Attended Towson University (MD) and the University of Mt. Olive (NC)...Went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 129 strikeouts as the Friday starter at Mt. Olive; his 129 strikeouts tied the university's single-season record, originally set by former Major League pitcher Carter Capps...Originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft...Signed by Billy Best.
Split the season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, going a combined 7-6 with a 3.21 ERA (50 ER/140.0 IP) and 134 strikeouts in 24 starts (25 games)...Earned a promotion to Norfolk on 7/28, after posting a 2.58 ERA (29 ER/101.1 IP) in 17 starts (18 games) for Bowie...Finished the season ranking in the organization's top 10 in strikeouts (3rd - 134), games started (T-2nd - 24), complete games (T-1st - 2), shutouts (T-1st - 2), and innings pitched (2nd - 140.0)...Threw his first career shutout 6/18 at Hartford, allowing just four hits while striking out nine batters; the 9.0 innings set a career-high...Tossed his second shutout of the season in his final start for Bowie on 7/22 at Richmond, tossing 7.0 innings and allowing just five hits...Finished the season as the No. 17 Orioles prospect, according to Baseball America.
Spent the season with three different affiliates (Class-A Rome, Double-A Mississippi, and Double-A Bowie)...Combined to make 25 starts and posted a 11-7 record with a 3.21 ERA (48 ER/134.2 IP) and 141 strikeouts...Named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star, while with Rome...Named SAL Pitcher of the Week on 5/20; 7.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 9 K, GS...Made 14 starts with Rome before being promoted to Mississippi on 6/28...Acquired by the Orioles along with C Brett Cumberland, INF Jean Carlos Encarnacíon, and RHP Evan Phillips from the Braves for RHP Kevin Gausman, RHP Darren O'Day, and International Signing Bonus Slots on 7/31...Assigned to Double-A Bowie following the trade...Tossed his first career complete game on 8/12 at Hartford, a 5.0 inning outing in which he received the win.
Spent his first professional season with Rookie Level Danville, making 11 starts for the Braves and posting a 3.09 ERA (8 ER/23.1 IP)...Struck out at least one batter in all 11 of his appearances.