In his three-year career at the University of Texas, Elder went 10-6 with a 3.42 ERA (55 ER/144.2 IP) in 39 appearances, 18 starts...All 21 of his relief appearances came during his freshman season...In his abbreviated junior campaign, 2020, earned Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-American honors after allowing just six earned runs in 26.0 innings (2.08 ERA) and striking out 32 in four starts...Entered the draft ranked by Baseball America as the No. 83 draft prospect, and by MLB.com as the No. 109 prospect...Attended Decatur (TX) High School... Threw back-to-back no-hitters in the playoffs in his senior season, a year in which he went 7-2 with a 0.60 ERA...Also played golf and basketball in high school.
Made nine starts and pitched in 10 total games during his debut season, compiling a 2-4 record with a 3.17 ERA (19 ER/54.0 IP)…Surpassed his rookie innings limit in his final start of the season, but was rated as Atlanta’s No. 4 prospect during the season. Made his major league debut, April 12, and beat the Nationals, 16-4...Pitched 5.2 innings with six hits, three runs and four strikeouts...Allowed a pair of home runs. Allowed back-to-back singles and a first-inning run to the first two batters he faced, and then retired 16 of the next 17 Nationals’ hitters, including 12 straight. Became the first Braves starter to win his debut since Ian Anderson beat the Yankees, 5-1, on August 26, 2020. Went 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA (10 ER/19.0 IP) in his first four starts and was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett...Made five stints with Atlanta this season. Has his contract selected on April 12 and remained with the club until being optioned on April 30...Was also recalled on Aug. 13 before being optioned the following day... Was recalled to start on September 3 and optioned following that night’s game. Served as Atlanta’s 27th man for a doubleheader on Aug. 6 at the Mets. In his final five starts with Atlanta, dating to Aug. 14, went 1-1 and compiled a 1.65 ERA (6 ER/32.2 IP) while allowing opponents to bat just .181 against him. Allowed one or fewer runs in four of the five starts. Pitched the first shutout of his career, Sept. 26 at Washington, allowing just six hits and one walk...Struck out six...The Braves beat the Nationals, 8-0. The outing was the only shutout by a Braves pitcher on the season. Elder became the first Braves rookie to throw a shutout since Paul Marak in 1990. Started on Aug. 14 at Miami and pitched a then career-most 7.0 innings in that start, allowing three hits and one run in the no-decision... Fanned a career-most 10 batters...The Braves beat the Marlins, 3-1. Became just the third Braves player in the live-ball era (since 1920) to log a double digit strikeout eff ort within the first six games of his career...He joined LHP Mike Minor (12 strikeouts at the Cubs in his third career game) and RHP Ryan Weber (10 strikeouts vs. Washington in his fifth appearance).
Pitched across three levels of the Braves' farm system and went a combined 11-5 with a 2.76 ERA (41 ER/133.2 IP) and 151 strikeouts in 24 games, all starts. He walked 52 and limited the opposition to a .194 average in his first professional season...Named the Double-A South Pitcher of the Week for July 5-July 11, and Double-A South Pitcher of the Month for July...In nine starts he went 7-1 with a 3.21 ERA (20 ER/56.0 IP)...Became the first member of Atlanta's 2020 draft class to reach Triple-A...Went going 2-3 with a 2.20 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP) and 36 strikeouts.