Graduated from Lakeland (Fla.) High School where he was 8-1 with an 0.49 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 63 innings for the Dreadnaughts his senior season ... Played college baseball at Manatee Community College (State College of Florida at Mantaee-Sarasota) ... He and his wife, Whitney, reside in Johnson City, Tenn.
Was purchased from Memphis (AAA) on 8/19 and made his Major League debut that night at PIT tossing 2.0 innings and allowing one run on four hits, including a home run ... Appeared in five games for St. Louis with three appearances of 2.0 IP ... Held right-handed batters to a .222 BA (4-18, HR) with five strikeouts ... Allowed only two hits at Busch Stadium (.133, 2-15, HR) ... Pitched in 47 games for Memphis, 2nd most on the Redbirds and T10th in the Pacific Coast League ... Led all Cardinals minor league pitchers with 17 saves and ranked among the Top 10 in appearances (47, 3rd) and strikeout/walk ratio (5.7, 5th) ... Was 8-1 with a 3.15 ERA over 60.0 innings with a 1.17 WHIP and induced six double plays ... Was 17-for-20 in save opportunities, ranking 3rd in the PCL in saves ... Stranded 14-of-16 inherited runners (12.5% IRS) ... Made 16 outings of four outs or more with 11 of 2.0 innings ... Threw a season-high 3.0 innings twice (4/6 at New Orleans & 4/18 at Colorado Springs). Top pitch count was 53 at Colorado Springs (4/18) ... Had a strong July going 3-0 with an 0.73 ERA and four saves in 10 appearances, 12.1 IP ... Recorded a win or a save in 15 of 17 appearances (no decision in other two) from July 9 through the end of the season ... Made five appearances in the PCL playoffs and was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities leading all PCL postseason pitchers, including save in PCL title clincher.
Matched his then career-high making 45 relief appearances while pitching for Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA) ... Selected to the Texas League All-Star Game North Squad. Made relief outing and struck out the only batter he faced ... Named Texas League Pitcher of the Week (7/4-10), was 2-0 with a save over 6.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts ... Led the Texas League and ranked T2nd among Cardinals minor league pitchers with a career-high 16 saves ... Ranked 11th in the Texas League with 38 appearances and 4th with 24 games finished. Was T6th among Cardinals minor league pitchers with 45 appearances ... Coverted nine straight save opportunities from 5/15-7/4 ... Had one rough outing in Memphis allowing seven runs in 0.2 innings at Colorado Springs (6/24), but had a 1.29 ERA in his six other appearances in Triple-A ... Struck out a season-high five batters over 3.0 innings vs. Arkansas (5/1-Game 2) ... Made 19 appearances of four outs or more and 11 of 2.0 innings or more ... Was 2-2 with a 4.25 in 22 appearances before the All-Star Break and 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA after the All-Star Break in Springfield.
Led FSL relief pitchers in fewest baserunners/9 IP (9.48) and ranked 3rd in lowest opponent BA (.214, 3rd) and 2nd in fewest walks/9 IP (1.61) ... Led Palm Beach and ranked T8th in the FSL in Holds (7) ... Ranked among Cardinals minor league pitchers in appearances (45, 9th), saves (9, 8th) and WHIP (0.92, 3rd) ... Went 12 straight scoreless appearances (13.0 IP) from 7/24-8/29 allowing only five hits ... Had an Inherited Runners Scored percentage of 18.5% (27 IR/5 S) ... Made 12 appearances of 2.0 innings or more ... Made one relief appearance in the Florida State League playoffs and threw a scoreless third of an inning.
Was his first season as a full-time relief pitcher ... Combined to post a 3-3 record with a 1.71 ERA over 42.0 innings making 31 relief appearances ... Allowed one earned run in 19 outings for State College (A) ... Was 5-for-5 in save opportunities at State College and 2-for-4 in Peoria (A) ... Did not allow a run at State College (6/27-8/26) covering 18.2 IP. Allowed five unearned runs vs. Batavia (8/29) to break the streak.
In his first season following Tommy John surgery, made five starts (6 app.) and was 0-5 with a 7.48 ERA over 27.2 innings with three different teams (GCL Cardinals-R, State College-A & Peoria-A).
Missed the entire season due to Tommy John surgery.
Spent the entire season in the starting rotation making eight starts at Johnson City (R) ... Led Johnson City with 11 double plays induced ... Struck out a then-career high seven batters over 6.2 innings 7/30 vs. Bristol ... Threw a career-high 7.0 innings 7/17 vs. Princeton in a no decision.
Appeared in 14 games, making one start, in his first professional season served in the Gulf Coast League.