Mike is 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA (74 ER/190.0 IP) in 65 career games, including 23 starts, with Seattle (2015-16) and the Cubs ... is in his 10th pro season since being selected in the first round (36th overall) of the 2008 draft by Kansas City ... Recorded the final out of the 2016 World Series, inducing a groundout after entering with the tying run on base in the 10th inning ... marked his first-career save in the regular season or postseason ... Has gone 3-4 with a 2.10 ERA (15 ER/64.1 IP) in 42 appearances out of the bullpen, compared to 5-7 with a 4.23 ERA (59 ER/125.2 IP) in 23 career starts ... Originally drafted by Kansas City, he was acquired by Tampa Bay, December 9, 2012, in a seven-player trade along with INF Patrick Leonard, OF Wil Myers and RHP Jake Odorizzi for RHP Wade Davis, RHP James Shields and INF Elliot Johnson ... was dealt to Seattle, March 31, 2015 for RHP Erasmo Ramirez ... Was acquired by the Cubs from Seattle, July 20, 2016, with RHP Jordan Pries for INF Dan Vogelbach and RHP Paul Blackburn ... Made his major league debut, June 2, 2015, with Seattle vs. the Yankees … pitched exclusively as a starter in 2015, going 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA (46 ER/90.0 IP) in 16 games ... Has gone 46-50 with a 4.26 ERA (405 ER/854.2 IP) in 166 minor league games (161 starts) across eight minor league seasons ... Attended Hart High School in Newhall, California and was committed to play at Cal State Fullerton before signing with Kansas City … played on the same high school team as Indians RHP Trevor Bauer.
Mike was acquired by the Cubs, July 20, and went 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA (12 ER/38.1 IP) in 17 games, five as a starter ... went a combined 4-5 with a 2.52 ERA (28 ER/100.0 IP) in 49 games with Seattle and the Cubs ... Posted a 3.33 ERA (9 ER/24.1 IP) and no record in five starts with the Cubs, while going 1-1 with two holds and a 1.93 ERA (3 ER/14.0 IP) in 12 relief efforts ... did not allow a run in his final nine relief outings (11.1 IP) ... In his first start with the Cubs, August 20 at Colorado, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before allowing a solo homer with one out in the fifth ... was removed following the homer ... On the season, he held lefties to a .183 mark (21-for-115) while righties batted .236 (58-for-246) ... Had a groundball percentage of 60.6, ranking second-highest on the Cubs (min. 10 games pitched) ... Went 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA (16 ER/61.2 IP) in 32 appearances, all but two in relief, with the Mariners ... he struck out 54 batters and walked only 18 in 61.2 innings, contributing to a 1.09 WHIP ... Threw a season-high 91 pitches, August 26 at the Dodgers … tossed a season-high 6.1 innings July 10 at Kansas City ... Recorded his first-career hit and RBI, September 15 vs. Milwaukee ... Earned the win in Game Four of the NLCS at Los Angeles ... became just the third relief pitcher in LCS history to earn the win and have a hit … the others: Nolan Ryan (two hits) for the Mets in game three of the 1969 NLCS against Atlanta and Dick Hall (one hit) for the Orioles in game one of the 1970 ALCS at Minnesota (thanks to Elias) ... Pitched 2.0-scoreless innings in Game Two of the World Series, while permitting only two hits and a walk and adding four punchouts ... became the second Cubs reliever to pitch at least 2.0-scoreless frames in a World Series game, joining Pat Malone in Game Three of the 1932 World Series ... Recorded the final out of the World Series, inducing Michael Martinez into a 5-3 putout, helping the Cubs to their first championship in 108 years ... marked his first-career professional save in the regular season or postseason ... Tossed 14.1 innings in the postseason, third-most among all relievers ... went 1-1 with a save, two holds and a 3.14 ERA (5 ER/14.1 IP).
Totals - Was 4-6, 4.60 ERA (46 ER, 90.0 IP) in 16 starts. ... Good Start - Went 4-2, 1.62 ERA (9 ER, 50.0 IP) in first 7 starts of season (June 2-July 5). ... Tough Finish - Went 0-4, 8.33 ERA (37 ER, 40.0 IP) over final 9 starts (July 10-Aug. 25). ... Reverse Splits - Held righthanders to .246 (65x264) average; left-handers (.303/27x89). ... Back to Tacoma - Optioned to AAA Tacoma Aug. 29 where he finished the season. ... MLB Debut - Made MLB debut June 2 vs. NYY, recording a no-decision (6.0,4,1,1, 2,4). ... Back-to-Back Shutouts - Tossed back-to-back shutouts June 23 vs. Kansas City and June 30 at San Diego…7th time in club history a pitcher has thrown consecutive shutouts, and first time since Freddy Garcia July 1 & July 6, 2001. ... Scoreless Streak - Tossed 20.0 consecutive scoreless innings June 23-July 5…2ndlongest scoreless streak by Mariners rookie pitcher (Mark Langston, 21.0 in 1984). ... 1-Hitter - Recorded 10th 1-hitter in club history June 30 at San Diego, and first since Jarrod Washburn on July 6, 2009 vs. Baltimore…was the 13th 1-hit shutout in club history. ... Back-to-Back Shutouts - First rookie pitcher to throw back-to-back shutouts since Cleveland's Jeremy Sowers in 2006…12th rookie since 1980 with back-to-back shutouts. ... First Win - Earned first MLB win in his third career start June 13 at Houston ... Fully Monty - Tossed first career shutout June 23 vs. Kansas City (9.0,4,0,0,0,10)… became the first LHP in club history to throw a shutout with 10 or more strikeouts without allowing a walk (2,235th start by a left-handed pitcher in club history). ... Rookie Rarity - Shutout vs. the Royals marked only second time a rookie threw a shutout without walking a batter and at least 10 strikeouts against team that went to World Series the previous season…joined Yankees Stan Bahnsen (8/1/68 vs. BOS - 3 H, 0 BB, 12 K). ... That Didn't Take Long - Shutout vs. the Royals on June 23 came in his 5th career start/ game…became 4th pitcher in modern history (since 1900) to record a shutout with 10 or more strikeouts and zero walks within the first 5 career appearances…joined Kerry Wood (CHI, 5/6/98 vs. HOU), Dennis Ribant (NYM, 8/17/64 vs. PIT) and Doc Ayers (WAS, 1913). ... 6 Starts, 2 Shutouts - According to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the 4th pitcher over the last 40 years to record at pair of shutouts within the first 6 starts of a career: Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Orel Hershiser (1984) and Jeremy Sowers (2006). ... AAA Tacoma - Made 11 starts with AAA Tacoma going 4-3, 4.13 ERA (30 ER, 65.1 IP). ... Welcome - Acquired from Tampa Bay on March 31 in exchange for RHP Erasmo Ramirez…optioned to AAA Tacoma where he opened the season
His career-high 10 wins for Triple-A Durham were 2nd most among International League southpaws...he had been 17-32 in his previous three seasons...Combined with Brad Boxberger to throw the 17th no-hitter in franchise history (6th combined no-hitter), a 5-0 win vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) on April 26...hurled 8.1 innings and allowed only a walk to former Ray Russ Canzler...retired the final 22 batters he faced, but came out after a season-high 106 pitches...Boxberger recorded the final 2 outs...Allowed 3 runs or fewer in 21 of his 25 starts...lost only once in his first 17 starts (9-1 with a 3.21 ERA in the first half of the season), but was 1-4 with a 7.63 ERA in 8 second-half starts...Named to the IL midseason All-Star Team...Made one postseason start, Game 4 of the best-of-five Governors' Cup finals vs. Pawtucket...pitched 6 innings (3-H, 1-R/ER, 6-BB, 6-SO) and left with a 2-1 lead, giving Durham a chance to win the championship...bullpen failed to hold the lead and the Bulls lost, 4-2, in 13 innings...Durham lost Game 5, as well, and Pawtucket became IL champions...For a fourth straight season, was chosen by Baseball America as having the Best Changeup in his organization...was selected for the same honor in the Royals system after the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Spent his first season in the Rays organization with Triple-A Durham…made 19 starts and 1 relief appearance for Durham despite missing more than a month with left forearm tightness after his season debut…returned to Durham on May 23 following two rehab starts for Class-A Charlotte... Held left-handed hitters to a .230 avg. (20-for-87) with only 1 HR…right-handed batters hit .278 (91-for-327) with 8 HR... On June 7 at Indianapolis (Pirates), threw 7 innings without allowing a hit…a double in the 8th inning off reliever Juan Sandoval spoiled the combined no-hit bid... Following the season he was chosen by Baseball America for a third straight season as having the Best Changeup in his organization…was selected for the same honor in the Royals system after the 2011 and 2012 seasons... Pitched for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League after the regular season…posted a 2.57 ERA in 9 relief apps (14-IP, 12-H, 7-R, 4-ER, 4-BB, 14-SO)…named to the AFL Rising Stars Game.