Was twice rated a Top 10 prospect in his organization by Baseball America: No. 5 for the Giants in 2015 and No. 8 for the Reds in 2016. Began his career with the Giants but was traded to the Reds, along with OF Adam Duvall, for current D-backs pitcher Mike Leake on July 30, 2015...His first career strikeout came in his Major League debut on Sept. 20, 2017 vs. Cardinals starter, and current D-back, Luke Weaver.
Spent most of the season with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds' organization, going 8-14 with a 5.05 ERA (80 ER in 142.2 IP) and 102 strikeouts in 27 starts...His 142.2 innings ranked second in the International League and seventh in Triple-A overall... Recalled by the Reds on Sept. 3 and made 2 appearances (3 ER in 3.2 IP)... Appeared in 16 games for the Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League, going 1-1 with 4 saves and a 5.06 ERA (9 ER in 16.0 IP).
Spent most of the season in the minor leagues, where in 21 starts combined he went 9-4, 3.00 for Pensacola and Louisville...was a mid-season Southern League All-Star...from 7/27-8/12 made all 4 of his relief apps for the Reds...made his last appearance of the season on 8/24 for Louisville vs Indianapolis...3 days later was disabled with a left oblique strain...on 9/4 was recalled from Louisville and immediately went on the Reds' 60-day disabled list to make room on the roster for minor leaguers C Tim Federowicz and OF Gabriel Guerrero...spent the rest of the season on the Reds' 60-day DL...in his season debut on 8/2 at Wsh threw 4.1 innings, a career high and tied for the most by a Reds reliever all season (Michael Lorenzen, 8/14 vs Cle).
In his Major League debut made 2 relief apps for the Reds (9/20 vs StL, 9/30 at Chi)...was the last of the 17 Reds players to make Major League debuts...on 9/20 vs StL became the 31st and final pitcher to appear in a game for the Reds this season, 1 shy of the club single-season record...that appearance vs StL was just his second above Class AA...retired his first 4 batters, including a strikeout of Luke Weaver, before walking Matt Carpenter...threw a perfect fourth inning before allowing Yadier Molina's 2-out, 2-run double in the fifth...spent the minor league season at Class AA Pensacola, where his 26 starts fell 1 shy of the Southern league lead...was promoted to Cin on 9/12, after the Blue Wahoos won the Southern League's Southern Division championship series over Jacksonville...following the season pitched for Este in the Dominican Winter League (5g, 0-0, 1.23, 1sv, 7.1ip, 5h, 2bb, 6k)...entered the season rated by Baseball America the 19th-best prospect in the organization.
Spent most of the season at Class A Daytona, where he made 24 of his season's 25 starts and his only relief appearance...made his only other start in Class AAA Louisville's final game of the season, threw 7.0 innings in his 4-1 victory vs Indianapolis...was his first appearance above Class A...his season ERA of 3.76 was eighth-best among all Reds minor league pitchers...following the season was rated by MLB.com the ninth-best prospect in the organization...on 11/18 was added to the Reds' 40-man roster.