Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 21st round of the 2005 June Draft out of North Dakota State University…left as the school's re-cord holder for career saves (18).
Returned from Tommy John surgery to make his season debut with Class-A Charlotte on May 3…marked his first pro app since Aug 7, 2014 with the GCL Blue Jays…transferred to Triple-A Durham on May 14 and pitched to an 0.71 ERA (12.2-IP, 1-ER) over his last 11 apps, lowering his ERA with the Bulls from 6.53 to 4.81.
Spent the 2015 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery in Port Charlotte…underwent the procedure in August and was subsequently designated for assignment by the Blue Jays.
Began the season with the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) of the International League before being called up by Toronto on May 29. Made his Toronto debut at Atlanta May 29…Was his 1st appearance in the majors since September 20, 2011. Earned his 1st career victory on June 7 vs. TEX. Ranked 2nd on the team with 10-holds (Cecil-11). Posted a 1.42 ERA when pitching on no days rest with his highest ERA (5.40) coming on 3-5 days in between outings. Set Major League career-highs in games (36), wins (2), losses (4), IP (38.0), earned runs (16), home runs allowed (5), walks (13) and strikeouts (33). During his time in Buffalo, posted a 0.76 ERA in 23.2 innings, with 9 walks and 38 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .167 batting average…Ranked 1st on the team with 16 saves despite appearing in only 23 games for the Bisons.
Spent time with both Sacramento (AAA) and Tuscon (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League...Was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres from the Oakland Athletics organization on May 28...Finished the season with Tuscon, making 31 appearances (all in relief).
Made his Major League debut with Oakland late in the season, posting a 7.20 ERA in six relief appearances...
allowed a .300 opponents batting average, including .231 (3-for-13) by right-handed hitters and
.429 (3-for-7) by left-handers...yielded a .444 average with runners in scoring position...first batters
faced were 0-for-2 with three walks and he allowed 1-of-3 (33.3%) inherited runners to score...was
selected by the A's Aug. 30, making his Major League debut that night at Cleveland...struck out the first
batter he faced, Carlos Santana...tossed a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit...allowed all seven
of his runs, four earned, in back-to-back outings Sept. 5 against Kansas City and Sept. 9 at Texas...surrendered
five of the runs in 1.0 innings against the Rangers.
MINORS: Combined for a 3-4 record, six saves and a 3.26 ERA in a career-high-tying 50 relief appearances
with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento...struck out 87 batters in 66.1 innings, an average
of 11.80 per nine innings...surrendered just two home runs, an average of 0.27 per nine innings...
allowed a .232 opponents batting average, including .219 (33-for-151) by right-handed hitters and .253
(25-for-99) by left-handers...yielded both of his home runs to lefties...opponents batted .143 with a .226
on-base percentage when leading off an inning...allowed a .194 average with runners in scoring position
and two outs...converted 6-of-9 (66.7%) save opportunities and allowed 8-of-23 (34.8%) inherited
runners to score...struck out two or more in 27 of his 50 outings...began the season at Midland, where
he was 1-3 with four saves and a 3.38 ERA in 28 games with the RockHounds...did not allow a home
run in 37.1 innings...struck out a season-high five batters in 2.0 scoreless innings April 24 against San
Antonio...that gave him a 3.27 ERA over his first six appearances...then allowed a season-high five
runs on a season-high six hits in 0.2 innings April 28 against Corpus Christi...surrendered 12 runs, nine
earned, over a nine-game span from April 28 to May 21 (10.1 ip, 7.84 ERA)...then tossed a season-hightying
2.1 innings and matched his season high with five strikeouts May 25 against Tulsa...allowed just
one run over his final 13 appearances with the RockHounds for a 0.56 ERA (16.0 ip)...was promoted
to Sacramento June 25 and went 2-1 with two saves and a 3.10 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the
River Cats...compiled a 1.84 ERA at home and a 0.82 ERA in the ninth inning or later...opponents were
1-for-25 (.040) when leading off an inning...was credited with the save in his first outing June 25 against
Reno (1.1 ip, 1 h, 3 so)...surrendered at least one run in three of his first six outings with Sacramento
for a 7.36 ERA, including July 6 at Fresno when he allowed his only two home runs of the season...did
not allow a run in 15 of his final 16 outings (4 er in 21.2 ip, 1.66 ERA)...had an eight-game, 11.1 inning
scoreless streak from July 16 to Aug. 4...allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while retiring
just one batter Aug. 9 at Omaha...finished the Triple-A portion of his campaign with a seven-game, 10.0
inning scoreless streak.
Began the season at Double-A Akron in the Cleveland organization and was 1-1 with four saves
and a 6.28 ERA in 13 relief appearances when he was traded to the Oakland organization for cash considerations,
May 11...was assigned to Double-A Midland and went 6-2 with a save and a 3.70 ERA in 33
relief appearances with the RockHounds...combined for a 7-3 record, five saves and a 4.29 ERA...the
wins were a career-high...allowed just one home run in 63.0 innings...yielded a .282 opponents batting
average, including .225 against left-handed hitters and .320 against right-handers...allowed just 5 of 27
(18.5%) inherited runners to score...tossed at least 1.0 inning 41 of his 46 outings...recorded all four
of his saves at Akron over his first six appearances...struck out a season-high five batters in his second
outing with Midland, May 16 against San Antonio...was on the disabled list from June 2 to 8 with a
sprained left ankle...tossed a season high 2.2 scoreless innings Aug. 12 against Tulsa...surrendered
his only home run of the season Aug. 18 at Tulsa in his 40th game...finished the regular season with
six-game, 8.0-ining scoreless streak...then had three saves and did not allow a run in five postseason
appearances (5.1 ip)...did not allow a hit or walk and struck out 10 of the 16 batters he faced.
Spent the entire season at Double-A Akron and was 1-3 with two saves and a 2.95 ERA in 46
relief appearances...struck out 69 in 61.0 innings and surrendered just three home runs...allowed a .214
opponents batting average, including .213 against left-handed hitters and .215 against right-handers...
held the opposition to a .170 batting and two of his three home runs when leading off an inning...yielded
at least one run in 15 of his first 28 appearances (4.46 ERA) but did not allow a run in 16 of his final
18 outings (0.73 ERA)...did not allow an earned run in the ninth inning (16.1 ip)...allowed 11 of 24
(45.8%) inherited runners to score...struck out a season-high five batters in a season-high 2.2 innings
July 23 at Erie...posted a 0.79 ERA in nine appearances in August...compiled a 4.50 ERA (4.0 ip, 4 h,
2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 3 so) in four postseason appearances.
Combined for a 3-8 record, three saves and a 4.38 ERA in 48 relief appearances with Single-A
Kinston and Double-Akron...struck out a career-high 90 batters in a career-high 72.0 innings, an average
of 11.25 strikeouts per nine innings...allowed just two home runs...yielded a .272 batting average,
including .255 against right-handed hitters and .303 against lefties...struck out at least one batter in 44
of his 48 appearances, including each of his final 34 with Kinston...averaged 11.76 strikeouts per nine
innings overall with Kinston, which was second best among Carolina League relievers...was promoted
to Akron Aug. 14...struck out a season-high six batters in his final regular season outing, Aug. 31 at
Erie...then went 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four postseason appearances (6.1 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 1 er, 3 bb, 5 so)...
was 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 13 relief appearances with Surprise in the Arizona Fall League.
Pitched for Lake County and Kinston and was a combined 1-4 with 11 saves and a 3.44 ERA in
a career-high 50 relief appearances...allowed a .229 opponents batting average, including .229 against
left-handed hitters and .229 against right-handers...converted 11 of 14 (78.6%) save opportunities at
Lake County...posted a 0.77 ERA in 11 outings in May...was transferred to Kinston July 18...made one
postseason appearance (1.0 ip, 2 h, 3 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 2 so)...pitched for West Oahu in the Hawaiian Winter
League and was 0-1 with a 9.68 ERA in 12 relief appearances.
Was named to the Topps/Minor League Baseball Short-A/Rookie All-Star Team after posting a
1.39 ERA and a career-high 17 saves in his professional debut at Mahoning Valley...struck out 50 in
32.1 innings (13.92 per nine innings) and walked just nine...yielded one home run...had the second best
strikeout per nine inning ratio among New York/Penn League relievers and ranked third in saves...held
the opposition to .143 batting average, including .123 against right-handed hitters...named to the NYPL
Midseason All-Star team...had a 12-game, 17.0-inning scoreless streak from June 26 to Aug. 1.