Colin proposed to his fiancé, Jessica, in January while the two were in Houston at the Color Factory, an art museum…he popped the question in a room where confetti perpetually rains down from above...He won his school's third grade spelling bee to earn the right to compete at the district level, where he was subsequently "destroyed" and made an early exit...Colin was called up to make his debut for the second game of a doubleheader in Boston… the move was not official until the first game concluded, so he was not permitted in the Rays clubhouse until that time…as the first game ended, he was still sitting in an Uber ride in traffic…he eventually got out and walked from the downtown hotel to Fenway Park with his large Rays bag as Red Sox fans streamed the opposite direction…he arrived drenched in sweat 40 minutes before the game and was on the mound in the 2nd inning...He only played basketball up to his freshman year of high school, but has been able to dunk since his senior year…the first time he dunked on someone was at a local gym, just in time for his best friend's dad to walk in and witness it- the only person he knew who did...Colin was college teammates with fellow hurler Jalen Beeks and bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez at Arkansas.
Selected from Triple-A Durham on June 8, between games of a doubleheader at BOS, and made his major league debut in the second game…stayed in the majors the rest of the season, making a team-high 51 apps over that span... Led AL lefty relievers with a .181 opp avg. (33- for-182), and ranked 7th overall among AL relievers…min. 50 IP, his 12.54 SO/9 IP ratio ranked 4th among AL lefties behind NYY Aroldis Chapman (13.42), BOS Chris Sale (13.32) and CLE Brad Hand (13.19)...Yielded 9 HR in 51.2 IP, but only 1 HR in his last 23 apps spanning 22 IP…27.3 pct. (9 of 33) of his hits allowed were homers…six of his 9 HR either tied the game (2) or gave the opponent a lead (4), with all six of those in the 7th inning (or later)...Pitched to a 3.46 ERA (13-IP, 5-ER) over his last 15 apps, from Aug 30 through season's end…this stretch lowered his ERA from 5.12 to 4.70...Began his major league career with 27 SO and 1 BB through 17 apps as well as 57 SO and 7 BB through 35 apps, but after that totaled 12 BB and 15 SO in his last 16 apps...Went 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA (29.1-IP, 7-ER) and 8.20 SO/BB ratio in 28 apps at Tropicana Field, but 1-4 with a 8.06 ERA (22.1-IP, 20-ER) and 2.21 SO/BB ratio in 23 apps on the road...On June 8 at BOS (G2), became the third Ray all-time to enter in relief and take the loss in his major league debut, following Álex Torres on July 18, 2011 vs. NYY and Franklin Núñez on Aug 14, 2004 at TEX…inherited 2-on, 1-out in the 2nd inning and stranded both, then yielded back-to-back singles to start the 3rd and was replaced with 2-on, 2-out, with both runs later scoring on a Michael Chavis double...On June 16 vs. LAA, retired all 6 BF, including 3 SO, for his first career win...On July 16 at NYY, recorded the last 2 outs of the 7th inning, then allowed a leadoff walk in the 8th and five consecutive batters to reach with 2 outs, including a go-ahead, 2-run homer by Aaron Judge and grand slam by Didi Gregorius… his 6 runs allowed were a career high, and it marked the first multi-HR app of his career...On July 26 at TOR, entered with a 3-1 lead and got three flyouts for his first career save...On Aug 29 at HOU, started the 5th inning and allowed 5 BB, including walks to his last 3 BF and game-tying and go-ahead bases-loaded walks… his 5 BB were the most by a Rays reliever since Justin Marks (5) on Sep 9, 2016 at NYY and the first time in franchise history a Rays reliever allowed 5 BB in an outing of 0.2 IP (or fewer)...Went 2-2 with a 6.26 ERA (27.1-IP, 19-ER) with 48 SO in 20 apps (2 starts) for Durham…from the start of May until he was selected to the major league roster, went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA (18.2-IP, 7-ER) and 33 SO in 13 apps (2 starts) with the Bulls, including 11 scoreless outings...Pitched in all 5 games of the ALDS against the Astros…became the third rookie to appear in 5 games of a Division Series, joining WAS Sammy Solis in 2016 and TOR Aaron Sanchez in 2015…totaled 0 BB and 6 SO in his 5 apps and his only run allowed was a Robinson Chirinos homer in Game 4.
Named Minor League Reliever of the Year by the Rays Baseball Operations department… began the season with Double-A Jackson in the Diamondbacks organization, then pitched for Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in the Rays system following a May 1 acquisition as a player to be named in the Steven Souza Jr. trade… between the two organizations, went 6-0 with a 0.82 ERA (66-IP, 6-ER) and 110 SO for a 15.0 SO/9 IP ratio…no minor league pitcher with as many innings recorded a better SO/9 IP ratio…struck out 45.6 pct. of his batters faced…named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June, going 1-0 with a 0.57 ERA (15.2-IP, 1-ER) and 28 SO…made 5 apps in the International League postseason, recording 12 SO in 7 IP, to help the Bulls win a second consecutive Governors' Cup…named to the Rays Organizational All-Star Team by MLB.com and Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Team…ranked by Baseball America as the No. 20 prospect in the Rays system following the season.