Graduated in 2003 and played high school baseball at Fort Zumwalt South in St. Peters, Mo...Collegiate career began with stints at Southwestern Illinois College and the University of Central Missouri...Played college baseball at Mount Olive College (NC) and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Fire Science...Was All-American and Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2007...Pitched 10 innings vs. Armstrong Atlantic in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional on May 18, 2007, the second most innings pitched in a game in school history... Is married to Dr. Meghan Layne, a dentist, and the couple has a daughter, Parker... Resides in O'Fallon, Mo.
Signed with the Red Sox on Feb. 24 during Spring Training, but never pitched in an organizational game...Was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a right oblique strain after reporting to Pawtucket (AAA) on 4/5 and was reinstated on 5/17, the day he was released...Signed by the Cardinals to a minor league contract on 6/15 and reported to Springfield (AA)...Pitched in two games for Springfield and pitched the remainder of the season with the Triple-A Champion Memphis (AAA) squad...Posted a 2-1 record with a 1.24 ERA in 29 appearances between Springfield and Memphis. Struck out 36 batters over 29.0 innings and was 3-for-3 in save opportunities...Did not allow an earned run in his first 19 appearances as a member of the Cardinals organization...Made 11 appearances of four outs or more with 10 scoreless... Allowed only two extra base hits all season (120 TBF), one double each to a left-handed and right-handed batter. Posted a positive reverse split keeping right-handers at a .157 opp. BA (8-51)...Made four scoreless appearances during the Pacific Coast League playoffs covering 5.1 innings. Allowed two runs in his appearance in the Triple-A Championship game vs. Durham...Pitched a season-high 2.1 scoreless innings in Game 1 of the PCL Championship series at Fresno (9/11) in a 10-4 Memphis win...Stranded 7-of-29 inherited runners (24.1 IRS).
Combined with the Yankees and Red Sox to go 2-1 with one save and a 3.63 ERA (44.2IP, 18ER) in 63 relief appearances…retired 43-of-63 first batters faced (68.3%)…allowed 11-of-40 inherited runners to score (27.5%). In 29 relief appearances with the Yankees, went 2-0 with one save and a 3.38 ERA (16.0IP, 6ER)…held opponents scoreless in 25 of those 29 appearances. Made his Yankees debut in 8/9 loss at Boston, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings (1H, 1K)…was signed by the Yankees as a free agent prior to the game. Tied a career high with 13 consecutive scoreless appearances from 8/13-9/5 (7.1IP, 1H, 3BB, 5K)…allowed just 1ER in 12.1IP (0.73 ERA) over a 24-appearance stretch from 8/13-9/26. Earned his first win as a Yankee on 8/27 vs. Baltimore, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning (1H, 1K). Made 34 relief appearances with the Red Sox, going 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA (28.2IP, 12ER)…held opponents scoreless in 25 of those 34 games, allowing more than 1R just three times. Allowed a solo HR to Freddie Freeman on 4/27 vs. Atlanta, just the second HR allowed to a left-handed batter in his career (also Chase Utley on 6/24/13 vs. Philadelphia). Was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on 8/2 and released on 8/6.
Set career highs in appearances (64), SO (45), and IP (47.2) in 2nd season with the Red Sox... Also tied his career best in wins (2). Made 1st career Opening Day roster...Finished an 8-0 win with a scoreless 9th inning on Opening Day, 4/6 at PHI. Allowed no runs in 48 of his 64 games (75%). Held lefties to a .148 AVG (13-for-88), 4th lowest in the AL (min. 85 BF)...Led AL pitchers with a .170 SLG against left-handed batters (2nd in MLB) and a .418 OPS against lefties (3rd in MLB). Allowed only 2 XBH to lefties all season (both doubles)...Was his 2nd straight ML season with no HR allowed to LHB (150 batters faced). Allowed 9 of his 45 inherited runners to score...His inherited runners scored percent (20.0) ranked T-6th lowest among all AL relievers. Tied with Alexi Ogando for the staff lead in appearances...The 64 outings ranked T-5th among AL lefty relievers. Appeared in a single-month career-high 14 games in May and posted a 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11.0 IP). Earned his only save of the year on 6/7 vs. OAK, his 1st save since 9/5/12 for SD at LAD. Strung together 10 straight scoreless appearances, 8/22-9/13 (6.0 IP)...Did not allow a hit in any of the final 9 games of that stretch (5.0 IP, 18 batters faced). Appeared in 7 games over 2 stints with Triple-A Pawtucket. Was optioned to Pawtucket following the game on 4/12 when Koji Uehara was activated from the DL...Recorded 3 saves and allowed only 2 hits over his 4 scoreless appearances (5.0 IP) for the PawSox from 4/17-27. Recalled by BOS on 4/29...Was optioned to Pawtucket a 2nd time on 7/30. Allowed 3 ER in 2.2 IP over 3 appearances in his 2nd stint with the PawSox from 8/3-8. Recalled on 8/18 and finished his season with the ML club...Held opponents scoreless in 16 of his 20 games for BOS following that recall. Held ML opponents to a .067 AVG (1-for-15) with RISP over his final 11 games of the season.
Made a career-high 30 appearances out of the Red Sox bullpen in his 1st season in the organization...Was a non-roster invitee to BOS Spring Training and split the season between the majors and Triple-A Pawtucket...His total of 67 games between both clubs was a career high...Held lefties to a .146 AVG (15-for-103) between both Pawtucket and Boston...Surrendered only 1 HR on the season between both clubs (67.0 IP/266 batters faced)...Named an International League Mid-Season All-Star...No runs allowed in 30 of his 37 appearances (81%) for Pawtucket...Averaged 9.94 SO/9.0 IP and recorded at least 1 SO in all but 9 of his 37 appearances...Converted all 11 of his save opportunities for the PawSox...Allowed only 6 hits in 54 at-bats (.111 AVG) with runners in scoring position at Pawtucket and just 2 in 27 at-bats (.074 AVG) with RISP and 2 outs...Earned wins in 3 straight appearances from 4/13-21, and picked up 4 wins in a span of 5 games, 4/13-28...Had a season-best 14.1-inning scoreless streak, 4/6-5/2...Was recalled by BOS as the 26th man for a DH on 7/5 vs. BAL...Appeared in the 2nd game and was optioned back to Pawtucket after the game...Was scored upon only once over his final 16 appearances for Pawtucket (0.57 ERA)...Was recalled a 2nd time on 8/1 and remained in the Red Sox bullpen for the remainder of the season...Became just the 3rd pitcher in club history to post an ERA under 1.00 in 30 or more appearances, joining Jonathan Papelbon in 2006 (0.92 in 59 games) and Dutch Leonard in 1914 (0.96 in 36 games)...Allowed only 1 ER (3 runs total; 0.61 ERA, 14.2 IP) over his first 19 appearances with the Red Sox...Earned his 1st win as a Red Sox on 8/12 at CIN...Was his 1st ML victory since 10/3/12 for SD at MIL...Ended ML season with 10 scoreless outings (3.2 IP).
No runs allowed in 11 of his 14 appearances in the majors and no ER in 12 of 14 games...Held opponents to a .111 AVG (1-for-9) with RISP for SD and stranded 12 of his 13 inherited runners...Allowed the 1st HR of his big league career on 6/24 vs. PHI, his 33rd career appearance…Began his career with 22.1 innings without surrendering a long ball...Began the season with Triple-A Tucson where he ranked 2nd on the staff in appearances (49)...Held Pacific Coast League lefties to a .227 AVG (17-for-75)...Did not allow a HR over his final 40 appearances of the season (38.2 IP)…Allowed his only HR of the season on 4/26 vs. Colorado Springs.
Acquired by the Padres in May and saw his first Big League action with the club, appearing in 26 Major League games total.Played in five games, four starts, for Triple-A Reno in the D-backs organization before being acquired by the Padres.Made five starts for Triple-A Tucson after being acquired, going 0-3 with a 7.77 ERA(19 ER/22.0 IP) from 5/5-25.After appearing in his first three games, two starts, for Double-A San Antonio from 6/1-11, converted to a relieverand went on to post a 1.31 ERA (3 ER/20.2 IP) with 27 strikeouts against just 17 hits allowed and 10 walks in 29relief appearances for the Missions from 6/15-8/13, before his Major League call-up.Selected from Double-A San Antonio on 8/14 and made his Major League debut that day at ATL, striking out allthree batters faced for a scoreless inning of work.Did not allow a run over his first 11 appearances and 8.2 innings pitched from 8/14-31, striking out 14 batters whileallowing just two hits and one walk over that stretch.Earned his first career save in his first opportunity on 8/22 vs. PIT, saving the game for LHP Andrew Werner's firstcareer victory, who made his Major League debut with a start that day.Earned his first career victory on 9/4 at LAD...earned his second career save the following day, 9/5 at LAD...earnedhis second career victory on the Padres last game of the season, 10/3 at MIL.Worked scoreless ball in 18 of his first 19 career outings from 8/14-9/12, posting a 1.54 ERA(2 ER/11.2 IP) with 20strikeouts against six hits and two walks in that span.Worked scoreless ball in 22 of his 26 outings for the Padres overall.Held opponents to a .148 (9-for-61) average overall for the Padres in 2012...held left-handed hitters to a .083 (3-for-36) while right-handers hit .240 (6-for-25) off him...allowed just three walks total over his 26 outings.Struck out 25 batters total in 16.2 innings for a 13.5 K/9 ratio.
Appeared in 35 games total, with 18 starts, between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.Over his three starts for Mobile, went 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA (5 ER/17.2 IP).While with Reno, enjoyed his best month of the season in May, going 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA (7 ER/27.1 IP) overnine games, two starts.
Spent the entire campaign as a starter with Double-A Mobile, making 26 starts total for the Bay Bears.Tossed three complete games total, including one shutout, for the Bay Bears...one 9.0-inning complete game on7/3 vs. Montgomery, a three-hitter.Over five starts total in July, went 2-1 with a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP).
Started the season with Single-A Advanced Visalia...Made his first start of the season on May 3 vs. Lancaster, allowing 2 runs while striking out 3 over 4.0 innings. Won back-to-back games on May 28 and June 2 with a combined 4.2 scoreless innings...Named the organization's Pitcher of the Month for July after going 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA (7 ER in 24.1 IP) and 21 strikeouts...With Visalia, limited left-handed batters to a .130 (9-for-69) average with 11 strikeouts...Promoted to Double-A Mobile on Aug. 6...Tossed a season-high 6.0 innings in his final start of the season on Sept. 4 vs. Montgomery...Following the season, pitched for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League...in 12 relief appearances, posted a 497 ERA (7 ER in 12.2 IP)...Also pitched for Crillos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League...in 2 games, posted a 3.38 ERA (2 ER in 5.1 IP).
As a reliever, was 1-1 with a 3.30 ERA (17 ER in 46.1 IP) and .224 opponents hitting (39-for-174)...Tossed a season-high 7.0 innings on July 18, allowing 1 run off 5 hits...Struck out a season-high 7 on Aug. 21...Went 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA (8 ER in 30.0 IP) and 14 strikeouts over 6 games (4 starts) in July.
Earned his first professional win on June 24 @ Billings, tossing 5.0 shutout innings...Struck out a season-high 8 on July 20 against Casper, allowing 1 run over 6.0 innings.