Resides in Houston, TX with his wife stephanie in the offseason...Attended Tigers Winter Caravan and TigerFest...Attended Vanderbilt University and Tulane University...Attended Hamden Hall Country Day School in New Haven, CT...named the Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year his senior season in 2005.
Appeared in 23 games with Houston in 2014 during three stints at the major league level...Assigned to Triple A Oklahoma City to begin the season...Had his contract recalled from Oklahoma City by the Astros on April 8 -- appeared in two games before having his contract optioned to Oklahoma City by the Astros on April 10...Posted a 2-1 record, a 2.89 ERA (9.1IP/3er), two saves and nine strikeouts in eight games with Oklahoma City during April...Recalled by the Astros from Oklahoma City on May 7...Allowed a run in one of five appearances with the Astros during May...Optioned to Oklahoma City by the Astros on May 22...Recalled by the Astros from Oklahoma City for the remainder of the season on June 13...Posted a 8.56 ERA (13.2IP/13er) and 10 strikeouts in 16 games from June 15-July 24...Sidelined July 27-November 2 with bilateral sesamoiditis...had surgery on his right foot in August and on his left foot in September to repair the injury.
Rookie hurler made 25 relief appearances for the Astros over the final two months of the season ... stranded 15 of 17 inherited runners ... allowed just a .178 (8x45) average against left-handed hitters ... led the club with 13 appearances in August ... had a 1.23 ERA (2ER/14.2IP) in 11 September appearances ... posted a 0.84 ERA (1ER/10.2IP) in his final nine games ... was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training and impressed in six appearances (1ER/6IP) ... assigned to minor league camp on March 17 and began the regular season with Triple A OKC ... pitched out of the RedHawks bullpen the entire season before being selected to Houston's roster on July 30 ... made his MLB debut on July 30 at BAL and tossed 0.2 of a scoreless inning, retiring Adam Jones and Matt Wieters on fly outs (walked Chris Davis) ... tossed a season-high 3.0 scoreless innings and 41 pitches on Sept. 3 vs. MIN ... earned his first MLB save on Sept. 11 at SEA ... entered the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th in a 5-1 ballgame ... induced a pop out from Raul Ibanez and tossed a scoreless 9th for the save ... went eight straight appearances (from Sept. 9-28) without allowing a run (10IP)..allowed just four singles and four walks over that time frame ... at OKC, was 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA (17ER/43.2IP) in 43 relief appearances ... owned a tie for the club lead with 13 saves ... served as the RedHawks closer from June 15 until his selection and was 13-for-15 in save opportunities with 53 strikeouts in 43.2 innings pitched.
For the first time in his career, spent the
entire season as a reliever making 47 appearances with Double A Corpus Christi...fanned 66 in 56.1 innings
pitched...allowed a .263 opponent's average on the season...made two trips to the disabled list from April
14-28 and Aug. 10-24...played for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic Qualifying Round and made
three appearances, going 0-1 with one save and a 5.79 ERA (3ER/4.2IP)...
Was traded midseason
from the Philadelphia organization to Houston's but pitched at the Double A level the entire campaign...
combined to go 2-4 with two saves and a 6.55 ERA (58ER/79.2IP) with Reading (21g) and Corpus Christi
(14g)...began the year in Reading's rotation, making 11 starts before a move to the bullpen...posted a
2.25 ERA with two saves in his 10 relief appearances before the trade to Houston...finished his regular
season in the Hooks bullpen...pitched for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League after the season and posted
a 2-0 record and a 5.00 ERA (10ER/18IP) in 15 appearances en route to being named an AFL Rising Star...
recorded 21 strikeouts in 18.0 innings pitched that fall
Spent the entire year at Class A Lakewood
and was named a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star...at the break was 5-2 with seven saves and
a 3.15 ERA (14ER/40IP) in 27 relief appearances...moved to the rotation in late June with 12 of his last 16
appearances being starts...went 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA (19ER/60.1IP) in his 12 starts...pitched for Mesa in the
Arizona Fall League and made four starts with a 3-0 record and a 3.86 ERA (6ER/14IP)...named an AFL Rising
Made his professional debut for Class A Williamsport after signing on June 15...made 15 starts,
with a 8-5 record and a 2.94 ERA, while holding opponents to a .217 average.