Graduated fom Festus High School in Festus, Mo...
Selected by Toronto in the 17th round of the 2005 draft but did
not sign, returning to college for his senior season...attended
Southern Illinois University and was named second team all-
Missouri Valley Conference as a junior...resides in St. Louis, Mo.2009Made 58 relief appearances between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA)...Tied for Springfield team lead with 52 appearances and was first on the team in strikeouts among relief pitchers (78),..Ranked second among Cardinals minor leaguers with 58 appearances and third with 11.65 K/9 IP...Converted five of six save opportunities, finishing third on Springfield team in saves...Had 13 appearances of two innings or more with 10 being scoreless...Stranded 19 of 25 inherited runners...Held opposing left-handed hitters to a .176 average with only one extra base hit out of 12 total hits...Led Texas League with 18 holds, finished 3rd in the TL in opp. BA (.219) and 2nd in strikeouts per nine innings (11.90)...Compiled a career mark of 8.9 K/9 IP over 322.2 IP holding LH batters to a .204 avg. (64-314) with only 10 XBH (2 HR)...Has not allowed a home run to a LH batter in 60 career relief appearances...Picked up a win in only playoff appearance in Game 2 at ABQ (9/10) with a scoreless inning of relief and a strikeout.2008Pitched in 13 games out of the bullpen for the Peoria
Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League (1-0, 7.88 ERA, 16.0 IP/14
ER, 8 BB, 20 K)...made six starts between Palm Beach (A) and
Memphis in an injury-shortened season due to a left-shoulder
strain...struck out a season-high eight batters in 4.0 innings vs.
OMA on 7/12 (2 R,1 ER, 1 H, 6 BB)...pitched 18.1 innings in
Palm Beach, averaging 11.8 K/9 IP...held opponent LH batters
to .071 average.