Once ate a lizard during the Arizona Fall League on a dare and was rewarded with teammates paying off his clubhouse dues earning him the nickname "Lizard King" ... Played college baseball at Nova Southeastern University (FL) and high school baseball for Jupiter High School ... Has a wife, Lauren, and a daughter, Lillianne (1) ... Resides in Jupiter, Florida.
Led the Japanese Central League in innings pitched (188.0), strikeouts (187), games started (27), strikeout/ walk ratio (8.13) and hit batsmen (11) ... Ranked 3rd in the Japanese Central League in wins (14) and ERA (2.25) and 2nd in WHIP (0.98) ... Won Central League MVP of the Month for August.
Missed the start of the season with right shoulder tightness, which required Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in the United States. Rejoined the Yomiuri Giants on June 21 for the start of his season.
Led the Japanese Central League in winning percentage (.818, 13-3) of pitchers with 10 or more decisions, and WHIP (0.90) among qualifying starting pitchers ... Won Central League MVP of the Month for June.
Made 10 Major League starts for the Texas Rangers and 16 appearances (6 starts) for Round Rock (AAA) ... Pitched a career-high 8.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball with a walk and five strikeouts at SEA (8/25) in what would be his final start with Texas ... Was scratched from his start at HOU (8/30) with shoulder fatigue and did not pitch the remainder of the season ... Was 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts on the road and 0-4 with a 13.73 ERA in four starts at Globe Life Park in Arlington ... Had three starts of 7.0 innings or more and yielded two runs or less in each ... Struck out a career-high six batters in two different starts (7.0 IP, 8/2 at CLE & 5.0 IP, 8/19 at MIA) ... Made 10 relief appearances at Round Rock before moving into a starting role on May 30 vs. New Orleans, in which he threw 5.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball for the win.
Spent most of year at Tucson (AAA), ranking 3rd in the Pacific Coast League with 26 saves in 30 tries … opponents batted .265…had 2 wins and 13 saves both at home and on the road…was 1-0, 1.13 with 8 saves in 13 games for Tucson in June … was 2-0, 1.06 with 7 saves in 13 games, June 25-Aug. 4 ... allowed 16 hits and 6 runs in final 6 Triple-A appearances (10.2 IP) … had 4 brief stints with San Diego (June 23-24; July league win on Aug. 21 vs. PIT...had a 1.17 ERA (1 ER/7.2 IP) in 4 August games and a 7.11 ERA (5 ER/6.1 IP) in 5 September appearances…longest outing was 2.2 innings twice…allowed 6 of 19 inherited runners to score…opponents hit .256…was 0-for- 3 at the plate…
Saw his first Big League action with the Padres, also splitting the season between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson.Selected from Double-A San Antonio on 5/5, making his Major League debut that day vs. MIAand allowing a homerun to his first batter faced (Giancarlo Stanton)...went 1-1 with a 3.29ERA (5ER/13.2 IP) and 12 strikeouts againstnine walks over 13 outings before being optioned to Triple-A Tucson on 6/5.Recalled from Tucson for a second stint on 7/5, appearing in two games before being optioned back on 7/14.Recalled for a third and final stint on 8/5, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA(6 ER/16.0 IP) over 10 relief outings from 8/5through the end of the season.Recorded a 9.2 scoreless innings streak from 5/18-6/3.Earned his first Major League victory on 5/20 vs. LAA, working 2.0 shutout innings, retiring all six batters he faced,as the Padres won in walkoff fashion on a Will Venable run-scoring single in the bottom of the 13th inning.Posted a 2-0 record with a 3.12 ERA(6 ER/17.1 IP) in 12 outings at Petco Park in 2012.
Split his season between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, serving as closer and finishing 50 games in his 62 combined appearances...tallied 21 saves while also going 4-0...Posted a combined 1.38 ERA (11 ER/72.0 IP) between his two stops, averaging 8.6 strikeouts per 9.0 IP while posting a 4.6 K/BB ratio.
Experienced his first full season as a reliever, making 60 appearances out of the bullpen for Single-A Fort Wayne...Finished 30 games, tallying 13 saves...Struck out 78 and walked just 15...averaging 8.6 strikeouts per 9.0 IP and posting a 5.20 K/BB ratio.
Made 11 starts and four relief appearances in his professional debut with Short-A Eugene.