Joshua Alan Sborz…he and his wife, the former Alexis Shaffer (m. 11/12/20), have a son named Werth (b. 7/28/21)…Josh and Alexis met at the University of Virginia, where Josh played baseball and Alexis played soccer… Josh played three seasons for the Cavaliers, earning Most Outstanding Player honors during the team’s run to the 2015 College World Series title…elected to the UVA Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021…finished college career sixth in program history in saves (17) and seventh in pitching appearances (80)…has made 14 career NCAA tournament appearances, which is most in school history…selected in the Competitive Balance Round B (74th overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and signed by Dodgers scout Clair Rierson…attended McLean (Va.) High School, where he was named Virginia State Player of the Year in 2012…older brother, Jay, played eight seasons (2003-10) in the Detroit organization and made his MLB debut in 2010.
Went 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA (26 ER/59.0 IP) across 63 relief outings in his first full Major League season…led club in relief strikeouts (69) and ranked 2nd in appearances to Brett Martin (66)…his 10.53 strikeouts per 9.0 innings figure was tops among Rangers qualifiers in 2021 and the highest mark by any qualifying Texas reliever since Jose Leclerc set the club record in 2019 (13.29)…earned first career win on 4/15 at TB and first career save on 5/6 at MIN…entered the month of August with a 4.78 season ERA, but posted a 2.53 ERA (6 ER/21.1 IP) in his last 22 games (beg. 8/7) to finish at 3.97…struck out multiple batters in 25 of 63 appearances…33.5% swings that miss pct. was highest among Rangers pitchers and ranked 15th in A.L. (min. 50.0 IP)…had 2 stints in the big leagues: Opening Day 4/15 and 4/25-end of season…had a 3-day stint on MLB Paternity List from 7/27-29…saw action at Rangers’ Alternate Training Site in Round Rock from 4/16-24…acquired by Texas from Los Angeles-NL in exchange for minor league RHP Jhan Zambrano on 2/16…had been designated for assignment on 2/11 when the Dodgers formally announced the signing of RHP Trevor Bauer.
Made 4 relief appearances spanning 5 stints with the Dodgers, allowing one run in 4.1 innings…spent the majority of the year at the Alternate Training Site…held opponents 2-for-15 (.133) and posted a 0.69 WHIP…did not appear for Los Angeles in the 2020 postseason, but was a member of the taxi squad for the entirety of the Dodgers’ run to a World Series title.
In his Major League debut, made seven relief appearances, posting a 0-1 record with an 8.00 ERA (8 ER/9.0 IP) and a 1.56 WHIP across five stints with Los Angeles ... Made scoreless relief appearances in four-of-seven opportunities ... Recorded his first career strikeout on July 29 at Colorado, punching out Ryan McMahon in the bottom of the 7th inning ... Posted a .286 opponent's batting average, including a .333 mark against left-handed batters and a .250 average against righties...had a successful month of September, allowing only two earned runs in 6.0 innings, logging a 3.00 ERA while striking out six batters...went 4-3 with a 4.68 ERA (26 ER/50.0 IP) and three saves in 46 games (14 starts) with Oklahoma City, striking out 68 batters while posting a 1.40 WHIP.
Combined to go 4-2 with six saves and a 3.88 ERA (23 ER/53.1 IP) in a career-high 46 appearances with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City…used exclusively as a reliever for the first time in his career ... Began the season at Double-A Tulsa going 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA (5 ER/16.1 IP) in 13 appearances… successfully converted six of seven save opportunities ... Promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 10 and made 33 appearances for the OKC Dodgers, going 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA (18 ER/37.0 IP) with 47 strikeouts against 15 walks.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Tulsa, where he posted an 8-8 record with a 4.63 ERA (50 ER/116.2 IP) in a career-high 24 starts ... Topped the club in wins (8), starts (24) and innings (116.2)
Combined to go 8-5 with one save and posted a 2.81 ERA in 30 games (19 starts) with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa ... Limited opposing hitters to a .214 average, while posting a 1.08 WHIP…struck out 125 batters against 36 walks in 125.0 innings ... Began the season with the Quakes, where he went 8-4 with a 2.66 ERA and held hitters to a .207 average in 20 games (19 starts)…prior to his promotion to Double-A Tulsa on Aug. 1, he led the California League in ERA, opponents' batting average and WHIP (1.03) ... Selected as California League Pitcher of the Year as well as a Cal League mid- and post-season All-Star and Pitcher of the Week for the period ending June 19 ... Also selected as a Baseball America High Class-A All-Star.
Progressed across three levels in his first professional season, combining to go 0-2 with a 2.42 ERA in 13 games (three starts) with Rookie-advanced Ogden, Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga ... Combined to limit opposing hitters to a .221 batting average, with 25 Ks in 22.1 innings.