Graduated from Jefferson (Ga.) High School...Attended Georgia Southern University from 2010-12 and went 9-5 with a 3.23 ERA as a sophomore and was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament...Struck out a career-high 16 batters over 6.0 innings vs. College of Charleston (3/30/12), two strikeouts shy of the school record...Was named a Baseball America preseason All-American entering his junior season...Was selected by Cleveland in the 35th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign...He and his wife, Mimi, reside in Buford, Georgia.
Made 20 Major League appearances between the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets...Was claimed off waivers by the Mets on June 13 and made his first appearance with New York at ARI (6/15)...Of his 20 appearances, 11 were four outs or more with a season-high 3.2 innings at PIT (5/15)...Earned first career Major League save vs. SEA (4/23), a 3.0-inning effort allowing two runs in a White Sox 10-4 win...Pitched on consecutive days three times in the majors, all during the same series opponent...Did not appear in a Major League game after July 8... Made 21 appearances in the minor leagues with four appearances in Charlotte (AAA) including two starts, and 17 relief appearances in Las Vegas (AAA)...Did not surrender a home run while pitching in the Pacific Coast League facing 84 total batters...Locked down a single-season high three saves with Las Vegas.
Spent most of the season in the White Sox bullpen, appearing in a career-high 57 games...Allowed 39.5 percent (15-38) of inherited runners to score … first batters faced hit .378 (17-45) with nine walks...Recorded a 3.79 ERA (15 ER/35.2 IP) in 33 games before the All-Star Break, compared to a 9.62 mark (31 ER/29.0 IP) in 24 games after the break...Posted a season-low 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP) and .185 opponents average in 12 April appearances...Was recalled from Charlotte on 4/25 and made his season debut that night vs. Kansas City … surrendered three runs on three hits, including two home runs, over 1.0 IP … worked 2.0 scoreless IP on 4/30 at Detroit...Threw 3.0 scoreless IP on 5/6 at Baltimore … marked a career high in relief IP...Worked 0.2 scoreless IP for his first win on 6/6 at Tampa Bay… induced a double play to work out of an inherited, bases-loaded jam in the sixth to preserve a 1-1 tie...Surrendered a game-winning, solo home run to Nelson Cruz in the 10th inning on 7/16 vs. Seattle...Worked a perfect ninth inning for the win on 7/31 vs. Toronto … Chicago recorded a walkoff win on Matt Davidson's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth...Allowed a run in 13 of his final 18 appearances in August and September, including multiple runs six times...Struck out three in 1.2 scoreless IP on 9/23 vs. Kansas City...Opened 2017 with Charlotte and made five relief appearances … earned his only win on 4/6 vs. Norfolk after working 2.0 perfect IP … recorded a save on 4/20 vs. Pawtucket (1 ER/1.0 IP).
Split the season between the White Sox and Class AAA Charlotte … made 25 relief appearances with the Sox, including 13 from 9/1 through the end of the season. Limited first batters faced to a .182 average (4-22) … did not allow any of his nine inherited runners to score … 17 of his outings were 1.0-plus IP. Was recalled from Charlotte on 6/21, replacing RHP Zach Putnam (disabled list) in the White Sox bullpen … made his season debut on 6/23 at Boston, allowing one run on one hit and two walks over 1.0 IP. Made his first career appearance at U.S. Cellular Field on 6/25 vs. Toronto, working 1.2 scoreless IP with two strikeouts. Was optioned back to Charlotte on 7/10 and recalled on 8/12, replacing Miguel Gonzalez on the roster … earned his first major-league win on 8/13 at Miami (1.1 perfect IP). Surrendered a game-winning, three-run home run to Justin Upton in the 11th inning on 9/5 vs. Detroit … worked 1.1 scoreless IP for his second win on 9/7 vs. Detroit. Suffered the loss and a blown save on 9/10 vs. Kansas City, allowing three runs over 0.1 IP … worked 1.0 scoreless IP in each of his final three appearances from 9/27-10/2. Appeared in 22 games (seven starts) with Charlotte … was 3-2 with a 4.54 ERA (19 ER/37.2 IP) as a starter and 2-2 with a 3.77 mark (12 ER/28.2 IP) and 28 strikeouts in relief. All seven of his starts were within his first eight outings. Limited left-handers to a .208 average (20-96) and one homer, compared to a .343 mark (57-166) with four homers vs. righties. Posted a 2.50 ERA (10 ER/36.0 IP) in 12 road appearances (four starts), compared to a 6.23 mark (21 ER/30.1 IP) and five home runs allowed in 10 games (three starts) at BB&T Ballpark. Earned his first win on 4/20 vs. Norfolk (2 ER/6.0 IP) … won back-to-back starts from 5/7-12 (1 ER/13.0 IP). Made his final start with the Knights on 5/17 vs. Rochester (L; 5 ER/3.0 IP) before pitching in relief for the rest of 2016. Made six straight scoreless appearances (10.2 IP) from 6/12- 7/22, allowing seven hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Entered the season ranked by MLB.com as the No. 10 Prospect in the White Sox organization. Attended a rookie symposium in January hosted by Major League Baseball and the MLBPA in Washington D.C.
- Was limited to 10 starts with Class AAA Charlotte due to right elbow injury.
- His contract was purchased from Charlotte on 5/9 and served as the 26th man for Game 2 of a doubleheader vs. Cincinnati … did not pitch and was returned to the Knights after the game.
- Was recalled from Charlotte on 5/28 and made his majorleague debut as the starter in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Baltimore … suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with four walks and three strikeouts over 6.0 IP … was optioned to Charlotte after the game.
- Went 3-0 with a 3.49 ERA (11 ER/28.1 IP) in five home starts and 0-2 with a 2.77 mark (8 ER/26.0 IP) in five road outings with the Knights … limited left-handers to a .202 (18-89) average.
- Won three straight starts from 5/2-17 (3 ER/19.0 IP) and worked 7.0 IP in consecutive outings from 5/17-22.
- Was limited to just 4.0 IP in each of his last two starts on 6/3 at Durham and 6/13 at Buffalo.
- Was placed on the disabled list on 6/18 with right elbow inflammation and missed the remainder of the season … underwent a right elbow ulnar nerve transposition on 11/3 in Chicago in a procedure performed by team physicians Dr. Mark Cohen and Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph.
- Entered the season cited by Baseball America as Possessing the Best Changeup in the White Sox organization.
Enters the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 9 Prospect and Possessing the Best Changeup
in the White Sox organization.
Combined to go 13-10 with a 3.07 ERA (50 ER/146.2 IP) and 79 strikeouts over 26 starts between Class
A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham … tied for the Carolina League lead in wins (11) and ranked fifth in ERA (3.11) … ranked among White Sox system leaders in wins (T1st), ERA (3rd) and IP (8th) … led the Dash in ERA and tied for the team lead in wins … was named to the CL Midseason All-Star Team … won CL Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of 5/3-9 … began the season with Winston-Salem, posting a 1.45 ERA (5 ER/31.0IP) over five starts in April … limited righties to a .242 average (68-281), while lefties batted .279 (75-269) … went 4-0 with a 2.77 ERA (8 ER/26.0 IP) over four starts from 5/23-6/7, including a complete-game shutout on 6/7 vs. Wilmington … was promoted to Birmingham on 8/6 … struck out a season-high eight batters on 8/25 at Pensacola (8.0 IP) … went 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP) in the Southern League playoffs, helping to guide the Barons to the championship … entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Made his professional debut with Advanced Rookie Great Falls … went 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA (6 ER/20.0
IP) over seven home games (two starts), compared to 1-2 with a 6.64 ERA (15 ER/20.1 IP) in eight appearances (four starts) on the road … posted a 4.18 ERA (11 ER/23.2 IP) as a starter (5.40 in relief) … ranked by Baseball America as Possessing the Best Fastball (along with Kyle Hansen) in the 2012 White Sox draft class.