John Bailey Ober (pronounced OH-burr)...Twitter: @baileyOB_17...Instagram: @oberbailey... married to Montana; the couple has a son and a daughter...spent prep years at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, NC, where he was teammates on the baseball team with the Vikings' Garrett Bradbury and Kansas City Royals pitcher Jackson Kowar...member of North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) state championship teams in 2012 and 2013...named 2013 Collegiate Baseball All-American second-team...named All-NCISAA first team...named Charlotte Area Pitcher of the Year... posted 10-0 record with 0.45 ERA and 99 strikeouts as a senior...led Charlotte Christian School to No. 22 national ranking by Collegiate Baseball in 2013...was 10-1 with a 1.00 ERA as a junior...also played prep basketball...attended College of Charleston from 2014-17, missing the 2015 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on right elbow...compiled a 24-9 record with a 2.91 ERA and 254 strikeouts in 259.2 innings over the course of his collegiate career at the College of Charleston...posted a 7-2 record with a 4.50 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 56.0 innings of work as a redshirt junior in 2017...in his freshman season compiled a 10-3 record with a 1.52 ERA and 85 strikeouts...named 2014 NCBWA National Freshman Pitcher of the Year...was also named the 2014 CAA Rookie of the Year and CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player while helping the Cougars advance to the Super Regionals for the second time...the 2016 All-CAA Second Team selection is tied for second in the program record book with 24 career victories, and also ranks third in strikeouts, fourth in ERA, seventh in innings pitched and eighth in winning percentage (.727)...debuted in 2021 wearing uniform number 82, switched to 17 for the first part of spring training of 2022, then switched again to 16 when the Twins acquired Chris Archer.
Spent first spring training of career with Twins; optioned to alternate training site on March 14...Began season with Triple-A St. Paul and was the club's fifth starter, making his Triple-A debut May 8 at Omaha and allowing one run on three hits in 3.0 innings pitched, with two walks and three strikeouts...Made one more start for the Saints on May 13 and was recalled by Minnesota on May 18...Made major league debut May 18 vs. Chicago-AL, allowing four runs on five hits in 4.0 innings pitched, with two home runs allowed, one walk and four strikeouts in a 5-4 Twins victory...recorded first career strikeout in the first inning, fanning Adam Eaton...Struck out a career-high seven batters in third start on June 11 vs. Houston (5.0 IP)...matched career-high two more times: July 5 vs. Chicago-AL (5.0 IP) and August 25 at Boston (5.0 IP)...Earned first career win on July 5 vs. Chicago-AL, pitching 5.0 scoreless innings with two hits allowed, three walks and seven strikeouts in a Twins 8-5 victory...Recorded first career hit in first major league at-bat on July 31 at St. Louis, singling off Jake Woodford...Allowed three-or-fewer earned runs in 10-straight starts from July 20-Sept. 12, going 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA (50.0 IP, 18 ER) in that span, which included his two quality starts on the season, Aug. 17 vs. Cleveland (6.0 IP, 3 R/2 ER) and August 30 at Detroit (6.0 IP, 2 ER)...Went 1-1, 2.30 ERA (27.1 IP, 7 ER) with three walks and 26 strikeouts in five August starts...his ERA for the month ranked third among AL rookies and his strikeouts ranked 12th...Placed on 10-day Injured List on Sept. 28 with a right hip strain, ending his season...His 20 starts marked the most by a Twins rookie since Adalberto Mejía had 21 in 2017, while his 96 strikeouts were the most since Trevor May had 110 in 2015...96 strikeouts also matched Nick Blackburn (2008) and Gerry Arrigo (1964) for 10th most in a single season by a Minnesota rookie...Held right-handed batters to a .235 (46-for-196) average with the Twins and left-handed batters to a .288 (46-for-160) average...Posted a 5.05 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the highest single-season mark by a Twins/Senators rookie pitcher (min. 70.0 IP), and tops among all major league rookies this season (also min. 70.0 IP)...Also posted 1.1 WAR, per Baseball-Reference...became the first Twins rookie pitcher to surpass 1.0 WAR in a single season since Tyler Duffey in 2015 (1.6 WAR)...Finished the season with a record of 4-3, 3.99 ERA (108.1 IP, 48 ER), 24 walks, 117 strikeouts and a .252 opponent batting average in 24 starts combined between St. Paul and Minnesota...Twins went 12-8 in his starts for a .600 winning percentage, the best of any Twins starter. Ranked sixth among American League rookies in ERA (4.19, minimum 90.0 IP) and 12th in innings pitched (92.1)...Given Bill Boni Award as Twins Most Outstanding Rookie, given by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
Spent spring training on minor league side of CenturyLink Sports Complex in Ft. Myers, FL...was not part of Twins' 60-man Player Pool for season...Added to Twins 40-man roster on November 20. A Ranked 30th-best prospect in Twins system by MLB.com in December.
Split season between three levels of Twins organization, combining to go 8-0, 0.69 ERA (78.2 IP, 6 ER) with nine walks, 100 strikeouts and a .194 opponents batting average in 14 games (13 starts) for GCL Twins, Single-A Ft. Myers and Double-A Pensacola...led all Twins minor league pitchers (min. 75.0 IP) with a 0.69 ERA (78.2 IP, 6 ER) and 0.81 WHIP...became the first Twins minor league pitcher to allow six-or-fewer earned runs in 78.2-or-more innings pitched since at least 1961...named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for Ft. Myers on April 14 and Southern League Pitcher of the Week for Pensacola on September 2...named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Week twice on the season: once for Ft. Myers on August 4 (6.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 H in 1 start) and again on August 25 with Pensacola (1-0, 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 12 K)...held right-handed batters to a .183 (28-for-153) batting average and left-handed batters to a .206 (27-for-131).
Made a career-high 14 starts for Single-A Cedar Rapids, going 7-1, 3.84 ERA (75.0 IP, 32 ER)...named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Week in consecutive weeks: July 7, going 1-0 with 7.0 shutout innings and 12 strikeouts vs. Wisconsin for the Kernels, and again July 14, going 1-0 with two runs allowed in 7.0 innings and 10 strikeouts vs. Fort Wayne...became first ever Twin to win the award twice in a season.
Began his spring/summer baseball season playing at College of Charleston, going 7-2, 4.50 ERA (56.0 IP, 28 ER) with 11 walks and 73 strikeouts in 10 starts prior to beginning his professional career with Rookie-Elizabethton in late July, making six appearances (4 starts) for the E-Twins.