Graduated from Kingwood High School, a suburb of Houston, where he was named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team as a senior outfielder in 2002...Attended Rice University in Houston, and was a
member of the 2004 College World Series team...in his senior season in 2005, posted a 5-3 record and a 3.69
ERA...drafted by New York (AL) in the fourth round of
the June 2005 draft...While with Rice, played in the annual Houston College Classic Baseball Tournament held every
March at Minute Maid Park...named to the HCC's All-Tournament Team two consecutive seasons from 2004-05, both times as an outfielder...Originally was a Rule 5 selection by Houston in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft...returned to the Yankees at the end of the club's 2011 Spring Training....later claimed off waivers by the Astros on Sept. 9, 2011 and finished the season in Houston...outrighted off the 40-man on Oct. 5 and re-signed to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training on Nov. 18.2011Made four apps. for the Astros in September, allowing nine earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched (17.36 ERA)...combined to make 15 MLB apps. with the Astros (4g) and Yankees (11g)...began the year in Houston's Spring Training Camp after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft in Dec. 2010...returned to NYY on March 28...spent most of his season with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but had three stints with the Yankees...claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Sept. 9 and finished his season with the Astros...outrighted on Oct. 5 and became a free agent on Oct. 7...made his MLB debut with NYY on March 15 vs. TEX (0ER/3IP)...began his career by tossing seven consecutive scoreless appearances (9.1IP)...over his next eight apps. allowed 14 earned runs in 9.1 innings...went 3-4 with one save and a 3.11 ERA (23ER/66.2IP) in 18 games, including 10 starts, at the Triple A level this season...did not allow more than three earned runs in any of his Triple A appearances.2010Posted a 12-5 record and a 3.61 ERA (62ER/154.2IP) in a combined 29 appearances (27 starts) at Double A Trenton and Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...began the year at Trenton, where he went 10-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 23 games, 22 starts...named an Eastern League All-Star after going 7-4 with a 3.97 ERA (42ER/95.1IP) in the first half...in his final five starts at the Double A level, went 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA (6ER/31.1IP) earning him a promotion to Scranton on Aug. 10...earned EL Pitcher of the Week during that run for the week of July 26...made six appearances, five starts, for Scranton to end his campaign, posting a 2-1 record and a 4.24 ERA (16ER/34IP).2009Combined to go 12-8 with a 3.14 ERA in 28 appearances (26 starts) with Class A Tampa and Double A Trenton...led all Yankees minor leaguers in strikeouts (130) and tied for second in wins...began the season with Tampa, going 11-5 with a 2.58 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts)...did not allow an earned run over four consecutive starts from June 15-July 3 (21.1IP)...was named to the FSL postseason All-Star team...was promoted to Trenton on July 31 and went 1-3 with a 4.47 ERA in eight starts.2008Went 7-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 appearances (23 starts) with Class A Charleston...began the season as a reliever, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in five appearances... had a 34.2-inning scoreless stretch from May 6-June 1...during the six-start stretch, allowed just 12 hits and 13 walks, while striking out 28 batters...was named to the SAL midseason All-Star team.2007Appeared in eight games (six starts) with the GCL Yankees, posting a 4.61 ERA with no decisions...did not begin the season until July 26 as he began rehabilitation from an elbow injury.2006Missed the entire season while on the disabled list with a right elbow injury.2005In first professional season, posted a 1-0 record with a 2.33 ERA in nine games (six starts) with short-season Class A Staten Island before being placed on the disabled list on Aug. 26 with tendinitis in his right elbow.