My wake-up call came back in 2004, when I was told that I had earned a roster spot at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. But, it came with no scholarship money and no promises. Being the last pitcher on the depth chart wasn't okay with me. So, I made a plan and got to work. Over the next few years, I bloomed, transforming from an 80mph pitcher to one throwing in the low-to-mid 90s
In 2010, I founded Warbird Academy, a still growing baseball academy in Normal Illinois. I retired from professional baseball in 2017 after seven years, earning All-Star selections in 2012 and 2015. My return from a pair of Tommy John surgeries defined who I was, someone who refused to give up. I'm proud that I achieved more after both surgeries than I did prior.
I'm passionate about telling stories from my career, apassing on what I learned as I climbed the ladder and hurdled my obstacles. There's too much behind-the-scenes knowledge that doesn't get passed on, but I intend to tell the hard stories and remind others that they don't struggle alone.