In three seasons at South Carolina (2015-17), produced a 15-9 record and 3.21 ERA (229.2IP, 218H, 102R/82ER, 65BB, 254K, 17HR) in 45 games (36 starts)…as a junior in 2017, went 4-2 and ranked second in the nation with a 1.34 ERA (60.1IP, 41H, 15R/9ER, 18BB, 70K, 3HR) in nine starts, posting a 10.44 K/9.0IP ratio and .194 (41-for-211) opponents’ BA...Was named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List in both 2016 and 2017…was named to the 2017 NCBWA Pre-Season All-America First Team...Was Baseball America’s No. 31 overall prospect (and No. 17 pitcher) in the 2017 draft…was tabbed by Baseball America as having the Best Control in the SEC...Graduated from Allatoona H.S. (Ga.), where he was the Region 5AAAAA 2014 Pitcher of the Year as a senior....His older brother, Clate, pitched in both the Tigers and Reds organizations.
Made two appearances (one start) with the Yankees, posting a 5.68 ERA (6.1IP, 4ER) and 6K over two stints (9/12-13, 9/17-19)....Missed the first 114 games of the season on the 60-day injured list with a right elbow strain (3/27-8/11)… made four rehab starts with the FCL Yankees, Low-A Tampa and Double-A Somerset from 7/26-8/11, going 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA (12.1IP, 4ER) and 14K…was returned from his rehab assignment, reinstated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game on 8/11...Made his season debut and second career start (fourth appearance) on 9/12 at New York-NL, allowing 5R/2ER over 4.1IP in a no-decision (7H, 3BB, 2K, 1HR, 1HP)…was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to the game…drew a walk in his first career plate appearance…was the 15th different pitcher to start a game for the Yankees this season…marked just the seventh time in franchise history the Yankees have used at least 15 different starting pitchers in a season: also 18 in 1946, 16 in 1989, 16 in 1915, 15 in 1987, 15 in 1959 and 15 in 1907....Was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the game on 9/13...Was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to the game on 9/17…allowed 3R/2ER over 2.0 innings of relief on 9/19 vs. Cleveland (4H, 2BB, 4K)…was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the game...Combined with the FCL Yankees, Low-A Tampa, Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to go 0-2 with a 2.37 ERA (38.0IP, 32H, 18R/10ER, 12BB, 46K, 6HR) in 10 games (nine starts)…Did not appear in a spring training game for the Yankees due to his injury...Following the season, was labeled by Baseball America as having the “Best Curveball” in the Yankees system.
Saw his first Major League action, going 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA (6.1IP, 5ER) in three games (one start) over two stints with the Yankees (9/4-13, 9/27)...Was the Yankees’ first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft…is the first Yankees’ first-round pick to make his Major League debut with the club since Aaron Judge on 8/13/16 (2013 draft, 32nd overall) and the first pitcher to do so since Andrew Brackman on 9/22/11 (2007 draft, 30th overall)...Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the active roster between games of a doubleheader on 9/4 at Baltimore...Made his Major League debut in Game 2 on 9/4 at Baltimore after never having pitched professionally above Double-A in his career…was the seventh Yankee to make his Major League debut in 2020...Made his first career start on 9/27 vs. Miami, recording his first career loss after allowing 3ER in 4.0IP (4H, 2BB, 4K, 1HP, 1WP)...Was part of the Yankees’ 40-man postseason player pool, but did not appear on a playoff roster...Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee for the first time in 2020, posting a 2.57 ERA (7.0IP, 9H, 4R/2ER, 3BB, 8K, 1HR) in four games (one start)…was named the 2020 James P. Dawson Award winner, presented annually to the most outstanding rookie in spring training as voted on by Yankees beat writers… was reassigned to the Alternate Site on 7/21...Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect and as having the “Best Curveball” among Yankees farmhands…was also named on the publication’s Top 100 Prospects list as the No. 64 prospect in Baseball.
Combined with Single-A Tampa, GCL Yankees East and Double-A Trenton to go 6-5 with a 3.47 ERA (90.2 IP, 79H, 43R/35ER, 28BB, 102K, 4HR) in 19 games (18 starts)… began the season with Tampa and posted a 4-5 record with a 3.84 ERA (63.1IP, 59H, 35R/27ER, 24BB, 69K, 2HR) in 13 games (12 starts) across two stints… in his first start of the season on 4/4 at Lakeland (ND, 5.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 9K), opposed Casey Mize (5.0IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 8K), the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft… was placed on Tampa's injured list on two separate occasions (5/6-5/14, 5/29-7/11)… on a rehab assignment with the GCL Yankees East, posted a 3.24 ERA (8.1IP, 6H, 3ER, 3BB, 14K, 1HR) without recording a decision in three starts… tied career highs in innings and strikeouts in 8/5 start at Lakeland (7.0IP, 9K)… was promoted to Trenton on 8/15 and posted a 2-0 record with a 2.37 ERA (19.0IP, 14H, 5ER, 1BB, 19K, 1HR) in three starts… helped Trenton capture their first Eastern League Championship since 2013… went 1-0 with a 0.88 ERA (10.2IP, 4H, 2R/1ER, 3BB, 13K) in two games (one start) in the Eastern League playoffs… following the season, was named by Baseball America as the Yankees' No. 2 prospect, No. 12 prospect in the Florida State League and No. 62 overall prospect… also labeled by Baseball America as having the "Best Curveball" in the system… was named by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 Yankees prospect.
Returned from "Tommy John" surgery and made his professional debut on 6/22 with the GCL Yankees East (1.0IP, 3H, 2ER, 2K)… combined with the GCL Yankees East, Rookie-level GCL Yankees West and short-season Single-A Staten Island to go 0-3 with a 3.09 ERA (23.1IP, 16H, 9R/8ER, 6BB, 30K, 1HR) in eight games (seven starts)… appeared in six games (five starts) for both the GCL Yankees East and GCL Yankees West and posted an 0-2 record with a 4.20 ERA (15.0IP, 12H, 8R/7ER, 4BB, 20K, 1HR) before being promoted to Staten Island on 7/30… went 0-1 with a 1.08 ERA (8.1IP, 4H, 1ER, 2BB, 10K) in two starts with Staten Island.
Did not pitch while recovering from "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow.