Resides in North Liberty, IA during the offseason with his wife Lindsey and their sons Gavin and Connor...Attended the University of Kansas and Triton College...Graduated from Marist, IL High school.
Appeared in seven games (all in relief) with Cleveland from June 1-July 3...Was unscored upon in six of the seven games...Held lefthanded batters to a .111 (1-9) average while appearing in the majors with Cleveland...Opened the year with Columbus (AAA) of the International League and made 19 appearances for the Clippers...Held lefthanded hitters to a .156 (5-32) average...Elected free agency on July 9 and signed a minor league contract with Baltimore on July 24...Spent the remainder of the season with Norfolk (AAA) of the International League.
Limited to 23 games with the Brewers in 2014 after opening the season on the disabled list...Sidelined March 21-June 14 recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder...Assigned to Class A Brevard County on an injury rehabilitation assignment on May 14 -- posted a 1.50 ERA (6.0IP/1er) and five strikeouts in three appearances...Had his injury rehabilitation assignment transferred to Triple A Nashville on May 23 -- allowed just one run in seven appearances, compiling a 0.93 ERA(9.2IP/1er) and seven strikeouts...Did not allow a run in his first 13 games (12.0IP) after being reinstated from the disabled list...Fanned a season-best four batters on July 4 at Cincinnati...Did not allow an earned run in back-to-back outings all season...Limited opponents to just three extra-base hits...Posted a 1.26 ERA(14.1IP/2er) and 13 strikeouts in 16 games at home...recorded a 0.00 erA (6.2IP/0er) and 10 strikeouts in seven games on the road...Lefthanded batters hit .324 (11x34) against him...limited righthanded batters to a .216 (11x51) average with him on the mound.
Went 3-6 with a 3.90 ERA in 43 games (10 starts) during his first season with Milwaukee...Was 2-5 with a 4.81 ERA as a starter (48.2ip, 26er)...Produced 3 quality starts.....the team went 4-6 in his starts ...Was 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA as a reliever (36.2ip, 11er)...Retired 23 of 33 first batters faced (69.7%)...Stranded 11 of 12 inherited runners (91.7%)...Was on the 15-day disabled list from 5/11-5/23 with left shoulder tendinitis...His last appearance of the season came in relief on 9/2 vs. Pittsburgh.....faced one batter before leaving the game with left shoulder tightness.
Went 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA and 1 save in 45 games (1 start) with Washington. Was his ﬁrst full season as a reliever. Retired 33 of 44 ﬁ rst batters faced (75%). Stranded 9 of 13 inherited runners (69.2%). Had a 6.17 ERA in April (7g, 11.2ip, 8er) and a 2.24 ERA the rest of the year (38g, 60.1ip, 15er). Posted a 1.33 ERA out of the bullpen following the All-Star Break (27ip, 4er), which tied for fourth among National League relievers (min. 27ip). Worked at least 2.0 innings in 19 of his 44 relief outings, which tied for fourth in the majors. Notched his only save of the season and second of his career on 4/25 at San Diego. Made his only start in his ﬁ nal appearance of the season on 10/2 vs. Philadelphia and received
a no-decision in the Nationals' 4-2 win (3.2ip, 4h, 1r, 1er, 2bb, 5k, 1hr). Signed as a free agent with Milwaukee on 12/21.
Quietly had a solid season, going 4-6 with a 4.03 ERA in 30 games/15 starts in first year with the Nationals ... finished 2-6 with a 4.46 ERA in 15
starts, 2-0 with 4 holds and a 2.42 ERA in 15 appearances out of the bullpen ... was member of Nationals rotation through July 23 before shifting to the bullpen ... posted career best efforts in WHIP (1.29), walks per 9.0 innings (2.8), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.9/1), pitches per inning pitched (16.2), swing and miss percentage (24.1) and BABIP (.304) ... embraced new role in the bullpen, going 2-0 with 4 holds and a 1.74 ERA in 7 Sept. appearances ... in six losses, received just 7 total runs of offensive support (while in the game) and the Nationals were shut out thrice ... induced more fly balls (135) than ground balls (111) for the first time since 2008 ... 15 of 44 runs allowed as a starting pitcher came in the game's first inning ... after conversion to the
bullpen, posted a .120 batting average against when facing left-handed batters ... endured a 24-game stint on the 15-day DL, May 24-June 19, with
left elbow inflammation ... posted a 4.25 ERA before the DL stint, 3.81 after.
In only complete season with the Cubs, went 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA and was touched for just 11 home runs in 136.1
innings...spent majority of campaign as member of CHI's rotation, but did notch a 1.42 ERA in 6 relief appearances,
all of which came in June...returned to Cubs rotation on June 30 vs. PIT and spun 5.0 scoreless innings en route to nodecision...
in 23 starts, allowed 2 or less earned runs 12 times...however, received 2 or fewer runs of offensive support
(while in the game) 15 times in those 23 starting assignments...when starting, CHI went 9-14...somehow went 0-3 with
an impressive 2.45 ERA in April...earned first career save on June 24 at SEA by fanning only batters faced (Michael
Saunders) in the 13th inning of CHI's 4-3 win...missed much of Sept. after being hit by a Jose Tabata line drive on
Sept. 1 vs. PIT...sustained a incomplete hairline fracture under the nail of left pinky finger.
Tom combined to go 7-3 with a 5.55 ERA (29 ER/47.0 IP) in 22 games (seven starts) for Pittsburgh and Chicago ... went 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA (24 ER/38.1 IP) in 13 games for Chicago, including six relief appearances... Stranded 11 of 12 inherited runners, including nine consecutive, May 18-August 30... Was 4-0 with a 3.52 ERA (9 ER/23.0 IP) in eight games (three starts) against the N.L. Central... Limited opponents to a .192 (10-for-52) batting average as a reliever (15 games)... Produced a 5.87 ERA (10 ER/15.1 IP) out of the bullpen and a 5.40 ERA
(19 ER/31.2 IP) in seven starts... Prior to joining the Cubs, split the beginning of the 2009 season between Pittsburgh and its Triple-A Indianapolis club... With Indianapolis, he went 4-3 with a 2.48 ERA (24 ER/87.0 IP) in 15 starts ... he had a 0.96 ERA (4 ER/37.1 IP) in his final six Triple-A starts beginning June 27... Went 4-2 with a 5.40 ERA (19 ER/31.2 IP) in seven starts for the Cubs ... owned a 2-1 mark with a 4.82 ERA (10 ER/18.2 IP) in the first four, August 4-20... Recorded a 5-2 ledger with a 4.22 ERA (15 ER/32.0 IP) on the road (13 games, five starts)... In his first career start with the Cubs, tossed 7.1 innings of one-run, three-hit ball, while walking one and fanning a season-high six to earn the 6-3 win at Cincinnati August 4 ... he carried a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning... Lasted just 1.1 innings in the Cubs' 11-5 loss at Colorado, August 10, in his second start with the club ... was charged with six runs on six hits (two homers), while walking none and fanning one ... departed the game in the second inning after taking a sharp ground ball off his right foot... It marked the second-shortest start of his career - tossed just 0.2 frames May 28, 2008 at Cincinnati... Picked up his second win as a Cub after tossing 5.0 innings of one-run, three-hit ball, while walking three and fanning eight in the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Pirates August 15... Fanned a season-high four in a row ... he helped his own cause with a RBI-single in the second (1-for-2, RBI)... Moved to the bullpen August 25 ... tossed a season-high tying 2.0-shutout relief innings (1 H, 1 SO) September 16 vs. Milwaukee, extending his season-high scoreless innings streak to 5.0 (four games)... Made his final start of the season October 2 at Wrigley Field ... he surrendered seven runs (six earned) on seven hits, while walking one and fanning three in 3.0 innings of work ... the seven runs were the most surrendered by the southpaw since yielding eight, July 4, 2008 at Milwaukee, while with Pittsburgh.
Spent a majority of the season in the majors, compiling a 6-9 mark with a 6.66 ERA in 21 starts for Pittsburgh ... went 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Indianapolis... Went 5-2 with a 4.53 ERA in 10 starts at home while going 1-7 with a 9.25 ERA in 11 starts on the road, winning his lone game away from home at Shea Stadium April 30... Went 3-for-28 (.107) at the plate with three RBI... The Pirates went 7-14 in his 21 starts... Surrendered a team-high 24 runs in the first inning... Issued three or more walks in 14 of his 21 starts and had more walks than strikeouts overall... Walked a career-high seven batters April 24 vs. St. Louis... Pitched 5.0 scoreless innings and picked up the win in the Pirates' 13-1 victory at New York (N.L.) April 30, but left the game after 5.0 innings due to back pain ... missed his next start May 7 due to back problems... Was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis July 5 ... recalled by Pittsburgh August 23... Left the game September 10 at Houston (2.1 IP, 2 ER) due to a ligament sprain in his left middle finger and missed the remainder of the season... was placed on the 60-day disabled list September 24.
Spent first full season in the majors and led Pirates in victories; the most wins by a Pittsburgh lefty since
Denny Neagle won 14 games in 1996...Shared team lead in starts with Ian Snell...Tied for eighth among major league lefthanders
in wins and tied for fifth in the National League (Colorado's Jeff Francis led N.L. lefties with 17)...Held left-handed batters to a .217
(28-for-129) average...Went 9-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break and left four games with the lead...Was victorious
in first outing after allowing two earned runs in 5.0 innings at Houston on 4/4...Was in line for the win after working 7.0
scoreless innings on 4/10, but received a no-decision in Pittsburgh's 3-2, 12-inning loss vs. St. Louis...Tossed 8.1 innings and was the
winning pitcher in manager Jim Tracy's 500th career victory on 4/17 at St. Louis...Won his first three decisions before giving up five
runs in an 8-1 loss vs. Cincinnati on 4/28...Surrendered a leadoff home run to Alfonso Soriano on the second pitch of the game in
a 1-0 loss to Jason Marquis at Wrigley Field on 5/9...Tossed 7.0 innings of shutout ball in 7-0 win vs. Florida on 5/14...Left his start
on 5/19 vs. Arizona with a 7-2 lead after 6.0 innings, but received a no-decision in Pittsburgh's 9-8 loss...Lost a 3-1 decision to
Braden Looper at Busch Stadium on 5/24; left the game with one out in the 6th inning after suffering a left thumb contusion after
being struck by a line drive off the bat of Aaron Miles...Limited San Diego to one run over 7.0 innings while winning a 4-1 decision
against David Wells on 5/29...Came away with no-decisions in back-to-back starts after being in line for the win on 6/3 vs. Los
Angeles (NL) and 6/8 at Yankee Stadium (the bullpen suffered blown saves in each game)...Improved to 8-4 and lowered ERA to
3.05 after allowing two runs in 7.1 innings on 6/30 vs. Washington...Won third straight decision by beating Milwaukee's Ben Sheets
in final start of first half on 7/5 at PNC Park...Was one of five pitchers selected to the All-Star final vote (San Diego's Chris Young
emerged as the winner in the field of five)...Limited Houston to two runs in 7.0 innings but lost a 2-1 decision to Roy Oswalt on
7/20 at PNC Park...Was charged with six runs in a season-low 2.1 innings before leaving his 7/25 outing in New York with left shoulder
stiffness...Returned to the mound on 8/7 in Arizona after skipping a start and whiffed a career-high nine batters in an 8-3 win.
...Tossed first major league shutout and complete game on 8/12 at San Francisco...Was named co-National League Player-of-the-Week
for the week of 8/6-12 after going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA (shared honor with Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki)...Won four of his five decisions
during the month of August...Won his 14th game on 9/7 vs. Chicago (NL)...Was in line for 15th victory on 9/12, but the bullpen
blew a 4-2 lead in the 8th inning...Went 0-3 with a 6.94 ERA (23.1ip/18er) in his last four starts...The Pirates posted a 15-17 record
in his 32 starts...Went 4-for-63 (.063) with three RBI at the plate...Singled off Dontrelle Willis for first major league hit on 5/14; was
0-for-36 to start his career...Also collected a hit in his next start - a two-run single off Arizona's Micah Owings...Had two hits in first
19 at bats and two hits in his final 44 at bats.
Was named organization's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year...Was named to International League's mid-season All-Star team and the US squad for the MLB Futures Game (did not participate in either event due to his promotion to the Pirates). ...Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis...Made Opening Day start on 4/6 at Pawtucket and allowed just one hit and no runs in 4.0 innings (8 K's), but received a no-decision...Tossed 5.0 shutout innings in second start and earned first victory on 4/11 at Ottawa. ...Lost his next two decisions (4/17 and 4/27) before winning back-to-back starts on 5/13 (8.0ip/0r) and 5/18 (8.0ip/0r)...Pitched 17.0 consecutive scoreless innings from 5/13-24...Posted a 3-1 record and a 1.77 ERA (40.2ip/8er) in six starts during the month of May...Struck out a season-high 10 batters while tossing 7.0 scoreless frames in no-decision on 6/14 at Rochester...Went 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA (20.0ip/2r/1er) in final three Triple-A starts...Surrendered three earned runs or less in 13 of his 16 starts with Indy...Led International League starters with a .194 batting average against (67-for-346) and an 8.49 strikeouts/per 9.0ip ratio...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 6/30...Received a no-decision in season debut with Pirates on 7/1 vs. Detroit (5.0ip/2er)...Surrendered five runs in 4.0ip and suffered loss in second start on 7/6 at New York (NL)...Gave up career-high seven runs (five earned) in 2.2ip and lost next start on 7/18 vs. Colorado...Recorded first major league win on 7/29 vs. San Francisco (7.0ip/2er)...Pitched in front of family and friends in his hometown of Chicago and beat Carlos Zambrano, 6-0, at Wrigley Field on 8/4 (held the Cubs hitless for three innings and surrendered just two hits in his 8.0 scoreless innings)...Also established career high with seven strikeouts in 8/4 start. ...Opposed Roger Clemens (6.0ip+/1er) and suffered third loss on 8/10 at Houston (6.0ip/2er)...Was charged with seven earned runs in 34.0ip over five-start stretch from 7/23 thru 8/15 (1.85 ERA), lowering ERA from 9.26 to 3.74...Was placed on 15-day disabled list due to left elbow tendinitis on 8/28 (retroactive to 8/16)...Was reinstated from D.L. on 9/16 and surrendered one run in 4.0 innings of work vs. New York that night...Suffered losses in each of his last two starts (offense did not score him any runs in the two games)...Allowed just three home runs in his 11 starts with the Pirates; San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez being the only left-handed batter to take him deep (9/22 at PETCO Park)...Went 0-for-19 with 11 K's as a batter with Pittsburgh...Picked up first major league RBI on a groundout (7/29 vs. San Francisco) and received a walk from Roger Clemens on 8/10 in Houston...Began season as a left-handed batter, but became a switch hitter on 7/23 at Florida.
Spent entire regular season with Altoona (AA), but spent month of April in Extended Spring Training with left elbow discomfort...Led staff in strikeouts...Ranked ninth among Eastern League pitchers in ERA...Surrendered just six home runs in 129.2ip - all homers hit by right-handed batters...Allowed just two hits and tossed 6.0 scoreless innings for the win in his Double-A debut on 5/2 @Reading...Went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA (24.0ip/4er) in his first four starts before losing for the first time on 5/26 vs. Norwich (4.0ip/3er)...Allowed just one home run in his first nine starts (49.1ip) thru 6/16...Tossed three-hit shutout on 6/26 vs. New Britain...Was the starting pitcher for the Southern Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game in Portland on 7/13 (ND - 2.0ip/4h/3r/1er/1bb/1so - 11 batters faced)...Went 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts during the month of July...Snapped three-game losing streak by striking out season-high 10 batters in 5-2 victory @Erie on 8/2...Won each of his last four regular season decisions...Posted a 3-0 record and a 2.97 ERA in six starts during the month of August...Pitched just 3.0 innings on 8/28 vs. Akron; lef game with pain in his right knee...Also left his start on 9/3 vs. Bowie (5.0ip/2h/0r) due to an ankle injury...Went 1-for-18 (.056) with two walks at the plate, picking up his lone hit (single) on 6/16 @Norwich...Tossed a four-hit shutout and whiffed 13 batters (0 walks) in Game Three of Double-A playoff series against Akron on 9/9...Was promoted to Indianapolis (AAA) on 9/12 and started Game Two of International League Championship Series @Toledo on 9/14 (L, 5.0ip/9h/6r/6er/2bb/6so)...Had contract purchased by Pittsburgh on 9/16...Made major league debut as a starter and lost a 7-4 decision to Houston's Andy Pettitte @PNC Park on 9/20 (4.1ip/7h/5r/5er/2bb/2so)...Also surrendered three runs in 1.0+ inning of relief @Los Angeles on 9/26 and retired two of the three batters he faced on 9/30 vs. Milwaukee...Went 0-for-1 as a batter, striking out and producing a sacrifice bunt vs. Pettitte on 9/20.
Split first full season between Hickory (A) and Lynchburg (A)...Went 10-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 26 regular season appearances
(25 starts) with the two clubs...Finished season by joining Altoona for the Eastern League playoffs...Led all Pittsburgh minor
leaguers with 167 strikeouts and ranked fifth in ERA...Began season with Hickory...Held South Atlantic League opponents to a .193
average, including a .151 mark with runners in scoring position...Won his first seven decisions before taking losses in back-to-back
starts (6/20 & 6/26 @Kannapolis), despite allowing only one earned run between both outings...Was named the starting pitcher for
the Northern Division squad at the 2004 South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Charleston, SC on 6/29...Struck out seven or more
batters in each of his final seven starts with the Crawdads, including 11 in 7.0ip vs. Lexington on 6/15...Was promoted to Lynchburg
on 7/5...Lost his first four decisions with the Hillcats before winning three consecutive starts from 8/11-22...In final regular season
start, equaled a season high by striking out 11 batters in just 5.0 innings while receiving a no-decision @Frederick on 9/2...Was promoted
to Altoona for the Eastern League playoffs and went 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA (9.0ip/1r) in two relief appearances...Tossed 5.0
scoreless innings in relief of injured starter Ian Snell to earn the win in the Curve's 8-3 victory vs. Erie in Game Two of the E.L.
Divisional Playoff Series...Suffered the loss in Game Two of the E.L. Championship Series vs. New Hampshire, despite allowing just
one earned run and two hits in 4.0 innings of work...Was rated by Baseball America as the #11 prospect in the South Atlantic League
and the Carolina League's #13 prospect following the season.
Signed with Pittsburgh on 7/1 after being selected in the second round of the June draft...Made professional debut with New York-Penn League champion Williamsport and went 1-2 with a 1.78 ERA in eight starts...Yielded just one home run in 30.1 innings of work...Earned first professional victory on 8/25 vs. Hudson Valley after tossing 6.0 scoreless innings...Was rated as the #10 prospect in the New York-Penn League by Baseball America following the season.