Full name is Phillip DeWayne Walters...resides in Loxley, Ala., with wife Brittney, and children: Annabelle,
Phillip III and Elizabeth...A 2003 graduate from Faith Academy in Mobile, Ala., where he posted an overall high school record of 36-1...went 13-0 with an 0.66 ERA, 123 strikeouts and just four walks in 85.0 innings during his senior season...Holds the Faith Academy records for career wins, single-season wins, single-season strikeouts, single-season ERA and fewest walks in a season...Attended University of South Alabama...posted an 11-3 record and a 3.20 ERA with 166 strikeouts during his senior year (2006)...In 2006, selected second team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and third team by Baseball America...also named Sun Belt Conference co-Pitcher of the Year and first team all-league after becoming the conference's career leader in strikeouts and innings pitched.
P.J. split the season between Minnesota and Rochester (AAA), making eight starts for the Twins...Went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA (7 ER in 25.2 IP) in his first four starts with Minnesota, but finished the year 2-5 with a 5.95 ERA....pitched a season-high 7.1 innings vs. Philadelphia on June 11, taking a no-decision...Tossed a 7.0-inning complete game shutout for Rochester on April 21 vs. Pawtucket...won five-straight decisions at the Triple-A level between April 21 and July 29.
Was an invite to Twins spring training...reassigned to minor league camp March 19...reported to Triple-A Rochester. ... Was Red Wings Opening Day starter April 5 at Syracuse, but did not factor into the decision, tossing 4.0 shutout innings with two hits
allowed, two walks and four strikeouts. ... Went 3-1, 2.70 (33.1 IP, 10 ER) with one complete game in six starts for Wings before having contract purchased by Twins May 10. ... Made Twins debut in a start May 12 vs. Toronto, and was dealt the loss, allowing two runs on six hits in 6.0 innings with no walks and
five strikeouts. ... Earned first win as a Twin, allowing three runs on four hits in 6.1 innings with three walks and two strikeouts May 17 at Detroit. ... Tossed first career complete game and first for a Twins pitcher in 2012, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and a career-high
eight strikeouts May 22 at Chicago-AL. ... Placed on 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation June 14...transferred to the 60-day disabled list July 28. ... Returned from rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester and reinstated September 1. ... Outrighted off the roster October 24...signed a minor league contract with an invite to spring training November 1.
Was an invite to Cardinals Spring Training...started the season with Triple-A Memphis...Won six consecutive decisions, May 15-June 21, including a season-high 10-strikeout performance (7.0 ip), June 11 at New Orleans...Went 4-1, 2.10 (34.1 ip, 8 er) in five June starts, including a 6.0-inning complete game, June 27 at Omaha...Posted an ERA of 1.99 (40.2 ip, 9 er) in his final six starts and was recalled by St. Louis, July 7...Appeared in four games for the Cardinals in July before being traded to Toronto along with pitchers Brian Tallet and Trever Miller and outfielder Colby Rasmus for pitchers Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski and outfielder Cory Patterson, July 27...Appeared in one game for the Blue Jays, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning of relief, July 28 vs. Baltimore...Optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, July 28 and made seven starts for the 51's, going 1-3, 8.38 (29.0 ip, 27 er) with 26 strikeouts.
Recalled three times during the season, the first coming 5/22 after going 1-0, 0.48 ERA in 19.0 IP in Memphis during May...Both of his wins with St. Louis came in scoreless starts (5/27 at SD & 9/29 vs. PIT)...His 7.0 scoreless innings vs. PIT (9/29) marked a career-high in innings pitched...Had three relief appearances of 4.0 IP, tying for 2nd longest relief appearance on the team...Threw five scoreless innings at SD on 5/27, allowing four hits for his first win of the season...Posted an 8-5 record with a 3.81 ERA in Memphis (AAA) in 18 starts (19 app.)...Made two starts in the PCL playoffs (1-0, 5.40 ERA, 7 ER, 11.2 IP) including an opening round win vs. Oklahoma City (9/9)...Missed qualifying for PCL ERA qualifiers by 7.0 IP, but would have ranked 4th with a 3.81 ERA (108.2 IP)...Ranked 15th in the PCL in strikeouts with 106, despite throwing 23 fewer innings than anyone in the Top 10...Named PCL Pitcher of the Week (5/10-5/16)...Rated with "Best Changeup" in the Cards organization for second straight year by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey...Missed much of spring training while cherishing time with his wife, Brittney, and their newborn daughter, Annabelle Faith, who passed after just seven weeks...Pitched in just one spring training game for STL (3/21 at ATL; 1.0 IP), in a spot start for Brad Penny that was rained out.
Made one start in Memphis (AAA) before getting called up to St. Louis on 4/17 for an emergency start at Chicago...Registered no decision in Major League debut at CHC (4/17) in 4.0 innings, yielding three runs on six hits while fanning seven...Came on in relief seven times in St. Louis, registering a 9.56 ERA in 16.0 innings...Appeared in 21 games for Memphis, starting 20, and finished second with 113 strikeouts and first with two complete games...Was tied for fifth among Cardinals minor leaguers in wins (8) and fifth in strikeouts (113)...Snapped a career-high six-game losing streak with seven scoreless innings vs. RR (7/6)...Followed losing skid with 5 consecutive wins from 7/6-8/10, compiling a 1.58 ERA in 34.2 IP with 46 strikeouts (11.94 K/9 IP)...Struck out career-best 14 batters (T-5th in the minors in '09) in win at NO (7/25) hurling 6.0 innings, (3 H, 1 R, 0 ER)...Followed 14 strikeout game with a 13 strikeout game the next start in a complete game (7.0 IP) win vs. RR (7/31)...Made his only Memphis relief appearance tossing a team-high 6.1 IP, allowing one run while fanning eight at NVL (8/31)...Threw a complete game three-hitter with an unearned run vs. REN (5/16) with a walk and eight strikeouts...Received a no-decision in first playoff start (Game 2) at ABQ (9/10) throwing 4.2 innings with three runs (1 ER) on nine hits...Started AAA Championship vs. DUR and left with no decision after 4.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits...Rated with "Best Changeup" and "Best Control" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey.
Started at Double-A Springfield but spent most of his
season with Triple-A Memphis...fanned a combined 156 batters
to lead all Cardinals minor leaguers. His 29 games started and
158.0 IP also led all pitchers...after six April starts at Springfield
was promoted to Memphis where he made 23 starts...his 122
strikeouts paced the Redbirds' squad (7th in the Pacific Coast
League) and his 122.0 IP were second on the club...went 4-0 in
six May starts. Struck out a month-high 36 in August, but also
Climbed three levels in his first full professional season and earned the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award...topped Cardinals minor leaguers with a 2.55 ERA and 147 strikeouts and was tied for second with 12 wins...issued a total of 33 walks in a combined 151.2 IP, an average of 1.96 walks per 9.0 IP...named Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May as he went 4-0 with an 0.88 ERA (30.2 IP/ 3 ER) for Quad Cities...did not allow a run in six straight games spanning 28.0 innings from 5/3-5/27...had a 30-inning scoreless streak from 5/3-5/31...recorded nine-or-more strikeouts in three of his five starts at Palm Beach, with a high of 10 coming in his first start there on 6/22 vs. Jupiter...struck out 10 batters on 8/21 vs. Tulsa, most by a Springfield pitcher in 2007...started a pair of playoff games for Springfield and went 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA (14.0 IP/4 ER)...his 14.0 playoff innings tied for most in the Texas League postseason ...combined at his three stops to limit right-handed batters to a .229 batting average (81-for-353)...rated the Cardinals 16th-best prospect by Baseball America
Allowed three runs in 16.0 innings (1.69 ERA), with two walks and 16 strikeouts in 12 outings at home for State College... went 11-3 with a 3.20 ERA and 166 strikeouts at the University of South Alabama...named third team All American by Baseball America and second team by Collegiate Baseball...was named the Sun Belt Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year and was a firstteam all-league selection after becoming the career strikeout and innings pitched leader at South Alabama...for the year between his college and pro seasons, combined to strike out 197 and walk 42 in 182.1 innings.