Joshua Patrick William Spence...attended Central Arizona College before transferring to Arizona State University...at Central Arizona, was a two-time Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American...also a two-time JUCO Rawlings Gold Glove recipient and member of 2008 NJCAA All-Star team...transferred to Arizona State in 2009 and was named National Newcomer of the Year by rivals.com...was named Third Team All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and First Team All-Pac-10 Conference...attended St. Joseph's College in Newtown, Victoria, Australia (High School)...won Australia's Golden Arm Award in 2007...received the Leo Turner Award in 2005, given to best graduating athlete at St. Joseph's.
Spent most of season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees' organization, but was released on August 3 and did not sign with another team before end of season...Allowed just two earned runs over final 11 appearances for RailRiders, going 1-0 with one save and a 1.29 ERA (14.0 IP/2 ER)...Only save opportunity came on June 23 vs. Norwich...Had a season-high four strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work on July 21 vs. Louisville...Tossed season-high 3.1 innings on July 25 vs. Toledo, allowing two hits and striking out one batter in a 20-inning contest.
In 2012, spent most of season with Triple-A Tucson...Was 1-0, 0.50 (18.0/1) in four starts, and 3-2, 6.32 (31.1/22) in 27 relief appearances...Went 2-2, 6.87 (18.1/14) in 17 relief appearances before All-Star break, and 2-0, 2.61 (31.0/9) in 14 outings (four starts) after break...Opponents batted just .204 (10x49) against him with runners in scoring position, and just .043 (3x23) with RISP and two outs.
Became the second player from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft to reach the Majors, having his contract selected from Double-A San Antonio on 6/21 (Chris Sale - CWS)...Made his Big League debut 6/24 vs. ATL, retiring the side in order to close out the game...Retired each of the first 11 batters he faced to begin his Big League career...retired the first batter he faced in each of his first 15 appearances...Allowed one run in his first 25 outings, posting a 0.42 ERA (1 ER/21.1 IP) and a .103 opponent average from 6/24-8/10...posted an 8.64 ERA (8 ER/8.1 IP) over his final 15 outings from 8/12-9/25...Struck out 9.4 batters per 9.0 IP and allowed a .140 opponent average on the season...Entered the season having the best changeup in the Padres organization according to Baseball America.
Made 10 appearances (five starts) between the AZL Padres, Single-A Eugene and Single-A Fort Wayne after being selected in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft...Combined to go 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA (8 ER/24.0 IP) with 15.8 strikeouts per 9.0 IP.