November 23, 1984
Winter Haven, FL
20th round, 2004 by CIN;
46th round, 2003 by KC
Contract purchased from
Edmonton of the GBL (Nov. 2008)
College: Okaloosa-Walton CC
School: Lake Region (FL)
Traded to Chicago (NL) for
Big righty with a powerful frame. Smooth, deceptive delivery. Heavy fastball sits
between 91-93 mph and tops out at 94 mph. Also uses a
nice low-80s forkball, a mediocre curveball, and an developing changeup. Attacks the zone and
throws strikes. Gets a ton of strikeouts but can be hittable when he
works too much down the middle of the zone.
Projects as a middle reliever at the major league level, one that might
be able to be utilized in high-leverage situations.
Still learning how to
as a catcher when he was drafted by
Cincinnati in 2004.
However, he missed the 2005 season with a rib injury and the Reds released
him in the spring of 2006. He converted to pitching after
signing a one-year minor league deal with the Angels in September 2006. The
right-hander dominated much younger competition in the rookie-level
Arizona League in 2007,
but the Angels opted not to re-sign him to a long-term deal. He
impressed with Edmonton of the independent Golden Baseball League in 2008, and Boston
acquired his rights from Edmonton in November 2008.