Full name is Steven Zachary McGuire Putnam. Married his wife, Natasha, in 2017. Signed by Derrick Ross (Cleveland). Pitched at the University of Michigan from 2006-08... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year as a junior in 2008. Graduated in 2005 from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI...Selected by DET in the 38th round of the June Draft, but did not sign. Named Gatorade High School Player of the Year and Mr. Baseball for Michigan in 2005...Helped guide his team to a state title in 2004. Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 high school player in 2005.
Missed the season as a free agent recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in June 2017. Signed by BOS as a minor league free agent on 12/14.
Began the year with CWS before his season ended in April due to injury. Made 7 appearances for CWS, allowing 1 ER in 8.2 IP...Held opponents scoreless through his first 6 outings. Right-handed hitters were 0-for-15 against him (5 SO). His final appearance came on 4/22...Placed on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation on 4/23. Underwent Tommy John surgery in late June. Elected free agency following the season.
Was limited to 25 games due to surgery on his right elbow. Posted a 1.65 ERA (3 ER/16.1 IP) at home … worked 6.2 scoreless IP with eight strikeouts in eight games on zero rest. Left-handers hit .229 (8-35) and first batters faced .261 (6-23) … allowed 17.6 percent (3-17) of inherited runners to score. Threw a career-high 3.0 scoreless IP on 4/18 vs. the Angels. Recorded a 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) in May (11 games). Matched his career high with a streak of 11.0 consecutive scoreless IP from 5/18-6/12 (10 games) … streak was snapped by a Salvador Perez solo home run in the ninth inning on 6/12 vs. Kansas City. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/21 with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow … underwent season-ending surgery on 8/5 to remove bone fragments from his right elbow.
Made 49 relief appearances in his second season with the White Sox … posted a 4.07 ERA (22 ER/48.2 IP) after registering a 1.98 mark (12 ER/54.2 IP) in 2014. ... Worked at least 1.0 IP in 39 of his outings and struck out two or more batters 19 times. ... Allowed just 19.0 percent (4-21) of inherited baserunners to score … first batters faced went 13-43 (.302). ... Limited left-handers to a .229 average (19-83), while righthanders batted .247 (23-93) … opponents hit just .218 (12-55) with RISP and .240 (6-25) with RISP/two outs. ... Worked 10.0 scoreless IP with 13 strikeouts in nine games vs. the American League West … opponents went 2-29 (.069). ... Suffered the loss in his season debut on 4/8 at Kansas City (2 ER/1.0 IP), allowing a game-winning, two-run home run to Lorenzo Cain in the eighth inning. ... Made six straight scoreless appearances (4.1 IP) from 4/15- 5/1 after allowing five runs in his first two outings (2.0 IP). ... Struck out at least one batter in a career-high eight consecutive outings from 5/3-20 (14 SO/8.2 IP). ... Earned his first win of the season despite allowing one run over 1.0 IP on 5/6 vs. Detroit … struck out the side and earned a hold in a perfect inning on 6/10 vs. Houston. ... Allowed just one earned run in 11.2 IP over 11 appearances from 5/7-6/10, recording three holds with 19 strikeouts. ... Suffered his second loss of the season on 6/13 at Tampa Bay after allowing the game-tying hit and the game-winning run to reach base in the eighth inning. Was charged with his third loss on 6/28 at Detroit after surrendering a game-ending, solo home run to James McCann in the ninth inning … retired the first three hitters he faced, stranding the winning run at second base in the eighth. ... Earned the win in consecutive appearances on 7/4 vs. Baltimore (1 ER/0.1 IP) and 7/8 vs. Toronto (1.0 scoreless IP). ... Struck out two in five straight outings from 7/18-8/1. ... Was placed on the disabled list on 8/29 (retroactive to 8/27) with a strained right groin and was reinstated on 9/11 … made eight appearances over the remainder of the season, allowing eight earned runs with nine strikeouts over 7.2 IP
American League Relief Leaders: 7th in AVG/1st Batter (.136); 10th in ERA (1.98)...Ranked among the American League rookie relief leaders in ERA (2nd, 1.98), holds (2nd, 16) and appearances (6th, 49) in his first full season in the major leagues...His 16 holds led the White Sox, and his six saves tied Matt Lindstrom for third on the team … 37 of his 49 appearances were scoreless...Limited opponents to a .205 average (39-190)...Right-handers hit just .170 (15-88), and lefties batted .235 (24-102)...First batters faced hit just .136 (6-44) … Allowed just 10.3 percent (3-29) of inherited runners to score...Posted a 1.71 ERA (5 ER/26.1 IP) with 27 strikeouts over 25 appearances at U.S. Cellular Field … Opponents hit .184 (9-49) with RISP and .091 (2-22) with RISP/two outs … Did not allow a run (11.0 IP) in 10 August outings...His contract was purchased from Class AAA Charlotte on 4/17...Made his Sox debut on 4/18 at Texas (1 ER/2.1 IP)...Struck out a career-high four on 4/22 at Detroit...Made six straight scoreless appearances (10.1 IP) from 4/25-5/9, allowing just three hits...Logged a career-high 2.2 IP on 4/25 vs. Tampa Bay … Retired 15 straight batters from 4/28-5/9...Worked 2.0 scoreless IP in each of his first two wins on 5/6 at Cubs and 5/19 at Kansas City...Surrendered a game-winning solo home run to Jacoby Ellsbury in the 10th inning on 5/22 vs. the Yankees...Made six straight scoreless appearances (5.0 IP) from 5/26-6/17, recording three holds and six strikeouts...Recorded the final four outs for his first career save on 6/28 at Toronto … Earned saves in consecutive appearances on 7/18-19 vs. Houston...Was on the 15-day disabled list from 7/24-8/8 with right shoulder inflammation (one rehab appearance with Charlotte)...Compiled a career-high 11.0 scoreless IP streak (10 games) from 8/8-31 after being reinstated, allowing just two hits...Recorded his fourth save on 8/27 vs. Cleveland, stranding the tying and go-ahead runs...Registered saves in his final two games on 9/16 at Kansas City (1.0 scoreless IP) and 9/19 at Tampa Bay (0.2 scoreless)...Began the season with Charlotte … All five of his appearances with the Knights were scoreless (7.0 IP)...Sox acquisition was recommended by Daraka Shaheed.
Spent most of the season with Class AAA Iowa but also appeared in five games with the Cubs…began
the season with Iowa, holding lefties to a .091 average (3-33)…posted a 1.06 ERA (2 ER/ 17.0 IP) in his last
15 appearances with Iowa…was recalled by Chicago-NL on 5/30 and made his season debut that afternoon
with 0.1 scoreless IP vs. the White Sox…struck out the side in 1.0 scoreless IP on 6/8 vs. Pittsburgh…tied a
career high with three strikeouts on 6/8 vs. Pittsburgh (second time)…left the game on 6/11 vs. Cincinnati due to a sore right elbow…was placed on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow on 6/12 and missed the rest of the season…was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 6/28.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 3-4 with 12 saves and a 4.15 ERA (28 ER/60.2 IP) in 49 relief appearances ... made two scoreless appearances for the Rockies (2.0 IP) in two stints with the major league club. ...Combined for two scoreless relief outings (2.0 IP) in two brief stints with the Rockies. ...Recalled by Colorado, April 25, as the 26th man for a doubleheader in Pittsburgh ... tossed a scoreless inning in the nightcap, and was optioned following the twinbill....Recalled again, June 25, and tossed a scoreless inning the next day vs. the Nationals prior to being optioned back to Colorado Springs....Converted 12 of his first 15 save opportunities and struck out 49 with 27 walks in 60.2 innings pitched with Colorado Springs. ...Recorded a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in his first seven games through April 30 ... posted a 2.00 ERA (4 ER/18.0 IP) in his final 13 outings from August through the end of the season. ...Pitched to a 3.16 road ERA (11 ER/31.1 IP) in 25 games ... went 3-1 with six saves while fanning 29 and walking 13. ...Did not issue a free pass in 28 of his 49 relief appearances.
Spent the entire season at Triple-Columbus before receiving a late call-up to the Major Leagues on 9/13, his first tasteof big league action...went 6-3 with 9 saves and a 3.65 ERA in 44 relief appearances (69.0 ip, 28 er) and recorded 2saves in two International League playoff outings (2.0 ip, 0 r)...On the year he limited left-handed batters to a .205 (23-112) average against and held Triple-A hitters to a .194 (14-for-72) overall mark with RISP and a .111 (4-36) mark with RISP and 2 outs...Contract purchased on 9/13 and made his Major League debut that night at TEX (1.0 ip, 2 er)...Picked up first Major League win on 9/24 vs. MIN (1.1 ip, 1 h, career-high 3K)...did not walk a batter in 7.1 ip with ninestrikeouts...last 4 games posted an ERA of 2.25 (4.0 ip, 1 er)...five of his eight outings with Cleveland were scoreless...Named the 10th-best prospect in the Indians organization entering 2012 according to Baseball America
Split the year between AA Akron and AAA Columbus and was a combined 4-2 w/a 3.69 ERA in 37 games/7GS (3SV,75.2IP, 78H, 31ER, 16BB, 65K)...Started the year in the Akron rotation and went 2-1 w/a 4.86 ERA in 7 starts (33.1IP,42H, 18ER) and was converted to relief on May 15 and made his final 13 appearances for the Aeros in that role, going2-0-3 w/a 2.00 ERA (18.0IP, 16H, 4ER, 3BB, 17K)...Promoted to AAA Columbus on July 18...At Columbus 12 of his final 17 outings were scoreless and over his last 10 games he did not allow an earned run (14.1IP,5H, 1R/0ER, 3BB, 15K)...Over his last 12 outings from August 3rd-on his ERA was 1.04 (17.1IP, 8H, 2ER, 18K)...Countinghis Akron relief role change and Columbus stint his ERA was 2.76 (42.1IP, 36H, 13ER) on the year in relief...Did notallow a run in his 5 appearances in the International League playoffs (5.0IP, 3H, 0R, 6K)...Batters hit just .222 (20-90,2HR) off him at Triple-A, including a mark of .191 (9-47) by LHH hitters (.544OPS)...Walked just .26 batters per 9.0IPat Columbus and 2.13 walks per 9.0IP overall in relief.
Started the year in the Kinston rotation and was 2-0 w/a 4.13 ERA in 5 starts (24.0IP, 22H, 11ER, 23K, .247AVG)before being promoted to AA Akron on May 4 and spent the remainder of the season in a relief role for theAeros...Did not allow a run in 7 of his 8 May appearances upon joining Akron, going 1-0 w/a 1.93 ERA (14.0IP, 11H,3ER, 11K)...Was 1-0 w/a 1.80ERA in 8 July games (15.0IP, 15H, 3ER, 20K) and in his 16 second half outingswas 3-0 w/a 2.54ERA (28.1IP, 28H, 8ER, 31K)...Did not allow a run over his final 4 regular season outings(6.1IP, 3H, 9K)...Was 1-0 w/a 0.00 ERA in 3 Eastern League playoff games (4.1IP, 2H, 0R, 3K, .143AVG) for the Eastern Leaguechamps and then started 5 games in the Arizona Fall League for Peoria after the regular season (0-1, 8.76ERA,12.1IP, 18H, 12ER, 3BB, 18K).
Made his professional debut and played three games for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Class AShort-Season New York-Penn League...went 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in three starts, striking out eight and walkingfive over 9 2/3 innings...opponents hit .206 against him.