Graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J. in 2014...led his team to a county championship as a senior, striking out 87 batters with an 0.82 ERA and an 8-1 record...also hit .420 as a senior to earn Middlesex County Player of the Year honors...Attended the University of Notre Dame, earning ACC All-Freshman honors in 2015 after leading the Fighting Irish in starts (14) and innings pitched (88.2) as a true freshman...in 47 career games with Notre Dame from 2015-17, went 11-11 with a 3.85 ERA...During all three of his seasons at Notre Dame, was teammates with right-handed pitcher Peter Solomon, who was selected by the Astros in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft and added to the Astros 40-man roster this past November...the two were also teammates with Blue Jays infielder Cavan Biggio at Notre Dame from 2015-16...Pitched in the Cape Cod League in 2016, posting a 1.54 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched...Selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2017 MLB Draft...signed by Astros scout Nick Venuto...Is signed to a one-year contract for the 2021 season.
Made his MLB debut, pitching out of the bullpen and starting rotation...went 3-3 with a 6.75 ERA (24ER/32IP) in 12 games (6 starts)...Was selected to the Major League roster on July 27, the fourth day of the regular season...Made his MLB debut on July 27 vs. SEA and earned the win after tossing 3.1 innings of one-run relief...struck out four with no walks and four hits allowed...Became the 17th pitcher in Astros history to record the win in his MLB debut, and the first since Corbin Martin did son on May 12, 2019, vs. TEX...Earned the win in his second career outing, a relief appearance on July 31 at LAA (0ER/2IP)...Became the fifth pitcher in Astros history to get the win in each of his first two MLB appearances, joining Framber Valdez (2018), Bill Dawley (1983), Mark Lemongello (1976) and J.R. Richard (1971)...Made his first career start on Aug. 6 at ARI and threw 5.0 scoreless innings in Houston’s 5-4 loss...Became the first Astros pitcher to toss 5.0+ scoreless innings in his first Major League start since Vince Velasquez on June 10, 2015, at CWS...Improved to 3-0 after holding the Rockies to one run on one hit over 6.0 innings on Aug. 17 vs. COL...Became the first Astros pitcher to begin his career with a three-game winning streak since Josh James went 7-0 to start his career from 2018-19...Over his first five career outings, went 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA (4ER/21.1IP), 11 walks, 15 strikeouts and 13 hits allowed (.178 opponent batting average)...Spent the entire 2020 postseason traveling with the Astros on the taxi squad.
Appeared in 23 games (20 starts) in between Corpus Christi (8g) and Round Rock (15g) with a 4.22 ERA ((57ER/121.2IP) with 119 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP...his 121.2 innings pitched marked a career...on June 24 at Iowa, tossed 7.0 one-hit innings with 9 strikeouts and one walk...on July 20 at New Orleans, struck out 7 in 7.0 innings of one-hit ball with 2 walks.
Combined to go 7-8 with a 2.23 ERA (29ER/117IP) and 131 strikeouts as opposed to 39 walks in 25 games (17 starts) between Double A Corpus Christi (11g) and Class A Advanced Buies Creek (14g)...was named a Carolina League Midseason All-Star with Buies Creek...struck out 11 batters and allowed one run on three hits in 6.0 innings on Aug. 23 vs. Midland...rated the No. 14 prospect in the Carolina League.