Pete’s intensity was on display during last year’s postseason, as a national audience bore witness to his signature unblinking focus…he earned the nickname “Psycho Pete” for destroying a new pair of Oakley sunglasses during drills while rehabbing as a Rangers minor leaguer...He was among the more enthusiastic members of “The Stable” last season, a nickname for the Rays bullpen inadvertently coined by Manager Kevin Cash…he and a few others were seen around Globe Life Park sporting Stetson hats and Lucchese boots during the World Series...Pete studied mechanical engineering at Mizzou and scored 34 out of a possible 36 points on his ACT…had baseball not worked out, he had hoped to work for Boeing designing military aircraft...He and his wife, Lydia, have one child, Isak (1)… the two met in an acting class at Mizzou while student-athletes there…Lydia played volleyball for the Tigers...Pete gets his competitiveness from his mom… when she was younger, she received a technical foul for throwing a basketball at an opposing player…she claims it was meant to be handed back to the official, but Pete knows better... His father, Shane, played baseball at Mizzou and then for one season in the minor leagues in 1983…both of his grandparents on his mom’s side attended Mizzou and his two uncles and maternal grandfather all played football there...He played the bass trombone for seven years.
Voted the club’s Outstanding Rookie by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA...His 6 wins led the team, ahead of Tyler Glasnow (5) and Josh Fleming (5), and tied for most among major league relievers…marked the first time in club history a reliever led the team in wins…his 27 apps led the team and tied for 6th in the AL...Tied three others for the major league rookie lead in wins…tied for 2nd among rookies in apps, trailing SF Tyler Rogers (29)…his 35 SO ranked 4th among major league rookies...His 13.16 SO/9 IP ratio was tops for a rookie reliever in club history, ahead of Colin Poche (12.54) in 2019 and Kirby Yates (10.50) in 2014...Recorded a strikeout in each of his first 16 apps, the 2nd-longest streak for a reliever to start a season in franchise history, behind Matt Andriese (18) in 2018...From Aug. 12 through season’s end, went 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA (19.2-IP, 3-ER) in 20 apps (2 starts)…this included a streak of 12 apps without an earned run from Aug. 12–Sept. 6...Entered with the Rays tied or ahead in 26 of his 27 apps…the only exception was on July 31 at BAL, when he entered with a 1-run deficit...Was one of two Rays relievers on the active roster for the entire season to not record a save, along with Aaron Loup. Allowed 2 HR, coming in his first (Reese McGuire) and last (Andrew McCutchen) apps...Made his first Opening Day roster in his second major league season...On Aug. 22 vs. TOR, pitched a scoreless 7th inning, tagging out Cavan Biggio attempting to score from second for the final out…began the frame with a pair of 3-1 groundouts before a Biggio single and stolen base…became the first pitcher in franchise history to record three putouts in one inning...On Sept. 16 vs. WAS, made his first career start and pitched a scoreless 1st inning.
POSTSEASON: Went 0-0 with a 3.65 ERA (12.1-IP, 5-ER) in 9 apps, and the Rays went 8-1 in games he pitched…tied Diego Castillo for the team lead with 3 saves...Became the fifth rookie since saves became an official stat (1969) to have three (or more) in the postseason…joined STL Trevor Rosenthal (4) in 2013, CWS Bobby Jenks (4) in 2005, STL Adam Wainwright (4) in 2005 and SEA Kaz Sasaki (3) in 2000...According to Stats LLC, was the first pitcher to have no saves all season and get one in his team’s postseason opener since PIT Bob Walk in 1991...Became the second pitcher since saves became an official stat to have none during the regular season and then record his team’s first two in the postseason, according to Stats LLC…joined OAK Vida Blue in 1972...Was on the mound when the Rays clinched the pennant in Game 7 of the ALCS vs. HOU, as Aledmys Díaz flew out to right…allowed a pair of inherited runners to score in the 8th inning but pitched around a 1-out single for a scoreless 9th, becoming the first rookie to save a Game 7 since TB David Price in the 2008 ALCS vs. BOS.
Totaled two stints with the Rays and three stints in the majors…began the season in Class-A and reached the majors two months later...Acquired from the Rangers on July 13 and went 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA (12.1-IP, 7-ER) in 13 apps with the Rays after going 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA (9.2-IP, 10-ER) with Texas...Was on the Rays roster from Aug 16-17 and Sep 1 through season's end…his first 8 apps came with the Rangers from June 8-July 2...His average fastball velocity, according to FanGraphs, was 97.4 mph…his hardest-thrown pitch, according to StatCast, was 99.8 mph...Made his major league debut at Globe Life Park on June 9 vs. OAK, striking out the side in a perfect 5th inning and pitching around an error to face the minimum in the 6th inning...On Aug 16 vs. DET, made his Rays debut and yielded a run in the 8th inning, allowing a leadoff double and a 1-out RBI double...On Sep 10 at TEX, recorded his first career save, pitching the 11th inning against his former team...Began the season with Class-A Down East… his season debut marked his first professional outing since July 21, 2017…earned promotions to Double-A Frisco on May 9 and to Triple-A Nashville on May 29...Went 3-2 with a 4.53 ERA (43.2-IP, 22-ER) and 70 SO in 40 apps in the minors, including 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA (17.2-IP, 10-ER) with Durham...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 22 prospect in the Rays system following the season.
Missed the entire season recovering from a second Tommy John surgery… returned to pitch in the fall instructional league.
Was sidelined from June 15-24 and July 22 through season's end with a UCL strain… underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug 14.
Began in the starting rotation for Class-A Hickory before a July 17-Aug 4 stint on the injured list for a right forearm strain… pitched out of the bullpen after his return...Went 4-3 with a 5.27 ERA (85.1-IP, 50-ER) in 16 starts and 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA (16.2-IP, 5-ER) in 8 apps out of the bullpen...Ranked 6th among Rangers minor leaguers with 101.1 IP and 10th with 80 SO.
Began his professional career with Short-A Spokane…went 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA (40.2-IP, 10-ER) in his final 8 apps, all starts.