Graduated from Weatherford (TX) HS…In 2015, honored with the Oriole Way Award, which recognizes an Orioles player who made significant contributions both on and off the field and who has demonstrated a sincere willingness and desire to serve the community, by the Oriole Advocates…Participated in the BARCS Pet Calendar initiative…Supports numerous military programs...Regularly visits the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Division of Pediatric Oncology to spend time with children battling cancer...Married, wife's name is Courtney…The couple has a son, Zander, and a daughter, Zilah...Older brother, Buck, is the manager of O's Class-A affiliate Delmarva.
Went 2-1 with 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA (12 ER/37.1 IP) in 38 appearances...Converted his 55th consecutive save opportunity on 7/23 to set a new American League consecutive save opportunities record, passing RHP Tom Gordon (54, 4/19/98-5/31/99)...Converted 60 consecutive save opportunities from 10/1/15-8/21/17, the second-longest streak in Major League history (Eric Gagne, 84 consecutive, 8/28/02-7/3/04)... Threw at least 2.0 innings in back-to-back appearances (9/1 vs. TOR and 9/3 vs. TOR) for the first time since 4/12/14 vs. TOR 2.0 innings and 4/16/14 vs. TB 3.0 innings...Gave up a home run to Matt Olson on 8/13 at OAK; was his first home run allowed of the season, and first since 4/11/16 at BOS-M. Betts (89 appearances); first home run allowed to a lefty since 4/29/13 (M. Saunders)...Placed on the 10-day DL on 5/6 (retroactive to 5/5/17; left forearm strain)...Transferred to the 60-day DL on 6/20... Placed on the 10-day DL on 4/16 (left forearm strain)…Reinstated from the DL on 5/2...His 135 career saves rank second among Orioles relievers in club history…Gregg Olson (160) holds the club record...His 135 saves since the start of 2014 lead all American League relievers (fourth in the majors)...One of 18 active pitchers with 100-or-more career saves.
Named the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year...Selected to the 2016 All-Star Game, his second consecutive All-Star selection (second career, also 2015)...Earned the save for the AL squad (1.0 IP, 1 H)... Ranked frst among qualifying relief pitchers in the majors with a 0.54 ERA (4 ER 67.0 IP)...He was the only qualifying reliever in the majors with a sub-1.00 ERA...His 0.54 ERA led all Major League pitchers (min. 50.0 IP) and was the lowest in Major League history with at least 50.0 IP...Ranked frst among Major League relievers in ground ball fy ball ratio (9.77) and in ground ball percentage (79.4%) ...Posted a Major League record 43 consecutive relief appearances (41.1 IP) without surrendering an earned run from 5/5-8/22, according to STATS, LLC. (since 1913)... Went 47-for-47 in save opportunities this season...His 47 saves led the AL and ranked tied for second in the majors... Posted the fourth 40-save season in O's history (R. Myers, 45 saves in 1997; J. Johnson, 51 saves in 2012, 50 saves in 2013)... Was the only qualifying reliever in the majors with a 100.0% save percentage • Set the club record for consecutive saves in as many opportunities to begin a season (47-for-47), surpassing Chris Ray's mark (18-for-18) from 4/3-6/17/06... With his save on 8/3 vs. TEX, he set the Major League record (since 1969) for most consecutive saves (33) in as many chances to begin a season by a left-handed pitcher, according to STATS, LLC....According to STATS, LLC., he posted the third-longest stretch of consecutive saves converted to start a season (47) in Major League history (since 1969)... Earned the 100th save of his career on 7/10 vs. LAA, becoming the ffth pitcher in club history (since 1954) to record 100 or more career saves with the Orioles... Posted his 106th career save on 8/3 vs. TEX, passing Tippy Martinez for the club record for saves by a left-handed pitcher... His 120 career saves are the third-most among Orioles relievers in club history (since 1954)...Jim Johnson (122) ranks second... His 120 saves since the start of 2014 lead all American League relievers (fourth in the majors)...Is one of 20 active pitchers with 100 or more career saves... Since the start of 2014, ranks second among qualifying relievers in Major League Baseball with a 1.38 ERA (32 ER/209.0 IP)...Appeared on the Orioles' 2016 AL Wild Card Game roster.
Finished tied for third among AL relievers with 36 saves, tied for the sixth-highest single season total by an Orioles reliever in club history (since 1954) • His 73 career saves rank eighth-most among Orioles relievers in club history (since 1954)...Eddie Watt ranks seventh with 74 saves • Ranks third among left-handed relievers on the Orioles all-time saves list, behind Randy Myers (76) and Tippy Martinez (105) • Converted a career-high 24 consecutive save opportunities, 5/3-8/10 (the fourth-longest such streak in club history) • Led Major League relievers in ground ball percentage (80.4%) and ground ball/fly ball ratio (8.47) • Finished fifth among AL relievers in ERA (1.92), tied for eighth in strikeouts (79), and 13th in innings (65.2 IP) • Selected to the All-Star Game, his first career All-Star selection...Chosen by AL manager (Ned Yost) in conjunction with Major League Baseball • Tossed 0.2 scoreless IP in the All-Star Game, surrendering one hit while striking out one (B. Harper) • Earned five multi-IP saves during the season: 8/10 at SEA (1.2 IP), 6/9 vs. BOS (1.2 IP), 6/4 at HOU (1.2 IP), 5/3 at TB (1.1 IP), and 4/14 vs. NYY (1.1 IP) • According to STATS, LLC., has struck out three batters in an inning five times in his career (four in 2015, last: 9/2 vs. TB) • Snapped a 96-game stretch in which he did not record a win after earning the victory, 7/10 vs. WAS (the longest winless stretch in terms of games in his career) • Posted a career-high (in terms of games) 13-game scoreless streak (13.2 IP), 5/17-6/17 • Tied for the AL lead with nine saves in June...Was one of two AL relievers to go 9-for-9 in SVO that month (also, Kansas City's Greg Holland) • His sinker was voted by ESPN as the best pitch in the majors
Pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the 1st time, pitching to a 0.84 ERA (21.1IP, 2ER) in his 1st 16 appearances (March 31-May 10). Earned his 1st career save, May 15 @KC (perfect IP on three ground ball outs in a 2-1 win) and held the closer job for the rest of the season. Finished fourth in the AL with 37 saves…Converted 18 consecutive save opportunities, July 19-September 4. Led all relievers in groundball-to-flyball ratio (6.68) and ground ball percentage (75.8%). Became the 10th different Oriole to record a 30-save season, August 30 vs. MIN…It is the 14th 30-save season by an Oriole. Became the seventh AL left-hander to save 37 or more games in a season, the second Oriole (Randy Myers - 45 in 1997). Posted a franchise record 35.1 consecutive scoreless innings at home, September 27, 2013-August 3, 2014. His stretch of 27 straight scoreless home appearances (September 27, 2013-August 3, 2014) tied the club record. Pitched 1.0 inning or more in 64 of his 71 appearances (eighth in MLB/third in AL), going 2-0 with 35 saves and a 0.86 ERA (73.1IP,7ER) in those 64 outings. Appeared in six postseason games, posting a 3.86 ERA (4.2IP, 2ER) with two saves (Games 2 and 3 of the ALDS).
Had three stints with the Orioles (April 25-30, June 18-July 9 and September 2-5), making seven starts... Combined to pitch 11.0 innings and allow two earned runs in his two victories (June 18 @DET, 5.1IP, ER and 6/29 vs. NYY, 5.2IP, ER)... Struck out season-high five, June 24 vs. CLE... Tossed season-long 7.0 innings, July 4 @CWS... Went 6-5 with a 4.27 ERA (103.1IP, 49ER) in 19 starts for Triple-A Norfolk... Was second on the Tides pitching staff with nine Quality Starts behind Josh Stinson (11)... Was 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA (54.1IP, 19ER) in nine road starts in the International League... Held AAA left-handed hitters to a line of .208/.299/.317 in 101 at-bats... August 28 at Charlotte, tied season-high with eight strikeouts and registered 13 groundouts... Posted a 2.98 groundout/flyout ratio, but finished 12.0 innings shy of qualifying among minor league leaders, where that ratio would have been tops at the AA and AAA levels
Began season on the DL with a left shoulder impingement and had three stints with the O's this season (7/17-8/8, 8/18-30 &9/4-end of season) ... Reinstated from DL, 6/6, and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk ... Made three rehab starts with AA Bowie (2G; 0.75 ERA, 12.0IP, ER, 3BB, 11K) and AAA Norfolk (1G; 6.00 ERA, 6.0IP, 4ER,2BB, 2K) ... Went 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA (21.0IP, 5ER, 16K) in three July starts for the Tides ... Recalled by the O's, 7/17, where he made five starts and posted an 8.10 ERA (23.1IP, 21ER) before being optioned back toNorfolk, 8/8Made start for the Tides, 8/13 and was recalled back to the O's, 8/18 ... Tossed season-high 8.0IP and struck out career-high 10, 8/30 vs. CWS ... Made first career appearance out of the pen, 10/3 @TB (1.0IP, 0ER, 1SO) ... Pitched to a 0.78 ERA (34.2IP, 3ER) in his five victories
Allowed one earned run over his first two major league appearances (13.2 IP)...According to Elias, since the Orioles moved to Baltimore in 1954, only Tom Phoebus won his first two MLB games, both as astarting pitcher, allowing no more than one run combined...Prior to Britton, the last Oriole pitcher to allow one or fewer runs in the first 13.2 innings of his career was Kurt Birkins in May2006 (he allowed one run, all innings pitched in relief)...The last O's pitcher to allow a total of one-or-fewer runs in his first twocareer starts was Chuck McElroy in Sept. of 2000 (11.0IP, 1ER)...McElroy had 603 relief outings in the bigs before his first twostarts in 2000...Worked nine scoreless innings in that May 12 start and was opposed by Jason Vargas, who also worked nine scoreless innings...The last time the Orioles played a game in which both pitchers went nine innings was July 11, 2003 (Baltimore's Rodrigo Lopezand Oakland's Tim Hudson)...It also marked the first time two major league pitchers went nine innings or more each and wereboth non-decisioned since July 10, 2010 (Philadelphia's Roy Halladay and Cincinnati's Travis Wood)...It was just the third suchoccurrence in the big leagues since 2000...The last O's starter to throw nine shutout IP and not factor in the decision was MikeMorgan on April 16, 1988 against Cleveland...Joined Jake Arrieta as the first pair of Oriole starters to both have five wins by May 20 since Erik Bedard (5) and Kris Bensonin 2006...Recorded five hits in his three Interleague Play starts, going 5-for-8 with a double, a homer with two RBI and three runs scored...According to Elias, his five hits were the most in one season by an AL pitcher since the creation of the designated hitter in 1974...Set a career-high with three straight wins April 20-May 1 and tied that mark August 22-September 1...Struck out a career-high seven September 17 against Los Angeles...Had a streak of 19.1 scoreless innings over three starts from May 6-18...In his two starts, July 8-30, he became the first player in major league history to allow eight-or-more runs while lasting less thanan inning in each of two consecutive starts...In his August 28 start against the Yankees (over 7.0 innings) he threw a career-high 120 pitches, the most by an Oriole pitcherin 2011 and most by an Orioles starter against the Yankees since Sidney Ponson threw 128 in 5.2 innings on June 1, 2004 inthe Bronx...Pitched to a 3.09 ERA (87.1IP, 30ER) at home and a 6.58 ERA (67.0IP, 49ER) on the road...Was 3-1 with a 2.02 ERA (35.2IP, 8ER) in five starts against the AL West...Had a 4.05 ERA (104.1IP, 47ER) before the All-Star break, but pitched to a 5.76 ERA (50.0IP, 32ER) after the break...Was 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA (31.2IP, 10ER) in five April starts and 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA (17.1IP, 5ER) in three August starts...Opponents batted .228 (72-316) against him at home and .331 (90-272) on the road...Made one start for Triple-A Norfolk August 16 and allowed one run over five innings on three hits and a walk against Charlotte...Made three starts for Double-A Bowie July 15-25, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA (11.2IP, 7ER).
Received the Jim Palmer Award as the Orioles top minor league pitcher ... Was named to the Eastern League All-Star Team ... Was named the 2nd best prospect in the Orioles organization by Baseball America following the 2010 season ... Was named the Orioles Organizational Pitcher of the Month for June when he went 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA in four starts ... Was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for June 21-27, when he tossed 8.0 innings, allowing one run on four hitsand striking out nine ... Made seven consecutive Quality Starts at Bowie, May 21-June 25, before being promoted to Norfolk on July 1 ... Led all Tides pitchers who made at least 12 starts with a 2.98 ERA ... Matched his career-best in strikeouts with nine on three occasions (June 25 at Altoona, August 14 against Charlotte andSeptember 4 at Durham)
Was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year...Was named to the Carolina League mid-season All-Star team andthe Carolina League post-season All-Star team...Was named the third best prospect in the Orioles system by Baseball America...Finished second in the league in ERA (2.70) and strikeouts (131), fourth in innings pitched (140.0) and tied for fifth in wins (9)... Led the Keys in all four categories...Also led the team in games started (24)...Tied a career-high with nine strikeouts June 29 against Wilmington...Began the season with five consecutive starts allowing two earned runs or less and ended the season with nine consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less.
Finished seventh in the league in ERA (3.12) and fourth in innings pitched (147.1)...Tied for team lead in wins (12) andstarts (27) and finished second on the club in strikeouts (114)...Threw a complete game (7.0 IP) on May 21 against Kannapolis,allowing one run on five hits...Made 15 quality starts and struck out a season-high nine batters on June 25 against Lake County.
Went 6-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 15 starts for Aberdeen...Pitched to an 8.00 ERA in June (9.0IP, 8ER), but had a 2.96 ERA(54.2IP, 18ER) after July 1.
Went winless in 11 starts for Rookie League Bluefield...Lost 3 straight starts, July 30- August 10...Pitched a season-high5.0 innings and did not allow a run on 8/15 at Pulaski, but did not receive a decision...Surrendered 5 runs in 1.2 innings in his next start at Burlington, the only time he allowed more than 3 runs in an outing.