Wesley is in his first full season with the Cubs after signing a one-year major league contract with the club in December of 2013 … is 10-15 with two saves and a 4.37 ERA (122 ER/251.1 IP) in six major league seasons with Houston (2008-13) and Tampa Bay (2013)... Has struck out 253 hitters compared to 113 walks in 251.1 career innings, an average of 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings... Primarily used as a left-handed specialist, has limited left-handed opponents to a career .231 batting average (103-for-445) with 137 punchouts... Appeared in a career-high 77 games in 2012, which marked the third-highest total among lefthanders in Astros history... Has pitched and played right field in the same game twice in his career: July 27, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh and Aug. 23, 2011 at Colorado ... in 2011 became the first pitcher in franchise history to play a non-pitching position (source: Elias)... Posted a 19-game consecutive scoreless appearance streak (10.2 IP) at the major league level from August 8-September 26, 2011... Voted by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA as Astros Rookie of the Year in 2008... Owns a 27-20 record with six saves and a 3.56 ERA (176 ER/445.0 IP) in eight minor league seasons... Originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2003 draft... Is a 2003 graduate of Goshen (Ala.) High School.
Went to spring training with ARI as a non-roster invitee and was released on 3/28…signed a minor league contract with BOS on 4/12 and spent next 3 months in the Pawtucket bullpen…compiled a 2.12 ERA in his 1st 13 outings through 6/4 but had a 6.99 mark (11 ER/14.1 IP) in final 6 appearances… allowed runs in 8 of 19 games overall…opponents batted .288, .256 by LHB and .305 by RHB…held opposition to 0-for-15 mark with RISP and 2 out…worked 2.0 or more innings 9 times with long of 3.1 IP, 6/22 vs. Syracuse…had season high 5 strikeouts in that game…was released by BOS on 7/11 and did not pitch the rest of the year.
Held opponents scoreless in 46-of-58 relief outings...Logged holds in four straight appearances, June 4-10...Finished fifth among Cubs relievers with 58 appearances...Allowed only 7-of-39 inherited runners to score (17.9%), the second-best mark among Chicago (NL) relievers (min. 20IR)...Surrendered just two home runs, the second-fewest single-season total of his career (1, 2011) and posted the lowest home run per 9.0 innings ratio of his career (0.37)...His 22.1 swing-and-miss percentage was his highest since 2012 (24.0%)...Induced a career-high tying five groundball double plays (also 2009).
Began the season in Houston's bullpen before being claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay, August 12 … combined to go 0-4 with a 3.69 ERA (22 ER/53.2 IP) and 55 strikeouts in 70 games between the two clubs ... made two appearances in the ALDS against the Red Sox, his first time reaching the postseason... His 55 strikeouts were the most since he fanned 57 during his rookie campaign in 2008... Limited the opposition to a .148 average (8-for-54) with 20 strikeouts with runners in scoring position... Excelled in day games, holding opponents to a .182 mark (12-for-66) compared to a .298 average (42-for-141) in night games... Enjoyed an 8.2-scoreless innings streak from April 17-May 1 (seven appearances)... Posted a 2.92 ERA (4 ER/12.1 IP) with a 0.97 WHIP in 16 games with Tampa Bay after being claimed off waivers... Tossed a season-high 2.1 innings twice: April 17 at Oakland and August 26 at Kansas City.
Appeared in a career-high 77 games, which led the club and ranked tied for sixth in the NL (tied for
second among lefties)...marked the third-highest total among left-handers in Astros history...his .226 (45x199)
opponent's batting average ranked fifth in the NL among lefty relievers...posted a 2.16 ERA (6ER/25IP) away
from Minute Maid Park...led the club with 19 holds...generated a career-high 2.38 groundballs/flyball ratio
(81GB/34FB)...had a 19-game consecutive scoreless appearance streak (9.1IP) from April 16-May 25...his 43
first-half appearances were the most by an Astros LHP since he appeared in 44 first-half games as a rookie in
2008...on July 27 vs. PIT, pitched, moved to right field for one hitter and then returned to the mound...marked
his second career appearance in RF (also Aug. 23, 2011 at COL)...earned his second career save on Oct. 1 at
CHC with 1.1 scoreless innings...marked his first save since July 29, 2008 vs. CIN (his rookie season)...from
Sept. 1 through the end of the season, held left-handed hitters to a .043 (1x23) average, which was tops in the
Majors over that span...over the last two seasons, lefties have hit .170 (25x147) against him.
Appeared in 21 games primarily as a lefty specialist...allowed only one single in 26 at-bats against lefties (.038)...stranded
16 of 20 inherited runners...had three stints with the Astros in 2011 from July 18-20, Aug. 6-10, and Aug. 20 through the
remainder of the season...had a 19-game consecutive scoreless appearance streak (10.2IP) at the Major League level from Aug.
8-Sept. 26...including his minor league time during that span, combined to toss 23 consecutive scoreless apps. (17IP) at the
MLB (19 apps-10.2IP) and Triple A (4 apps-6.1IP) levels...pitched and played right field in the 8th inning on Aug. 23 at COL...
marked his first ML appearance at a non-pitching position...became the first pitcher in franchise history to play a non-pitching
position (source: Elias)...in 39 games for Oklahoma City in 2011, including three starts, was 3-1 with two saves and a 2.07 ERA
(15ER/65.1IP)...had 52 strikeouts in 65.1 innings...held Triple A opponents to a .207 batting average.
Finished his campaign 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA (21ER/33IP) in 14 games, including four starts, over his three stints with the
club...spent the majority of the season as a starter, the first time he's worked primarily as a starter in any professional season...
prior to his first MLB start on July 20, all 126 of his MLB appearances had been in relief...began the year in the minors for the
first time since 2007...recalled on May 28 and made six relief appearances before being optioned back to Triple A Round Rock
on June 22...recalled on July 20 to join the starting rotation and made four starts before another option on Aug. 9...recalled on
Sept. 1 and finished the year in the Astros bullpen...during his time at Triple A, posted a 4-1 record and a 4.65 ERA (36ER/69.2IP)
in 15 games, including 14 starts...had career highs in strikeouts (six) and innings pitched (7.0) in his first MLB win as a starter
on Aug. 1 vs. MIL...had a solid July at Round Rock, going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA (3ER/16.1IP) in three starts...allowed just eight hits
in 16.1 innings over that span...pitched 4.0 innings out of the bullpen on May 29 at CIN, his longest MLB relief appearance and
the longest by an Astro in 2010.
Went 3-4 with a 5.44 ERA (27ER/44.2IP) in 49 games between four stints with Houston...
posted a 3.38 ERA (10ER/26.2IP) in 25 games at home, including a 2-0 record...in 24 games on the
road, was 1-4 with a 8.50 ERA (17ER/18IP)...was on the 15-day Disabled List from Aug. 12-Sept.
1 with a left shoulder strain and missed 19 games...tossed a career-high 3.0 innings of relief
twice in 2009, on Aug. 8 vs. MIL and Aug. 4 vs. SF...on July 28 vs. CHC, became the first Astros
pitcher to record his first Major League hit in his first plate appearance since RHP Brad Lidge
on Sept. 18, 2002...also issued a career-high five walks in his 2.1 innings pitched on July
28, the most walks by an Astros reliever in a single game since Brad Lidge and Brandon
Puffer each allowed five in 2002...in 13 games at the Triple A level, went 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA
(7ER/19IP)...recorded 18 strikeouts in 19.0 innings pitched...made one start at Round Rock
and tossed 3.0 innings, allowing three runs for the loss...was on the Astros Opening Day roster
and made 19 appearances, posting a 1-1 record and a 7.24 ERA (11ER/13.2IP) before being
originally optioned to Triple A on May 28.
Finished 4-3 with one save and a 5.01 ERA (31ER/55.2IP) in 71 appearances...selected by
Houston in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2007...his 71 outings were the most appearances as a
rookie in the Majors...ranked tied for fourth all-time among Astros rookies in appearances and
tied with Al Osuna (1991) for the most among left-handed rookies...71 appearances are tied
for fifth by a left-handed reliever in club history...struck out 57 hitters, second among NL rookie
relievers and fifth among MLB rookie relievers...among Astros rookie relievers, his 57 strikeouts
ranked 11th all-time and were the most since Chad Qualls struck out 60 in 2005...limited lefthanded
batters to a .207 average (19x92) and all opposing hitters to a .214 average...led all NL
rookie relievers with four wins and tied for fourth with three losses...did not allow a run in 12
consecutive games from July 8-Aug. 5, a span of 6.2 innings...recorded his first career save on
July 29 vs. CIN...was the first Astros rookie to record a save since Chad Qualls on Sept. 12, 2004 at
PIT and was the first left-handed Astros rookie to record a save since Trever Miller did so on April
26, 1998 at MON...set a franchise record for the most appearances prior to the All-Star Break by a
left-handed rookie (44)...previous record was held by Al Osuna (36, 1991)...earned his first career win
on April 4 after retiring the only batter faced...made his Major League debut on March 31 at SD...retired
the only batter faced...posted a 2.38 ERA (3ER/11.1IP) in 11 relief appearances during Spring Training.
Posted a combined 3.92 ERA (34ER/78IP) in 44 games (two starts) between Triple A Las Vegas and Double A Jacksonville of the Dodgers organization...pitched 30 games for Jacksonville and was 6-2 with a 2.49 ERA (17ER/61.1IP) and two saves...also recorded 68 strikeouts in 61.1 innings pitched...was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA (12ER/21.1IP) in 12 games for the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League in 2007.
Split the season between Class A Vero Beach and Double A Jacksonville...was 3-3 with a 1.49 ERA (7ER/42.1IP) in 26 games at Class A while going 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA (11ER/21.1IP) in 15 games at Double A...was selected to play for the North Shore Honu of the Hawaii Winter Baseball League following the season...his 1.55 ERA was third-best in the Hawaii Winter Baseball League (minimum 0.8 IP/team game).
Was 1-5 with a 1.93 ERA (13ER/60.2IP) and 68 strikeouts and one save in 30 games for Class A Columbus...promoted to Class A Vero Beach and posted a 9.45 ERA (7ER/6.2IP) in six games.
In 17 games at the Gulf Coast League Dodgers, was 3-3 with a 6.29 ERA (31ER/44.1IP).
Posted a 3.58 ERA (15ER/37.2IP) in 14 games for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers in his first season of play.