He was an All-State pitcher and outfielder at Weatherford High School.
He became known for his upright delivery and nasty slider, his favorite strikeout pitch.
He married Courtney Leggett in 2012. They had their first child in 2014. His older brother Buck is a former infielder who also played in the MLB.
He was drafted in 2006, in the same draft that produced All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria.