Was a prep standout at Lee's Summit West (Mo.) High School...played college baseball at Cowley County Community College (Kan.)...resides in Des Peres, Mo. with his wife Lindsey and their daughters, Chloe Elizabeth (9/13/13) and Adalyn Grace (8/28/15).
Began the season as the Cardinals designated closer and saved 14-of-17 games before role was shifted to SeungHwan Oh...Missed 46 games on the disabled list (7/26-9/14) with right shoulder inflammation...Finished the season with 14 saves, 2nd on the team. Nine of those saves came on the road...Converted 14-of-18 save opportunities...Recorded his 100th career save vs. CHI (4/20) striking out all 3 batters faced, and became the youngest Cardinals pitcher to reach 100 saves at 25 years, 10 months, 22 days (8th youngest in MLB history)...Ranked 3rd among N.L. relief pitchers with a 12.50 K/9 IP ratio, fanning 56 batters in 40.1 IP...Struck out a batter in 34 of 45 appearances...Closed out the season with a career-high 3.0 scoreless innings vs. PIT (10/1), also setting a career high with 52 pitches and tied his career best with four strikeouts...Nailed down a four-out save at ATL (4/10) striking out four batters, his 9th career save of four outs or more...Averaged 97.2 MPH per pitch, highest velocity of any Cardinals pitcher in 2016.
Set the Cardinals single-season saves mark with 48, a career best and 2nd in the both the Majors and the N.L….Became the first Cardinals pitcher in history to post consecutive 45-save seasons and just the 7th pitcher in MLB history to do so (Eric Gagne 2002-04 (3), John Smoltz 2002-03, Francisco Rodriguez 2005-06, Jim Johnson 2012-13, Greg Holland 2013-14, Craig Kimbrel 2013-14)…Had streaks of 21 consecutive converted saves (7/17-9/21) and 18 consecutive (5/5-7/9). Those save streaks ranked T5th and 7th longest in the N.L., respectively…His 94.1% save pct ranked 4th in the N.L.; had just three blown saves (2 vs. PIT and 1 vs. MIL)…Struck out 83 batters, 8th most among N.L. relievers and his 3rd consecutive season with 80 or more K's…His 2.10 ERA ranked 8th among N.L. relievers. That ERA was 2nd only to Bruce Sutter (1.54 in 1984) among Cardinals relievers with 40 or more saves…Ranked 3rd in the N.L. with 57 games finished and his 7 wild pitches were T3rd among N.L. relievers…Retired all 3 batters faced via strikeout in 1.0 IP on 4 occasions, a STL and MLB season high. He has done so 6 times in his career, also a Cardinals franchise record…Struck out at least one batter in 51 of 68 appearances...Posted a streak of 23.2 scoreless innings 5/5-7/2, most by a Cardinals pitcher in 2015 and 7th longest in the Majors.
Served as the team's primary closer in just his 2nd full season in the majors. His 45 saves ranked 2nd in the N.L., 4th in M.L...Became just the 5th pitcher in franchise history to reach the 40-save mark...Struck out 87 batters (6th N.L.) in 70.1 IP (308 TBF) for a 28.2% strikeout/batters faced...Appeared in over 70 games for the second straight season...Ranked 2nd on the team with 72 appearances, T12th N.L. His 146 games pitched between 2013-14 ranks T6th most among all MLB relievers...Struck out the side on 4/25 vs. PIT to save a 1-0 win...Held opposing batters to a .127 BA (14-110) when ahead in the count (.271 behind)...His six losses were T5th most among N.L. relievers, while his six blown saves were T6th...Worked more that 1.0 IP in four of his saves, including 1.2 IP in his 5/15 save vs. CHI...Made four appearances in the postseason, and all four were in Cardinals wins...Was 3-for-4 in save opportunities...Struck out a batter in each appearance...Became the eight pitcher in MLB history to save all three victories of a Division Series and second member of the Cardinals (Eckersley, 1996)...His three saves ranked 3rd behind Greg Holland (7, KC) and Santiago Casilla (4, SF) for most in the 2014 postseason.
Led the team in appearances (74, T10th N.L.) and Cardinals relievers with 75.1 IP (T9th in NL)... Ranked 3rd among N.L. relievers with 108 strikeouts trailing Aroldis Chapman (112) & Kenley Jansen (111)... His 108 K's ranked 4th among all Cardinals pitchers. Led Cardinals with 12.9 strikeouts/9 IP, ranking 2nd in MLB (min. 75 IP)... His 108 strikeouts in relief were most by a Cardinals pitcher since Mark Littell (120 in 1978)... Registered a strikeout in 63 of 74 appearances. Struck out the side in a full inning five times... Earned first Major League victory tossing 2.0 perfect innings with a season-high four strikeouts at CIN (6/9) as the Cardinals won 11-4 in 10 innings... Nailed down first MLB save vs. WSH (9/23) as a part of three consecutive saves, all vs. WSH during the last week of the season (9/23-25). His 29 Holds led the club and were 2nd in the N.L... Threw 1.1 IP or more in 12 appearances, six were scoreless... Did not allow an earned run in 12 May appearances (11.1 IP, 1 UER, 20 K)... Ranked 4th among MLB pitchers with a 31.1% Swing & Miss... Was T2nd among National League relief pitchers in hit batsmen with six... Made 10 relief appearances during the 2013 postseason and did not allow a run, covering 11.2 innings, while nailing down 4-of-5 save opportunities and allowing just four hits while striking out 18 of 40 total batters faced (45%)...his four saves were T2nd most by a Cardinals reliever in a single postseason (Motte, 5, 2011)...his 18 strikeouts in a single postseason are the most ever by a Cardinals reliever, surpassing his record of 15 set in 2012, and T4th all-time among MLB postseason relievers...Cardinals won first eight games he appeared in during postseason... earned first save of post-season in Game 4 of NLDS at PIT (10/7) holding Pirates scoreless to send series back to St. Louis...struck out the side for a save in both Game 2 of NLCS vs. LAD (10/12) and Game 2 of the World Series at BOS (10/24)...struck out at least one batter in all 10 postseason appearances...pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless ball allowing a hit and struck out two in Game 1 of NLCS vs. LAD (10/11) en route to Cardinals 3-2 win in 13 innings. Was benefactor of Carlos Beltran's OF assist at the plate follwoing a triple and an intentional walk to begin the inning... earned the win in Game 3 of World Series vs. BOS (10/26) throwing 1.2 scoreless innings after a blown save allowing inherited runner to score on his one hit allowed during the World Series (X. Bogaerts)...struck out nine batters over 4.2 innings during the World Series...has been called for one balk in the Major Leagues, that coming in the 8th inning of Game 6 of the World Series at BOS (10/30)...posted a WHIP of 0.60 during the postseason...issued three walks during the postseason, but two were intentional.
Had three stints with Major League club, including a final recall on 8/29 where he remained in St. Louis the rest of the season. Made Major League debut at MIL (7/18), throwing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts, his first strikeout was of Corey Hart registering third strike at 100 MPH.Averaged 97.4 MPH on his fastball,ranking 5th among all MLB pitchers. Posted scoreless outings in 15-of-19 appearances; struck out 25 batters in 22.2 innings. Had a season high of 3.0 innings in relief at PIT(8/29) allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Suffered first career loss on a 10th-inning walk-off two-run home run to Anthony Rizzo at Chicago (7/29) at Wrigley Field. Finished season with seven scoreless appearances totaling 7.1 innings, and extended it into the playoffs to 16.0 with seven scoreless appearances totaling 8.2 more innings. Held right-handed batters to a .200 BA(9-45) with one home run (2 extra base hits total) and left-handed batters to a .143 BA(5-35) with one home run (only extra base hit). Was a combined 8-6 with a 2.97 ERA in 20 starts between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA), posting 104 strikeouts in 109.0 innings. Named Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May (5GS, 3-1, 1.65ERA, 27.1 IP, 21K). Selected to the Texas League All-Star North squad. Threw the third inning, a scoreless effort with one strikeout. Named the Cardinals fourth-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America. Rated with the "Best Fastball" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey. 2012 POSTSEASON: Struck out 15 batters over 8.2 scoreless innings in the postseason covering seven appearances...the 15 strikeouts were the most strikeouts by any postseason relief pitcher in 2012...his 15 postseason strikeouts were tied for third most all-time by a rookie trailing only Francisco Rodriguez (28, 2002, 11G) and Jose Contreras (18, 2008, 8G), while tying teammate Adam Wainwright(15, 2006, 9G)for the most in Cardinals history...surrendered just one hit in each playoff series holding opponents to two hits in 28 total at-bats for an .071 postseason opponent BA...the 15 strikeouts were the most by a Cardinals pitcher in a single postseason while not allowing a run...his 0.00 ERA tied Josh Kinney (2006) and Adam Wainwright(2006) as the onlythree pitchers in Cardinals history to not allow a run and register five or more appearances in a postseason...his .071 opponent BA, ranks second lowest only to Arthur Rhodes (.000, 2011)for Cardinals pitchers to face at least 10 batters in a single postseason...the nine strikeouts in the League Championship Series were the most ever by a Cardinals rookie pitcher,T2nd (Wheeler, HOU, 2004, 9, 4G) most by a rookie pitche rin LCS history (Madson,PHI, 10, 2010, 5G) and T5th all-time amongall Cardinals pitchers for an LCS.
Made 22 starts, ranking T2nd on the Quad Cities (A) roster where he spent the entire season...Named to the Midwest League All-Star team and was the starting pitcher for the West All-Stars throwing a perfect first inning...Struck out a career-high 11 over 4.0 IP (17 TBF) in his first start of the season vs. Beloit (4/8)...Had the best outing of his career allowing an unearned run on one hit over a career-high 8.2 innings in a win at Lake County (7/22). Allowed a lead-off hit in the 1st inning and did not allow another...Named Midwest League Pitcher-of-the-Week (7/24) for his efforts at Lake County...Ranked 6th in the MWL with 133 strikeouts and 4th among Cardinals farmhands...Ranked 2nd in the Cardinals organization in K/9 IP (9.95) and 10th with a .247 opponent BA...Posted a reverse split for the third consecutive season holding LH batters to a .226 BA and RH batters at a .263 BA...Finished the season winning his last four decisions 7/22-8/28 to pull even with a 7-7 record...Struck out eight in a 6.0 IP complete game effort at Wisconsin (4/27), coming in the nightcap of a doubleheader...Was outstanding in the MWL playoffs posting a 2-0 record in two starts, a 1.80 ERA and a complete game shutout...Fired a complete game four-hit shutout in second round of MWL playoffs at Kane County (9/10). Did not walk a batter and struck out three. It was the first nine-inning complete game of his career and the only shutout in the MWL playoffs in 2011...Was the winning pitcher in the Midwest League Championship Game throwing 6.0 IP allowing three runs while striking out seven vs. Lansing (9/17).
Appeared in 10 games, starting six at Johnson City...won seven consecutive decisions dating back to July 2009...registered first pro save 8/24 at Bristol tossing two scoreless innings...held LH batters to an .054 BA (2-37)...only allowed one HR in his first 208 AB and had not allowed an extra base hit to a LH batter (55 AB)...posted an 0.84 ERA as a reliever and 2.95 ERA as a starter...appeared in two Appalachian League playoff games allowing one unearned run with three strikeouts.
Began professional career at the Gulf Coast League on July 9...led the GCL Cardinals with four wins and T6th with 14 appearances...struck out over a batter an inning (26 K/24.0 IP)...did not allow a home run in 111 total batters faced...produced a positive reverse split holding opp. LH batters to a .222 BA (4-18)...allowed only four extra base hits in 93 AB...earned first pro win throwing two perfect innings vs. GCL Astros (7/12)...won four consecutive decision 7/12-8/19...10 of his 14 relief appearances were four outs or more.