Graduated from Antioch High School in Lindenhurst, IL ...selected by Houston in the 35th round of the June 1995 draft, but he did not sign.
Selected by the New York Yankees in the 36th round of the June 1998 draft, but he did not sign and elected to return to Illinois State University.
Posted an 8-2 record with a 4.41 ERA as a junior at Illinois State University in 1999, earning First-Team Missouri Valley Conference honors.
Pitched for Maryvale of the Arizona Fall League following the 2001 season, posting a 3.60 ERA (15.0IP/6ER) in 13 appearances.
Recorded a 2.16 ERA (8.1IP/2ER) with 11 strikeouts in eight games with Mesa of the Arizona Fall League following the 2002 season.
Resides in Lake Villa, IL during the off-season.
Joined the Tigers for two separate stints, making 20 appearances out of the bullpen...spent the majority of the
season with Triple A
Toledo, ranking fourth on the club with 39 appearances.
Lost his first three decisions to open the season April 5-May 29, including losses in consecutive outings May 24
at Charlotte and May 29 versus Ottawa.
Fanned all three batters he faced to snap his three-game losing streak on June 15 at Rochester...earned the
win in his next outing on June 17 versus Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and stretched the winning streak to three with a
victory on June 23 versus Rochester.
record in nine appearances during June with a
2.38 ERA (
Snapped his personal three-game winning streak after walking two and allowing one run on two hits in an
inning of work in the second game of a
doubleheader on July 1
at Durham...would lose his final three decisions
with Toledo July 1-August 29.
Held the opposition scoreless over his final five outings July 8-20 and allowed just four hits in 7.1 innings before
being recalled to Detroit on July 27.
Struck out a
season-high three batters while allowing one run on one hit in a
season-high two innings of work
on August 1
Held the opposition scoreless in seven of his first eight outings with Detroit July 27-August 13, posting a
1.17 ERA (
7.2IP/1ER) over that span.
Allowed runs in three of his next four outings August 15-23 before being optioned to Toledo on August 24.
Struggled in his final three outings with Toledo August 24-29, allowing five runs (
three earned) on four hits while
walking three over just two innings of work before being recalled on September 2.
Worked six consecutive scoreless outings from September 2-17 and held the opposition scoreless in seven of
his eight outings during September, posting a
1.42 ERA (
walk in 18 of his 39 outings with Toledo, including two-or-more walks six times.
Walked at least one batter in 11 of his 20 appearances with Detroit, including a
season-high two batters four
Joined the Tigers in September after pitching the entire season in relief with Triple A Toledo...led all Mud Hens pitchers with 52 appearances.
Struggled during the season's opening month, posting a 5.23 ERA (10.1IP/6ER) and allowing 12 walks in nine appearances for Toledo...issued a season-high three walks twice during the month -- April 5 at Louisville and April 21 versus Columbus.
Struck out a season-best four batters four times -- May 5 versus Durham, May 17 against Pawtucket, June 27 versus Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and July 30 against Durham.
Limited International League opponents to a .196 batting average (10x51) while fanning 19 batters during May...posted a 5.40 ERA in his 11 appearances, surrendering nine runs in 15.0 innings.
Tossed a season-high 2.2 innings at Columbus July 17, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits.
Did not allow a run in seven straight outings July 26-August 16, a stretch of eight innings.
Held lefties to a .191 batting average (13x68), while International League righthanders batted .250 (44x176) with him on the mound.
Walked at least one batter in 28 of his 52 appearances with the Mud Hens...was scored upon in 21 of his outings, allowing two-or-more runs 11 times.
Made one appearance during the playoffs for Toledo, fanning two batters in 2.1 scoreless innings.
Had his contract purchased by Detroit on September 7.
Made his major league debut on September 9 at Minnesota...struck out a career-best four batters in two innings of work.
Posted his first major league win September 13 versus Kansas City, blanking the Royals on two hits in an inning of relief.
Lefties batted .400 (6x15) against him, while righthanders were 8x22 (.364).