He and his wife Tonya have one daughter, Gracie…graduated from Bellevue East High School (NE)…attended University of Nebraska at Omaha (2006-07) where he was a two-time All-North Central Conference honoree and was twice named NCC Most Valuable Pitcher…earned Third-Team All-America honors and First-Team All-region recognition in final season at UNO.
Began campaign with Somerset Patriots in Independent Atlantic League, making three starts with no record and 1.50 ERA (12.0 ip/2 er)... Had contract purchased by Seattle on May 12 and went on to post a 1-1 record with one save and 5.67 ERA (60.1 ip/38 er) in 19 games (14 starts) with Triple-A Tacoma... Over first eight appearances with Rainiers, which included seven starts, went 1-1 with 1.93 ERA (28.0/6). Over final 11 games, had no record and one save with 9.19 ERA (32.1/33)... Made season debut at Tacoma in second game of May 13 doubleheader against Round Rock. Started and tossed 3.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts... Followed debut start with a 4.0-inning scoreless effort on May 18 at Round Rock, allowing just two hits while walking none and striking out three... Earned first win of season in next outing, May 23 vs. Fresno, giving up just three hits with a season-high four strikeouts over 5.0 scoreless frames... Had contract selected by Mariners on June 2 and made first Major League appearance since 2013 on June 9 vs. Toronto. Earned win after tossing scoreless seventh inning. Marked first MLB win since May 31, 2013 at Miami... Optioned back to Tacoma on June 10 and was designated for assignment on June 21... Made two appearances for Rainiers following return from Seattle before going on seven-day disabled list with a flexor strain in right forearm on June 23. Had one rehab start with Single-A Everett (1.0 ip, 1 h) prior to being reinstated on July 9... Earned first professional save on July 29 at Oklahoma City after tossing 3.0 innings
Began 2016 campaign at Triple-A level in Yankees organization, appearing in four games before sustaining elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Spent 2015 season with Samsung Lions of Korean Baseball Organization, going 11-11 with a 5.19 ERA (159.2/92) in 28 starts.
Went 10-8 with 3.89 ERA (166.2/72) in 27 games (26 starts) for Triple-A Columbus in Indians organization in 2014.
Spent four different stints with the the Philadelphia Phillies (5/9-10, 5/21-6/13, 8/19-25 & 9/2-season's end) after beginning the year at AAA Lehigh Valley...Tossed back-to-back complete games, August 8-14, for Lehigh Valley, becoming the first pitcher in team history to do so (17.0IP, 9H, 4R/ER, 11K)...Threw 5.0 scoreless innings as an emergency reliever in the Phillies' 18.0-inning loss, August 24 vs Arizona, his 1st career relief appearance...His ERA over his first 6 starts with Philly was 3.41 (34.1IP, 37H, 13ER)...ERA was 10.73 over his last 7 outings (5GS, 26.0IP, 46H, 31ER)...From July 9- August 14 was 4-1 w/a 1.34 ERA (7 ER, 47.0 IP) over a 7-start stretch for Lehigh Valley... Claimed off waivers the day the Indians played in the AL Wildcard game and was designated (David Murphy) on November 25th, later released and re-signed to a minor league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training.
Won the Paul Owens Award as the best pitcher in the
Phillies minor league system...Named International League Pitcher of the Year and was
the starting pitcher for the IL All-Star team (L, 1.0 IP);
also named to IL postseason All-Star team...Led the IL in ERA (2.35), T-2nd in SHO (1) and T-4th in
wins (12)...Was the emergency Opening Day starter for Lehigh
Valley (AAA), 4/5 vs SWB, and pitched 6.0 perfect innings
with 8 SO...Transferred to Reading (AA) following that game and
made 4 starts before being promoted back to Lehigh
Valley, where he spent the remainder of the season...Pitched at least 6.0 innings in 25 of his 26 minor league
starts; pitched 5.2 innings in the other one...Combined to go 15-1, 2.26 ERA in 26 starts between
both minor league teams...Lehigh Valley and Reading went 20-6 (.769) in his starts,
including 8-0 to start the season...Did not walk a batter through his first 4 starts of the
season (25.0 IP)...Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for
April (4-0, 1.45 ERA in 5 GS)...Named International League Pitcher of the Week, 4/5-8
and Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, 4/23-29...Pitched a 7.0-inning SHO, 7/27 vs Norfolk...Had his contract selected on 8/29 and made his ML
debut that night vs NYM (L, 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO)...Was in the midst of a franchise-record 8-game winning
streak for Lehigh Valley at the time of his promotion...Earned his 1st ML win in his 2nd career start, 9/3 at CIN
(7.0 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 9 SO); also collected his 1st ML hit
(singled off Johnny Cueto)...Threw a career-high 8.0 innings, 9/20 at NYM.
Began season with Clearwater (A)...Allowed 3 ER or less in each of his 13 games (5 starts) with the Threshers before being transferred to Reading (AA), 6/2...Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week twice (8/1-7 & 8/15-21)...Tied his career high with 10 SO, 8/21 vs Altoona (W, 7.0 IP, 0 R)...Posted a 2.30 ERA (16 ER, 62.2 IP) in his final 10 starts of the season...Pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League.
Began season with Clearwater...Had a 1.80 ERA over 7 relief appearances in April...Struck out 10 batters in 5.1 IP, 8/16 vs Lakeland...Transferred to Reading, 8/29.
Began season with Lakewood (A)...Selected to South Atlantic League midseason All-Star team...Transferred to Clearwater, 6/29.
Began pro career with Gulf Coast League Phillies (R)...Earned wins in his only 2 appearances with the GCL Phils beforebeing transferred to Williamsport (A), 7/3...Went 2-1, 2.84 ERA (8 ER, 25.1 IP) over his first 5 starts and 3-3, 5.67 ERA (25 ER, 39.2IP) over his final 7...Participated in Florida Instructional League.