His 318 strikeouts from 2012-2019 are the highest total by any White Sox relief pitcher over those 8 seasons ... Ranks third among the White Sox' all-time leaders in career holds (69) ... His career-high 28 holds in 2016 tied for the American League lead and ranked as the second-highest single-season total in White Sox history (Barry Jones, 30, 1990) ... In 2012 rookie season led American League relief pitchers with 8 wins, tied for the second-most by a White Sox rookie and the most since Cy Acosta established that franchise record with 10 wins in relief in 1973...Jones' 8-0 record in 2012 was the best by a rookie reliever in club history and matched John Whitehead (1935) for the best record overall ... Made his Major League debut in a 5-0 loss on 4/8/12 at Texas (1ip) and recorded his first career strikeout (Josh Hamilton) ... Earned his first Major League win in a 1-0 White Sox victory on 5/5/12 at Det (1ip, 1h, 0r, 0bb, 0k) ... Recorded his first Major League save with 2 perfect innings in a 5-0 win on 4/19/16 vs LAA (2ip, 2k) ... Has 9 Major League saves, his most recent in a 9-6 White Sox win on 4/12/19 at Yankee Stadium ... Missed most of the 2014 season with a left muscle hip strain and a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow...had a microdiscectomy on 5/5 and "Tommy John" surgery on 7/29 to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow ... Missed most of the 2015 season while recovering from 7/29/14 "Tommy John" surgery ... Missed most of the 2017 season with right elbow neuritis...on 7/11/17 had surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right arm ... Missed 3 months in the middle of the 2018 season with a right pronator muscle strain ... Missed most of the 2019 season with a torn flexor muscle in his right arm.
Was born in Covington, KY, just across the Ohio River...in 2004 graduated from Pendleton County High School in Falmouth, KY...pitched at nearby Northern Kentucky University, where in 3 seasons he went 6-5, 3.81 in 13 starts and 12 relief apps.
Entered the season as the White Sox' longest-tenured player...made his Major League debut in 2012... Made 13 apps for the Sox before an elbow injury ended his season... Made his last appearance of the season on 4/26 vs Det, then the next day went on the 10-day injured list
with right elbow inflammation...was transferred to the 60-day injured list on 5/6... On 5/13 had season-ending surgery to repair the torn flexor muscle in his right forearm... On 7/31 was traded to the Rangers, along with cash and international bonus slot money, for minor leaguers RHP Ray Castro and RHP Joseph Jarneski... Spent the rest of the season on the Rangers' 60-day injured list... Following the season, became a free agent when the Rangers did not exercise his 2020 contract option... On 1/14/20 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Appeared in just 33 games in his seventh season with the White Sox due to a pronator muscle strain in his right arm ... Familiar Face: Entered the season as the longest-tenured member of the White Sox (2012) ... Leaving His Mark: Moved past Damaso Marte (281), Bob Howry (286) and Bob Locker (296) for eighth place on the White Sox all-time reliever strikeout list with 308 ... Posted a 0.49 ERA (1 ER/18.1 IP) over 19 outings on the road, compared to a 6.94 mark (9 ER/11.2 IP) over 14 games at Guaranteed Rate Field ... Made his season debut on 3/31 at Kansas City, earning a hold after working 1.0 scoreless IP ... Earned his first win on 4/4 at Toronto, working a perfect eighth inning … earned his first save on 4/11 vs. Tampa Bay, striking out two over 1.0 scoreless IP ... Was charged with his first blown save of the season on 4/27 at Kansas City despite working 1.1 scoreless IP … allowed an inherited runner to score ... Was charged with his first loss and second blown save on 5/9 vs. Pittsburgh after allowing four runs on four hits in the ninth, including a game-winning, two-run homer to Colin Moran in the ninth … the Sox led 5-2 entering the ninth and lost, 6-5 ... Converted three saves in as many opportunities from 5/17-22, striking out four batters over 2.2 scoreless IP ... Was charged with his third blown save and second loss on 6/5-1 at Minnesota … allowed four runs on three hits in 0.2 IP … entered the frame with the Sox leading, 2-0, but surrendered a game-winning, three-run, two-out homer to Eduardo Escobar … recorded his 300th career strikeout (Mitch Garver) ... Made four straight scoreless appearances from 6/6-12 (2.2 IP) before being placed on the disabled list on 6/13 with a pronator muscle strain in his right arm ... Was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 9/1 … was sent on a rehab assignment to Class A Winston-Salem (did not pitch) … was returned from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on 9/11 … worked a scoreless inning that night at Kansas City ... Recorded the save on 9/14 at Baltimore (1.0 scoreless IP), his first since 5/22 vs. the Orioles ... Five of his last six appearances were scoreless … allowed three runs over 0.1 IP on 9/24 vs. Cleveland.
Was limited to 11 games before undergoing season-ending surgery in July to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right arm ... Limited left-handers to a .174 mark (4-23) … opponents hit just .077 (1-13) with RISP and .143 (1-7) with RISP/two outs ... Worked more than 1.0 IP twice ... Made his season debut on 4/7 vs. Minnesota … allowed a game-winning, RBI double to Chris Giménez in the seventh inning after inheriting a baserunner at first base ... Surrendered one run on two hits in 1.0 IP on 4/12 at Cleveland but registered his first hold ... Made seven consecutive scoreless appearances (7.1 IP) from 4/14-28, striking out 13 batters with three holds ... Posted his second hold on 4/14 at Minnesota, striking out Max Kepler with the tying run on base to end the eighth inning … worked a perfect ninth for his first win on 4/16 at Target Field ... Struck out three over 1.1 scoreless IP on 4/21 vs. Cleveland … retired all three batters faced in his final appearance on 4/28 at Detroit. l Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on 5/4 (retro to 5/1) with right elbow neuritis ... Underwent season-ending surgery on 7/11 to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right arm … the surgery was required to alleviate scar tissue build up around the nerve following Tommy John surgery in 2014.
American League Leaders (Relievers): T1st-HLD (28); 5th-WHIP (0.89); 6th-IRS% (16.7); 6th-1st Batter AVG (.136); T7th-Games (71); T11th-Opp. AVG (.191). Made a career-high 71 appearances … recorded a careerhigh 28 holds, tied for the most in theAL and the second-highest total in White Sox history. Fifty-six of his 71 appearances (78.9 percent) were scoreless, and 39 were hitless … recorded two-plus strikeouts 22 times. Allowed just 16.7 percent (6-36) of inherited runners to score … first batters faced hit just .136 (9-66) with four walks. Surrendered just four earned runs over 34.2 IP in 36 appearances at home (1.04 ERA) … worked 11.0 scoreless IP over nine interleague appearances. Made 27 appearances on zero rest, going 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA (7 ER/27.1 IP) and .192 opponents average. Recorded a 0.75 ERA(1 ER/12.0 IP) inApril, 1.76 (3 ER/15.1 IP) in June, 1.50 (2 ER/12.0 IP) in July and 0.00 (9.0 IP) in September. Limited right-handers to a .184 average (28-152), while lefties batted .200 (20-100) … opponents hit just .164 (11-67) with RISP and .139 (5-36) with RISP/two outs. Worked 0.2 scoreless IP for his first hold on Opening Day at Oakland … suffered a blown save on 4/5 at Oakland after allowing one run and hitting two batters over 1.0 IP. Threw 11.1 consecutive scoreless IP over 11 appearances from 4/7-5/6 … recorded 11 holds, nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits and two walks during the streak Worked 2.0 perfect IP for his first career save (11th attempt) on 4/19 vs. theAngels … retired all four batters he faced to earn his second win on 4/30 at Baltimore. His scoreless streak was snapped on 5/9 at Texas after allowing two runs on two his over 0.2 IP … left the game in the seventh inning on 5/17 vs. Houston after being hit on the left foot by a Carlos Correa line drive. Suffered his first loss and third blown save on 5/29 at Kansas City after allowing three runs on three hits in 0.1 IP … was charged with his second loss after surrendering a gameending home run to Carlos Santana in the ninth inning on 6/17 at Cleveland. Made eight straight scoreless appearances from 6/24-7/19, recording two saves and three holds with 14 strikeouts in 8.1 IP … recorded his second save on 6/29 vs. Minnesota, inducing a flyout by Eduardo Escobar with the tying runs on base. Converted his third save on 7/9 vs. Atlanta after working a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing two hits and a walk (intentional) … induced a game-ending groundout by Chase d'Arnaud with the bases loaded. Was charged with his fifth blown save of the season after allowing a game-tying, solo home run to Adam Lind in the seventh inning on 7/20 at Seattle … the homer snapped his eight-game scoreless streak. Worked 1.1 scoreless IP and earned his fifth win on 8/6 vs. Baltimore … suffered his seventh blown save on 8/10 at Kansas City (1.2 IP) after allowing a game-tying, RBI single to Cheslor Cuthbert in the eighth inning. Recorded a hold in consecutive appearances from 8/12-13 at Miami … surrendered a game-tying single to Jose Ramirez in the eighth on 8/18 at Cleveland for his eighth blown save. Recorded his 26th hold on 8/28 vs. Seattle, tying Zach Duke (2015) and Matt Thornton (2012) for the second-most in White Sox history. Was charged with his ninth blown save on 8/29 at Detroit after allowing a game-winning, two-run home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the bottom of the eighth inning. Finished the season on a nine-game scoreless streak from 9/2-30 … allowed just five hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts over 9.1 IP during the streak. Recorded his 27th hold on 9/6 vs. Detroit, throwing 1.1 perfect IP to move into sole possession of second place on the club's single-season list behind Barry Jones (30 in 1990). Earned his 28th hold in his final appearance on 9/30 vs. Minnesota (1.0 scoreless IP).
Appeared in 19 games after beginning the season on the 60-day disabled list to continue his recovery from Tommy John surgery … tied for third on the Sox with six holds. ... Averaged 12.79 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (27 SO/19.0 IP) with a 4.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio (6 BB) … stranded all eight of his inherited runners … first batters faced went 5-17 (.294). ... Limited opponents to a .188 average (12-64), including a .125 mark (3-24) vs. left-handers … opponents went 1-13 (.077) with runners in scoring position. ... Recorded at least one strikeout 17 times, including multiple strikeouts seven times … 13 of his outings were 1.0-plus IP. ... Was sent on a rehab assignment on 7/10, pitching with Class AWinston-Salem and Class AAACharlotte … was returned from the assignment and reinstated from the disabled list on 8/5. ... Made his season debut on 8/7 at Kansas City (1.0 scoreless IP), his first appearance since 4/3/14 vs. Minnesota. ... Recorded a hold in consecutive outings on 8/12 vs. the Angels (0.2 scoreless IP) and 8/16 vs. the Cubs (1.0 IP). ... His win on 8/22 at Seattle was his first since August 2013 … suffered the loss on 8/26 vs. Boston after allowing a gamewinning, two-run homer in the eighth inning to Travis Shaw. ... Recorded a hold in consecutive outings on 9/3 at Minnesota (1.2 scoreless IP) and 9/5 at Kansas City (0.2 scoreless IP). ... Earned a hold after working 2.0 scoreless IP on 9/21 at Detroit … worked 0.1 scoreless IP in a victory on 10/3 vs. the Tigers. ... Agreed to terms on a three-year, $8-million contract which includes two club options and a mutual option on 12/18.
Appeared in just two games due to hip and elbow injuries...Allowed two runs without recording an out in back-to-back outings on 4/2-3 vs. Minnesota...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 4/4 with a muscle strain in his left hip...Was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 5/3...Underwent a microdiscectomy on 5/5 and ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on 7/29...Was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on 11/3.
Spent his second full season with the White Sox … ranked among the American League relief leaders in first batter faced average (T1st, .131), IP (3rd, 78.0), strikeouts (4th, 89) and GIDP (T6th, 9) … led Sox relievers in IP and strikeouts … averaged 10.27 strikeouts per 9.0 IP … posted a 2.94 ERA (17 ER/52.0 IP) with 69 strikeouts from 6/1-remainder of the season, including a 2.19 mark (12 ER/49.1 IP) from 6/1-9/17 … made 20 appearances with no rest (1.85 ERA and 30 strikeouts) … limited left-handers to a .229 average (27-118) … first batters faced went just 8-61 (.131) … 29.4 percent (15-51) of his inherited runners scored … recorded two or more strikeouts in 27 of his 70 outings … worked more than 1.0 IP 23 times … lost his first four decisions of 2013 after going 8-0 in 2012 … suffered his first loss on 4/5 vs. Seattle (2 ER/2.0 IP) … his eight-game winning streak was the longest by a Sox reliever since Barry Jones from 1989-90 (9) … surrendered four runs on three hits over a career-high 3.1 IP on 5/18 at Los Angeles-AL … picked up his first victory on 5/24 at Miami … allowed just one earned run with 21 strikeouts over 15.1 IP in June (13 games) … recorded at least one strikeout in 10 consecutive appearances from 6/4-28 (21 SO/14.0 IP) … struck out a career-high five on 6/4 at Seattle … earned victories on 6/10 vs. Toronto (1.2 scoreless IP) and 6/17 at Houston (1.1 scoreless IP) … recorded two strikeouts in four straight games from 7/13-21 (1 ER/5.1 IP) … made seven straight scoreless appearances (8.1 IP) from 7/21-8/7 … was charged with three blown saves in four outings from 8/9-15 … earned his fourth consecutive win on 8/24 vs. Texas (1.0 scoreless IP) … recorded a hold in four of his last five appearances … allowed five runs in the ninth inning on 9/21 at Detroit (White Sox led 6-0 entering the inning and went on to lose, 7-6, in 12 innings).
Made 65 appearances, the most of his professional career ... his eight wins tied for the second-most by a White Sox rookie reliever and were the most since Cy Acosta won a franchise-record 10 in 1973 ... his 8-0 record was the best by a rookie reliever in club history and matched John Whitehead (1935) for the best record overall by a Sox first-year pitcher (source: Elias) ... ranked among the American League relief leaders in wins (1st, 8), winning streak (1st, 8) and IP (t9th, 71.2) ... ERA was 0.91 (3 ER/29.2 IP) over his final 27 games ... 21 of his outings were more than 1.0 IP, 15 were at least 2.0 IP, and 54 were scoreless ... recorded at least one strikeout 42 times ... limited left-handed hitters to a .170 (16-94) average, while righties batted .304 (51-168) ... allowed 24 of 54 (44.4 percent) inherited runners to score ... first batters faced went 19-58 (.328) ... posted a 1.59 ERA (5 ER/28.1 IP) over his 30 road outings ... went 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA (4 ER/32.2 IP) vs. the AL Central and 3-0 with a 0.54 mark (1 ER/16.2 IP) against the AL West ... ERA was 1.64 (6 ER/33.0 IP) in the second half (3.03 prior to the All-Star break) ... surrendered just two earned runs over 18.1 IP with no rest (17 games) ... 14 of his first 15 road appearances were scoreless (2 ER/15.2 IP) ... made his Major League debut on 4/8 at Texas, working 1.0 scoreless IP and registering his first strikeout (Josh Hamilton) ... earned his first Major League win on 5/5 at Detroit (1.0 scoreless IP) ... recorded a career-high four strikeouts on 5/12 vs. Kansas city ... picked up his first Major League hold on 5/17 at Los Angeles-AL (1.2 scoreless IP) ... recorded his third win of the season on 5/30 at Tampa Bay ... entered the game in the third inning after starter Jose Quintana was ejected ... suffered his first blown save on 7/13 at Kansas city (2 ER/0.2 IP) ... made his 46th appearance on 8/19 at Kansas city (0 ER/0.2 IP), surpassing his previous career high (2009) ... made a teamhigh 21 consecutive scoreless appearances (22.1 IP) from 8/12-9/28 ... streak was snapped on 9/30 vs. Tampa Bay (1 ER/2.0 IP) ... earned wins in consecutive games on 8/25-26 vs. Seattle (1.1 scoreless IP) ... picked up his eighth victory of the season on 9/17 vs. Detroit, working a career high 2.2 scoreless IP ... was charged with blown saves on 9/20 at Kansas City and 9/26 vs. Cleveland despite not allowing an earned run.
Made 42 relief appearances with Class AA Birmingham, going 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA (23 ER/63.1 IP) and a team-leading 12 saves ... returned to the bullpen after making 28 starts in 2010 ... averaged 9.5 strikeouts (67 SO) per 9.0 IP ... posted a 1.11 ERA (4 ER/32.1 IP) at home, compared to 5.52 (19 ER/31.0 IP) on the road ... threw more than 1.0 IP on 22 occasions, including a season-high 3.0 IP on 6/23 vs. tennessee ... converted all 10 save chances with a 1.46 ERA (6 ER/37.0 IP) and 44 strikeouts in his final 23 appearances ... struck out 13 batters over 7.0 IP in a three-game span from 6/17-27 ... entered the season ranked by Baseball America as possessing the best curveball in the Sox organization for the third straight year ... pitched for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League, going 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA (4 ER/14.2 IP) and 16 strikeouts in 16 relief outings.
Went 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA (69 ER/152.1 IP), 109 strikeouts and a complete game in 28 starts withClass A Winston-Salem...led the Carolina League in IP, tied for second in wins and ranked fifth in strikeouts... ranked among Sox minor-league leaders in wins (T4th), IP (6th) and strikeouts (6th)...went 2-1 with a 2.42ERA (6 ER/22.1 IP) in April and 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA (12 ER/37.0 IP) in August...entered the season ranked byBaseball America as possessing the Best Curveball in the Sox organization for the second straight season.
Combined to go 4-1 with a 3.31 ERA (25 ER/68.0 IP) in 45 between Class A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem ... entered the season ranked by Baseball America as owning the Best curveball in the organization.
Was 2-7 with a 6.14 ERA (45 ER/66.0 IP) in 24 appearances (11 starts) with Kannapolis, advanced rookie Bristol and Winston-Salem
Made his professional debut with Bristol, going 0-4 with a 5.13 ERA (27 ER/47.1 IP) and 42 strikeouts in 13 games (10 starts) ... was signed by Mike Shirley and Michael Wilder.