Andy joins the Cubs after amassing a 28-31 record with a 5.26 ERA (316 ER/540.1 IP) and 343 strikeouts in 132 games (80 starts) with the Tampa Bay Rays (2007-11)...Posted a 4.40 ERA (42 ER/86.0 IP) in 52 major league relief outings
compared to a 5.43 ERA (274 ER/454.1 IP) in 80 career starts...Has issued just 136 free passes in 540.1 major league innings, an average of 2.3 walks per 9.0 innings pitched...Made 71-straight starts before pitching primarily in relief in 2010 and 2011 (56 appearances, eight starts)...made just four major league relief appearances (in 2009) before transitioning to the 'pen in 2010...Saw post-season action with Tampa in 2008...went 2-1 with a 4.24
ERA (8 ER/17.0 IP), eight strikeouts, five walks and a .217 average against in three starts (one in each round of the playoffs)...In 104 minor league outings (93 starts), owns a 48-27 record with a 2.95 ERA (200 ER/609.2 IP), 538 strikeouts and 100 walks...Named Tampa Bay's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2006...was also named the Southern League's top right-handed pitcher and was awarded Best Control in the Southern League and Rays organization by Baseball America...Was selected by Tampa Bay in the 13th round of the 2004 draft...Attended Kent State University in Ohio...set single-season school records in wins (11), innings pitched (125.0) and strikeouts (117) in 2004 as he led the Golden Flashes to the MAC Tournament title.2011Andy made the Rays Opening Day roster for the fourth time in his career and split the season between Triple-A Durham and
Tampa Bay...went 0-2 with a 5.55 ERA (22 ER/35.2 IP), 12 strikeouts and 12 walks in 15 games (four starts) with the Rays...Posted a 3.12 ERA (6 ER/17.1 IP) in 11 relief appearances with Tampa
Bay compared to a 0-2 mark with a 7.85 ERA (16 ER/18.1 IP) in four
starts...Tossed at least 2.0 innings of relief 15 times, tied for fourth-most in
the majors, and had six outings of at least 3.0 frames of relief, tied for
third-most in the bigs...Had a 3.86 ERA (3 ER/7.0 IP) in three games (one start) against the
National League...Threw a career-high 5.1 innings of relief (3 H, 1 ER) in the Rays 6-1
setback at the White Sox April 10...it was the longest relief appearance
by a Ray since David Price also tossed 5.1 frames in his major league
debut, September 14, 2008 at the Yankees...Joined Tampa Bay's rotation, May 10-20, in place of injured Jeff
Niemann...went 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA (9 ER/13.1 IP) in three starts
in that span...Optioned to Durham, July 9, and remained at the Triple-A level until his
September 2 recall...went 3-6 with a 4.82 ERA (30 ER/56.0 IP), 35
strikeouts and 15 walks in 10 appearances, all but one as a starter for
Durham...Went 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA (9 ER/25.0 IP) in four games (three starts)
in July with the Bulls.2010Spent the majority of the season in the Rays
bullpen ... made 37 relief appearances and 4
starts ... began the year with only 4 relief apps
in his big league career, all coming in 2009 after
Wade Davis joined the rotation on Sep 6. ... Led the Rays bullpen with 63 relief innings, despite
going more than a month between relief
apps at one point (July 18 at NYY, Aug 24 at
LAA) ... made 15 relief apps of at least 2 innings
(tied for 4th most in the majors) and 6 outings
of at least 3 innings (tied for 3rd).
... Made 3 starts, all in August, when Jeff Niemann
and Wade Davis were placed on the
DL ... went 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA (15.2-IP, 7-ER)
and held opponents to a .190 avg. (11-for-58).
... First start was Aug 8 at TOR, a 1-0 loss to
Brandon Morrow who had a no-hitter through
8.2 innings and struck out 17 in a 1-hit shutout ...
allowed 1 R/ER on 3 hits over 5.1 innings ...
followed that with a 7-3 win over Brian
Matusz on Aug 14 vs. BAL.
... On Aug 1 was placed on the 15-day DL with a
left hamstring strain, retroactive to July 23 ...
was sent on a rehab assignment to Class-
A Charlotte on Aug 5 and recalled Aug 8 ...
was optioned to Short-A Hudson Valley (not
to report) on Aug 31 to make room for Brad
Hawpe ... was recalled on Sep 6 when Hudson
Valley's season ended.
... All 3 of his wins came at home.
... On June 18 at FLA, earned his first major
league save when he retired three batters with
the tying run on third base ... the last pitcher to
do that was DET Fernando Rodney on Sep
2, 2003 vs. CLE ... the previous night, threw
55 pitches and pitched 4.2 scoreless innings
against the Marlins ... the last major leaguer to
earn a save the day after he threw at least 50
pitches in a game was NYY Ramiro Mendoza,
on April 19, 2001 vs. TOR one day after throwing
... In spring training competed with Wade Davis
for the final starting spot before landing a role
in the bullpen.
... Owns a career .318 avg. (7-for-22; 0-for-1 in
2010) as a hitter with 2 RBI, 1 2B, 6 R, 3 BB and
a .400 OBP ... this is the highest career average
of any active AL pitcher (min. 20 AB) and 2nd
highest in the majors behind CIN Mike Leake
(.333) ... is a career .348 (8-for-23) hitter including
postseason.2009Twenty-six-year-old fell to 6-9 with a 6.77 ERA
after going 13-9, 4.38 in 2008...Opened the season as the Rays No. 4 starter
in his 3rd major league season...went 6-7 with
a 6.61 ERA in 15 starts before being optioned
to Triple-A Durham on June 27 when Scott
Kazmir came off the DL...at the time had the
majors' highest ERA, earned runs allowed (60)
and run support (8.16 R/9 IP)...ranked T-2nd in
the AL in losses...his .305 opp avg. was 2nd
highest in AL...had allowed 4th-most hits (103)
and homers (15) in AL...Had a 2-month stay in Durham before rejoining
Rays rotation Sep 1 after Kazmir was
traded...Made 7 appearances, 3 starts for the Rays
upon his return (0-2, 7.50 ERA, 18-IP, 15-ER)...
moved to the bullpen when rookie Wade Davis
was promoted, his first time pitching in relief
since his pro debut in 2004 with Hudson Valley
(Rookie) and Charleston (A)...Lasted fewer than 6 innings in 11 of his 18
starts and fewer than 5 on 6 occasions...Lost his first 3 decisions of the season before
winning May 1 vs. BOS...snapped a personal
5-game losing streak by defeating Justin Masterson
6-2...was his first win since Aug 18,
2008 vs. LAA (11 starts without a win)...Yielded a career-high 8 runs on two occasions:
May 27 at CLE in a 12-7 loss and Sep 7
at NYY (G2) in an 11-1 defeat...Held lefty hitters to a .275 (70-255) clip, compared
to .367 (61-166) against righties...Went 5-1 with a 4.57 ERA (43.1-IP, 22-ER)
in 9 home appearances (7 starts), compared
to 1-8 with an 8.47 ERA (56.1-IP, 53-ER) in
13 road appearances (11 starts)...Three of his 19 HR allowed were to Ben Francisco...
Francisco has homered each of his
last 4 at-bats against Sonny and is 8-for-9 with
5 HR and 12 RBI in his career against him...On May 6, started the Rays first game ever
at new Yankee Stadium and enjoyed his best
start of the season in a no-decision...outpitched
A.J. Burnett and took a 4-hit shutout
into the 8th inning (7.1-IP, 6-H, 2-R/ER, 0-BB,
4-SO)...tied it that inning when Mark Teixeira
hit a bases-loaded double off J.P. Howell...
Rays won it, 4-3, in 10 on a Carlos Peña HR...On May 17 vs. CLE, was forced to bat in the
3-hole after a lineup mix-up, as Longoria was
mistakenly listed at 3B instead of DH...went
1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double...was
the first pitcher to be in the starting lineup of
an AL home game since CWS Ken Brett on
Sep 23, 1976 vs. MIN...became first Rays
pitcher ever to bat in an AL home game, and
first pitcher ever to bat at Tropicana Field...Used as a pinch-hitter twice (May 23 at FLA
and June 21 at NYM), becoming the 2nd Rays
pitcher to do so (James Shields, June 28, 2008
at PIT)...pinch-ran and scored June 6 at NYY...Walked more than 3 batters once in 131 professional
starts entering the season (4-BB,
May 24, 2005 for Class-A Southwest Michigan
at Peoria)...did it three times in 2009, all with
the Rays: April 10 at BAL, May 1 vs. BOS and
Sep 2 vs. BOS...Made 9 starts at Durham with 7 quality starts...Is a career .333 (7-21) hitter with 1 2B, 2 RBI,
3 BB...is highest avg. of any active pitcher
(min. 15 AB)...is a career .364 (8-22) hitter including
postseason...Since 2007, ranks 11th among AL actives with
a 2.06 BB/9 IP ratio...Opponents are 3-for-16 (18.8 percent) in SB
attempts in his career, and 1-for-3 in '09.2008Twenty-five-year-old righthander earned a
spot in the rotation during Spring Training and
remained there all season, spending his first
full year in the majors...set career highs in
starts (32) and innings pitched (193.1).
Averaged just 1.72 BB/9 innings, 6th-best in
the AL...his 3.35 SO/BB ratio ranked 8th.
Began the year 10-3, notching his 10th win
on July 5 vs. KC and tying the club record for
most wins before the All-Star break...was the
3rd-fastest Rays pitcher ever to win 10 games
both by team game number and date...Rolando
Arrojo won his 10th on June 27, 1998
(79th game) and Scott Kazmir won his on July
3, 2007 (83rd game)...at 10-3, his .769 winning
pct. ranked 5th in the AL at the time.
Became the first Rays pitcher to win 4 games
in April, tying a club record for most wins in
any month (later passed by Scott Kazmir's 5
wins in May)...became the quickest to 5 wins
in club history when he beat Toronto on May 6
in the Rays 32nd game of the season (previous
best was Kazmir in 2006, who got his 5th win
in the team's 35th game).
Rays were 20-12 in his starts...won matchups
with CWS Mark Buehrle, TOR Dustin McGowan,
TOR A.J. Burnett, LAA Ervin Santana, CHC
Carlos Zambrano, KC Zack Greinke, LAA Jon
Garland, OAK Justin Duchscherer, BOS Josh
Beckett and BOS Daisuke Matsuzaka (twice).
Recorded his 13th win of the year Aug 18 vs.
LAA, improving to 13-6...was his 19th career
victory coming in his 50th career start, tying
Scott Kazmir and Victor Zambrano for most
wins through his first 50 starts as a Ray...after
winning that game, did not record a victory in
his final 7 starts of the season...became the
3rd Ray to win 13 or more games in a season,
joining Kazmir (2007) and Rolando Arrojo (14
in 1998)...was joined by James Shields and
Edwin Jackson later in the year.
Threw just 15.1 pitches per inning on the season,
7th fewest in the AL...at 22.3 percent, had
the 7th-highest pct. of pitches put in play in
Only 1 of 4 attempted base stealers against
him were successful - the lowest rate of any
qualifying AL pitcher.
Since Aug 15, 2007 is 18-11...since then, only
8 AL pitchers have more wins.
Hurled a complete-game, 3-hit shutout April
19 vs. CWS...was the first SHO and CG of his
career...his line: 9.0-IP, 3-H, 0-R, 1-BB, 4-SO,
106-pit, 77-str...the 5-0 win over Mark Buehrle lasted just 2:02, the shortest game in Tropicana
Field history...marked the 1st SHO by a
Rays pitcher at the Trop since Scott Kazmir on
July 3, 2006 vs. BOS...first CG SHO by a Rays
pitcher since Edwin Jackson Aug 11, 2007 at
TEX...faced just 29 batters, which at the time
tied Joe Kennedy for the fewest ever by a Ray
in a CG (min. 9 IP).
Retired a club-record 17 consecutive batters
Aug 7 at SEA (previous record of 16 set by Esteban
Yan, July 26, 2000 at DET)...dueled with
Felix Hernandez and a 1-0 shutout into the 8th
until allowing a run with one out to tie game...
M's won in the 9th 2-1 on a walk-off HR by Raul
Ibanez off Dan Wheeler.
In 2 starts against Boston in 2008, went 0-0
with a 0.00 ERA (14-IP, 7-H, 2-R, 0-ER)...by
contrast, in 2007 Sonny went 1-1 with an 8.85
ERA in 4 starts against them...Sep 10 at Fenway,
he allowed 1 unearned run, totaling 7.0-IP,
4-H, 0-BB, 7-SO...left game tied 1-1 with Josh
Beckett...game lasted 14 innings and 5-plus
hours as Rays won on Carlos Peña's 3-run HR
over the Monster, giving the Rays their first series
win at Fenway since 1999...his next start,
Sep 16 vs. BOS, allowed 1 unearned run over
6.0 innings...left trailing 1-0, but Rays won 2-1
on a walk-off single by Dioner Navarro.
Rays won 7 straight of his starts from June
1-July 5 (4-0, 3.15 ERA)...he also won 5
straight decisions (over 6 starts) from April 19-
May 16 with a 2.98 ERA, a streak that matched
the 3rd longest in club history.
Tossed 50 straight innings without allowing a
HR from May 21-July 10...the streak ended
July 10 at CLE when he allowed 3 HR.
Went 4-1 against the AL East on the season,
with a 4.85 ERA (52-IP, 56-H, 28-ER).
Issued 3 walks just once in the season, his final
start Sep 26 at DET.
In 131 pro starts, has walked more than 3 batters
only once (BB-4, May 24, 2005 for Class-
A SW Michigan at Peoria).
Went 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA in 5 interleague
starts (30.1-IP)...at the plate, went 2-for-5 with
2 walks and scored twice.
Went 2-1 in 3 postseason starts for the Rays in
2008...won his first 2 starts...drew the Game
4 assignment in each round of the playoffs,
with each start coming on the road.
Beat CWS Gavin Floyd in the clinching Game
4 of the ALDS...tossed 5.2 innings, allowing
3-H, 2-R/ER, 1-BB, 4-SO, and yielded solo
homers to Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko...
Rays won 6-2 to advance.
Defeated BOS Tim Wakefield in Game 4 of the
ALCS at Fenway Park...threw 7.1 innings in the
13-4 victory...allowed only 1 run through 6 innings,
Kevin Cash's leadoff homer in the 3rd...
after the HR, retired 12 straight batters.
Suffered a 10-2 setback to PHI Joe Blanton in
Game 4 of the World Series, lasting only 4 innings
(6-H, 5-R, 3-ER) went 1-for-1 at the plate
with a single.2007Was 5th among AL rookies in starts (22) and
innings pitched (130.2) and 4th in strikeouts
(97) ... his 130.2 innings ranked 4th in club history
among rookies behind Rolando Arrojo (202.0
in 1998), Scott Kazmir (186.0 in 2005) and Ryan
Rupe (142.1 in 1999) ... his 97 strikeouts were tied
with Rupe for 4th most ...
Led all major league rookies (min 100 IP) with a
strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 3.73 and a walks-per-9 innings mark of 1.79 ... in the last 10 years, only
five rookies had a better strikeouts-to-walks
ratio and only 3 have had a better walks-per-9
innings average ... walked two or less in 20 of 22
starts ... walked only 7 batters in his first 58.2 big
league innings ...
After starting the season 1-8 in his first 13
starts, was 5-2 in his last 9 starts and 4-1 with a
4.31 ERA (IP-39.2, ER-19) over his last 7 ... won 3
straight starts, Aug 26-Sep 5 over Oakland, New
York and Baltimore while pitching to a 2.37 ERA
(IP-45, ER-19) ...
Began the season at AAA Durham before he was
recalled by the Rays on June 2 ... was leading the
Bulls in wins (4), innings (71.0, tops in the International League), strikeouts (66, 2nd in the IL)
and had walked only 13 ...
13 of his 22 starts came against the following: Fausto Carmona (19-8), Chien Ming Wang
(19-7), Kelvim Escobar (18-7), Tim Wakefield (17-12), Roy Halladay (16-7), Daisuke Matsuzaka (15-12), Dan Haren (15-9), Erik Bedard (13-5), Dustin
McGowan (12-10) and Mark Buehrle (10-9) ...
Made his Major League debut on June 5 at
Toronto in a wild game ... left after 7 with a 10-6
lead over Roy Halladay, but the Rays lost 12-11
when Toronto scored six in the bottom of the
ninth ... His line: IP-7, H-8, R-6, ER-6, BB-0, SO-5) ...
In his second major league start, he beat Florida
at Dolphin Stadium on June 10, 9-4 (IP-7, H-7,
R-2, ER-2, BB-0, SO-10) ... fanned a club record
seven consecutive batters ... he and Baltimore's
Jeremy Guthrie were the only two Major League
rookies to have 10+ strikeout, no walk games in
2007 ... they were the first AL rookies to do that
since Oakland's Tim Hudson in 1999 ...
In addition to earning his first major league win
that game, he became the 2nd Rays pitcher to
hit safely in his first two major league at-bats ...
had singles off Rick VandenHurk ... joined Mickey
Callaway (1999) as the only other Ray pitcher to
do it ...
Joined Toronto Blue Jay and former Rays bat
boy Jesse Litsch as the only two visiting rookies
to win at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park ...
defeated fellow rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka, 6-5,
on Aug 15 at Fenway (IP-6.2, H-4, R-3, ER-3, BB-2,
SO-3) ... took a two-hit shutout into the 7th ...
three starts later he defeated another rookie
Phil Hughes, 9-1, at Yankee Stadium on Aug
31 ... his line: IP-8.0, H-2, R-1, ER-0, BB-0, SO-5)
... faced 27 batters and retired 24 including the
last 14 ...
In 96 pro starts, has walked more than 3 batters
only once (BB-4, May 24, 2005 for SW Michigan
at Peoria, Class A).2006Named Tampa Bay's Minor League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 15-8 ledger with four complete games, a 2.67 ERA (55 ER/185.2 IP), 153 strikeouts and 34 walks in 28 starts with Double-A Montgomery...His 15 wins set a Rays minor league single-season record...won nine-straight starts, June 30-July 30, with a 1.15 ERA in that span...His 185.2 innings pitched ranked second among all minor league pitchers and the second-highest total ever by a Rays minor leaguer...Won both of his post-season starts for the Southern League Champion Biscuits, going 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA (4 ER/14.0 IP) and 15 strikeouts.2005Combined to go 14-5 with a 2.99 ERA (60 ER/180.2 IP), 178 strikeouts and 18 walks in 28 starts with Single-A
Southwest Michigan and Single-A Visalia.2004In his first professional season, went 5-1 with a 0.78 ERA (5 ER/57.2 IP) in 17 games (seven starts) with Single-A Hudson Valley and Single-A Charleston (SC).