and made one appearance on 5/17 before being shut down again until 6/10...Was scored upon once in his first nine appearances (9.1 IP/3 ER)...Surrendered his only home run on 6/21 at Colorado Springs...Worked a season-high 3.0 innings on 7/11 vs. Reno...Allowed six of his 16 runs on the year in 0.2 IP on 7/23...Was charged with just one earned run in his final 15 games (15.2 IP) after 7/23...Recorded a save in his final appearance on 9/1 vs. Sacramento...Limited right-handed hitters to a .116 average (8-for-69).
Went 0-3 with 1 save and a 3.94
ERA (14 ER, 32.0 IP) in 35 relief
appearances ... Tied for team lead (with Tom
Wilhelmsen) with 35 appearances
from the time of his season debut
on July 3 ... Finished 2nd on the team with 9
holds, including 7 over his last 15
appearances of the season ... Averaged 10.12 strikeouts per 9.0
IP (36 K, 32.0 IP)...struck out over 1/4 of batters faced (36 of 136) ... Stranded 15 of 17 inherited runners (88.2%), including 14-for-14 to open the season ... Recorded first ML save (in 74th career appearance) Aug. 19 vs. Minnesota (2.1,0,0,0,2,0) ... Selected from AAA Tacoma on July 1 (Ramirez DL, Adam Moore DFA)...made Mariners
debut July 3 vs. Baltimore ... Went 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA (11 ER, 36.2 IP) with 38 K's in 27 games for Tacoma.
Spent a majority of the season with AAA Charlotte in White Sox organization ... made 13 appearances with the White Sox (0-0, 6.62) ... owned a 1.54 ERA (2 ER, 11.2 IP) over his first 8 appearances, compared to a 16.50 ERA (11 ER, 6.0 IP) over his final 5 ... recorded at least one strikeout in 10 of his 13 appearances ... selected from Charlotte on Aug. 19 and made White Sox debut that night vs. Texas...established career highs in IP (3.0) and
strikeouts (6) in his first outing since 10/4/09 vs. Milwaukee ... went 6-3 with a 2.77 ERA
(19 ER, 61.2 IP), 14 saves and 66 strikeouts over 49 games with Charlotte.
2010: Spent the entire season with Class AAA Memphisin the St. Louis organization, going 1-4 with a 1.80 ERA
(12 ER/60.0 IP) and 17 saves in 56 appearances ... limited opponents to a .200 (42-210) average, including a .167
(15-90) mark by left-handers ... 46 of his 56 outings were scoreless ... made 12 straight scoreless appearances
from 6/6-7/8 (12.0 IP) ... was designated for assignment on 7/2 ... converted his last 12 save opportunities and
posted a 0.55 ERA (1 ER/16.1 IP) in his final 14 outings.
Split season between St. Louis and Memphis (AAA) making 55 relief appearances...Started the season in St. Louis before being optioned to Memphis on April 17 after three appearances...Was recalled on June 18 and again on Sept. 23 at the end of the season following a July 26 option...Picked up first Major League win vs. MIN on 6/27 with 1.1 scoreless innings allowing two hits and stranding two runners...Appeared in 17 games for St. Louis with a 1-0 record and 8.80 ERA in 15.1 IP...Allowed career-high six runs in 0.2 IP at PHI on 7/25...Recalled on Sept. 23 and finished the season with two scoreless appearances over 3.0 IP...Made 38 relief appearances for Memphis compiling a 3-3 record with 3.86 ERA and a save...Ranked third among Memphis relief pitchers with 52 strikeouts and second with 10 holds.
Saw action for the first time since 2006 season after
missing the entire 2007 season and most of 2008 recovering
from "Tommy John" surgery (3/13/07)...missed exactly 300 games
(162 in '07 and 138 in '08)...appeared in four games in a rehab.
assignment at Springfield...was recalled on 9/2 from his rehab
assignment and activated from the disabled list...made his first
regular season appearance since 10/1/06 on 9/10 vs. CHI, tossing
a 1-2-3 7th inning in just six pitches...was his first action overall
since Game 4 of the 2006 World Series...did not allow a run and
just 3 hits in his 7 outings (7.0 IP)...had eight K's and one walk.
Reported to spring training where he experienced elbow stiffness after appearing in two Grapefruit League games.
Missed the entire season after undergoing ligament transfer "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow March 13. The surgery
was performed by Dr. George Paletta.
Suffered a fracture of right elbow during his rehabilitation and had surgery to repair it on Aug. 17.
Ascended to a postseason roster spot in his Major League debut season after solid performances at Memphis (AAA) and in
September/October for St. Louis...Had contract purchased by St. Louis on 7/2 and pitched in 10 games in July before being optioned back to Memphis on 8/1...Did not record a decision and posted a 4.26 ERA (12.2 IP / 6 ER) in his first stint with STL...Was recalled from Memphis on 9/5 and pitched superbly in September/October, allowing two runs on six hits in 11.1 IP (1.59
ERA) in 11 appearances in this span...Did not allow a run in his final eight outings for the Cards (10.2 IP)...Recorded 36 ground-ball outs to 17 fly outs with STL. Limited opponents to a .189 (17-for-90) batting average...Allowed one run in 14.0 innings (0.64 ERA) while walking two and fanning 11 in 11 games vs. N.L. Central foes...Made his Major League debut on 7/3 at ATL...Allowed home run on first pitch, the first time it has happened in MLB since
6/20/00 (M. DeWitt - TOR)...settled down and pitched 2.0 innings while fanning two...Worked 2.1 scoreless innings on 7/28 at CHI, allowing just one hit while fanning three. In four-game CHI series 7/27-30,
pitched 3.1 innings and allowed a hit while fanning three...Was selected to participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game but could not attend due to his promotion to the Cardinals...Combined to pitch in 72 games and amassed 96.0 innings pitched, the most in his six-year professional career...Prior to first recall (7/2), had not allowed a run at Triple-A since 6/5, spanning 11 outings & 16.1 IP. Had at least one strikeout
in all but nine games and allowed only 4 of 23 inherited runners to score...Was not scored upon in 15 straight outings at Memphis from 6/10 - 8/7 (21.0 IP, 7 H, 27 K)...Surrendered runs in just 11 of his
51 games for the Redbirds...Held right-handed batters to a .140 (21-for-150) batting average at Triple-A...Opponents batted .156 (19-for-122) against him
with runners on base...Had nine games of registering three-or-more strikeouts...Did not allow a run in seven postseason games (6.1 IP) and won his only decision...allowed only three hits
and held opponents to a .150 batting average (3-for-20)...induced double-play ball in decisive Game 4 of the NLDS to avert an 8th
inning SD threat...appeared in three NLCS games vs. NYM...posted the win in Game 2 with a scoreless 8th inning that featured an
inning-ending double-play...tossed a perfect 9th inning in Game 3 to preserve the 5-0 shutout win...pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in
a Game 5 win, allowing two hits and striking out three...made two appearances in the World Series, in Game 2 & 4, totaling 1.0 IP...did
not allow a hit, walked two and fanned one in the Fall Classic.
A solid performance at Double-A Springfield resulted in
a mid-season promotion to Memphis (AAA)...posted 11 saves,
all at Springfield, which ranked 5th among Cards minor
leaguers...combined to pitch in 58 games, second-most in the STL
minor leagues...did not allow an earned run in 13 straight outings
from 4/13-5/9 at Springfield (20.0 IP).
Pitched in a total of 57 games between Tennessee (50)
and Palm Beach (7)...the 57 games tied for most among pitchers
in the STL minor league system.
Combined to go 5-1 with a 1.11 ERA (81.0 IP / 10 ER)
split between Palm Beach (A) and Tennessee (AA)...ranked 1st among relievers in the Southern League in batting average
Spent the entire season at Potomac (A) and pitched in
44 games...posted a 2.29 ERA, 8th-best among STL minor
Began professional career in the Independent Frontier
League...after purchase by STL, combined to go 3-4, 3.86 ERA
in 30 relief appearances at two stops...started at New Jersey
(A) of the New-York Penn League...also made 27 appearances
for Peoria in the Midwest League.