Graduated from Fall Brook (CA) High School in 1998...led
Brigham Young University (ID) with a 2.35 ERA in 69.0 IP in
2002...finished the year with an 8-2 record and tossed four
complete games with three shutouts...married to wife, Holly.2006Emerged as one of the top relievers in the Cardinals farm system...Combined to go 3-3 with two saves, a 1.27 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 56.2 innings pitched between Palm Beach (A) and Springfield (AA)...Limited opponents to a .127 (24-for-189) batting average, which was 2nd-best among relievers in Minor League Baseball...Began the season with Palm Beach and appeared in 34 games while posting a 2-2 record and 1.54 ERA (41.0 IP / 7 ER)...Promoted to Springfield in mid-August and allowed just five hits and two runs (one earned) in 15.2 innings spanning 10 outings...He struck out 20, while walking six and holding opponents to a .096 batting average...Was not scored upon in his final 16 appearances at Palm Beach from 6/24 - 8/10 (19.1 IP). He allowed just six hits over this span...Struck out five of six batters faced in two separate outings: on 7/4 vs. Jupiter and for Springfield on 8/31 at Tulsa...Posted the win in his first appearance at Springfield on 8/12, retiring all six batters he faced...Allowed his first run with Springfield in his fourth outing on 8/19 at Frisco, ending a 19-game scoreless streak that began on 6/24 while with Palm Beach. The scoreless streak encompassed 24.2 innings...Pitched for Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific Winter League and went 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA in six games (four starts)...In three postseason starts, allowed three runs on eight hits over 21 innings of work (1.29 ERA) while striking out 21.