Spent most of his first season in the Indians organization at AA Akron, where he went 13-2 with a 2.76 ERA in
18 games/17 starts (107.2IP, 99H, 33ER, 20BB, 82SO)...Despite not pitching in Akron over the last 7 weeks of
the season we was named runner-up Pitcher of the Year in the Eastern League and was awarded a spot on the
EL Post-Season All Star Team...He led the Eastern League w/2 shutouts and his 13 wins finished tied for 3rd in the EL (was leading league in wins at time of promotion on July 9).
Was named to the Double AA All-Star team at mid-season and pitched for the United States squad in the Future's Game on July 7 in Milwaukee (0.2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1SO)...Went at least 5.0 innings in 17 of his 18 Akron outings (6.0 or more in 12G) and allowed 2 runs or less in 13 of the 18 games...Tossed a pair of 7.0-inning, complete game, 1-hit shutouts on May 21 at Portland (2BB, season-high 10SO) and June 6 vs. Binghamton (1BB, 6SO)...Won his last 8 decisions at Akron from May 15 to July 2 and over his last 13 Akron games (12GS) he was 9-1 w/a 2.09 ERA (81.2IP, 73H, 19ER)...Was promoted to AAA Buffalo on July 11 and spent the remainder of the season with the Bisons.
Went 8.0 shutout innings in his Buffalo debut on July 13 vs. Syracuse (7H, 0R, 1BB, 4K) and worked at least 5.0 innings in all 9 of his Buffalo starts...Won his last 3 decisions for the Bisons, going 3-0 w/a 2.73 ERA over his last 5 starts from August 1 thru the end of the season (29.2IP, 28H, 9ER)...Did not get a decision in his lone International League start (6.0IP, 6H, 3ER, 3BB, 6K).
.Combined on the year he went 17-5 w/a 2.94 ERA in 27 games (26GS, 162.1IP, 157H, 53ER) at Akron and
Buffalo...The 17 wins and 162.1IP led all Indians minor league pitchers while his 2.94 ERA was the 4th lowest mark in the farm system...Limited hitters to a .254 (157-617) average against w/11HR allowed as lefties hit just .221 (29-131, 0HR)... Batters hit a combined .237 (32-135) w/RISP and .212 (14-66) w/RISP and 2 outs...After the season he was voted as having the best control and curveball in the Eastern League by Baseball America.