Full name is Austin Robert Brice. Signed by Joe Matthews (Marlins). Attended Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC...Batted .442 (34-for-77) with 5 HR and 32 RBI in 25 games as a senior, primarily playing shortstop.
Spent the majority of the season with MIA. Set career highs in appearances (36), IP (44.2), and SO (46)...Also had a career-best 3.43 ERA (17 ER/44.2 IP). Among Marlins pitchers with at least 40.0 IP, held the 2nd-lowest ERA (Jarlin García-3.02). Held opposing RHH to a .192 AVG (20-for-104). Had an 11.2-inning scoreless streak from 6/19-7/13 that spanned 10 appearances...During that span, recorded 11.57 SO/9.0 IP while posting a 0.51 WHIP. Began the season with MIA...Placed on the IL with gastroenteritis (4/16-5/2) after making 6 appearances. Posted a 1.88 ERA (8 ER/38.1 IP), .189 opponent AVG (27-for-143), and a 1.07 WHIP in 29 appearances from the beginning of the season through 7/13. Was on the IL from 7/16-8/7 with a right flexor forearm strain and from 8/27-9/30 with a right forearm strain.
Made the Reds' Opening Day roster and went 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA (37.1 ip/24 er) in 33 relief appearances across four different stints with Cincinnati...From April 18-30 produced a career-high six-game scoreless streak and a 6.2-inning scoreless streak that tied his career-high... Earned his first Major League win on May 11 at the Dodgers...Missed May 23-June 1 on Reds' 10-day disabled list with a midback strain... Went 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA (23.1/6) in 17 appearances for Triple-A Louisville...Went 3-1 with one save and a 1.65 ERA (16.1/3) in 11 second-half appearances for the Bats.
Made 22 apps, all in relief, during 3 stints on the Reds' roster (17g from 5/4-6/26, 2g from 6/28-7/5, 3g from 8/7-8/12)...12 times threw more than 1.0 inning and 10 times threw at least 2.0 innings...5 times threw at least 2.0 innings without allowing a hit...on 6/17 vs LA in relief of starter Asher Wojciechowski threw a career-high 3.1 innings...twice pitched on consecutive days (6/2-6/3, 6/11-6/12)...never has pitched on 3 consecutive days...on 8/12 at Mil left the game with a strained right lat...beginning the next day finished the season on the disabled list...was his second appearance of the season on the Reds' disabled list...made just 4 relief apps during spring training and began the season on the 10-day DL with inflammation in the ulnar nerve in his right elbow...made 2 scoreless rehab assignments for Pensacola, on 4/7 and 4/10, before he was reinstated on 4/11 and optioned to Pensacola...retired the first batter in 13 of his 22 relief apps...stranded 7 of 9 inherited baserunners...did not enter a game in a save situation...Reds went 4-18 in games in which he pitched...spent most of the minor league season at Louisville...made all 3 of his apps for Pensacola before he was promoted to Louisville on 4/16.
In his Major League debut held opponents to a .173 batting average in 15 relief apps during 2 stints with the Marlins (8/9-8/14, 8/29-remainder of the season)...made 14 of his 15 apps beginning 8/30...spent most of the season in the minor leagues, where he posted a 2.74 ERA with 4 saves in 13 starts and 19 relief apps for Class AA Jacksonville and Class AAA New Orleans...was a mid-season Southern League All-Star and SL Pitcher of the Week for 4/11-4/17...began the season in Jacksonville's starting rotation and made all 13 of his starts through 6/12 (3-6, 3.00)...beginning 6/17 made his last 14 apps there out of the bullpen (1-2-2, 2.53)...on 8/3 was promoted to New Orleans and, surrounding a brief stint with the Marlins from 8/9-8/14 during which he made his first career appearance, made all 5 apps for the Zephyrs in relief...after his first promotion to Mia on 8/9, made his Major League debut on 8/12 vs WSox by throwing a perfect eighth inning in the 4-2 loss...struck out Adam Eaton, who already had 4 hits, induced Tyler Saladino to ground out and struck out Melky Cabrera...returned to New Orleans 2 days after his debut without making another appearance, but was promoted again on 8/29 and spent the rest of the season in the Marlins' bullpen...began his Major League career with 3 scoreless apps (4ip)...entered the season rated by MLB.com the 16th-best prospect in the Marlins' system.
Spent entire season with Double-A Jacksonville, posting 6-9 record and 4.67 ERA (125.1 ip/65 er) in 25 starts. Set career highs in starts and strikeouts (127)...Led Suns in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts while ranking tied for third in wins...Among Southern League starters, ranked third in walks (69) and strikeouts-per-9.0 (9.12), and fifth in strikeouts...Started season with 5.0 scoreless frames against Jackson on April 13, surrendering just one hit and two walks while striking out five...Did not provide another scoreless outing until June 29 win against Biloxi. Allowed just one hit over career-best 8.0 innings while striking out career-high 13...Over first 13 outings, amassed 2-6 record with 6.37 ERA (59.1/42). Tossed 5.0-or-more innings five times over that span, allowing three-or-more runs seven times...Improved greatly over final 12 starts, posting 4-3 record with 3.14 ERA (66.0/23). Went 6.0-or-more innings in six of those starts, holding opponents to three-or-fewer runs eight times...Limited right-handed hitters to just .171 average (40x234), while lefties hit .319 (74x232)...As a hitter, posted .391 (9x23) average with two doubles and four RBI while getting on base at a .440 clip...Made 11 appearances for Mesa Solar Sox in Arizona Fall League following season...Owned 0-1 record with three saves in three opportunities and 4.91 ERA (11.0/6).