Was born in La Palma, CA and resides in Laguna Hills, CA...his grandfather, John Ramsey, was the public address announcer at Dodger Stadium from 1958-84 and also worked in that capacity for the Rams, Raiders, Trojans, Angels, Kings and Lakers until his death in 1990...in 2008 graduated from Laguna Hills High School, where as a junior he went 9-2, 1.48 while hitting .396 in leading his team to the conference championship... that season was the Pacific Coast League's Player and Pitcher of the Year...missed his senior season following a car accident.
Served a 50-game suspension during 2017 season following a positive test for a drug in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Began 2016 season on disabled list recovering from Dec. 2015 surgery to repair disc in lower back...Suffered sprained left thumb during plate appearance on May 8 vs. Milwaukee after getting jammed while grounding out...On May 21 vs. Seattle, was hit in back by a Nelson Cruz line drive, but remained in game...On June 1 at Colorado was hit on left hip by a Ryan Raburn line drive, but remained in game...Was placed on disabled list by Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 4 for remainder of season with strained left elbow.
Spent most of the season in Class AAA, where in 20 starts at Omaha and Louisville he combined to go 10-2, 2.67...was a Pacific Coast League All-Star...on 7/26 was acquired from the Royals, along with LHP Brandon Finnegan and LHP Cody Reed, in exchange for RHP Johnny Cueto...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...was 1 of 5 Reds pitchers to start in his Major League debut (Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen, Jon Moscot, Josh Smith)...after the 7/26 trade was sent to Louisville, where he made 3 starts before he was promoted to take Michael Lorenzen's spot in Cin's rotation...in his Major League debut on 8/14 at LAD became the eighth rookie pitcher to start a game for the Reds this season, tying the modern club record (1901, 1902, 1907, 1908), and made the first 2 plate apps of his professional career... his first strikeout victim was Adrian Gonzalez...in the 11-0 win on 9/10 vs StL earned his first career victory and produced his first career RBI, a run-scoring fielder's choice of Jaime Garcia that gave the Reds a 1-0 lead...was the losing pitcher on 9/26 in the 10-2 Mets win that clinched NYM's National League East title...on 10/1 vs Cubs doubled off Jason Hammel for his first professional hit...on 12/7 had surgery to repair a disc injury in his lower back.
John spent the entire season at Omaha (AAA), going 8-10 with a 3.97 ERA in 26 starts (27 appearances)...Ranked fourth in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts (131), eighth in ERA and tied for eighth in innings (138.1)...Struggled early, going 0-5 with a 5.13 ERA in his first five starts…went 8-5 with a 3.70 ERA (46 ER in 112.0 IP) over his final 22 outings of the regular season...Held opponents to a .218 average (31-for-142) with runners in scoring position…also held hitters to a .224 average when leading off an inning...Made two postseason starts, going 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA, suffering a Game 2 loss to Reno (4-2) in the PCL Championship Series.
John spent a majority of the season pitching at Wilmington (A-Advanced), before being promoted to Omaha (AAA) in August ... struggled with consistency, but fanned 86 in 108.2 innings combined between the two levels. Recorded first win at the Triple-A level on September 2, allowing four runs on four hits over 5.0 innings in an 8-4 victory over Round Rock. Posted consecutive scoreless outings vs. Lynchburg (May 23) and Carolina (May 28), working 7.0 innings in both ... earned Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors.
John spent a majority of 2012 continuing his rehab from 2011 Tommy John surgery...Made six starts on rehab assignments with Surprise (R) and Idaho Falls (R)...struggled with consistency, but struck
out 14 in 13.0 innings.
Made 8 starts for Northwest Arkansas in 2011 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
Jumped three levels, establishing himself as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and was named the
Paul Splittorff Award winner, given to the organization's top pitcher...Began the season with Burlington (A), making 8 starts before a promotion to High-A Wilmington...he posted
a miniscule 1.45 ERA in 13 starts with the Blue Rocks before wrapping up his campaign with 7 starts for NW
Arkansas (AA)...also posted a 3.12 ERA in 2 playoff starts as the Naturals won the Texas League title...Adjusted quickly to the Texas League after posting a 0-1 record and a 7.94 ERA over his first 4 starts, was 2-0 with
a 2.81 ERA and 17 strikeouts over his fi nal 3 starts, covering 16.0 innings...tossed 6.1 no-hit innings on August
26 at Springfield...Rated as the third-best prospect in the Carolina League...also rated as the Royals prospect with the "Best Control"
entering both 2010 and 2011...also listed as having the "Best Changeup" in the system entering 2011...Ranked by MLB.com as the 34th-best prospect and by ESPN.com as the 41st-best in baseball entering 2011.