Married Keri Lynn … has two daughters: Victoria and Alexandria...Attended Missouri State University for three years, going 11-11 with a 3.13 ERA over 39 career games...Was a 2007 Baseball America preseason All-American...Pitched for Team USA in the summer of 2006, going 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA...Graduated from Wentzville (Mo.) High School in 2004…Named the Gateway Athletic Conference Player of the Year during his senior season...Represented the Nationals during an eight-day USO Tour in December 2012.
Spent his first season with the White Sox after signing as a minor-league free agent on 5/9...Posted a 4.56 ERA (24 ER/47.1 IP), 34 strikeouts and a .259 (48-185) opponents average over 11 games (eight starts) at Guaranteed Rate Field, compared to a 10.88 ERA (27 ER/22.1 IP), 12 strikeouts and a .392 (38-97) opponents average in seven appearances (four starts) on the road...Made eight starts with Class AAA Charlotte before his contract purchased on 6/28...earned the win that night in his White Sox debut vs. Minnesota (2 ER/5.0 IP)...Allowed four runs (two earned) over 6.0 IP in his second start on 7/3-2 vs. Detroit, his first of two quality starts...Made his first relief appearance on 7/13 at Oakland, allowing five runs (four earned) over 3.1 IP...suffered his first loss of the season on 7/18 at Kansas City (5 ER/2.1 IP)...Earned his second victory on 8/22 vs. Texas, allowing one run with a career-high eight strikeouts over 6.0 IP for his second quality start...Recorded his third win on 9/25 vs. Cleveland (3 ER/5.0 IP) and started the final game of the season on 9/29 vs. Detroit...did not factor in the decision despite allowing two runs in 5.1 IP...recorded his 400th career strikeout in the sixth (Willi Castro)...Tossed at least 5.0 IP in seven of his eight minor-league starts, allowing three runs or less in each outing...Struck out 10 batters in his Knights debut on 5/14 vs. Rochester (ND; 1 ER/6.0 IP)...Began the season with York of the independent Atlantic League, making three starts.
Was on the Cleveland Indians Opening Day roster but finished the season with the A's…in between, he combined for a 6-4 record and a 4.40 ERA in 16 games, 15 starts, with Triple-A Columbus and Triple-A Nashville…had no decisions and a 5.79 ERA in seven relief appearances with Cleveland and was 2-4 with a 6.14 ERA in nine games (seven starts) with Oakland…combined for a 6.10 ERA in 16 big league games overall…struck out 26 batters in 48.2 innings for a career-low average of 4.81 strikeouts per nine innings…was 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA and .283 opponents batting average in his seven starting assignments, 0-1 with an 11.32 ERA and .340 opponents average in nine relief appearances…allowed 1-of-4 (25.0%) inherited runners to score and first batters faced were 2-for-8 (.250) with a walk…opponents hit .296, including .237 (9-for-38) by left-handed hitters and .311 (50-for-161) by right-handers…his career splits are .233 (132-for-566) against lefties, .297 (505-for-1692) against righties…allowed a .229 batting average with the bases empty, .378 with four of his five home runs with runners on base…yielded a .396 average with runners in scoring position…had a .229 opponents batting average and .275 opponents onbase percentage against batters leading off an inning…logged a 3.06 ERA and .206 opponents batting average in six day games, a 7.84 ERA and .338 opponents average in 10 games at night…surrendered all five of his home runs under the lights…combined for a 1-0 record and a 3.60 ERA in eight games (one start) in his home ballparks…was 1-4 with a 7.22 ERA in eight games (six starts) on the road…allowed 14 of his 34 runs in the fourth inning (13.50 ERA)…had a 4.50 ERA in all other innings…did not commit an error in 16 games (five total chances) and now has a 133-game errorless streak dating back to his last error on June 29, 2012 at Atlanta.
Spent season between Texas and Atlanta...Was on the 15-day DL in Texas from May 15-June 3 with left shoulder inflammation and was later designated for assignment on July 11 and later released...Signed with the Braves and spent the remainder of the season in the Braves bullpen...Left Sept. 10 game vs. NY Mets with a left hamstring strain and did not pitch the remainder of the season...For the year limited left-handed batters to a .234 (18-77) average against...In his career, the Wentzville, MO native has limited left-handed batters to a .233 (123-528, .615 OPS) average against while posting a career relief ERA of 3.98 (53ER/120.0IP).
Made all 47 appearances in relief for Washington after just 17 bullpen outings in 1st 7 pro seasons...last ML start was a loss on 7/3/13 vs. MIL with last victory as a starter coming on 5/10/13 vs. CHI...issued runs in 17 of 47 games and permitted 29 1st batters to reach base...allowed 3 of 11 IR to score, finished 15 games, and had 3 holds...opposition batted .282, .226 vs. LHB and .312 vs. RHB...issued just one extra base hit to the 93 LHB faced, 2B by Freddie Freeman on 4/13 vs. ATL...posted a 2.89 (12 ER/37.1 IP) in 25 road games and a 5.61 (16 ER/25.2 IP) mark in 22 games at Nationals Park.
Went 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA in just 13 starts in injury-plagued campaign...missed 101 games (approx. 20 starts) during pair of DL stints (May 16-June 13, July 4-season's end) due to lower back strain/bulging disk...went 0-3 with a 6.31 ERA in 5 starts between trips to the DL...final start of '13 came July 3 vs. MIL...posted a strong 2.03 ERA in 6 strong April starts...received more than one run of offensive support just twice in last 10 starts...posted walk rate of 1.77/9.0 in 13 starts that would have ranked 7th in NL with enough innings to qualify...pitched for Team USA in the '13 World Baseball Classic...with Team USA facing elimination, spun 4.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn the save in a 6-2 vs. Italy, Match 9.
Finished 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 33 games/27 starts for Washington in first complete big league season...was at best with the Nationals facing elimination in NLDS in Game 4 in DC...allowed only an unearned run in 6.0 stellar innings (Washington won, 2-1, via Jayson Werth's game-ending solo shot in the bottom of the 9th)...excelled in rotation (9-8, 3.58 ERA, 27 starts) and in bullpen (1-0, one hold, 1.42 ERA, 6 appearances)...ERA (3.40) ranked 7th among NL southpaws...paced MLB in batting avgerage against (.170) against left-handed batters...10 wins in '12 trumped career total (6) entering the season...allowed one run or less in 9 of 27 starts...earned the win in 4-1 victory, Sept. 20 vs. LAD, as Nationals clinched DC's first postseason berth since 1933.
Was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on July 5 for a "spot start," and never left ... finished 4-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 games/10 starts for Washington in strong 3-month performance ... in 10 big league starts, went 4-5 with a 3.21 ERA ... allowed 3 or less runs in 9 of 10 starts ... walked 2 or fewer in 8 of 10 starting assignments ... capped the season going 2-0 with 13.1 scoreless innings in final 2 assignments, Sept. 20 at PHI and Sept. 25 vs. ATL ... struck out a career-high 7 on Aug. 17 vs. CIN ... tossed 7.1 scoreless innings in a 3-0 win in nightcap of Sept. 20 twinbill at Citizens Bank Park to earn first career road victory ... lived a tale of 3 seasons, or months, with Syracuse ... was strong in April (2-0, 2.22 ERA, 4 starts) and June (3-1, 2.45 ERA, 6 starts), but struggled in May (1-5, 8.70 ERA, 6 starts).
Pitched well in abbreviated campaign necessitated by right hip surgery...had right hip labral repair performed on Feb.15 by Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, CO...began throwing program late in Spring Training and began rehab assignment onJune 9...with the Nationals, earned 2nd big league win/first of 2010, on Sept. 23 vs. HOU, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits in6.0 innings in game won by Washington, 7-2...went 1-3 with a 5.32 ERA in 5 big league starts, allowing 2 runs or lessthrice...when toeing the rubber as a starter, the Nationals went 3-2...pitched in 3 games out of the 'pen and combinedon 6.0 scoreless innings...went 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 10 minor league starts (7 with Harrisburg, 2 with Single-APotomac, one with Triple-A Syracuse, ) after returning to action following Feb. 15 surgery...was 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA in7 Double-A starts...in 43.2 minor-league innings, walked just 9 (2.3 per 9.0 innings), fanned 39 (8.0 per 9.0 innings)and was touched for just 2 homers...walked one or less batters in 8 of 9 Triple-A or Double-A starts.
In 2nd complete pro season, went a combined 5-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 31 games/30 starts for Washington, Triple-ASyracuse and Double-A Harrisburg...posted 1.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and allowed just one homer every 21.2 inningsat the 3 levels...closed the season strong, going 1-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 5 September games/4 starts...was 0-5 with a6.40 ERA in 10 games/9 starts with the Nationals in first stint this season...was plagued by poor run support, as theNationals plated one run or less (while in the game) in 8 of 14 starts...received just 3.09 runs of offensive support per9.0 innings, a figure that would have ranked last in MLB with enough innings to qualify.Game-By-Game Highlights:
Earned initial big league win in the Nationals' 2-1 victory on September 28 vs. NYM...allowed just one run on 7 hits in 6.0 innings, walking one and fanning 3...recorded first big league hit, an RBI infieldsingle of Kenshin Kawakami, July 3 vs. ATL.In Minor Leagues:
Went 4-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 16 starts at the 2 highest levels of Washington's system.
In first complete pro campaign, won 8 games and fanned 8.3 batters per 9.0 innings to help Potomac claim Single-ACarolina League championship...114 strikeouts ranked 4th among Nationals farmhands...the 114 K's also ranked 7thin the CL, 2nd among left-handed pitchers...strikeout ratio of 8.3 per 9.0 innings was tops among CL southpaws thatpitched at least 112.0 innings (0.8 inning per contest)...was the P-Nats' only starting pitcher to make more than 20starts...in 11 road starts, notched a 3.51 ERA and fanned 9.5 batters per 9.0 innings...closed strong, going 3-3 witha 3.60 ERA in final 10 starts...struck out career-best 9 in back-to-back starts, May 20 at Wilmington and May 25 vs.Salem...led the CL in post-season strikeouts with 13...following the season, pitched in the Arizona Fall League...workedscoreless ball in 9 of 11 relief appearances with the Peoria Saguaros.
Washington's first pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft (6th overall out of Missouri State University) made justone appearance in MLB debut after having contract selected from Single-A Potomac on September 4...debuted onSeptember 7 at ATL and became the first member of the 2007 draft class to appear in a big league contest...struck outone (Willie Harris) in 1.0 scoreless inning.
In Minor Leagues: Went a combined 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in 8 games (7 starts) for Potomac of the Single-A CarolinaLeague and Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals in pro debut...posted a 2.9/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio at the 2levels...reported to the Gulf Coast League Nationals after signing his first pro contract on July 5...in 4 starts with the GCLNationals, struck out 15 and walked only 3 in 12.0 innings before making the jump to Potomac August 5...surrenderedjust one earned run in final 14.0 Carolina League innings (3 games)...in final 2 Carolina League starts, August 20 atKinston and August 26 at Myrtle Beach, scattered 5 hits and fanned 6 in 13.0 scoreless innings.