In 1993 graduated from Casa Robles (CA) High School, where as a senior he led his baseball
team to the Northern California championship...played baseball at American River (CA) Junior College and
the University of Tennessee...is donating 1 percent of his salary to the Reds Community Fund.2009Missed most of the season with a
bulging disc in his neck...made his last appearance on
6/12 at KC (2ip, 0r)...5 days later went on the 15-day
disabled list...on 7/20 had season-ending cervical disc
replacement (Dr. Daniel Riew)...on 8/25 was transfered
to the 60-day DL...began a throwing program on 9/19,
when he threw a 30-pitch bullpen...pitched in the
instructional league.2008Made a bid for the National League
Comeback Player of the Year Award...did not play
professionally for 3 seasons from 2005-07 while
recovering from 7/13/04 "Tommy John" surgery to
repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right
elbow...in his first season with the Reds posted a
4.48era in a career-high 64 apps...made 12 apps
of at least 2.0 innings and 21 apps of more than 1.0
inning...retired the first batter in 49-64 apps (.766),
the best percentage on the bullpen staff...in 22 apps from 6/22-8/15 posted a 1.40era, dropping overall ERA
from 5.18 to 3.53...began that hot streak by putting together a career-high 19.0-inning scoreless streak over
15 apps (6/22-7/30), the longest scoreless streak by a Reds pitcher in 2008 and the longest active streak in
the National League when it was snapped on 8/2 at Wsh (0.1ip, 4r)...on 4/3 vs Ari retired both batters faced
in his first professional appearance since 5/3/04 (for StL vs Cubs)...in the 6-5 win on 7/11 at Mil recorded
his first victory since 4/29/04 (for StL vs Phi)...twice more was in line for victories but was the victim of blown
saves...in the 7-1 loss on 6/26 at Tor retired all 8 batters in his longest outing of the season...was 1 of 5 nonroster
players to make the Opening Day roster (Paul Bako, Johnny Cueto, Kent Mercker, Corey Patterson)...
in spring training wore uniform #84, the highest number in camp until #85 Jose Capellan was claimed off
waivers from the Giants...became a free-agent following the season but on 12/4 was re-signed to a 2-year
contract through 2010.2004
Started the season strong, but it came to an end in May after pitching in just 13 games for 17.1 total innings.
Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 5/7 (retroactive to 5/4) and missed the remainder of the season. Underwent
"Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow on July 13, performed at Barnes West Hospital in St. Louis by team physician,
Dr. George Paletta.
Was one of the Cardinals most called upon relievers for the first month of the season, making 12 appearances in April.
Was 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA in his 13 appearances. Struck out 14 while opponents batted just .164.
Opposing team scored in only four of his 13 outings. Mike was unscored upon in his first four outings (5.2 innings).
Went a stretch pitching in four of five games (4/17-4/22). His longest appearance came 4/28 vs. PHI when he went 2.1
innings, allowing three runs.
His last game came on 5/3 vs. CHI when he went 1.1 IP giving up a two-run homer to D. Lee.
Began season at Triple-A Nashville on a rehab assignment before joining Pirates in early June.
Was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder contusion on 3/31 after slipping on an errant golf ball while conditioning at Pirate City during spring training.
Joined Major League club on 7/1 after going 1-1 with an 0.71 ERA in eight outings at Nashville.
Made season debut on 7/1 vs. CIN, tossing 0.1 scoreless and hitless inning.
Picked up first Major League save on 7/20 vs. MIL (1 IP, 0 R), and converted each of his first three save opportunities.
Did not surrender an earned run over six consecutive appearances from 9/6-19 (5.0 IP).
2002Was a member of Pittsburgh's opening day roster for the first time...Established career highs in games and strikeouts...Worked a career-high 3.1 innings of relief (scoreless) on 4/28 vs. San Diego (game two)...Made five straight scoreless appearances (8.0ip) to begin the season and was scored upon in just one of his first 11 appearances (16.2ip/1er - 0.54 ERA) ... Was optioned to Nashville (AAA) after tossing 2.0 perfect innings on 5/12 vs. Houston...Went 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in seven appearances with the Sounds (11.2ip/8h/0r/2bb/15so) while on option from 5/13 thru 6/2 ... Picked up save on 5/18 vs. Colorado Springs (game one) ... Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 6/2 and made four straight scoreless appearances (5.1ip) with the Pirates, lowering ERA to 0.41 (22.0ip/1er) ... Was scored upon in his next two games and in seven of his next 10 leading up to the All-Star break (11.1ip/11r/8er - 6.35 ERA) ... Suffered first of three "blown saves" and was charged with the loss on 6/22 vs. Texas ... Posted a 0.54 ERA (16.2ip/1er) in his first 10 appearances at PNC Park, but a 9.39 mark in six games there from 6/22 thru 7/18 (7.2ip/8er)...Matched his career-high with 3.1 scoreless innings on 7/21 vs. St. Louis...Was optioned to Nashville a second time on 7/30...Went 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA (3.0ip/2er) in three Triple-A relief appearances before being recalled on 8/10...Recorded second save with the Sounds on 8/2 at Oklahoma ... Suffered a loss in his return to the Pirates on 8/10 at San Francisco...Allowed 11 earned runs and 19 hits in 12.2ip from 7/18 thru 8/13 (7.82 ERA)...Yielded at least one hit in 19 of his 22 relief appearances from 6/20 thru 8/23 (46 total hits) and in six straight games from 8/31 thru 9/13 (seven total hits)...Earned his first win on 8/23 at Milwaukee...Was scored upon once in 11 outings from 8/16 thru 9/9 (14.0ip/2er)...Suffered his second "blown save" and his fourth loss on 9/16 vs. Cincinnati (1.1ip/0h/1bb/1so)...Picked up second win on 9/18 vs. Cincinnati...Was charged with his third "blown save" on 9/20 vs. Chicago (NL), despite not allowing a hit (2.0ip/0h/1bb/1so)...Posted a 4.00 ERA (27.0ip/12er) in 22 games after his second recall from Nashville, but went 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA (7.1ip/1er) in his final eight contests...Went 0-for-3 in save situations and allowed 13 of his 36 inherited runners to score...Held opponents to a combined .250 (24-for-96) average in August and September after allowing the opposition to hit .311 (56-for-180) during the first four months of the season...The Pirates were just 17-38 when he made a relief appearance...Went hitless in five plate appearances, striking out each time.
Notes: (thru 2002)
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Minnesota in 1996 June free agent draft (13th round)... Released by Minnesota on 12/20/00...Signed by Pittsburgh as a minor league free agent on 2/1/01.
ML SERVICE: 2 years, 126 days
CONTRACT: Signed through 2003
MOST STRIKEOUTS/GAME: Starter: 5 K's (2 times), 7/3/99 vs. Detroit & 5/4/99 vs. New York (AL) ... Reliever: 3 K's (3 times), 8/16/02 vs. Milwaukee, 8/10/02 at San Francisco & 5/12/02 vs. Houston.
MOST INNINGS PITCHED: Starter: 7.0 IP, 7/3/99 vs. Detroit ... Reliever: 3.1 IP (2 times), 7/21/02 vs. St. Louis & 4/28/02 vs. San Diego (game two).
LONGEST WINNING STREAK: 2 games (6/7 to 7/3/99).
LONGEST LOSING STREAK: 4 games, twice, (5/9 to 6/1/99 and 4/7 to 4/28/99).
1998 Eastern League All-Star (mid-season & post-season).
His seven-year minor league totals include a 47-20 record and a 3.60 ERA (606.2ip/243er) in 107 games (91 starts).
Made last major league start on 7/22/00.
Has gone 3-12 with an 8.42 ERA in 19 big-league starts and 4-6 with a 2.99 ERA in 93 relief appearances with Minnesota and Pittsburgh.
2001Began season with Nashville (AAA)...Went 5-4 with a 3.60 ERA (85.0ip/34er) in 13 starts before being moved to the bullpen on 6/12...Tossed 7.1 scoreless frames to earn the victory in his initial start on 4/5 @Memphis...Dropped three of his next four decisions before winning three straight from 5/19-29...Tossed complete game and whiffed season-high eight batters on 5/24 vs. Memphis...Was scored upon in just one of his five Triple-A relief appearances (6.2ip/1er - 1.35 ERA)...Had contract purchased by Pittsburgh on 6/25 and remained with the Pirates for the rest of the season...Made National League debut that night vs. Milwaukee and retired all nine batters he faced (the 3.0 innings also marked his season high with the Bucs)...Did not surrender a run in his first five games with Pittsburgh (8.0ip)...Allowed a run in three of his four appearances from 7/7-21 (5.0ip/9h/3er), but then made nine straight scoreless outings (12.0ip), dropping ERA to 1.08 on 8/10...Singled off Frankie Rodriguez @Cincinnati on 7/4 for first big-league hit...Issued his first free pass of the season on 7/27, a span of 10 games (15.0ip) without a walk...Hurled 1.1 scoreless innings on 8/5 @Colorado and recorded his first National League win - his first major league victory since 7/3/99. ...Was on 15-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor from 8/13-28...Suffered lone "blown save" and loss on 9/2 @Cincinnati. ...Recorded second win of the campaign on 9/24 vs. Chicago (NL)...Walked four batters and surrendered five runs (two earned) in 1.0ip on 9/28 @St. Louis...Held left-handed hitters to a .196 (10-for-51) batting average and no home runs...Went 0-for-1 in save situations with the Pirates and allowed eight of his 19 inherited runners to score...Went 1-for-4 at the plate.2000Split season between Salt Lake (Twins' AAA) and Minnesota...Began season at the Triple-A level...Lost second start on 4/15 vs. Sacramento, but then won his final four decisions with Salt Lake...Struck out season-high seven batters on 4/20 @Las Vegas...Did not surrender a home run in his first eight starts (47.2ip)...Won four straight decisions and posted a 2.34 ERA (34.2ip/9er) over a five-start span from 5/19 thru 6/8...Tossed two-hit shutout (second career) on 5/24 vs. Fresno...Picked up second complete game on 6/8 vs. New Orleans...Surrendered a Triple-A seaon-high five earned runs on 6/14 @Nashville; his final minor league appearance of the season...Was promoted to Minnesota on 6/15...Made two relief outings before making his first start on 6/28 @Chicago (AL)...Was charged with at least four earned runs in each of his four big-league starts and went 0-3 with a 14.49 ERA (13.2ip/22er) in his four starts with the Twins...Lost each of his first three starts...Went 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in four relief appearances (7.0ip/3er)...Made final start and appearance of the season on 7/22 vs. Cleveland...Underwent arthroscopic surgery on right elbow in August...Was released by Minnesota on 12/20.1999Began season in Minnesota's starting rotation...Made major league debut on 4/7 vs. Toronto...Earned first big-league win and struck out career-high five batters on 5/4 vs. New York (AL)...Went 3-9 with a 7.23 ERA (69.2ip/56er) in his 15 starts with Minnesota and 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA (6.2ip/2er) in three relief outings...Was optioned to Salt Lake on 7/21 and spent remainder of season at the Triple-A level...Surrendered nine earned runs in each of his first two starts with the Buzz (11.0ip) and allowed at least four earned runs in eight of his nine outings overall...Served up 10 home runs in his first four starts (24.2ip)...Recorded a four-game winning streak from 8/5-24, despite posting a 6.09 ERA (34.0ip/23er) in that time...Won five of his last six decisions from 8/5 thru 9/4...Had bone spurs removed from his right elbow in September.
Spent entire season with New Britain (Twins' AA)...Was named to the Eastern League's post-season All-Star team...Was rated by Baseball America as having the best breaking ball and the best control in the league by circuit managers...Led Eastern League in victories, ranked fourth in innings pitched and sixth in ERA...Struck out season-high eight batters on 4/18 vs. Binghamton. ...Went 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA (38.1ip/5er) from 4/18 to 5/18...Named the Twins' Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Month in both April and May...Tossed lone complete game on 8/28 @Reading...Pitched 6+ innings in 22 of his 28 starts.
Spent second consecutive season with Fort Myers (Twins' A)...Led club in wins and ERA...Tied for second among Florida State League pitchers in victories and ranked third in ERA...Went 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA (32.2ip/4er) in his first five starts...Named Florida State League Pitcher-of-the-Week for the week of 4/6-13...Missed nearly a month of action while on D.L. with a stiff lower back from 5/20 thru 6/16...Won five straight games from 8/1-30, going 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA (43.2ip/10er) in that time...Recorded lone shutout on 8/7 @Lakeland.
Made professional debut with Fort Myers after being selected by Minnesota in the 13th round of the June draft...Went 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA (23.0ip/7er) in his four starts from 8/1-19.1998Spent entire season with New Britain (Twins' AA)...Was named to the Eastern League's post-season All-Star team...Was rated by Baseball America as having the best breaking ball and the best control in the league by circuit managers...Led Eastern League in victories, ranked fourth in innings pitched and sixth in ERA...Struck out season-high eight batters on 4/18 vs. Binghamton. ...Went 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA (38.1ip/5er) from 4/18 to 5/18...Named the Twins' Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Month in both April and May...Tossed lone complete game on 8/28 @Reading...Pitched 6+ innings in 22 of his 28 starts.1997Spent second consecutive season with Fort Myers (Twins' A)...Led club in wins and ERA...Tied for second among Florida State League pitchers in victories and ranked third in ERA...Went 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA (32.2ip/4er) in his first five starts...Named Florida State League Pitcher-of-the-Week for the week of 4/6-13...Missed nearly a month of action while on D.L. with a stiff lower back from 5/20 thru 6/16...Won five straight games from 8/1-30, going 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA (43.2ip/10er) in that time...Recorded lone shutout on 8/7 @Lakeland.1996Made professional debut with Fort Myers after being selected by Minnesota in the 13th round of the June draft...Went 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA (23.0ip/7er) in his four starts from 8/1-19.