I was drafted in the eighteenth round of the 2007 June amateur draft by the Texas Rangers. I have acted as both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher throughout my career in the minor leagues. As of the end of the 2010 season I have a career ERA of 3.89 in 435IP. On July 30th, 2010 I was traded for Cristian Guzman to the Washington Nationals where I continue my career. The week beginning July 6th, 2009 I was named the California (High-A) pitcher of the week. I was also a mid-season and post-season Texas League (AA) all-star in 2010.
I also have immense experience with giving off-season pitching, hitting, and fielding lessons to young ball players of all ages. In 2005 I was the head coach of the Noblesville Millers varsity summer team that competed against some of the best teams in the state. I am also very dedicated to helping young players maximize their performance on and off the field by working with them on their mental and physical skills. I have worked for Round Tripper Baseball academy for four years where I was in charge of the youth development off-season program, as well as worked as a private lesson instructor as at Extra Innings-Plano, TX in 2010/2011.
I wrote a weekly feature for Texas Rangers writer Jamey Newberg called “The Backfield Diaries” where I was featured in publications such as The Dallas Morning News and Newsweek. The weekly feature was sent via email blast that was sent to thousands of people. The blog chronicled true life in the minor league baseball. After being traded from the Texas Rangers I resumed the blog privately where it is maintained here.
I am very active in my community where I try to give back in anyway that I can. Through my various professional teams and on my own I have at children’s hospitals, veterans hospitals, food banks, and various other locations.
I graduated in 2008 with my BA from Indiana State University in Business Administration with a 3.0 GPA.