Full name is Francelis Montas (pronounced moan-tass)...Attended Colegio Creciendo in San Cristóbal, D.R.
Went 5-12 with a 4.05 ERA (144.1IP, 137H, 72R/65ER, 43BB, 142K, 18HR) in 27 combined starts with the Oakland Athletics and Yankees…opponents hit .249 (137-for-550, 18HR); LH .254 (65-for-256, 11HR); RH .245 (72-for-294, 7HR)...Went 2-7 with a 3.11 ERA (89.2IP, 31ER) and 93K in 15 home starts, including 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA (17.1IP, 12ER) and 12K in three home starts at Yankee Stadium…in 12 road starts, went 3-5 with a 5.60 ERA (54.2IP, 34ER) and 49K...Tossed at least six innings in 14 starts, including 7.0-or-more innings in five starts...Allowed 3ER-or-fewer in 18 of his 27 starts, including 2ER-or-fewer in 17 starts and 1ER-or-fewer in 10 starts…made five scoreless starts...His 12 losses were a career high and tied for the sixth-most in the AL…nine of his 12 losses came before the All-Star Break, which were the most losses by an A’s pitcher at the break since Jesse Chavez also had nine in 2015...Began the season with Oakland, going 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA (104.2IP, 91H, 44R/37ER, 28BB, 109K, 12HR)...Made his second career Opening Day start on 4/8 at Philadelphia (also 2020), recording the loss after allowing 5ER over 5.0IP (6H, 1BB, 6K, 1HR)…marked his first loss since 8/16/21 at Chicago-AL...Earned his first win of the season on 4/13 at Tampa Bay, allowing 2R/1ER over 6.1 innings (5H, 0BB, 6K, 0BB, 1HR)...Recorded a career-high five-game losing streak from 4/23-6/5…posted a 2.87 ERA (53.1IP, 17ER) and 61K over nine starts during that stretch, with opposing batters hitting .214 (42-for-196)…received 1R-or-fewer of support in eight of his nine games over that span, including 0R in four of those starts...Threw a season-high 7.1 innings on 4/23 vs. Texas (L, 3H, 2ER, 1BB, 8K, 1HP)…marked his first start of at least seven innings since 6/20/19 vs. Tampa Bay (8.0IP)…did not allow a hit until a Kole Calhoun single in the fifth inning and had a one-hit shutout entering the eighth inning…retired his first batter in the eighth inning before allowing back-to-back singles...Struck out Franmil Reyes swinging in the fifth inning on 4/29 vs. Cleveland for his 500th career strikeout. 4 In six May starts, went 0-3 with a 2.31 ERA (35.0IP, 9ER) and 40K…allowed 2R-or-fewer in five of his six starts and 1R-or-fewer in three of those starts during that stretch...Struck out a season-high 12 batters over six innings on 5/15 vs. Los Angeles-AL…marked his second most strikeouts in a game in his career, trailing only his 13K on 9/27/20 vs. Seattle with Oakland...Left his start with just two outs in the second inning on 5/21 at Los Angeles-AL after being hit on the hand by a line drive from Luis Rengifo (1.2IP, 1H, 0R, 2K). 4 Recorded 11K over seven innings on 5/26 vs. Texas (4H, 1ER, 2BB, 0HR)…marked his second double-digit strikeout game of the season and the ninth of his career...Pitched a season-high eight scoreless innings on 6/23 vs. Seattle (ND, 2H, 2BB, 8K)…marked his fourth career start of at least eight innings and his second career scoreless start of at least eight innings (also 8.0IP on 6/1/18 at Kansas City with Oakland)…did not allow a hit until surrendering a two-out single to Adam Frazier in the eighth inning...Tossed just one inning in his start on 7/3 at Seattle as he left the game with an inflamed shoulder (2H, 1ER, 1K, 1HR)…did not make his next start until 18 days later on 7/21 vs. Detroit...Was acquired by the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics along with RHP Lou Trivino in exchange for LHP Ken Waldichuk, LHP JP Sears, RHP Luis Medina and INF Cooper Bowman on 8/1...In eight starts with the Yankees, went 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA (39.2IP, 46H, 28ER, 15BB, 33K, 6HR)...Made his Yankees debut on 8/7 at St. Louis and did not record a decision (3.0IP, 5H, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 1HR, 1HP)…his 6R allowed marked his most in a start since his 8R allowed on 6/21/21 at Texas...Recorded his first win as a Yankee on 9/4 at Tampa Bay, surrendering just 1H over five scoreless innings (0BB, 7K, 1WP)… allowed only 1H to his 18BF, surrendering a single to Yandy Díaz in the third inning…struck out Isaac Paredes swinging in the second inning to collect his 600th career strike out…was his second career start of at least 5.0IP and 1H allowed (7.0IP, 1H on 9/19/21 at Los Angeles-AL with Oakland)...Was placed on the 15-day injured list on 9/20 (retroactive to 9/17) with right shoulder inflammation, missing the rest of regular season...Was not on the Yankees’ ALDS roster but was on the Yankees’ ALCS roster…made his only postseason appearance in ALCS Game 1 at Houston as a reliever, allowing 1ER in 1.0IP (1H, 1HR, 1K).
Went 13-9 with a 3.37 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 32 starts... Finished with the second best strikeout total in Oakland history to Vida Blue’s record of 301 in 1971…it was 10th best in Athlet.ics history and second by an A’s right-hander to Jack Coombs, who had 224 in 1910…is the fifth pitcher in Oakland history and the ninth in Athletics history (14 times) to fan 200 or more in a season…his average of 9.96 strikeouts per nine innings was the best in Athletics history ahead of Sean Manaea’s 9.74 this year…the previous record was 8.80 by Todd Stottlemyre in 1995…now has 469 career strikeouts in 448.0 innings, an average of 9.42 per nine innings... Tied for the American League lead in games started, ranked third in opponents slugging percentage (.372) and innings pitched (187.0), fourth in ERA, opponents OPS (.723), strikeouts and fewest home runs per nine innings (1.08), tied for fifth in wins, seventh in batting average (.232), on-base percentage (.294) and winning percentage (.591) and eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.63)…also ranked third in pitches (3,028) and tied for fourth in wild pitches (11)… Finished sixth in AL Cy Young balloting and received 11 votes (2 third, 6 fourth, 3 fifth).. His 32 starts doubled his previous career high of 16 in 2019 and his 187.0 innings pitched nearly doubled his previous best of 96.0 in 2019…had career highs in every category…had his second lowest ERA, opponents OPS, batting average and on-base percentage to his numbers in 2019 (2.63, .646, .230, .282)… Led the A’s in wins, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched and tied for the lead in games started... Was 8-7 with a 4.41 ERA, .258 opponents batting average, .737 OPS and 14 home runs in 100.0 innings and 18 starts before the All-Star Break…then went 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA, .199 opponents average, .575 OPS and six home runs in 87.0 innings and 14 starts after the break… had the lowest opponents OPS, slugging percentage (.303) and batting average after the break in the AL, ranked second in ERA, third in strikeouts (102) and fourth in on-base percentage (.272)…the strikeouts were fourth most in Oakland history after the break... His opponents batting average broke down to .225 (78-for-346) with a .665 OPS against left-handed hitters and .238 (86-for-361) with a .667 OPS against right-handers. Had a .235 opponents average and 11 home runs with the bases empty, .227 with nine home runs with runners on base... Opponents hit .190 the first time through the order, .273 the second time and .224 after that... Went 5-4 with a 2.64 ERA and .207 opponents batting average in 12 starts against AL West teams compared to 8-5 with a 3.86 ERA and .248 opponents average in 20 starts against all other teams…is now 15-9 with a 3.32 ERA (77 er in 208.2 ip) in 45 career appearances against the AL West, 16-14 with a 4.32 ERA in 57 games against all other teams... Is 3-5 with a 6.42 ERA in 15 career interleague appearances... Was 5-2 with a 2.41 ERA in 11 starts during the day compared to 8-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 21 starts at night…his day ERA was third lowest in the AL... Allowed 20 of his 79 runs in the third inning for a 5.68 ERA, .316 opponents batting average and .854 OPS…had a 2.53 ERA, .182 average and .586 OPS in innings 1-2, and a 3.15 ERA, .232 opponents average and .647 OPS from the fourth inning on... Held the opponent’s number three hitter to a .171 batting average, which was the lowest mark in the majors... Had a .164 opponents average with two strikes and has a .164 career average in that situation... Tossed seven innings or fewer in each of his 32 starts and now has a streak of 44 consecutive starts of seven innings or fewer dating back to Sept. 25, 2019…that is the longest such streak in Athletics history, topping the previous long of 40 by Chris Bassitt from May 21, 2019-May 16, 2021…last tossed more than seven innings on June 20, 2019 against Tampa Bay (8.0 ip)… had seven starts of 7.0 innings in 2021 and was 5-0 with a 0.73 ERA and .130 opponents average in those starts... Had 10 no decisions, five of which came in extra inning games…the A’s were 17-15 (.531) in his starting assignments... Had four games of 10 or more strikeouts, which tied for the fourth most 10-strikeout games in a season in Oakland history…now has seven in his career, which is tied for fifth in Oakland history... According to TruMedia, threw 678 splitters, which was second most in the majors (Gausman, SF 1061)…opponents hit .126 with a .352 OPS off his splitter and he allowed just one home run.
Was off to a strong start as he was 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA, .175 opponents batting average and no home runs over his first four starts…was scratched from his scheduled start on Aug. 14 at San Francisco with upper back tightness and went 1-4 with an 8.70 ERA, .321 opponents average and 10 home runs over his final seven starts…went 3-5 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 starts overall…his ERA was eighth highest in the majors among pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched…had career highs in losses (5) and earned runs (33) and has matched his high in home runs (10), runs (35) and walks (23)…led the A’s in strikeouts (60), losses, runs, home runs and walks…the A’s were 6-5 (.545) in his starting assignments…had two starts of seven innings and five starts of fewer than five innings…his opponents batting average broke down to .198 (22-for-111) against righthanded hitters compared to .350 (35-for-100) against left-handers…surrendered six of his 10 home runs and issued 15 of his 23 walks to lefties for a 1.061 OPS (.572 against right-handers)… had a .306 opponents batting average the first time through the lineup, .264 the second time and .205 after that…allowed a .133 average with two strikes and has a .163 career opponents average in that situation…was 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA and .225 opponents batting average in six starts in Oakland, 1-4 with a 10.13 ERA and .330 opponents average in five starts on the road… surrendered just two home runs in 31.2 innings in Oakland compared to eight in 21.1 innings on the road…over the last two years, he is 6-1 with a 2.81 ERA and four home runs in 73.2 innings over 13 starts in Oakland, 6-6 with a 4.54 ERA and 14 home runs in 75.1 innings over 14 starts on the road…made eight of his 11 starts during the day, which tied for the most in the majors… was 2-4 with a 6.16 ERA during the day, 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA at night…his career numbers are 7-10 with a 5.26 ERA in 31 games during the day, 11-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 39 contests at night…went 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA in six starts on four days rest, 1-3 with an 11.00 ERA in five starts on five days rest or more…was 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA and .236 opponents batting average in eight starts against American League West competition, 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA and .391 opponents average in three interleague starts…is now 10-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 33 career appearances against AL West competition, 8-9 with a 4.74 ERA in 37 games against all other teams…is 2-4 with a 7.25 ERA in 10 career interleague appearances…received two runs of support or fewer in nine of his 11 starts…had 10 of his 28 runs of support in one start on Aug. 3 at Seattle and had a 4.75 RSA for the season…won both of his starts with support of three or more runs and is now 12-1 in 15 career starts with at least three runs of support.
OAKLAND: Was the A’s Opening Day starting pitcher and had a no decision in a 7-3, 10-inning win over Los Angeles (AL)…it was his first career Opening Day start and he became the A’s 13th different Opening Day starting pitcher over the last 15 years (Zito, Haren, Blanton, Braden, Sheets, Cahill, McCarthy, Anderson, Gray twice, Hill, Graveman twice, Fiers)…was just the second foreignborn Opening Day starting pitcher in Oakland history (Ariel Prieto, April 2, 1997)…allowed just one run in 4.0 innings…took the loss in his second start on July 29 against Colorado, snapping a career-high five-game winning streak dating back to May 17, 2019…it was his first loss since April 29, 2019 at Boston…then picked up the win in back-to-back starts on Aug. 3 at Seattle and Aug. 8 against Houston for his only winning streak of the season…tossed a season-high 7.0 innings in each start…had a season-high four walks in the start against the Mariners…was named American League Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 3-9 after going 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two starts…struck out 14, walked four and allowed six hits in 14.0 innings…it was his first career Player of the Week honor…was 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts when he was scratched from his scheduled start on Aug. 14 at San Francisco with upper back tightness…allowed a career-high nine runs on six hits and four walks in 1.2 innings in his next start on Aug. 18 at Arizona, which was his shortest career outing as a starter…that began a season-ending stretch where he went 1-4 with a 8.70 ERA in six starts…yielded a season-high seven hits Aug. 23 against Los Angeles (AL), his first of three games with seven hits…lost his second consecutive decision in the second game of the Aug. 29 doubleheader at Houston, snapping a seven-game winning streak against AL West competition…the two-game losing streak matched his career high and it marked the first time he lost back-to-back decisions since July 29-Aug. 30, 2018…defeated the Astros in his next start in the first game of the Sept. 8 doubleheader in Oakland but lost back-to-back starts on Sept. 13 at Texas and Sept. 22 at Los Angeles (NL)…was placed on the paternity list on Sept. 14…was reinstated Sept. 17 and allowed three home runs in a game for the first time in his career in his next start on Sept. 22 at Los Angeles (NL)…started the A’s final game of the season on Sept. 27 against Seattle and struck out a career-high 13 batters on a career-high 113 pitches in 6.0 innings…the strikeouts were the most by an A’s pitcher since Todd Stottlemyre had 15 on June 16, 1995 against Kansas City and they tied for the seventh best single game performance in Oakland history…they matched the most in Athletics history by a pitcher with six innings or fewer…Vida Blue also had 13 in 6.0 innings on April 9, 1971 against Kansas City…it was his third career 10-strikeout game…was 1-1 with a 9.53 ERA and .346 opponents batting average in two games, including one start, in his postseason debut…picked up the win in relief in the A’s seriesclinching, 6-4 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the ALWCS (2.0 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 2 so)…then took the loss in the deciding Game 4 of the ALDS against Houston at Dodger Stadium, an 11-6 A’s loss (3.2 ip, 7 h, 5 r, 5 er, 1 bb, 3 so, 2 hr)…blanked the Astros on one hit over the first three innings and had a 3-0 lead when he allowed five runs in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Brantley and a three-run home run by Correa.
Went 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 16 starts in a season shortened due to an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program…his ERA was a career low as was his opponents batting average (.230), on-base percentage (.282) and OPS (.646)…had career highs in wins, starts, strikeouts (103), innings (96.0), hits (84), runs (35), walks (23) and hit batters (4) and matched his high in earned runs (28) and wild pitches (4)…averaged 2.16 walks per nine innings, which was the lowest mark of his career…his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.48 was a career high…surrendered eight home runs (0.75 per nine innings)…his ERA was third lowest in the American League among pitchers with at least 90 innings…using the same minimum, he ranked fourth in fewest home runs per nine innings, fifth in opponents OPS, sixth in slugging percentage (.364), ninth in on-base percentage and 10th in strikeout-to-walk ratio… averaged 9.66 strikeouts per nine innings, which was second highest in Oakland history (Gio Gonzalez, 9.94 in 2009) and third highest in Athletics history (Wes Stock, 9.77 in 1964) among pitchers with 90 or more innings…his 4.48 strikeout-to-walk ratio was fourth highest in Oakland history…had a .229 (38-for-166) opponents batting average and .647 OPS against right-handed hitters compared to .231 (46-for-199) with a .645 OPS against left-handers…allowed a .207 average to batters leading off an inning and .115 with two strikes…six of the eight home runs he allowed were solo shots…only one came the first time through the batting order…opponents were 4-for-7 (.571) with the bases loaded…was 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts at home, 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA in nine starts on the road surrendered just two home runs in 42.0 innings in Oakland compared to six in 54.0 innings on the road…had a 3-0 record and a 1.50 ERA in four starts during the day, 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 starts at night…went 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 11 starts on four or five days rest, 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in five starts on six days rest or more…is now 7-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 10 career starts on six days rest or more…allowed just one run in the first inning for a 0.56 ERA…had a 5.63 ERA in the second inning and a 2.39 ERA from the third inning on…received two runs of support or fewer in seven of his 16 starts but had six starts with seven runs of support or more…had a 6.84 RSA overall…was 7-1 in nine starts with three runs of support or more and is 10-1 in 13 such starts in his career…the A's were 12-4 (.750) in his starting assignments and are 19-8 (.704) when he starts in his career…committed three errors, which tied for the most among AL pitchers…went 0-for-1 with a walk as a hitter and is 0-for-6 with a walk and five strikeouts in his career…pitched for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the season and was 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in five starts.
Was on the Opening Day roster and was available in the bullpen for the two games against Seattle in Japan but did not pitch…was inserted into the fourth spot in the rotation when the season resumed and picked up the win in his first start March 31 against Los Angeles (AL)… took the loss in his second start on April 5 at Houston…then went 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA and .224 opponents average over this next three starts from April 10 to 23…the first win came on April 10 at Baltimore when he retired the first 12 batters he faced…surrendered two home runs in the game, giving him four in his first three starts…did not allow another home run until June 4 at Los Angeles-AL (Ohtani) for an eight-game, 53.0-inning, 228-batter faced homerless streak…allowed a season-high nine hits but extended his winning streak to three games in an 11-5 win over Texas April 23…had his three-game winning streak snapped April 29 at Boston when he allowed a season-high seven runs in 4.1 innings…only one of the runs was earned and the six unearned runs tied for second most in Oakland history…they were the most since Brett Anderson also had six on May 15, 2009 vs. Detroit…finished April with a 3-2 record and a 3.29 ERA in five starts…tied
for fifth in the American League in wins…then went 2-0 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts in May…tied for eighth in the AL in May ERA…left his start on May 10 against Cleveland with a 3-2 lead but Trivino blew the save in a game the A's would win 4-3 in 12 innings…had career highs in strikeouts (10), innings pitched (8.2) and pitches (109) in a 7-2 win at Detroit on May 17…did not walk a batter, which marked the 27th time in Oakland history a pitcher struck out 10 or more and did not issue a walk…it was the first since Jeff Samardzija on Sept. 17, 2014 vs. Texas (10 so)…that began a career-high and season-ending five-game winning streak…compiled a 2.49 ERA (14 er in 50.2 ip) and .201 (38-for-189) opponents batting average over that eight start stretch…walked a career-high five batters in a season-low 4.0 innings in a no decision against Los Angeles (AL) May 28…had his second career 10-strikeout game in a 9-8 win at Texas June 9…allowed a run on four hits in 8.0 innings on June 20 against Tampa Bay but had a no decision in the A's 5-4 win…was suspended for 80 games the next day for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program…was 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts at the time…was tied for third in the AL in wins and winning percentage (.818) and ranked fifth in ERA…was reinstated Sept. 25 and started that day at Los Angeles (AL) when he had a no decision in the A's 3-2 win (6.0 ip, 4 h, 1 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 6 so)…was not eligible for the postseason.
Went 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 13 games, including 11 starts, over four stints with Oakland…was 5-2 with a 3.35 ERA in eight starts during his first stint from May 27 to July 9 and 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five games over his final three stints…surrendered just five home runs in 65.0 innings after yielding 10 home runs in 32.0 innings in 2017…struck out 43 batters (5.95 per nine innings) after fanning 56 in 47.0 innings (10.72 per nine innings) over his first two seasons…allowed a .290 opponents batting average, including .276 (35-for-127) against right-handed hitters compared to .305 (39-for-128) against left-handers…yielded 20 of his 28 extra base hits to lefties and had a .378 slugging percentage against righties compared to .523 against lefties…now has a .371 career opponents slugging percentage against lefties, .588 against righties…allowed 14 of his 34 runs in the first inning for an 8.18 ERA…had a 3.00 ERA from the second inning on…was 2-3 with a 4.35 ERA in six games in Oakland, 3-1 with a 3.44 ERA in seven games on the road…the opponents clean-up hitter went 3-for-27 (.111) against him…was 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three interleague starts compared to 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 10 games against the American League… batted for the first time as a professional and went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts…the A's were 7-4 (.636) in his 11 starting assignments.
OAKLAND: Was recalled from Triple-A Nashville May 27 and won each of his first three starts, posting a 1.25 ERA and .208 opponents batting average…the winning streak was the longest of his career…struck out a career-high tying seven batters in 6.0 innings in his first start on May 27 against Arizona and was the winning pitcher in the A's 2-1 victory…no-hit the Diamondbacks over the first five innings…combined with Pagán on an eight-hit shutout in the A's 16-0 win at Kansas City June 1…tossed a career-high eight innings and allowed seven of the hits…had his scoreless streak snapped at a career-high 15.0 innings June 8 against Kansas City…then went 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA and .330 opponents batting average over his next five starts from June 14 to July 9…allowed a career-high seven runs on a career-high 11 hits and a career-high tying four walks in a 7-3 loss to Houston on June 14…tossed a career-high 105 pitches and yielded just one run in 6.2 innings in a 12-4 win at San Diego June 20…tossed 3.0 innings June 26 at Detroit, matching his shortest outing as a starter…yielded an Oakland record seven doubles July 1 against Cleveland… combined with Trivino and Treinen on a five-hit shutout in the A's 2-0 win at Houston on July 9… tossed 6.0 innings and yielded three of the hits but was optioned to Nashville the next day…was recalled July 24 and went 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in two starts before he was optioned back to the Sounds July 30…his third stint lasted one day on Aug. 30 when he allowed a career-high tying seven runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings in a 7-1 loss to Seattle Aug. 30…returned to Oakland Sept. 11 and made two appearances following his return, both in relief (1.1 ip, 1 h)…did not pitch after Sept. 19.
NASHVILLE: Was 4-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 15 games, all starts, with Triple-A Nashville…had a .255 opponents batting average, including .189 (18-for-95) against left-handed hitters compared to .290 (51-for-176) against right-handers…surrendered seven home runs, six to righties…had a .519 OPS against lefties, .816 against righties…opponents hit .314 with runners in scoring position but that dropped to .222 with RISP and two outs…allowed a .229 average and five walks (.280 on-base percentage) to batters lead off an inning…was 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA in six starts at home, 0-4 with a 6.99 ERA in six starts on the road…tossed 3.0 innings or fewer in each of his first three starts…allowed a season-high seven hits in 4.0 innings in an 8-6 loss to New Orleans April 28…went 0-3 with a 6.19 ERA in five starts in April and tossed four innings or fewer four times… then went 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts in May and tossed at least five innings in each start… was credited with his first win of the season May 4 against Memphis when he allowed one run in 6.0 innings of work…struck out a season-high 10 batters in 6.0 innings May 9 against Colorado Springs…tossed a complete game at Memphis on May 14 but was the losing pitcher in a 2-1 loss…allowed two runs on six hits in a season-high eight innings…matched his season high with seven hits in an 11-2 loss at Oklahoma City May 20…was 1-5 with a 4.39 ERA and .269 opponents batting average in nine starts when he was promoted to Oakland May 27…was optioned back to Nashville July 10 and tossed 5.0 scoreless innings for his second win July 17 at Omaha…that was his only outing before returning to Oakland July 24 but he was optioned back to the Sounds July 30…tossed 6.0 scoreless innings Aug. 3 against Fresno for the win…then allowed a seasonhigh eight runs on a season-high tying seven hits and a season-high three walks in 4.1 innings at Colorado Springs Aug. 9…however, ended up with a no decision in the Sounds 18-9 win…went 2-0 despite a 5.96 ERA in five starts in August.
Was on the A's Opening Day roster and compiled a 7.03 ERA and .302 opponents batting average in 23 games over two stints with Oakland…also went 0-2 with a 5.22 ERA in nine games, eight starts, with Triple-A Nashville before an oblique injury ended his season in mid-August… issued 20 walks in 32.0 innings (5.63 per nine innings) with the A's for a .408 opponents onbase percentage…had a .566 opponents slugging percentage and .974 OPS…the OPS was the highest in Oakland history by a reliever, the slugging percentage was second highest and the on-base percentage was third highest…had the highest OPS and on-base percentage among Major League relievers in 2017…had the second highest opponents slugging percentage among AL relievers and the sixth highest opponents batting average…struck out 36 for an average of 10.13 strikeouts per nine innings…allowed 10 home runs, an average of 2.81 home runs per nine innings…that was the second highest mark in Oakland history among pitchers with 30 or more innings pitched (Curt Young, 2.93 in 1985)…tied for seventh among AL relievers in home runs allowed…had the third highest average number of pitches per inning among AL relievers (19.4) and the sixth highest average number of pitches per game (27.0)…his opponents batting average included a .257 (19-for-74) mark against right-handed hitters compared to .364 (20-for-55) against left-handers…yielded seven of his 10 home runs and issued 12 of his 20 walks to lefties…had a .751 OPS against righties, 1.267 against lefties…seven of his 10 home runs came with runners on base…allowed 4-of-11 (36.4%) inherited runners to score…first batters faced hit .263 with a .391 on-base percentage…yielded a .321 batting average and .424 on-base percentage to batters leading off an inning…posted a 4.29 ERA in 14 night games compared to 12.27 in nine day games…surrendered six home runs in 11.0 innings during the day…allowed 19 of his 25 runs in the eighth inning or later for a 15.55 ERA…compiled a 2.57 ERA in the seventh inning or earlier… did not pitch with no days rest…18 of his 23 outings were at least one inning, including seven outings of two innings or more.
OAKLAND: Tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in his A's debut April 5 against Los Angeles (AL)…added 1.2 scoreless innings in his next outing at Texas April 9 but allowed all three of his inherited runners to score…then yielded at least one run in seven of his next nine appearances from April 12 to May 4…compiled a 9.53 ERA and .353 opponents batting average over that span…allowed a career-high tying six hits in 2.1 innings at Los Angeles (AL) April 26 but yielded just one run…tossed a scoreless ninth inning May 6 against Detroit and was credited with his first big league win when Adam Rosales had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 A's win…that began a career-high 10.2-inning scoreless streak that ran through May 30…tossed 3.0 scoreless innings and struck out five May 20 against Boston…the innings pitched and strikeouts matched his most as a reliever…allowed five runs in one inning of work against Washington June 4, which were his most runs allowed in his career as a reliever…surrendered two home runs in a game for the first time that day and did it again in his next outing June 7 against Toronto for his only loss of the season…was optioned to Nashville June 11…was recalled July 21 and allowed at least one run in each of his two appearances before he was sent back to Nashville July 30…walked a careerhigh four batters in 2.1 innings on July 28 against Minnesota.
NASHVILLE: Struck out 37 batters in 29.1 innings with Nashville, an average of 11.35 per nine innings…walked just seven for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.29…allowed a .223 opponents batting average, including .188 (9-for-48) against right-handed hitters compared to .250 (16-for-64) against left-handers…surrendered three of his four home runs to righties…yielded a .176 average with the bases empty, .295 with three of his four home runs with runners on…had a .381 opponents batting average with runners in scoring position…compiled a 3.52 ERA and .179 opponents batting average in five games at home, a 7.07 ERA and .268 opponents average in four games on the road…his first outing with the Sounds came in relief June 13 against Iowa (1.1 ip, 3 so)…then started in each of his final eight appearances…never tossed more than four innings…struck out a season-high seven batters in his first start June 17 against New Orleans, tossing 3.0 scoreless and hitless innings…pitched a season-high 4.0 innings in each of his final five starts…logged 4.0 scoreless innings in back-to-back starts July 8 against Memphis and July 15 at Omaha…allowed four runs on five hits in 4.0 innings and took the loss in his final start Aug. 9 at Tacoma…was placed on the disabled list Aug. 11 with a strained right oblique and missed the remainder of the season.
Was one of three players acquired by the A's from Los Angeles in the trading deadline deal that sent Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to the Dodgers, but missed nearly the entire season due to rib cage injuries…began the year on the Dodgers 60-day disabled list with a fractured right rib cage, an injury suffered during the offseason…was sent to Double-A Tulsa on a rehab assignment May 22 and logged a 1.93 ERA in three games, including one start…was transferred to Triple-A Oklahoma City May 30 and made three additional rehab appearances before he was reinstated from the DL and optioned to Oklahoma City June 12…made one more appearance before going on the Triple-A DL June 19 with an inflamed right rib cage…missed the remainder of the season…logged a 2.38 ERA in four games (three starts) with Oklahoma City and was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven games (four starts) overall…struck out 22 batters in 16.0 innings (12.38 per nine innings) and walked just three (1.69 per nine innings)…surrendered just one home run…allowed a .241 opponents batting average, including .208 (5-for-24) against left-handed hitters and .265 (9-for-34) against right-handers…issued all three of his walks to lefties…opponents batted .200 with a .250 on-base percentage when leading off an ] inning…allowed a .333 average with runners in scoring position and two outs…tossed a season-high 4.0 innings in each of his final two starts with Oklahoma City on June 9 in the second game of a doubleheader against Nashville and June 15 against Omaha…struck out a season-high six in the game against the Sounds…was traded to the A's Aug. 1 with Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes and was placed on the Nashville DL…pitched for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League following the season and went 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA and .132 opponents batting average in six relief appearances…did not allow a run in his first five games and started the campaign with a 15.1-inning scoreless streak before allowing two runs in his final 1.2 innings…was rated as the A's No. 5 prospect by Baseball America following the season.
Saw his first big league action, appearing in in seven games (two starts) with Chicago, but spent most of the season with Double-A Birmingham. ... Went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA (7 ER/7.0 IP) and 10 strikeouts as a starter with the White Sox…owned a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) with 10 strikeouts over five appearances as a reliever. ... Initially recalled from Birmingham on July 17 as the 26th player for a doubleheader vs. Kansas City, but did not pitch…was optioned back to the Barons following Game 2 vs. the Royals. ... Recalled on Sept. 1 for the remainder of the season and made his MLB debut on Sept. 2 at Minnesota, working 1.0 scoreless inning… recorded his first career strikeout (Miguel Sano in the eighth inning. ... Worked out of the bullpen in his first six appearances before making his first career start on Sept. 23 at Detroit, when he suffered the loss after allowing six runs on six hits over 3.0 IP. ... Ranked among the Southern League leaders in ERA (2.97, 4th), whip (1.22, 4th), opponents' average (.219, 4th) and strikeouts per 9.0 IP (8.68, 4th). ... Named a Southern League All-Star and represented the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati. ... Allowed three earned runs or fewer in 21 of his 23 minor league starts. ... Was unbeaten over a 12-start span from May 19-July 26, going 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA (13 ER/59.1 IP). ... Threw a 7.0-inning no-hitter on June 9 at Tennessee, walking three and striking out three in a 2-0 win. ... Named Southern League pitcher of the week for July 13-19. ... Entered 2015 rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect and possessing the Best Fastball in the Sox organization. ... Acquired by Los Angeles from Chicago along with IF Micah Johnson and OF Trayce Thompson in a three-team trade on Dec. 16...in the trade, the White Sox received IF Todd Frazier (from CIN) and the Reds received IF Jose Peraza, OF Scott Schebler and IF Brandon Dixon (from LA).
Went 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA (13 ER/81.0 IP), one complete game and 80 strikeouts in 15 starts between the Arizona League Sox, Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham...Allowed two earned runs or less in 14 of his 15 starts...Limited opponents to a .184 (52-286) average, including a .147 (28-191) mark vs. right-handers...Began the season on the Winston-Salem disabled list with a left knee injury … went 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA (11 ER/62.0 IP) in 10 starts with the Dash...Struck out a season-high 11 batters over 8.0 IP on 5/22 at Salem … recorded a complete-game victory on 6/26-1 at Frederick (1 ER/7.0 IP)...Was placed on the disabled list a second on 6/29 to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee … made four starts with the AZL Sox from 8/8-23 and one at Birmingham on 8/30 vs. Pensacola, allowing one unearned run on one hit over 5.0 IP...Went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (9 ER/23.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts over six starts with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.