Hobbies: hunting, fishing, and golf...Worked for Parks & Recreation Dept. In Prescott, AZ during the off-season...His father, Tom pitched in the Kansas City and California organizations from 1969-73 and is in his 4th season as a pitching coach in the Chicago Cubs minor league system...Has also scouted for Montreal and Anaheim and coached in both college and high school...Favorite team as a youngster was Oakland A's...Single.
Amateur Background: Pitched at Chino Valley (AZ) High School (graduated '98)...Earned all-state pitching honors all 4 years...Participated in Little League, Babe Ruth League, and Connie Mack baseball programs.2003Finished among the Texas League leaders in complete games (T2nd, 3), innings (3rd, 168), and shutouts (T4th, 1)...Also issued 3rd most homers (18)...Led Tulsa in starts (26), complete games, and innings and was 2nd in wins (8) and strikeouts (132)...Pitched in both Texas League and class AA all-star games...In season's 2nd start, pitched 7-inning no-hitter on April 13 (game 1) at Arkansas with 2 walks and 11 strikeouts...Also had a pair of 9-inning cg wins, July 4 at Shreveport and Aug. 10 vs. Arkansas...Was 2-0, 1.14 (3 er/23.2 ip) over 3-start span, Aug. 10-20...Worked 6 or more innings in 18 of 26 starts...Was 7-5 on the road but 1-5 in Tulsa...Opponents batted .268 (175-654)...Worked 4.2 innings to take loss in lone relief appearances on May 6 vs. Round Rock...Pitched for Peoria in Arizona Fall League, going 2-1, 3.60 with 2 saves in 13 relief appearances.2004