Finished with a 3-1 record and 4.38 ERA in eight games for San Bernardino of the California Fall League following the 1999 season.
Pitched for Mesa of the Arizona Fall League following the 2000 season, going 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in eight games...finished third in the league with 32 strikeouts and tied for fifth with 34.0 innings pitched.
Was 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA (16.2IP/2ER) and 22 strikeouts in 11 games with Carolina in the Puerto Rican Winter League following the 2002 season.
2005Knotts spent the entire season on the disabled list after reporting an injury in his right shoulder at the end of Spring Training.2004In his second season with the Tigers, he established career highs with seven wins, 19 games started, 135.2 innings pitched and 81 strikeouts...Split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, ranking fifth on the staff with 135.2 innings pitched and 81
strikeouts...Opened the season in the bullpen and struggled in the month of April, posting an 8.74 ERA (11.1IP/11ER) in six outings...Fired three consecutive scoreless outings May 2-9, retiring 13 of the 14 batters he faced before being placed
in the starting rotation on May 14...Made his first start of the season on May 14 versus Texas, allowing one run on two hits in five innings, while striking out five to earn the victory...Posted a 4-1 record and 3.41 ERA (34.1IP/13ER) in his first six starts May 14-June 11, before posting a 1-5 record and 8.29 ERA (42.1IP/39ER) in his next eight starts June
17-July 27...Recorded a career-high three consecutive victories May 31-June 11...Matched a career high with nine strikeouts on June 23 at Kansas City...Placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder on July 28...activated on August 13 and placed in the Tigers bullpen... Allowed one run on two hits in three innings versus Chicago on August 19 at U.S. Cellular Field to earn his first major league save...Allowed two runs on five hits in 4.2 innings on September 11 versus Minnesota, his first start since July 27...Held lefthanders to a .215 batting average (58x270), while righthanders hit .322 (84x261) against him, fifthhighest in the American League...Tied for sixth in the league with 11 wild pitches...Opponents batted .209 (53x253) the first time through the lineup, while batting .320 (89x278) the second time
through the lineup and beyond...Posted a 7-6 record and 5.30 ERA (105.1IP/62ER) in 19 starts, while compiling a 5.10 ERA (30.0IP/17ER) in 17
Pitched well in his first outing of the season on April 6
at Chicago, but did not factor in the decision after working
5.1 innings and allowing one run on five hits while striking out four batters.
Took his first loss of the season on April 13 versus Chicago despite allowing just three runs (
two earned) on seven
hits and fanning five in seven innings.
Took the tough-luck loss on May 2
versus Tampa Bay, allowing just one run on five hits over 7.2 innings of work
as the Tigers were blanked 2-0.
Earned his first victory of the season on May 7
at Baltimore after allowing four runs on six hits in five innings.
Outdueled Chicago's Esteban Loaiza to earn his second victory of the season on May 24 at Chicago after
blanking the White Sox on just two hits while walking two and striking out six in the 1-0
season-high six walks and allowed three runs on four hits in four innings of work, but did not factor in
the decision on June 4
at San Diego.
Allowed one run on three hits in a
career-high eight innings June 11 versus Los Angeles in a
season-high nine hits and allowed five runs in 4.2 innings to take the loss on June 15 at
Colorado...moved to the bullpen following the start and made two appearances before being optioned to Toledo
on June 23.
Earned the win in his first start with Toledo on June 26 at Richmond after allowing an unearned run on five hits in
six innings of work.
Won three consecutive starts for the Mud Hens July 24-August 3, working seven innings in each contest.
Was roughed up for nine runs on nine hits, including five home runs, in three innings of work on August 25 at
Columbus to take the loss.
Lost each of his last four starts with Toledo August 15-30, posting a
7.89 ERA (
Recalled to Detroit on September 2
and earned the win in his first start back on September 4
after allowing one run on six hits in 6.2 innings.
Lost his next three starts with Detroit, including an outing at New York on September 10 in which he allowed a
career-high and team season-high 10 runs (
eight earned) on eight hits in 3.1 innings...allowed 17 earned runs
on 19 hits in 10.0 innings (
15.30 ERA) during the three-start span.
4.36 ERA (53.2IP/26ER) in 10 appearances at Comerica Park, compared to an 8.21 ERA (
in 10 games on the road.
Limited righthanded batters to a
.249 batting average (
46x185) with the Tigers, while lefties hit .323 (
Opened the season in the bullpen for the Florida Marlins.
Fired seven straight scoreless outings April 10-22, tossing nine innings.
Earned his first major league win April 13 versus Atlanta, firing two scoreless innings.
In 12 appearances during April, he finished 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA (13.2IP/5ER)...held National League opposition to a .156 batting average (7x45) during the month.
Struggled in six outings in May, posting a 14.54 ERA (4.1IP/7ER) before being optioned to Triple A Calgary on May 14.
Earned his first professional save June 23 at Fresno, fanning four batters in three scoreless innings.
Won four straight decisions June 29-July 13.
Finished with a 6.88 ERA (17.0IP/13ER) in 13 outings during June.
Posted a 4-1 record with a 3.00 ERA (18.0IP/6ER) in 12 appearances during July, fanning 16 batters.
Continued to pitch well for Calgary in August, recording a 2.84 ERA (12.2IP/4ER) in 12 games...held Pacific Coast League opposition to a .234 batting average (11x47).
Fared better against righthanded batters in the Pacific Coast League, limiting them to a .236 batting average (29x123)...lefties hit .324 (24x74) with him on the mound.
Recalled by the Marlins on September 3...worked five straight scoreless outings September 3-18, tossing nine innings.
Worked three scoreless innings in consecutive outings September 12 at Philadelphia and September 15 versus Atlanta, establishing a career-long relief outing.
Finished with a 2.13 ERA (12.2IP/3ER) in 10 games during September for the Marlins, limiting opponents to a .174 batting average (8x46).