Married Katie … Twitter: @J_Stephens27 ... Attended Rice University in Houston … was named All-Conference USA First-Team and was a two-time C-USA Pitcher of the Week in 2015 … was sidelined most of 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery … was a 2013 NCAA Eugene Regional Most Valuable Player/All-Regional Team ... Works with baseball players from Alvin and Shadow Creek High School during the offseason ... Is a 2011 graduate of Alvin (Texas) High School, the same school that produced Nolan Ryan.
Played the entire season with Class AA Birmingham … limited right-handers to a .202 (35-173) average ... Began the season on the disabled list with a strained right elbow … was reinstated on 6/3 ... Was named Southern League Player of the Week for the period of 5/29-6/4 ... Tossed 18.0 consecutive scoreless IP over his first three starts from 6/3-15 … posted a 1.33 ERA (7 ER/47.1) over his first eight starts … struck out a season-high 10 batters in his last start on 9/3 at Mississippi ... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 12 Prospect in the White Sox system.
Held right-handers to a .208 (57-274) average at Class A Winston-Salem ... Was 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA (6 ER/31.0 IP) and 32 strikeouts in June and 2-3 with a 2.59 ERA (9 ER/31.1 IP) and 42 strikeouts in August … threw 12.2 straight scoreless IP from 6/15-23 ... Recorded double-digit strikeouts in back-to-back starts on 8/24 at Frederick (10) and 8/30 at Salem (11).
Went a combined 0-0 with a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP) in 11 outings (one start) between the Arizona Rookie League White Sox and Advanced Rookie Great Falls in his first professional season in the White Sox system ... Was a member of the 2015 AZL Championship Team ... Made one playoff appearance, tossing 2.0 scoreless IP with three strikeouts in relief ... Was selected by the White Sox in the 15th round of the draft … recommended/signed by Chris Walker.