Played high school baseball at Elizabeth (N.J.) High School...Moved to the Dominican Republic in 2011 where he was signed as a non-drafted free agent..Has a daughter, Aleyka..Resides in Cocunut Creek, Fla.
Made the Opening Day roster and pitched in four games out of the St. Louis bullpen during injury-shortened season...Allowed five runs with one strikeout and six walks over 3.0 innings before being optioned to Memphis (AAA) on 4/7...Appeared in 12 games (nine starts) between Memphis and Palm Beach (High-A) while suffering injuries to his left pinkie finger bone and right pectoral muscle...After 4/25 start at Omaha (2.2 IP, 3 R), broke the pinkie bone in his non-throwing hand after punching a wall in frustration....Placed on the seven-day Injured List with Memphis on 4/28...Re-assigned to Palm Beach on 5/23 and made a pair of starts...Returned to Memphis on 6/2...Strained his right pectoral muscle during his 6/23 start at Oklahoma City, and missed the remainder of the season.
Began the season on the disabled list returning from Tommy John surgery and made his first Major League start of the season at Milwaukee on May 30...Made only one Major League start, coming at Milwaukee (5/30), pitching 4.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball with two walks and two strikeouts in a no-decision...Exited the game after 73 pitches and was placed on the 10-day disabled list the next day with a right lat strain ending his season...Underwent surgery on 6/6 by Dr. Anthony Romeo in Philadelphia to re-attach the tendon to the strained latissimus dorsi muscle in the upper right side of his back...His start vs. Milwaukee was his first Major League start and appearance since September 29, 2016 vs. Cincinnati, after missing all of 2017 and the first two months of the 2018 season...Was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA tossing 23.0 scoreless innings allowing seven hits with 44 strikeouts in four rehab starts at every Cardinals active minor league affiliate...Made his first rehab start vs. Jupiter (5/9) while pitching for Palm Beach (A)...Allowed four hits including two doubles, while pitching 3.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in a no decision...Struck out 12 batters over 5.0 scoreless innings allowing one hit and two walks covering 80 pitches in his second rehab start vs. Clinton (5/14) while pitching for Peoria (A)...Was one strikeout shy of his career minor league high and had only four pitches put in play during the game...Matched the Springfield franchise record with 13 strikeouts over 7.2 scoreless innings of one-hit baseball in a 1-0 win, tossing 93 pitches vs. Northwest Arkansas (5/19)...Fired 7.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball on 5/24, extending his scoreless streak to 23.0 innings during his four rehab starts. Struck out 13 batters for the second consecutive rehab start, this time at Memphis (AAA), facing Oklahoma City (Dodgers)...At one point, struck out nine straight to set the 116-year old Pacific Coast League record.
Missed the entire season following Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in February.
Appeared in 12 games (five starts) in St. Louis going 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA one save and 52 strikeouts in 46 innings ... Made his Major League debut vs. CIN (8/9) in the 9th inning and struck out Adam Duvall as his first opposing batter en route to a perfect inning. It was his first relief appearance in professional baseball...Earned his first MLB win at CHI (8/13) throwing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief allowing one hit with three strikeouts...Struck out a batter in every start or appearance with a season-high seven over 6.0 innings vs. CIN (9/2)...Won three straight decisions (9/13-24) with two starts ... Surrendered one home run on the season, coming via Jung Ho Kang at PIT (9/7)...Threw a career-high 7.0 scoreless innings at SF (9/18), holding the Giants to four hits, two walks and struck out six...Earned his first MLB save at PHI (8/19), throwing a scoreless frame in a Cardinals 4-3 win in 11 innings over the Phillies...His 52 strikeouts were the most by a Cardinals rookie in his first 12 career games since Joe Magrane's 53 (81.2 IP) in 1987...His 1.57 ERA in his first 12 career Major League games was the best (min. 46.0 IP) since the Reds' Pat Zachry posted a 1.17 mark in 1976 and the best by a Cardinals rookie since Al Brazle's 1.50 mark in 1943. His ERA was also the lowest among MLB rookies (min. 46.0 IP)...Limited right-handed batters to a .170 average (16-94) with a .120 BA (9-75) with runners on base and .132 (5-38) w/RISP...Was 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts and 2-1 with an 0.52 ERA in seven relief appearances covering 17.1 innings...Did not allow a run through his first 13.1 innings, the streak ranked as the 3rd-longest in franchise history for a rookie to begin his career (Von McDaniel, 19.0 IP, 1957 & Pat Perry, 16.1 IP, 1985)...His first MLB start came vs. OAK (8/27), throwing 4.1 innings allowing one run in a no decision the Cardinals lost 3-2...Posted the 4th-lowest ERA (1.97) in the National League during the month of September (3-1, 32.0 IP)...Threw 4.1 scoreless innings in relief vs. CHI (9/13) in a 4-2 win, walking six. Marked the first time a Cardinals relief pitcher walked six or more in 4.1 IP or less and first with more than 4.1 IP since 1950 (Cloyd Boyer, 7.2 IP) at NYG at the Polo Grounds in a 2-0 STL win...Picked up his first hit with a single to right field off Trevor Williams (9/7) at PIT. Collected his first RBI vs. CIN (9/29) on a ground out scoring Aledmys Diaz...Was the first Cardinals rookie pitcher to tally two wins at Wrigley Field since Cris Carpenter (1989)...Named as the starting pitcher for the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game in San Diego. Struck out four batters over 1.2 innings (38 pitches/23 strikes)...Made 14 starts at Memphis (AAA) going 2-3 with a 4.96 ERA in 65.1 innings with 93 strikeouts...Ranked 2nd among Cardinals minor league pitchers with 12.81 strikeouts/9 IP...Rated as the Pacific Coast League's No. 1 prospect by Baseball America following the season. Also recognized as having the league's "Best Fastball" by league managers in the "Best Tools" survey by the same publication.
Named Cardinals Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Year with Austin Gomber...named Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month in April...selelcted to the Florida State League AllStar Game...named Top Prospect in the Florida State League by Baseball America...named Texas League Pitcher of the Week (8/10-17)...was selected to the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, but did not pitch...combined to go 5-7 with a 2.49 ERA over 22 starts, fanning 151 batters in 101.1 innings pitched... ranked 12th in the Florida State League in strikeouts (96) despite making only 13 starts...struck out a career-high 13 over 6.0 innings vs. Dunedin (6/17/15), a mark that was T4th among all minor league pitchers in 2015....led Cardinals Minor League pitchers in strikeouts (151) and strikeouts/9 IP (13.41) while ranking in the Top 10 in games started (22, T8th), ERA (2.49, 5th), opponent BA (.197, 2nd) and Toughest to HR Off (414.0 TBF/HR)...made four starts for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League going 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15.0 innings...was suspended for the final 10 games of the Arizona Fall League as part of a 50-game suspension that carried into 2016 for the use of a drug of abuse.
Led all Cardinals minor league pitchers with 137 strikeouts and ranked 8th in strikeouts/9 IP (11.28)..ranked 5th in the Midwest League in strikeouts, 3rd in walks (61) and T1st in balks (3)...listed as the Top Prospect in the Midwest League...rated as the No. 2 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America...struck out 10 or more batters three times including consecutive starts (11 at Burlington 8/12 & 10 vs. Beloit 8/18).
Rated as the No. 7 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America...ranked T3rd in the Appalachian League in wins (6), 5th in strikeouts (68), T3rd in games started (12) and 2nd in strikeouts/9 IP (10.49).