Cory made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2021 ... he is in his sixth year in the organization after he was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Loyola Marymount University... Was added to Chicago's 40-man roster, Nov. 20, 2020... Is 21-20 with a 3.63 ERA (150 ER/371.2 IP) in 72 career minor league starts, walking 147, striking out 445 batters and logging a 1.25 WHIP ... has averaged 10.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Ranked as the 10th-best Cubs prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2020 season ... the publication ranked him as the eighth-best prospect in the organization heading into the 2019 campaign... Named the 2019 Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the organization after he led the Southern League in innings (146.2) and strikeouts (166) for Double-A Tennessee... Attended Loyola Marymount University ... graduated from Serra High School in San Diego, Calif... As a junior at Loyola in 2017, was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game ... named the WCC Pitcher of the Year... Tossed the first perfect game in Loyola history, March 25, 2017 vs. BYU (13 strikeouts, 106 pitches, four three-ball counts).
In 2021, Cory made his major league debut with seven appearances, including one start, for the Cubs... Had five stints on the major league roster: June 5-8, June 16-20, July 7-8, July 27-29 and Oct. 1 through season's end... Made his major league debut, June 5 at San Francisco ... tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief... Threw a career-high 3.0 innings of relief twice: June 19 vs. Miami and July 8 vs. Philadelphia... Made his first major league start, Oct.1 in St. Louis ... tossed 5.0 scoreless innings before he was tagged for 2.0 runs after departing in the sixth... Recorded his first career major league hit, an infield single off Dakota Hudson... In 19 starts for Triple-A Iowa, was 5-6 with a 5.91 ERA (63 ER/96.0 IP) ... struck out 130 batters, good for an average of 12.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.
Cory spent the season at the Cubs South Bend alternate site.
Named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year, leading the Southern League in strikeouts and innings pitched...named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month in August...ranked as the organization’s eighth-best prospect by Baseball America entering the season.
Named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month in May with South Bend and in August with Myrtle Beach.