Has a twin brother, Alec...Is an avid frisbee golf player...along with his father, took up beekeeping in Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic and now produces raw honey...Graduated in 2014 from Milton (Ga.) High School...was a pre-season First Team All-American entering his senior season after going 9-0 with a 0.81 ERA (69.1 IP) and 100 strikeouts as a junior...required Tommy John surgery during his senior year...Was named a 2013 Under Armour All-American and a 2014 Perfect Game First Team All-American.
Finished in second place in the American League Cy Young Award voting with 97 points, the highest finish by a White Sox pitcher since RHP Esteban Loaiza was the runner-up in 2003...Ranked among the AL leaders in numerous categories (see box at right)...ranked among the MLB leaders in ERA (third, 2.20), opponents average (third, .190) and slugging percentage (third, .306), strikeouts percentage (third, .304), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (fourth, 11.10) and strikeouts (fifth, 227)...For the Books: His 11.10 SO/9.0 IP ranked fifth in Sox history (his 12.28 mark in 2021 is the club record), his 227 strikeouts ranked eighth, and his 2.20 ERA was the lowest by a qualifying White Sox pitcher in a full season since Chris Sale in 2014 (2.17)...Club 220 K: Recorded 220-plus strikeouts for the second straight season, becoming just the fourth pitcher in club history with multiple years of 220-plus...Ed Walsh (4x), Sale (3x) and teammate Lucas Giolito (2x) also accomplished the feat...Piling up Punchouts: Became the seventh pitcher in White Sox history to record multiple 200-strikeout seasons, joining Walsh (5x), Sale (4x), Giolito, Javier Vázquez, Tom Bradley and Gary Peters (2x each)...the only other MLB pitchers to strike out 200-plus in both 2021 and 2022 were Sandy Alcántara, Corbin Burnes, Gerrit Cole, Kevin Gausman, Charlie Morton, Aaron Nola, Robbie Ray, Carlos Rodón and Spencer Strider...Cease and Destroy the Record Book: Set an MLB record with 14 straight starts allowing one earned run or less from 5/29-8/11 (0.66 ERA; 6 ER/82.0 IP)...allowed one or zero earned runs 23 times, tied with Wilbur Wood (1972) for the most in club history, and the most by an MLB starter (non-opener) since Tampa Bay's Blake Snell in 2018 (also 23)...Made five starts of six-plus scoreless IP and three or fewer hits allowed, tied for fourth-most in MLB behind Zac Gallen (seven), Yu Darvish (six) and Shohei Ohtani (six), and tied with Billy Pierce (1953) for the most by a Sox pitcher in the modern era...Ranked third in MLB with a 1.44 ERA (17 ER/106.1 IP) in day games and eighth with a 2.35 home mark (28 ER/107.1 IP)...Limited righties to a .163/.238/.289 (56-343) slash line with 10 homers, and lefties to a .219/.319/.325 (70-320) mark with six homers...the .163 average vs. RHP ranked fourth in the AL...The White Sox went 20-12 in his starts (61-69 otherwise)...received an average of 5.04 runs of support per 9.0 IP (103 RS/184.0 IP)....averaged 97.5 pitchers per start, made 16 quality starts and allowed just 6.16 hits per 9.0 IP...Won his season debut on 4/9 at Detroit, allowing one run on two hits with eight strikeouts over five IP...also won his home debut on 4/15 vs. Tampa Bay (1 ER/5.2 IP)...suffered his first loss on 4/21 at Cleveland (4 ER/5.1 IP)...Cease and Desist: Earned the win on 5/2 vs. the Angels, allowing one hit with no walks and a career-high tying 11 strikeouts (fifth time) over seven scoreless IP...marked his 10th career double-digit strikeout effort, tying Gary Peters and Jim Scott for ninth-most in club history...joined Peters (7/15/63 vs. Baltimore) as the only pitchers in Sox history to throw seven-plus scoreless IP with one or zero hits allowed, zero walks and 11-plus strikeouts (Baseball Reference/Stathead)...recorded his third career start with 10-plus strikeouts and fewer than two hits allowed, matching Chris Sale for the most in club history (Elias)...Cea-king Strikeouts: Received an ND on 5/12 vs. the Yankees after allowing six runs on six hits, including two homers, with a career-high tying 11 strikeouts over four IP…joined former teammate LHP Carlos Rodón (7/25/17 at Cubs) as the only pitchers in MLB history to strike out 11 batters in 4.0 IP or less … also became the first White Sox starter in the expansion era (since 1961) to record a strikeout for each of the first eight outs of a game (Elias)…reached 400 career strikeouts (Anthony Rizzo in the first) in 331.2 IP, the fastest pace in club history (surpassed Chris Sale; 400 SO/379.2 IP)…struck out 10-plus batters for the 11th time, tying Billy Pierce for eighth-most in club history. l Improved to 4-1 on 5/17-1 at Kansas City after striking out nine batters over 5.2 scoreless IP…his 67 strikeouts after eight starts were the third-most in Sox history behind Rodón (72 in 2021) and Gary Peters (69 in 1967)…source: Elias. l Withholding Earnings: Did not allow an earned run in five straight starts from 5/29-6/1, joining Doc White (five straight shutouts in 1904) as the only starting pitchers in White Sox history to accomplish that feat … struck out 37 (12.18 per 9.0 IP), surrendered 17 hits (15 singles) and limited opponents to a .175 (97 at-bats) during the five-start stretch (27.1 IP)…extended the streak without allowing an earned run to 29.1 IP on 6/26 vs. Baltimore, the longest by a Sox pitcher since Matt Albers went 36.0 IP from 8/4/15-5/1/16 (STATS). l History Class with Professor Cease: Went 8-3 with a 0.66 ERA (6 ER/82.0 IP), .172 (50-290) opponents average, 1.05 WHIP, .518 opponents OPS and 103 strikeouts (11.30 per 9.0 IP) over 14 starts from 5/29-8/11 … allowed one earned run or less in each of the 14 outings, the longest streak in MLB history (previous mark was 12)…additional information on Cease's streak of allowing one earned run or less: u The only other starters in MLB history to allow one earned run or less in 14 or more consecutive starts were openers; u His 0.66 ERA is the fourth-best mark in MLB (since 1913) over any 14-start stretch in the same season…trails Bob Gibson (0.56 ERA from 6/11-8/19/68 and 6/6-8/14/68) and Walter Johnson (0.58 ERA; 4/22-6/27/1918); Five of his six earned runs allowed came on solo home runs; u Nine of the starts were quality, struck out eight or more eight times and allowed three hits or less in seven outings; u Recorded a 21.2 scoreless IP streak from the fifth inning on 7/7 vs. Detroit through the first on 7/31 vs. Oakland … marked the longest scoreless streak by a Sox pitcher since teammate Lucas Giolito's 22.0 IP mark from 5/28-6/8/19. l Allowed one-plus run but zero earned runs in four consecutive starts from 5/29-6/24, the first MLB pitcher in the modern era to post those numbers…went 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA (10 unearned runs/21.1 IP) and 26 strikeouts during the four-start span. l Received a ND on 5/29 vs. the Cubs despite allowing just one unearned run on two hits with five strikeouts over 7.0 IP. l Was on the Restricted List from 5/31-6/2 during the White Sox series at Toronto. l To the Moon in June: Was named AL Pitcher of the Month for June, his first career monthly honor…went 2-1 with a 0.33 ERA (1 ER/27.1 IP), 45 strikeouts (14.82 per 9.0 IP) and a .192 (19-99) opponents average over five starts to become the first White Sox pitcher to win the award since Giolito in May 2019…made five consecutive starts without allowing an earned run from 5/29-6/26 (29.1 IP), joining Doc White in 1904 as the only starting pitchers in Sox history to accomplish that feat. l Did not factor in the decision on 6/4 at Tampa Bay after allowing two unearned runs on one hit with seven walks and five strikeouts over 4.2 IP (101 pitches)…became the 11th starter (12th time) in franchise history to allow one hit or less with seven-plus walks … marked the second such outing of his career following 9/20/20 at Cincinnati (3 ER/3.0 IP; 0 H, 7 BB)...Struck out 11 batters over 6.0 scoreless IP in a ND on 6/21 vs. Toronto and a career-high 13 on 6/26 vs. Baltimore (W; 1 ER/7.0 IP)...allowed a solo home run in the third inning on 6/26 to snap his streak of IP without allowing an earned run at 29.1...Surrendered a solo homer in three consecutive starts, his only runs allowed, from 6/26-7/7...posted a 1.50 ERA (3 ER/18.0 IP) with 25 strikeouts and 11 hits allowed during the stretch...Made three straight scoreless starts from 7/12-24, going 3-0 with a .194 (13-67) opponents average and 21 strikeouts over 18.2 IP...surrendered just one hit with eight strikeouts over seven scoreless IP on 7/17 at Minnesota...also recorded his 500th career strikeout (José Miranda) in the fifth inning...Fly in July: Was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for July, his second consecutive monthly honor...went 5-1 with a 0.76 ERA (3 ER/35.2 IP), .188 (24-128) opponents average, .567 opponents OPS and 40 strikeouts over six starts...all three runs allowed came on solo home runs...surrendered four hits or less four times...led the AL in ERA and wins, tied for fifth in strikeouts, ranked sixth in opponents slugging percentage (.297), seventh in opponents average and OPS and ninth in WHIP (1.04)...additional information on his historic July: Became the first pitcher in franchise history to win the AL monthly award twice in the same season; Joined Sale (twice), José Contreras (three times) and Mark Buehrle (twice) as the only Sox pitchers to win the award multiple times...the last pitcher to be honored in consecutive months was Houston’s Gerrit Cole in June and July 2019; His 0.76 ERA followed his 0.33 mark in June, becoming the first Sox pitcher since at least 1913 to record a sub-1.00 ERA in consecutive months (minimum 25.0 IP in each month); His ERA is the fourth-lowest in the month in franchise history, and the lowest since Billy Pierce’s 0.62 mark in 1955; According to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the third pitcher in MLB history to work five-plus IP and allow one run or less in nine or more consecutive starts, joining Bob Gibson (11 in 1968) and the Philadelphia A's Jack Coombs (11 in 1910)...His streak of starts allowing one earned run or less was snapped on 8/16 vs. Houston when he gave up three runs on six hits over 5.0 IP...marked the first time he allowed more than one earned run since 5/24 vs. Boston (7 ER/3.0 IP)...Nearly a No-No: Lost his bid for a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning on 9/3 vs. Minnesota...held the Twins hitless until surrendering a two-out single to Luis Arraez in the ninth...walked two and struck out seven in his second career complete game and shutout (first of 9.0 IP)...additional information on his near no-hitter: First pitcher in Sox history to lose a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth since Ken Brett on 5/26/76 vs. California (Elias/STATS)...Brett lost his no-hit bid on Jerry Remy's infield single and he went on to lose the game, 1-0, in 10 innings (1 ER/9.1 IP); First Sox pitcher since Dennis Lamp on 8/25/1981 at Milwaukee to record a complete-game one-hitter while losing his no-hit bid in the ninth inning; First MLB pitcher since Pete Alexander in 1915 to record four games in a season with six-plus shutout IP and no more than one hit allowed (Elias); Second MLB pitcher in 2022 to lose a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth following St. Louis' Mile Mikolas on 6/14 vs. Pittsburgh...Earned his 14th and final win on 9/8 at Oakland after allowing just three hits with nine strikeouts over six scoreless IP...Went 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA (8 ER/22.0 IP) and 21 strikeouts over his final four starts from 9/14-10/1.
Established career bests in virtually every category, including strikeouts (226), IP (165.2), wins (13) and ERA (3.91)....Piling Up Punchouts: His 12.28 SO/9.0 IP led the American League and established a White Sox single-season record … his 226 strikeouts ranked third in the A...and tied for the eighth-highesttota...in Sox history … recorded eight 10-plus strikeout games, tied with Chris Sale (2014) for second-most in club history (Sale13 in 2015)… became the first Sox RHP to finish in the Top 3 of the A...in strikeouts since Esteban Loaiza led with 207 in 2003....200 K Club: Along with Lucas Giolito (201), became just the second Sox teammates to each record 200-plus strikeouts, joining Tom Bradley (206) and Wilbur Wood (210) in 1971....Swing and Miss Stuff: Recorded 478 swing and misses, the fifth-most in baseball...(teammate Lucas Giolito was fourth with 483) … 242 of those came inside the strike zone … recorded10-plus swing/misses in a game 29 times and 20-plus five times....Limited lefties to a .226 (70-310) average, down from .256 in 2020 and .285 in 2019....Went 6-2 with a 3.18 ERA (30 ER/85.0 IP), 115 strikeouts and .205 (64-312) opponents average in 16 starts at home …his 115 strikeouts were the most by a White Sox pitcher since Chris Sale's 116 in 2016....Became fifth starter in franchise history to work less than 5.0IP in each his first four-plus starts of a season (al...ND)....Made his season debut on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball on 4/4 at the Angels (ND, 3 ER/4.2 IP)....Was placed on the IL on 4/14 for precautionary reasons …was reinstated on 4/16 following a series of negative COVID-19 tests and started on...Recorded a career-high scoreless streak of 14.0 IP from4/29-1-5/11....Complete Dominance: Recorded his first career complete game and shutout on 4/29-2 vs. Detroit … struck out nine and surrendered just three hits over a career-high tying 7.0 scoreless IP (third time) … retired the final 17 Tigers of the game …improved to 6-0 with a 2.29 ERA (9 ER/35.1 IP) over six career starts vs. Detroit, the first White Sox pitcher to win each of his first six-plus career starts against a single opponent since LHP Mark Buehrle won seven in row vs. Texas from 2001-05 (Elias)....Cease and Destroy: Surrendered just one hit with three walks and a career-high tying 11 strikeouts (second time) over 6.0 scoreless IP in a win on 5/4 at Cincinnati … held the Reds hitless through the first four innings … walked Mike Moustakas with one out in the second to snap his streak of 21 consecutive hitters retired … went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double in his first professional...plate appearances … became the first Sox pitcher in the DH era (since 1973) to record three hits in a game information...Became the ninth pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow no runs, strike out 10-plus batters and collect three-plus hits, the second Sox pitcher to accomplish the feat (Red Faber on 4/15/1915 at St. Louis) and the first in MLB since St. Louis' Adam Wainwright on 4/13/2013 vs. Milwaukee... Prior to Wainwright, the last MLB pitcher with such a game was Oakland's Jim "Catfish" Hunter in his perfect game on 5/8/68 vs. Minnesota … White Sox manager Tony La Russa was optioned before the game and watched the performance from the Athletics clubhouse Became the first Sox pitcher to start his career 3-3 at the plate, and the first in the A...since Boston's Boo Ferriss in 1945 … became just the third MLB pitcher since 1974 to start his career 3-3, joining Montreal's T.J. Tucker (2000-02) and the Mets’ Steven Matz (2015)... Was the first Sox pitcher with three hits since Tom Bradley on 5/14/72 vs. Baltimore, the first with an extra-base hit since Carlos Rodón (double) on 7/25/17 at Cubs, and the first MLB pitcher with a three-hit game since Washington's Stephen Strasburg on 7/18/19 at Atlanta...Was the first pitcher to outhit an opponent in a game since Vida Blue, who outhit Kansas City (2-1) on 9/11/1970....Allowed one run on four hits 10 strikeouts over 6.0 IP on 5/27vs. Baltimore … recorded 29 swing-and-misses, tied for the fourth-highest tota...in MLB during the season and second-most by a Sox pitcher in the Statcast era (since 2015) behind Lucas Giolito (30) in his no-hitter on 8/25/20 vs. Pittsburgh....Struck out 10 and allowed just five hits (three singles) over7.0 scoreless IP in a victory on 6/6 vs. Detroit....Elite Eight!: Improved to 8-0 in his first eight career starts vs. the Tigers with a win on 6/12 at Comerica Park (2 ER/5.0 IP) …became the first Sox pitcher to win his first eight starts against an opponent, and the first in MLB to accomplish the feat since Jamie Moyer won his first 10 against Florida from 2006-08....Recorded his fourth career double-digit strikeout performance on 7/16 vs. Houston, fanning 10 over 5.2 IP....Dealin' in August: Went 4-0 with a 2.83 ERA (11 ER/35.0 IP),50 strikeouts and a .176 (22-125) opponents average over six starts in August … ranked among the A...leaders in opponents average (1st), SO/9.0 IP (1st, 12.86), strikeouts (2nd), wins(T2nd) and WHIP (4th, 0.97)....Struck out a career-high tying 11 batters (third time) on 8/3vs. Kansas City, tossing 6.0 scoreless IP for his eighth victory....Recorded his second consecutive 10-plus strikeout game in a 9-3 win on 8/8 at Wrigley Field, becoming the 15th pitcher in White Sox history to accomplish the feat....Earned the win in his second start vs. the Cubs on 8/29 …matched his career high with 11 strikeouts (fourth time), allowing one run on four hits over 6.0 IP....Recorded his 12th victory on 9/17 at Texas, tossing 5.0 scoreless IP with 10 strikeouts … it marked his eighth double-digit strikeout performance of the season (ninth career), tied with Chris Sale (2014) for second-most in White Sox history....Earned his 13th and final...win on 9/24 at Cleveland after tossing 5.1 scoreless IP with nine strikeouts … left the game in the sixth inning after being hit in the right triceps with a comebacker off the bat of Bradley Zimmer....Started Game 3 of the ALDS vs. Houston, the Sox first home playoff game since 2008 … posted a ND despite allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 1.2 IP, his shortest start of the season … the White Sox won, 12-6.
Spent his first full season in the major leagues after making his first career Opening Day roster...Lowered his ERA from 5.79 in 2019 to 4.01 and his opponents' batting average from .271 to .234 … limited right-handers to a .202 (18-89) average...Averaged 6.79 strikeouts and 5.25 walks per 9.0 IP (9.99 and 4.32 in 2019) …his 5.25 walks and 1.85 home runs per 9.0 IP (12 homers) both were the highest rates in the American League...Averaged less than 5.0 IP per start …threw 6.0-plus IP four times in 12 starts…received an average of 5.86 runs of support per 9.0 IP, but the Sox scored just one run in his final three starts...Went 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA (14 ER/39.2 IP) vs. the AL Central and 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA (12 ER/18.2 IP) vs. the NL...Made his season debut on 7/28-1 at Cleveland, allowing four runs on seven hits (two homers) over 2.1 IP...Recorded a career-best, four-game winning streak from 8/2-18, posting a 1.93 ERA (5 ER/23.1 IP)... Earned his first win on 8/2 at Kansas City (2 ER/6.0 IP) and his first at home on 8/7 vs. Cleveland (5.0 scoreless IP) … posted back-to-back wins against Detroit on 8/12 at Comerica Park (1 ER/6.0 IP) and 8/17 in Chicago (2 ER/6.1 IP)...His winning streak ended on 8/23 at the Cubs despite allowing two runs on four hits over 6.0 IP against his former team … carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning before allowing a two-run homer to Kyle Schwarber … Cubs held on for 2-1 win...Earned his final win on 9/3 at Kansas City (3 ER/5.0 IP) … went 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA (11 ER/17.1 IP) and 14 walks over his final four starts...Issued a career-high seven walks with zero hits over 3.0 IP on 9/20 at Cincinnati … lost his final start of the season on 9/25 vs. the Cubs, allowing five runs (three homers) over 4.2 IP...Made one relief appearance in the AL Wild Card Series at Oakland, working 1.0 scoreless IP in Game 2.
Began the season with Class AAA Charlotte before making his major-league debut with the White Sox in July ... His average of 9.99 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (81 SO/73.0 IP) was the highest in franchise history by a rookie (min. 10 starts) … his fastball averaged 96.6 mph and topped out at 100.1 mph ... Lowered his ERA to 3.00 (7 ER/21.0 IP) in September (four starts) after recording a 6.86 mark (16 ER/21.0 IP) in July (four) and 6.97 (24 ER/31.0 IP) in August (six) ... Limited opponents to a .176 average (12-for-68) the third time through the order (.314 the first time and .288 the second) ... His contract was purchased from Charlotte on 7/3 … made his major-league debut that afternoon as the starter in Game 1 of a doubleheader vs. Detroit … earned the win after allowing three runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts over 5.0 IP … struck out JaCoby Jones in the second for the first of his career … became the first Sox starter to win his major-league debut since Scott Carroll on 4/27/14 vs. Tampa Bay ... Recorded a four-game losing streak from 7/16-8/1 (6.65 ERA, 17 ER/23.0 IP) … worked 7.0 IP for the first time in a loss on 8/1 vs. the Mets ... Earned his first career road win on 8/6-1 vs. Detroit (2 ER/5.0 IP) … struck out nine in a win on 8/23 vs. Texas (3 ER/6.0 IP) ... Recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts on 9/3 at Cleveland, tied with Carlos Rodón (8/11/15 vs. Angels) and Chris Knapp (9/13/76 vs. Kansas City) for the third-highest total by a Sox rookie since 1964 (STATS) ... Earned his final win on 9/20 at Detroit (1 ER/6.0 IP) … was scratched from his final start on 9/26 vs. Cleveland with a strained left hamstring suffered warming up in the bullpen ... Opened the season with Charlotte and made 15 starts … posted a 3.18 ERA (18 ER/51.0 IP) in April and May (10 GS) ... Preseason Baseball America Rankings: No. 3 prospect and possessing the Best Curveball in the White Sox system; No. 38 prospect in baseball ... Preseason MLB.com Rankings: No. 3 prospect in the Sox system; No. 25 overall and No. 5 RHP in baseball.
Combined to go 12-2 with a 2.40 ERA (33 ER/124.0 IP), 160 strikeouts and a .189 (82-434) opponents average over 23 starts between Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham. Ranked among the minor-league leaders in opponents average (6th), strikeouts (12th) and wins (T14th)... Was named MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year, a two-time White Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month honoree (July and August/September) and a Carolina League midseason All-Star... Averaged 11.6 strikeouts per 9.0 IP … struck out nine-plus batters seven times and 10-plus on three occasions... Limited left-handers to a .202 average (22-109) and righties to a .205 mark (30-146) between the two stops... Opened the season with the Dash and went 9-2 with a 2.89 ERA (23 ER/71.2 IP) and a CL-leading 82 strikeouts in 13 starts … allowed one earned run or less seven times...Was named C Pitcher of the Week for 4/30-5/6 after going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA (1ER/13.0 IP) and 18 strikeouts over two starts … struck out 12 in 7.0 scoreless IP in a win on 5/1 vs. Lynchburg … threw 6.0 scoreless IP on 5/18 at Down East...Was promoted to Birmingham on 6/19, where he went 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA (10 ER/52.1 IP) and 78 strikeouts over 10 starts … allowed one run or less in eight of his 10 outings...Gave up five runs on seven hits over 4.2 IP in his Barons debut on 6/25 at Montgomery before going 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA (5 ER/47.2 IP) and 71 strikeouts over his last nine starts...Was named the White Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month in July and August/September... Went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP), 42 strikeouts and a .165 (17-103) opponents average over five starts in July and 1-0 with a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP), 29 strikeouts and .107 average (6-56) over four August starts... Tossed 24.0 consecutive scoreless IP from 7/20-8/10 … threw 7.0 scoreless IP on 7/25 vs. Tennessee, allowing one hit with
a career-high tying 12 strikeouts … did not allow a hit until two outs in the seventh inning...Threw 6.0 scoreless IP in his next start on 7/30 at Mississippi … allowed just one hit with nine strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless IP on 8/4 vs. Mobile … his scoreless streak ended when he gave up a run in the second inning on 8/19 at Montgomery...Fanned 11 batters over 5.0 scoreless IP in his final start on 8/22 at Jacksonville, his third game of the season with 10-plus...Entered the season rated by MLB.com as the No. 5 prospect in the Sox system and No. 61 overall in baseball.
Split the season between Class A South Bend in the Cubs organization and Class A Kannapolis (White Sox) … was acquired by the Sox on 7/13 as part of a five-player deal...Combined to post a 3.28 ERA (34 ER/93.1 IP) with 126 strikeouts in 22 starts between the two teams... Averaged 12.2 strikeouts per 9.0 IP and held the opposition to a .221 (74-335) average … yielded just three home runs...Was named to the South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star Team with South Bend despite being on the disabled list from 5/19-6/10 with a sprained right ankle...Posted a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) over his first three starts of the season … threw 6.0 hitless IP on 4/19 vs. Great Lakes … struck out 10 batters over 4.2 IP on 4/29 at Fort Wayne...Was winless (0-8) with Kannapolis despite allowing three runs or less in all nine starts … matched his career high with 10 strikeouts over 6.0 IP on 8/25 vs. Lakewood...Was scheduled to start Game 1 of the South Atlantic League playoffs for Kannapolis but was placed on the disabled list on 9/6 with a strained right shoulder...Entered the season ranked by MLB.com as the No. 77 Prospect in baseball and No. 4 Prospect in the Cubs organization...Sox acquisition was recommended by Daraka Shaheed.
Was named to the Northwest League postseason All-Star Team at Class A Eugene … also was tabbed by Baseball America as a Short-Season All-Star... Averaged 13.3 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (66 SO/44.2 IP) and held opponents to a .175 (27-154) average... Posted a 0.43 ERA (1 ER/21.0 IP) over his final five starts, allowing seven hits with 39 strikeouts...Was named NWL Pitcher of the Week for 8/29-9/5 after recording a 0.00 ERA (10.0 IP) with 18 strikeouts over two starts … struck out eight batters over 5.0 IP on 8/30 vs. Tri-City and 10 batters over 5.0 IP on 9/5 at Hillsboro... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 Prospect in the Cubs organization.
Spent the season with the Arizona League Cubs, making 11 appearances (eight starts)... Limited opponents to a .145 (12-83) average … posted a 2.18 ERA (5 ER/20.2 IP) as a starter … five of his eight starts were scoreless, including three of 3.0 IP... Did not make his pro debut until 6/22 at the AZL D'Backs as he continued to recover from Tommy John surgery … made his first start on 6/28 vs. the AZL Giants, throwing 2.0 scoreless IP.
Did not pitch while recovering from Tommy John surgery ... Was recommended/signed by Keith Lockhart (Cubs).