Last name is pronounced "Ray-AL" ... Signed by Orioles scout Carlos Bernhardt.2006Began the season in the Orioles bullpen and made 39 relief appearances before being optioned to AAA
Ottawa after the All-Star break...Returned in September when the minor league season was complete...Tied for 7th among American League rookie pitchers with 42 appearances...Had not pitched above the
Double A level before opening with the Orioles...Had a 4.44 ERA despite having a lower ERA in 4 of the 5 months in which he appeared in the
majors...Allowed 7 earned runs in 6.0 innings in August...Made his major league debut on April 5 vs. Tampa Bay with a scoreless inning, allowing one hit...Did not allow a run in his first 4 appearances before losing on April 12 at Tampa Bay...Allowed an 8th
inning grand slam to Jonny Gomes, breaking a 3-3 tie as the Rays went on to win 7-4...Allowed home runs in 4 of 6 outings, April 12-29...Followed that stretch with a season-high 6 straight
scoreless appearances, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings from April 30 through May 10...Suffered a blown save on May 12 vs. Kansas City, allowing 2 runs and 2 inherited runs to score...Earned his first major league win with 2.0 scoreless innings on May 31 vs. Tampa Bay...Allowed one
hit in the Orioles' 6-5 comeback win...Surrendered a home run to Andy Phillips on June 3 vs. New York, his first allowed since April 29 vs.
Seattle...Did not allow another homer until June 28 vs. Philadelphia...Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings on June 30 at Atlanta, yielding one hit...Gave up 4 runs on 4 hits, one a
Chipper Jones 3-run home run, on July 2 at Atlanta...Allowed runs in 5 of his last 8 appearances (10.1IP, 11ER) for the O's before being optioned to Ottawa
on July 14...Made one appearance after the All-Star break before being sent down...Allowed 2 runs in 10.2 IP in his first 8 games for Ottawa (1.69 ERA), but was scored upon in 7 of his
last 11 outings, pitching to a 11.91 ERA (11.1IP, 15ER)...Appeared in 19 games in 6 weeks with Ottawa...Allowed 12 of his 17 earned runs in 5 games vs.
Buffalo but pitched to a 2.41 ERA (18.2IP, 5ER)...Pitched a perfect inning on September 12 vs. Boston, his first appearance since his recall from AAA Ottawa on September 8...Was charged with 2 runs on 4 hits in 1.2 innings on September 15 at Detroit, including a grand slam to
Brandon Inge, the first batter he faced.2005Finished 2nd on AA Bowie and 4th in the Eastern League with 56 games pitched, one behind Baysox
teammate Scott Rice ... Held Eastern League opponents to a .181 batting average ... Allowed only 64 base runners in 70.2 IP ... Allowed runs in only 10 of 56 games pitched ... In his first 18 games through May 25, allowed only 2 earned runs in 25.0 IP ... Finished the stretch with
2 saves and a win over 3 consecutive appearances, May 18-25 ... Had 10 consecutive scoreless outings covering 14.0 IP, May 3-25, before allowing runs in back-to-back outings, May 29-30 ... Took the loss on May 30 vs. Akron, allowing a season-high 3 runs ... Followed that with a season-high 11-game scoreless stretch, spanning 11.2 IP, June 2-22 ... Allowed runs in only 6 of 43 games and pitched to a 1.53 ERA (53.0IP, 9ER) through July 27 ... Over an 8-game stretch, July 30 through August 21, allowed 7 earned runs in 9.2 IP and was scored upon in 5 games ... Finished the season allowing one unearned run over his last 5 appearances spanning 8.0 IP ... Pitched a season-high 4.0 innings on September 4 vs. Akron, allowing one unearned run on 2 hits while striking out a season-best 6 batters.2004Spent the year at Bowie and held opponents to a .227 average ... After having a 6.23 ERA in April, posted a 1.86 ERA the remainder of the year ... Earned 2 wins and a save over a span of 3 appearances, 4/29-5/4 ... Struck out at least one batter in 34 of his 39 appearances and averaged 11.4 K/9.0IP ... Did not allow an earned run over 9 straight outings, 5/17-6/6.2003Spent the season at Class A Frederick and was 3rd among Carolina League relievers with a .177
opponents average and 5th with 9.32 runners/9.0IP ... Went 2-0 with 6 saves and a 1.64 ERA over his first 15 games of the year ... Did not allow a run over 12 straight appearances (13.0IP), 6/15-7/18 ... Posted an 0.67 ERA in July and held opponents to a .109 average ... Was placed on the disabled list on 8/13 with tendinitis in his right forearm and missed the remainder of the season.2002Made 27 relief appearances and one start for Class A Delmarva ... Pitched 1.0 scoreless inning on
6/24 vs. Hagerstown to record his first career save ... Struck out at least one batter in 21 of his 28 outings ... Started his final game of the season, allowing one run in 4.0 innings, but did not receive a decision.2001Spent the season at Delmarva ... Allowed 3 earned runs or less in 17 of his 20 starts ... Held opponents to a .207 average, 4th-best among South Atlantic League starters ... Struck out 12 batters and allowed one run in 7.2 innings on 4/23 vs. Kannapolis and struck out 10 batters and allowed 2 hits in 7.0 shutout innings on 5/18 against Lakewood...Pitched a complete-game 2-hitter on 7/5 at Savannah ... Was placed on the disabled list on 7/24 with a sprained right elbow and missed the remainder of the season.2000Led Rookie League Bluefield in wins (6), starts (12), innings (61.0) and strikeouts (55) ... Allowed 2 or fewer runs in 5 consecutive starts, 7/8-31, going 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA ... Earned the victory on 8/10 at Burlington, allowing 3 hits in 7.0 shutout innings.1999Went 0-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 5 games for the San Pedro Orioles of the Dominican Summer
League ... Struck out 28 batters in 17.1 IP and held opponents to a .156 average (10-64).