Was born in Freehold, N.J...Graduated from Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck, N.J., in 2008. Following his senior year, he was selected by Boston in the 22nd round of the First-Year Player Draft but elected to attend college...Attended the University of Florida where he played three seasons in Gainesville. Helped lead the Gators to a College World Series appearance during his final season in 2011 before they lost to South Carolina in the finals...Anthony and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their first child, a boy named Cru James, on Aug. 25, 2020...Hobbies include cooking, being a foodie, playing the guitar and enjoying the outdoors. His favorite ways to spend an off day are: spending time with family, exploring different towns and cities and trying new restaurants...DeSclafani will make a $60,000 annual donation to the Giants Community Fund in each of the three seasons of his new contract.
In the first year of his new three-year contract with the Giants, DeSclafani was plagued by the remnants of a right ankle injury he suffered towards the end of last season...he made only five starts during the regular season, going 0-2 with a 6.63 ERA and 17 strikeouts...He first went on the IL with right ankle inflammation on April 22, a day after he’d allowed five runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings to the Mets at Citi Field...saw Dr. Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in Green Bay, WI on April 25 and an MRI confirmed the right ankle inflammation...after a few weeks, DeSclafani was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 16 and would not be eligible to return until June 21...he came off as scheduled on June 21 but only made two more starts before going back on the IL with the same right ankle inflammation on June 28...After going on the IL a second time, DeSclafani elected to have surgery on the right ankle to fix his peroneal tendon which is on the outside of the ankle joint...the surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc., on July 21 and he missed the remainder of the season...Never pitched more than 5.0 innings and never threw more than 83 pitches in any of his five starts for SF...also made two rehab starts with Triple-A Sacramento trying to return from the injury during his first IL stint.
Finished his first season in San Francisco with a 13-7 record while registering the lowest ERA (3.17) of his career...his 13 wins were also the most of his career...DeSclafani's 31 starts matched a career-best (also 31 in 2019 and 2015) and the Giants were 21-10 in games he started...His 152 strikeouts were the second-most of his career behind 167 in 2019 with Cincinnati...Finished among the NL leaders tied for first in shutouts (two), tied for fourth in complete games (two), tied for 10th in wins (13), 11th in ERA (3.17), 13th in BAA (.225) and 13th in WHIP (1.09)...Was 10-3 with a 2.68 ERA (32er, 107.1ip) with 99 strikeouts to 29 walks with a .201 BAA before the All-Star break...went 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA (27er, 60.1ip) after the break...Missed a total of 17 games across two separate stints on the IL (August 3-13 with right shoulder fatigue and August 19-29 with right ankle inflammation)...In six regular-season starts vs. the Dodgers, DeSclafani was 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA (22er, 27.0ip) with 27 strikeouts, 15 walks and a .300 BAA...SF was 3-3 in those six outings...Against the rest of the league he went 13-4 with a 2.37 ERA (37er, 140.2ip), 125 strikeouts, 27 walks and a .209 BAA. ...Was 8-3 with a 3.10 ERA (25er, 72.2ip) in 14 starts at Oracle Park and held opposing hitters to a .225 BAA...in his last six starts at home he posted a 1.50 ERA (5er, 30.0ip) and a BAA of .198 (21x106)...Held right-handed batters to a .577 OPS, seventh-lowest in the NL among qualified starters...RHB's hit .204 off DeSclafani, eighth-lowest in the NL...Averaged 15.3 pitches per inning, sixth-lowest in the National League among starters and the lowest rate of his career...his 3.78 pitches per batter faced were 10th-fewest.
Started Game 4 of the NLDS vs. LA and lasted 1.2 innings, his first career postseason appearance.
Made nine appearances (seven starts) in 2020, going 1-2 with a 7.22 ERA...Began the season on the 10-day injured list with a mild right teres major strain...His two relief appearances in 2020 marked his first since the 2014 season and snapped his streak of consecutive appearances as a starter at 110...Produced a career-worst 10.1% walk-rate and his 15.8% strikeout-rate was among the bottom 9% in the league, according to Baseball Savant...Traveled to the Wild Card Series at ATL as part of the Reds' 40-player postseason pool but was not on the 28-man active roster.
Established a career high in strikeouts and tied career highs in wins and starts...Since the pitching mound was adjusted to 60 feet, 6 inches in 1893, his 8/28-9/21 streak of 5 starts with at least 6.0 innings pitched while allowing 3 hits or fewer tied for the second-longest in Major League history...that streak ended in his final start of the season, on 9/27 at Pit (5+ip, 8h)...Johan Santana holds the record with 7 straight such starts from 7/1-8/1, 2004...In the 7-5 loss on 6/23 at Mil, became the second Major League pitcher in 2019 to record 9 strikeouts through the first 3 innings of a game (Mil's Corbin Burnes, 3/31 vs StL) and the only Reds pitcher to do it since at least the 1920s, since such research is available...retired his first 6 batters via strikeout, tying the franchise record for strikeouts to begin a game (Robert Stephenson, 8/25/17 vs Pit)...that streak was snapped by Travis Shaw's HR leading off the third inning...His strikeout of Trevor Story to end the fifth inning of his 3-1 win on 7/27 vs Col was the 500th strikeout of his career...On 8/12 at Wsh made his 100th Major League start...In his last 8 starts of the season beginning 8/17 went 2-2, 2.39 and dropped his ERA from 4.51 to seasonending 3.89.
Missed the first 2 months of the season while on the 60-day disabled list with a left oblique strain suffered in his third spring training appearance...after he came off the disabled list on 6/5 led the Reds' staff in starts (21), wins (7), innings pitched (115.0) and strikeouts (108)...before he was reinstated the day of his 6/5 start vs Col, his season debut, from 5/14-5/30 made 4 rehabilitation starts for Pensacola and Louisville (0-3, 4.66)...between his 9/28/16 and 6/5/18 apps, 17 other pitchers made starts for the Reds...began the season 4-3, 5.47 in 10 starts through July, then received National League Pitcher of the Month Award votes for August after he went 3-1, 2.62 in 5 starts...threw at least 6.0 innings in all 5 starts in August, 1 start shy of his career high for consecutive 6.0-inning starts (6gs, 6/21-7/20, 2016) and including a season-high 14.0 scoreless innings snapped in the third inning on 8/17 vs SF...from 8/4-8/17 became the first Reds pitcher to throw at least 7.0 innings in 3 straight starts since he did it from 8/21-9/2, 2016, tying his career-best streak...was the only Reds pitcher in 2018 to make 3 consecutive starts of at least 7.0 innings...in 4 starts from 6/10-7/9 went 4-0, 4.04...the 4-game winning streak tied Matt Harvey and Tyler Mahle for the longest by a Reds starter in 2018...in his last 4 starts of the season went 0-4, 6.64...the 4-game losing streak tied his career high (4g, 4/26-5/17, 2015)...in the 11-2 win on 6/23 vs Cubs hit a grand slam (off Brian Duensing), the first home run of his career and only the fourth grand slam by a Reds pitcher (Bob Purkey on 8/1/59 vs Cubs, Al Hollingsworth on 5/28/1936 at Cubs, Ice Box Chamberlain on 4/30/1892 vs Wsh)...teammate and pitcher Michael Lorenzen a week later also hit a grand slam, but he hit his as a pinch hitter.
Spent the season on the disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow...didn't pitch for the Reds in spring training...was disabled on 4/2...was transferred to the 60-day DL on 4/5, when the Reds claimed off waivers from the Phillies IF/OF Tyler Goeddel...on 7/23 for the AZL Reds made his first rehabilitation appearance...following that start was transferred to Dayton...on 7/29 at Fort Wayne, threw 4.0 innings for the Dragons...on 8/3 at Great Lakes for Dayton, left his third rehab start after 9 batters with right elbow tendinitis...didn't pitch again until the instructional league.
Began the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, suffered in his final spring training start...made consecutive rehab apps on 4/23 for Pensacola and 4/29 for Dayton before he felt soreness in the oblique...didn't make another rehab start until 5/25...on 6/10 was reinstated from the 15-day DL and that night vs the A's made his season debut in the Reds' 61st game...began the season 6-0, 2.94 through 11 starts...became the first Reds pitcher to produce at least 6 wins without a loss over his first 9 starts since Paul Wilson went 6-0 in his first 9 starts in 2004...through 17 starts went 8-3, 2.93...in his last 3 starts went 1-2, 5.63 to raise his overall ERA to 3.28...in 14 of his 20 apps produced quality starts, including a season-high 6 straight QS from 6/21-7/20 (5-0, 2.59)...coming out of the All-Star break made 11 starts (5-3, 3.30) before he skipped a turn on 9/12...returned to the rotation on 9/17 and didn't miss any of his last 3 starts (1-2, 5.63)...in the 13-0 win on 8/27 at Ari threw his first career complete game.
In his first full Major League season led National League rookies in starts (tied) and innings pitched and ranked among the NL rookie leaders in ERA (5th), wins (T2nd), strikeouts (2nd) and opponents' BA (.273, 7th)...became the first rookie pitcher to lead the Reds in wins (tied with Mike Leake), starts, innings pitched and strikeouts since Art Fowler in 1954...also led the staff with 17 quality starts...became the first Reds pitcher to lead NL rookies in starts since Johnny Cueto in 2008 and in innings pitched since Chris Reitsma in 2001...was 1 of 9 rookie pitchers who combined for 110 starts for the Reds, both single-season modern club records... the Reds' season-ending streak of 64 consecutive starts by rookies, beginning 7/29, is a modern Major League record...missed his only scheduled start on 7/11, when 2 days before the All-Star break he was scratched with a tight left hamstring...returned as scheduled on 7/18 in the Reds' second game after the break...in a 1-0 win on 7/29 at StL and a 3-2 win on 8/4 vs StL became the first Reds rookie since Ewell Blackwell in 1946 to face the Cardinals in consecutive starts and win them both...was the first rookie for any team to do so since SF's Jerome Williams beat StL twice consecutively in July 2003...entered this season rated the sixth-best prospect in the organization.
In his first Major League season made 5 starts and 8 relief apps during 5 stints with Mia...went 6-7, 3.78 in 19 starts and 1 relief appearance for the Marlins' Class AA Jacksonville and Class AAA New Orleans affiliates...began the season at Jacksonville...on 5/14 was promoted to Mia...made his Major League debut that night at LAD, started and earned the 13-3 win (6ip, 7h, 2er, 1bb, 7k, 1hr)...became the ninth Marlins pitcher to start and win his big league debut (most recent, Adalberto Mendez on 9/6/10 at Phi)...his 7 strikeouts tied for second-most in Marlins history in a debut (Jose Fernandez, 8k on 4/7/13 at NYM)...also singled off Brian Wilson and had 2rbi to become only the sixth starting pitcher since 1914 to produce a win and 2rbi in his big league debut (most recent, Pit's Gerrit Cole on 6/11/13 vs SF)...following the season pitched for Salt River in the prestigious Arizona Fall League (6gs, 1-0, 2.67, 27ip, 24h, 4bb, 24k)...ranked among the AFL leaders in strikeouts (T2nd) and innings pitched (4th)...was AFL Pitcher of the Week for 11/4-11/10...entered the season rated by Baseball America the Marlin's fifth-best prospect.
Combined to post 9-6 record and 2.65 ERA (129.0 IP/38 ER) between Single-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville to earn Marlins' Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors...Opened season in Jupiter rotation, going 4-2 with 1.67 ERA (54.0/10) in 12 starts...Did not allow a single earned run over first four starts of season (15.2 IP) before yielding first earned run on April 29 vs. Dunedin. Allowed one run on nine hits over 5.0 frames in outing...Surrendered five runs in second start of season, an April 13 loss to Palm Beach (0.2 IP), though none were earned...Following loss, earned wins in each of next four starts in season-long win streak...Earned Marlins' Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for April after posting 3-1 record and 0.44 ERA (20.2/1) in five starts. Walked three while striking out 16 in holding opponents to .241 average...Named to Florida State League Midseason All-Star team but did not participate due to promotion to Double-A Jacksonville on June 19...Made first career start at Double-A level on June 20 vs. Huntsville, earning win after holding Stars scoreless on two hits while walking none and striking out five over 6.0 innings...In second start with Suns, tossed season-high 7.0 innings at Mobile on June 26. Allowed three runs on nine hits with no walks and two strikeouts in earning second win...Equaled 7.0-inning plateau four more times over remainder of season: July 19 at Tennessee, August 2 vs. Tennessee, Aug. 13 vs. Birmingham and Aug. 30 vs. Mississippi...Struck out nine Smokies on July 19 to mark season high. Also, recorded nine strikeouts on Aug. 18 at Chattanooga...Struggled in July, going 0-2 with 6.94 ERA (23.1/18) in five starts, but bounced back to go 3-2 with 1.63 ERA (38.2/7) in six August assignments...Ranked by Baseball America as Marlins' fifth-best prospect going into 2014.