Mike joins the Cubs as a non-roster invitee to major league Spring Training after signing a minor league contract in December of 2018 ... appeared in the majors with Milwaukee last season, his first major league action since the 2013 season ... Has appeared in parts of six major league seasons with Philadelphia (2007, 2010-11), Arizona (2012), Pittsburgh (2013), New York-A.L. (2013) and Milwaukee (2018) ... has gone 1-1 with a 7.78 ERA (66 ER/76.1 IP) in 91 relief outings ... Has gone 29-24 with a 3.04 ERA (166 ER/491.2 IP) in 399 minor league appearances, all but 10 as a reliever ... was named an International League mid-season All-Star in 2011 with Lehigh Valley ... Spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League ... posted a 4.15 ERA (22 ER/47.2 IP) in 51 relief outings during that stretch ... Missed the entire 2008 season due to reconstructive surgery on his left elbow ... Attended Hutchison Community College before transferring to the University of Kansas ... Graduated from Millard North (Neb.) High School.
Mike spent the entire year in the Brewers organization and made his first major league appearance since the 2013 season ... appeared in two games with Milwaukee, allowing seven runs in 1.0 inning ... Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA (16 ER/45.0 IP) in 49 relief outings ... struck out 66 batters, while walking 17 ... Was selected to Milwaukee's major league roster June 28 ... appeared in two contests before being designated for assignment July 8 and outrighted to Colorado Springs.
In his first season in the United States since 2014, Mike went a combined 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA (10 ER/27.1 IP) in 25 relief appearances between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit system.
Went 3-1 with a 4.96 ERA (18 ER/32.2 IP) in 32 outings with the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Nippon Professional Baseball League.
Posted no record and a 2.40 ERA (4 ER/15.0 IP) in 19 outings with the Hiroshima Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball League.
Split the season between Triple-A Columbus (Cleveland Indians) and Triple-A Buffalo (Toronto Blue Jays), going 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA (14 ER/60.2 IP) in 46 outings ... posted a 1.83 ERA (9 ER/44.1 IP) in 30 games with Buffalo ... Began the season with Columbus but was released May 24 ... signed a minor league contract with Toronto May 30 and was assigned to Buffalo.
Split time in the Yankees, Pirates and Athletics organizations in 2013, compiling a combined Triple-A record of 6-3 with 2 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 45 relief appearances (53.1IP, 44H, 18ER, 24BB, 83K), averaging 14.0 strikeouts per 9.0IP... Started the year in AAA Indianapolis and was with the Pirates from May 27-June 15 before being designated for assignment (later refused assignment and became a free agent)...Signed with the Yankees organization on June 21 before August 15 release (signed with Oakland)...Following Minor League season he signed with the Yankees and made one appearance in September with the Yankees...RH Minor League batters hit .237 (32-135) off him and LH Minor League hitters batted .253 (23-91).
Began season with Reno (Diamondbacks' AAA)...Was scored upon once in his six appearances with the Aces before having contract selected by Arizona on 4/24...Was one of 15 pitchers in the Majors with at least 45 appearances and no losses...Did not allow a run in 29 of his 45 appearances...Allowed 12 of his 31 inherited runners (39%) to score...Tied his career high with 2.0 innings of relief in debut with the Diamondbacks on 4/24 vs. Philadelphia...Allowed four runs in 1.0 inning on 8/10 vs. Washington and was designated for assignment the following day...Was selected by Arizona on 8/14...Recorded a 3.72 ERA (9.2ip/4er) in 13 games during second stint with the Diamondbacks.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, going 4-0 with a 2.65 ERA (16 ER in 54.1 IP) and 11 saves in 46 games...also made 4 relief appearances over 2 stints with the Phillies (2 ER in 3.1 IP)...Was named to the International League midseason All-Star Team...tied for fourth in the IL with 9 holds...Claimed off waivers from the Phillies on Sept. 22...Adam Worthington was then sent to the Phillies to complete the transaction on Nov. 15.♦ Played with Oriente of the Dominican Winter League.
Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA) where hefinished 2nd in appearances (52)...Held opponents to a .228 avg (44-193) and RHH to a .193 avg (21-109)...Stranded 23 of 30 inherited runners (77%)...Had a season-best 12.1-inning scoreless streak for Lehigh Valley, 5/25-7/10 (12 G)...Did not allow an earned run over 20 straightappearances (21.1 IP), 4/30-7/10...Was recalled on 6/22 and made 5 appearances withthe Phillies before being optioned back to LehighValley on 7/7...His final 10 appearances for Lehigh Valley werescoreless (1-0, 1 SV, 9.1 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 SO)...Was recalled again on 9/6 and finished the seasonwith the Phillies
Began his season on a rehab assignment withClearwater (A)...Was activated on 4/23 and optioned to Clearwater, where he made one appearance before being transferred to Reading (AA) on 4/25, where he pitched the remainder of the season...Had a 2.47 ERA (14 ER, 51.0 IP) in 43 of his 45appearances; allowed 7 ER in 2.0 IP in the other 2 games...Averaged 10.7 SO/9.0 IP (63 SO, 53.0 IP)...Pitched at least 2.0 innings, 8 times...Held opposing hitters to a .219 average...Finished the season with an 11.2-inning scorelessstreak (9 G), 8/15-9/6
Had "Tommy John" reconstructive surgery on his leftelbow (Dr. James Andrews), 4/4, and missed the entire season.
Pitched at 4 levels in the Phillies organization and won the Paul Owens Award as the best pitcher in the team's minor league system... Began the season with Clearwater (A), where 11 of his 12appearances were scoreless and he averaged 16.5 SO/9.0 IP... Held Florida State League hitters to a .113 average... Waspromoted to Reading (AA) in May and appeared in 6 games (5 scoreless) before having his contract purchased on 5/25...Made his ML debut, 5/25 at ATL (1.0 IP)... Earned his 1st ML win, 6/7 at NYM (1.0 IP, H, BB, SO)... Was optioned to Ottawa on7/27... Appeared in 7 games before being recalled on 8/15... Overall, went 0-0, 1.39 ERA (5 ER, 32.1 IP) in 25 minor leaguegames and averaged 13.6 SO/9.0 IP (49 SO/32.1 IP)... Was recalled on 8/16... Stumbled trying to field a ground ball off thebat of Ronny Paulino and was taken out of the game, 8/18 at PIT... Was placed on the 15-day DL on 8/19 (strained righthamstring)... Had season-ending surgery on his right hamstring on 8/27 (Dr. Jim Bradley).
Pitched at 4 levels in the Phillies organization and won the Paul Owens Award as the best pitcher in the team's minor league system...Began the season with Clearwater, where 11 of his 12appearances were scoreless and he averaged 16.5SO/9.0 IP...Held Florida State League hitters to a .113 avg...Was promoted to Reading (AA) in May and appearedin 6 games (5 scoreless) before having his contractpurchased on 5/25...Made his ML debut, 5/25 at ATL (1.0 IP); earned his 1stML win, 6/7 at NYM (1.0 IP, H, BB, SO)...Was optioned to Ottawa on 7/27 and appeared in 7games before being recalled on 8/15...Overall, went 0-0, 1.39 ERA (5 ER, 32.1 IP) in 25 minorleague games and averaged 13.6 SO/9.0 IP(49 SO/32.1 IP) without allowing a HR...Was recalled on 8/16...Stumbled trying to field a ground ball off the bat ofRonny Paulino and was taken out of the game, 8/18at PIT...Was placed on the 15-day DL on 8/19 (strained righthamstring)...Had season-ending surgery on his right hamstring on8/27 (Dr. Jim Bradley)
Made his pro debut with Rookie Batavia, going 3-4 with a 4.60 ERA (23 ER in 45.0 IP) in 15 games (8 starts).