Resides in Franklin, TN during the offseason with his wife, Tali... Played collegiately at Auburn University, pitching for the Tigers from 2016-18...became just the second two-time All-American and consensus All-American in Auburn history...earned first-team All-SEC honors and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy in 2018, as he led the SEC with 151 strikeouts, 12.45 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and a 0.81 WHIP, while he was second in the league with 12 walks allowed and 0.99 walks allowed per 9.0 innings...named a second team All-American in 2017 as he went 8-2 with a 2.04 ERA (83.2IP/19ER), which ranked third in the SEC and 25th nationally...also led the country with a 12.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio...Recommended/signed by Justin Henry for the Tigers.
Completed his first full Major League season in 2021, starting 30 games. ...Led all rookies with 12 quality starts, while he ranked eighth among American League pitchers (min. 140.0 innings pitched) with a 1.14 WHIP. ...His 3.71 ERA was the fifth-lowest among Tigers rookie since 1947 and the lowest since Michael Fulmer had a 3.06 ERA (159.0IP/54ER) in 2016...Made an Opening Day roster at the Major League level for the first time in his career...Earned his first big league victory April 12 at Houston, throwing 7.0 shutout innings with five hits allowed and two walks, while striking out five...became the first Detroit rookie to throw 7.0-or-more scoreless innings since Michael Fulmer threw a shutout Aug. 8, 2016, at Texas. ...Allowed just one earned run over his first two starts, becoming the fourth Tigers rookie since 2000 to allow no more than one combined earned run in his first two starts of a season, joining Robbie Ray (2014), Drew Smyly (2012) and Andy Van Hekken (2002), who each allowed one earned run. ...Threw his first career complete game in the first game of the doubleheader on April 29 at Chicago (AL), going 6.0 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out six...was the first Tigers rookie pitcher to go the distance since Michael Fulmer on Aug. 16, 2016, at Texas. ...Turned in the longest outing of his career on May 17 at Seattle, throwing 7.2 innings and allowing a run on three hits and three walks, while striking out seven. ...Posted five consecutive quality starts from April 29-May 23, over which he had a 2-1 record with a 2.25 ERA (32.0IP/8ER) and 26 strikeouts...the streak was tied for the longest by a Tigers rookie since Justin Verlander had eight straight in 2006 and the longest by a Major League rookie since Atlanta’s Mike Soroka had a six-game streak in 2019. ...Named Tigers Pitcher of the Month for May after posting a 2-0 record and 1.74 ERA (31.0IP/6ER) with 27 strikeouts... ranked fourth in the American League in ERA and opponent batting average (.162) during the month, while he was fifth in WHIP (0.87). ...Allowed three-or-fewer runs in 14 straight starts from April 29-July 19, over which he had a 4-3 record with a 2.97 ERA (78.2IP/26ER) and 65 strikeouts...the streak was the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris had 16 consecutive starts from July 9-September 17, 1983. ...Earned Tigers Pitcher of the Month for July, compiling a 1-1 record with a 3.18 ERA (22.2IP/8ER) and 16 strikeouts in five starts...among American League pitchers with at least 22.0 innings pitched during the month, he ranked seventh with a 1.01 WHIP. ...Contributed on both sides of the ball on August 24 at St. Louis, throwing 5.0 shutout innings and also drawing a four-pitch bases-loaded walk in his first big league plate appearance...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first player at any position to draw a four-pitch bases-loaded walk in his first MLB plate appearance since Cubs pitcher Courtney Duncan on May 5, 2001, vs. Los Angeles (NL)... the last Tigers player at any position to walk with the bases loaded (of any pitch count) in his first big league plate appearance was pitcher Daryl Patterson vs. Chicago (AL) on April 13, 1968.
One of the top prospects in baseball, he appeared in the first seven games of his Major League career in 2020...posted an 0-3 record and 6.99 ERA (28.1IP/22ER) on 29 hits and 13 walks, while striking out 26... Was selected from the alternate training site prior to the game on Aug. 19 at Chicago (AL) and made his Major League debut that night…tossed 4.1 innings in his debut, allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts…became the first pitcher in Tigers history to strike out seven-or-more batters while not issuing a walk in his debut and the first MLB pitcher to do so since Stephen Strasburg with Washington on June 8, 2020 vs. Pittsburgh... Had the best start of his season on Sept. 11 at Chicago (AL)…did not factor into the decision, allowing two runs on one hit with two walks and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings…he faced the minimum through the first five innings and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a double to Yolmer Sánchez…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the no-hit bid was the longest by a Detroit rookie pitcher since Michael Fulmer threw 6.2 innings without giving up a hit on June 1, 2016, at Los Angeles (AL)…Was very successful with his fastball in 2020, holding opponents to a .136 (3x22) batting average against that pitch…that figure ranked ninth in the American League among pitchers that threw at least 140 four-seamers during the season... Ranked as the top prospect in the Tigers organization and the No. 13 prospect overall by Baseball America…also rated as possessing the best changeup in the Tigers system.
Put together an impressive 2019 season, compiling an 8-3 record with a 2.55 ERA (109.1IP/31ER), 0.94 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 21 starts between Single A Lakeland and Double A Erie... Named to the Eastern League midseason All-Star Team... Earned Florida State League Pitcher of the Week honors in consecutive weeks on April 22 and 29...over the two weeks, combined to throw 15.0 shutout innings with two hits allowed, one walk and 10 strikeouts... Made his debut with Erie on April 29 at Altoona and threw a no-hitter on 98 pitches, allowing just two baserunners, one on a hit by pitch and the other on a walk, and striking out seven...it marked the fourth no-hitter in SeaWolves history... Selected Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April after posting a 3-0 record with a 0.26 ERA (35.0IP/1ER) and 32 strikeouts...allowed just seven hits during the month, holding opponents to a .064 (7x109) batting average... Named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 5 after making two starts during the week and going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (14.0IP/0ER) and 11 strikeouts... Picked up his second Eastern League weekly honor for the week ending May 26...won a pair of starts during the week and threw 14.0 scoreless innings with seven hits allowed and 12 strikeouts... Sidelined from June 14-July 10 with right shoulder inflammation... Ranked as the top prospect in the Tigers organization, the No. 13 prospect in all of baseball and the second-best prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America following the season...also rated as possessing the best changeup in the Tigers system.
Made five starts between the GCL Tigers West and Single A Lakeland as he completed his first season of professional baseball in 2018... Made his professional debut on July 26 vs. the GCL Yankees East, throwing 2.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts...Struck out four over 3.0 shutout innings in his first start with Lakeland on July 31 at Dunedin...Ranked as the top prospect in the Tigers organization and the No. 16 prospect overall by Baseball America following the season.