Was a mid-season All-Star in 2010 (Texas League), 2013 (Pacific Coast League) and 2015 (Pacific Coast League)...was Texas League Pitcher of the Week for 6/22-6/28, 2010...in 2005 graduated from Pillow Academy in Greenwood, MS...was selected by the Braves in the June 2005 first-year player draft but elected to attend LSU on a baseball scholarship...was selected by the Nationals in the June 2008 draft, following a junior season in which he went 8-1, 1.95, but returned to LSU for his senior season and was Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year while leading the Tigers to the 2009 College World Series title...in the championship game vs Texas threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief and recorded the final out...finished that senior season 14-2, 2.93 while ranking second in the country in wins and fourth in strikeouts...was named first team All-American by ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com...finished his career ranked among the school's all-time leaders in wins (29, 8th) and strikeouts (303, 9th)...also as a senior batted cleanup and hit .440...in 2009 earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural business from LSU.
In his first season with the Dodgers made a career-high 61 apps...didn't allow a run in 14 of his last 17 apps of the season...stranded 29-37 inherited baserunners...righthanded batters hit just .234...in August spent time on the Dodgers' disabled list with right shoulder fatigue...included a rehabilitation start for AZL Dodgers on 8/22 and 3 rehab relief apps for Oklahoma City from 8/25-8/30...on 1/29 was designated for assignment by the Royals...was released on 2/3 and soon after spring training began was signed by LAD to a 1-year Major League contract through the 2016 season...following the season was non-tendered by the Dodgers...on 1/10/17 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Spent majority of the 2015 season with the Royals' Triple-A Omaha, going 8-2 with nine saves and a 1.69 ERA (12 ER/64.0 IP) in 38 games. ... Struck out 63 in 64.0 innings and limited opposing hitters to a .212 batting average, while posting a 1.11 WHIP. ... Named Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star, going 5-1 with six saves and a 1.76 ERA (8 ER/41.0 IP)…limited batters to a .226 average and a posted a 1.17 WHIP. ... Called-up to Kansas City on September 7 and made four scoreless appearances (3.0 IP) in the big leagues
Louis had some struggles in 2014 after recording the second-lowest ERA among MLB pitchers with at least 25.0 innings in 2013...Opened the season on the disabled list, missing eight games due to a bone contusion and sprained middle finger on his pitching hand...Activated on April 9...Appeared in 17 games before being optioned to Triple-A Omaha on June 2; was recalled and optioned two more times before being recalled for a final time on August 29...Earned his first save since the 2011 season in the finale at Chicago on September 28, protecting a 6-4 lead...Allowed just two runs over his final nine appearances of the season (1.69 ERA), while he posted a 1.06 WHIP over 10 appearances in September...Went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and seven saves over 28 games at Omaha.
Louis opened a third-straight season with Omaha (AAA), and once again, made a significant contribution at the big league level, appearing in 27 games. Recorded a stretch of 21.0 scoreless Major League innings (May 23-August 23) ... his scoreless streak totaled 26.0 innings, dating back to September 25, 2012, setting a new Royals record for a reliever, passing Joakim Soria's 23.2-straight scoreless frames in 2010. His 0.61 ERA was the lowest among A.L. pitchers with at least 25.0 innings pitched and second-lowest in MLB. Recorded a 1.61 ERA over two stints with Omaha, earning PCL All-Star honors, though he did not participate after being promoted to Kansas City on July 8. Produced a dominant stretch after a second recall from Omaha, averaging 15.43 strikeouts per 9 IP, while holding opponents to a .071 average (2-for-28) from July 10 to August 2. Made two late-season appearances with Wilmington (A), tossing 2.0 scoreless innings before rejoining the Royals on September 3.
Louis opened the season with Omaha (AAA), but ended up making 42 appearances at the big league level...Posted a 2.67 ERAat home in 2012, holding opponents to a .160 mark (17-for-106)...his road ERA was 5.23,withopponents batting .296 (24-for-81)...Averaged 11.47 strikeouts per nine innings, the seventh-best ratio in theA.L. (min. 50 innings)....Opponents hit .219 (41-for-187) against him, including .210 (25-for-119) from right handers...also just .140 (7-for-50) with runners in scoring position and .111 (3-for-27) with RISP and 2 outs...Strong final two months of the season, compiling a 2.33 ERA(19.1 IP, 5 ER) in 19.1 innings,striking out 28.
Louis opened the season with Omaha (AAA) before having his contract selected on April 21 and remaining withthe Royals for the remainder of the season...Allowed 5 of 39 inherited runners to score, 12.8%, which ranks as the third-best percentage in Royals single-seasonhistory (min. 20 IP)...trailed 2011 teammate Greg Holland (6.1%) and Billy Brewer (10.3% in 1993)...Was named Royals Pitcher of the Month for July after posting a 0.61 ERA, the lowest in the A.L. among pitcherswith at least 14.2 IP...Recorded his first Major League save on May 11 at New York and his first win on July 25 at Boston.
After finishing the 2009 season with Wilmington (A Advanced), jumped a level to NW Arkansas (AA) to begin2010...After going 2-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 21 appearances (1 start) for the Naturals and being named a Texas LeagueAll-Star, spent the second half of 2010 with Omaha (AAA) where he compiled a 2.23 ERA in 21 games inrelief...was also 7 for 8 in save chances...Combined to allow just 62 hits in 92.0 innings, striking out 103 and walking just 25...held opponents to a .191average against (62-for-325) and right-handed hitters to a .146 mark (27-for-185).
Made his professional debut at Burlington (A) in 2009, appearing in 4 games with the Bees before wrappingup his first campaign with 10 dominant relief appearances for Wilmington.