Has two daughters: Makaylah and Ahmya...Signed by John Martin…Began his professional career as a shortstop… Graduated from H.B. Plant (FL) HS...Created the Givens Back Foundation, an organization that aims to enhance the lives of inner city youth through sports, which is home to the Inner City Baseball (ICB) travel team comprised of Tampa-area boys ages 12-andyounger...Hosts an annual Wiffle Ball tournament in his hometown of Tampa, Fla. to raise money for the Inner City Baseball program...Hosted students from Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys and the Orioles RBI program to provide free back-to-school haircuts at Oriole Park...Participates in the annual Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge, which encourages physical fitness, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living among middle school-aged children in Sarasota.
Finished with a team-high 11 saves and led Orioles relievers with 86 strikeouts...One of 11 players in the majors to record at least 10 saves and at least seven holds...Worked more than 1.0 inning in six of his 11 saves...Worked a season-high 2.0 innings three times, recording a save in two of the three...Retired 46 of the 58 first batters he faced...Allowed only 2-of-21 (9.5%) inherited runners to score; was tied for the third lowest percentage in the majors among pitchers with at least 20 inherited runners...Finished the season with a 12.29 SO/9 ratio; ranked 14th-highest in the AL and 25th-highest in the majors among relievers...Struck out at least one batter in a season-high 17-straight appearances (8/3-9/18)...Recorded all three outs via a strikeout in his first appearance of the season on 3/30 at NYY (1.0 IP, H, 3 K)...Struck out a season-high four batters on 4/13 at BOS...Worked nine-straight scoreless appearances (8/14-9/8), tossing 9.0 innings, allowing just three hits with 14 strikeouts...Lost three-straight appearances for the first time in his career (5/20-24)...Earned his first win of the season on 7/3 at TB; snapped a career-long 11-decision losing streak; his first win since 9/24/17 vs. TB...Went 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA (14 ER/29.0 IP) and a .198 (21-for-106) opponents batting average in 28 appearances after the All-Star Break...Went 1-4 with a 4.76 ERA (18 ER/34.0 IP) and a .226 (28-for-124) opponents batting average in 30 appearances prior to the All-Star Break...Owned a 2.50 ERA (10 ER/36.0 IP) in O's wins and a 7.33 ERA (22 ER/27.0 IP) in O's losses...Allowed a career-high five runs on a career-high-tying four hits on 5/20 vs. NYY...Allowed a career-high-tying two home runs on 6/16 vs. BOS...Allowed an Orioles bullpen-leading 13 home runs during the season (63.0 IP); allowed four home runs in the 2018 season (76.2 IP).
Allowed one hit in his last 14.1 IP (12 games); holding opponents to a .023 (1-for-44 average during this stretch... Tossed six-straight scoreless appearances (8.0 IP) to close out the season, and did not allow a run in 15 of his last 17 appearances (after 8/14), pitching to a 1.45 ERA (3 ER/18.2 IP) in this span... Led Orioles relievers in appearances (69), strikeouts (79), opponents batting average (.218), saves (9), and holds (15); ranked third in innings pitched (76.2)... Opponents hit .303 (30-for-99) with nobody out, .206 (20-for-97) with one out, and .131 (11-for-84) with two outs... Held opponents to a .208 (16-for-77) average with runners in scoring position and a .069 (2-for-29) average with runners in scoring position and two outs... Threw 2.0 hitless innings on 9/30 vs. HOU as part of the 41st one-hitter in Orioles history...Recorded his first career save on 5/12 vs. TB (G1) after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings... Worked a season-high 2.1 innings on 5/3 at Los Angeles-AL...Recorded a career-high five strikeouts on 5/5 at Oakland (2.0 IP)... Allowed four home runs, the second-fewest allowed by an AL pitcher and tied for fifth-fewest allowed in the majors (min. 75.0 IP)...Was one of three relievers in the majors not to record a win while appearing in at least 65 games (Díaz - SEA and Morgan - PHI)... Lost back-to-back appearances twice during the season (6/9 at TOR-6/11 vs. BOS and 6/27 vs. SEA-6/30 vs. LAA); hadn't lost back-to-back appearances before this season.
Led Orioles relievers in wins (eight), games (69), strikeouts (88), and innings pitched (78.2)...Made three relief appearances for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, posting a 7.71 ERA (2 ER/2.1 IP)... Went 7-1 with a 2.93 ERA (15 ER/46.0 IP) in 39 home appearances and 1-0 with a 2.48 ERA (9 ER/32.2 IP) in 30 road games... Set career-highs in games and innings pitched and tied a career-high in wins... Posted a 0.60 ERA (2 ER/30.0 IP) in 26 appearances from 5/26-8/2 and his ERA led the majors during this time (min. 20 app.)...Was tied for second among AL relievers with eight wins...Retired 51-fo-69 first batters faced and stranded 30-of-47 inherited runners... Since making his Major League debut (6/24/15), ranks fifth among AL relievers with 222 strikeouts.
Led Orioles relievers and ranked fourth among AL relievers with 96 strikeouts...Finished tied for third in the majors with eight wins as a reliever ...Along with RHP Brad Brach, became the second set of Orioles relievers (100% games in relief) to post eight or more wins in a season, also Dick Hall (11) and Stu Miller (14) in 1965... Across 2015-16, began his Major League career with a 7-0 record (49 games), the frst Orioles reliever to go 7-0 to begin his Major League career... Registered at least one strikeout in 48 of his 66 games, including 32 multi-strikeout performances... Ranked third among rookie AL relievers with an 11.57 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio this season...His 96 strikeouts ranked frst among rookie AL relievers... Since making his Major League debut (6/24/15), ranks sixth among AL relievers with 134 strikeouts... Pitched in the AL Wild Card Game at TOR (2.1 IP, 3 K), stranding two inherited runners...Was his frst career postseason game... Entered 2016 as a top-10 Orioles prospect, according to multiple publications…Ranked fourth-best, according to Baseball Prospectus...Ranked as the ffth-best prospect, according to Baseball America…Ranked as the fourth-best prospect, according to MLB.com.
Enters 2016 as a top-10 Orioles prospect, according to multiple publications…He ranks fourth-best, according to Baseball Prospectus…Ranks as the fifth-best prospect, according to Baseball America…Ranks as the fourth-best prospect, according to MLB.com • Made three stints with the Orioles (6/20-25, 7/31-8/6, and 8/10-end of season) • Made his Major League debut on 6/24 at BOS (1.0 IP, 1 K) • Earned his first Major League win on 7/31 vs. DET (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) • Did not allow a run over the first 7.1 IP of his Major League career (five games) • Was named the Orioles co-2015 Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, along with Oliver Drake • Posted 13 multi-strikeout appearances and recorded at least one strikeout in 19 of his 22 games • Registered at least one strikeout in his each of his first 10 Major League games (6/24-8/25), tied for the third-longest stretch among Orioles relievers to begin their career • Posted a career-high tying three strikeouts in consecutive outings (9/15 vs. BOS and 9/18 at TB) • Named to Baseball America's 2015 Minor League First Team and Minor League All-Prospect Mid-Season Team, and was rated as the best reliever in the Eastern League • Contract originally selected from Double-A Bowie on 6/20...Posted a season-long seven-game scoreless streak, 5/23-6/11, spanning 11.0 innings with the Baysox • Went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA (11 ER/57.1 IP) and 15 saves in 35 games with Double-A Bowie.