Selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft…Signed by Billy Best.
Atlanta selected his contract on 8/20 and he made his debut that night at PIT…Tossed 5.0 shutout innings as the Braves beat the Pirates, 1-0 ... At 20 years, 243 days old, became the youngest starter in major league history to win 1-0 in his MLB debut ... Became the fourth Atlanta starter to win his MLB debut last season, joining Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka and Touki Toussaint… The Braves became just the second team in the last 110 seasons to have four different starters win their major league debut in the same season...The 2009 Baltimore Orioles had five such pitchers ... Debuted at 20 years, 243 days old, and was the youngest pitcher in the majors at the time… Became the eighth-youngest Braves pitcher to start his debut in the last 110 seasons, and the youngest since RHP Julio Teheran debuted at 20 years, 100 days on 5/7/11 ... Pitched at three different levels of the Braves minor league system, combining to go 8-5 with a 3.44 ERA (48 ER/125.2 IP) and 143 strikeouts between High-A Florida, Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett ... Ranked in the Top 10 among Atlanta's starting farmhands in strikeout-to-walk ratio (1st, 3.97), strikeouts (2nd, 143) wins (T5th, 8), innings pitched (7th, 125.2) and ERA (8th, 3.44) ... Named Florida's Pitcher of the Month for April after going 2-0 with a 0.34 ERA over five starts… Earned the same honor with Mississippi in July, finishing 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in five turns ... Earned a pair of Pitcher of the Week honors, first on 7/8 with Mississippi before a second award on 8/19 with Gwinnett ... Ranked by Baseball America as Atlanta's No. 12 prospect and MLB.com's No. 13 entering the season.
Named by the organization as Rome's Pitcher of the Year after going 10-7 with a 2.50 ERA (38 ER/137.0 IP), one shutout and 139 strikeouts over 26 starts ... Paced all Atlanta starting pitcher farmhands in starter's ERA (min. 75.0 IP), and ranked in the Top 10 in wins (2nd, 10), strikeouts (5th, 139) and innings (6th, 137.0), while ranking fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.76) and tied for ninth in hits per 9.0 innings (6.9) among prospects with at least 30.0 innings ... Earned South Atlantic League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star honors ... Was named SAL Pitcher of the Week on 7/9 after tossing a five-hit, 9.0-inning shutout on 7/8 vs. West Virginia, fanning seven without a walk ... Entered the season tabbed by Baseball America as Atlanta's No. 25 prospect.
Made nine appearances (six starts) after being selected in the fourth round of the First-Year Player Draft and went 1-1 with a 0.67 ERA (2 ER/26.2 IP) for the GCL Braves ... Did not allow an earned run over 18.0 innings in his six starts, while pitching to a 2.08 ERA (2 ER/8.2 IP) over three relief appearances.