Graduated from Mansfield (TX) Legacy High School, where he was a teammate of Noah Syndergaard...as a freshman attended Texas Christian University, then pitched at Weatherford (TX) College, located near Fort Worth...in his only season at Weatherford, in 2014, went 7-6, 2.88 and led the team with 84.1 innings pitched...his father, Tony, played football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the Sooners’ 1975 national championship football team.
Led National League rookie pitchers in opponents' batting average (.165) while ranking among the rookie leaders in WHIP (2nd, 1.02), strikeouts (5th) and innings pitched (10th)...Was one of five Reds players to make Major League debuts (OF Shogo Akiyama, C Tyler Stephenson, OF Mark Payton, SS Jose Garcia)...Averaged 11.46 strikeouts per 9 innings (45k, 35.1ip)...Posted ERAs of 3.86 in 4 starts (16.1ip, .237oba) and 1.89 in 9g in relief (19ip, .097oba)..Made three of his four starts over consecutive apps from 8/29-9/12 (0-1, 4.50, 12ip, 12h, 6er, 6bb, 14k, 3hr, .261obp)...after that string of starts made his last four apps of the regular season in relief (7ip, 3h, 2er, 2bb, 9k, .136oba)...Started the 2-0 loss on 8/5 at Cle, the 6-5 walk-off win on 8/29/g2 vs Cubs, the 3-2 walk-off loss on 9/6 at Pit and the 7-1 loss on 9/12 at StL...Threw at least 2.0 innings in six of his nine relief apps, including a season high in relief of 4.1 innings in his Major League debut on 7/27 vs Cubs...Was added to the 28-man roster the day after Opening Day...made a relief appearance on 7/27 vs Cubs and a start on 8/5 at Cle before he was optioned to the alternate training site on 8/6, when rosters decreased from 30 players to 28...returned to the Reds on 8/9, when 2B Mike Moustakas went on the 10-day injured list, and remained with the club the rest of the season (11g, 3gs, 0-2, 3.04, .183oba)...Made his Major League debut in the 8-7 loss on 7/27 to the Cubs and in 4.1 innings allowed just one hit, a solo HR to Anthony Rizzo with two outs in his final frame...entered the game in relief of starter Wade Miley, who allowed six runs in 1.2 innings...Became the first Reds reliever to record at least 4.1 innings while allowing one run or fewer in his Major League debut since 9/3/1940 vs StL, when LHP Lefty Guise allowed just one run in 4.1 innings...Antone's 4.1 innings were the most by a Reds relief pitcher in his Major League debut since Rick Greene threw 5.2 innings out of the bullpen on 6/19/99 in a 10-1 loss vs Mil...was Greene’s only ML appearance...His five strikeouts were the most by a Reds relief pitcher in his Major League debut since Ariel Hernandez had five strikeouts in his debut on 4/24/17 at Mil...First Major League strikeout victim was David Bote, his third batter faced...In the 3-2 walkoff loss on 9/6 at Pit, was in line for his first Major League victory but the Pirates won it with two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Raisel Iglesias...Was on the Reds' Postseason roster but did not appear in the 2-game Wild Card Series sweep loss at Atl...Entered the season rated by MLB.com the 30th-best prospect in the organization.
In 26 starts and 1 relief appearance at Class AA Chattanooga and Class AAA Louisville combined to finish 11-12, 4.00 ... Led all Reds minor leaguers in strikeouts (133) and tied for the organization lead in wins ... Also among Reds farmhands ranked second in innings pitched (146.1) and T4th in starts ... Was a Southern League All-Star and International League Pitcher of the Week for 8/26-9/1 (2gs, 2-0, 1.29, 14ip, 1bb, 19k) ... On 11/20 was added to the 40-man roster.
In spring training suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and missed the season following "Tommy John" surgery in April.
Ranked among Florida State League leaders in wins (1st), starts (T1st), innings pitched (2nd) and ERA (10th)...ranked among Reds minor league leaders in wins (T1st) and ERA (3.45, 4th)...was promoted to Louisville on 9/2...the next day at Indianapolis made his Class AAA debut and suffered the loss despite allowing just 1 run over 5.0 innings (3h, 3bb, 5k).
Was a Midwest League All-Star and the Reds' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May (6gs, 2-2, 1.80)...led all minor league pitchers by inducing 26 GIDPs...his 2.91 ERA ranked seventh among all Reds farmhands and 10th in the MWL...his 158.0 innings pitched were second-most in the Midwest League.