Was drafted fourth overall by the Texas Rangers in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, the first pitcher selected in the draft…Named the No. 3 prospect (and top pitcher) in the 2015 draft by Baseball America…Graduated from Claremont (CA) HS.
A non-roster invitee to Yankees Spring Training...Went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA (31 ER/82.2 IP) and 75 strikeouts in 15 starts for Double-A Trenton...Struck out a season-high 10 batters on 6/15 vs. Erie, working 6.1 scoreless innings...Named a Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star (Trenton)...Acquired by the Orioles from the New York Yankees along with LHP Josh Rogers and RHP Cody Carroll in exchange for LHP Zach Britton on 7/24...Made his Orioles organization debut on 7/29 with Double-A Bowie...Worked at least 5.0 innings in 20 of his 22 starts...Placed on the disabled list on 7/12 (quad strain); activated from the DL on 7/24.
Made 13 starts between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton and was 7-2 with a 2.81 ERA (83.1IP, 71H, 28R/26ER, 24BB, 63K, 7HR)…opened the season at Tampa, going 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA (58.1IP, 48H, 19R/17ER, 15BB,46K, 4HR) in nine starts…on 7/2 at Clearwater, recorded a career-high 11K over 7.0 shutout innings (6H, 0BB)…was promoted on 8/8to Trenton, where he had a 1-2 record and 3.24 ERA (25.0IP, 23H, 9ER, 9BB, 17K, 3HR) in four starts.
Combined with Single-A Hickory and Single-A Charleston to go 4-3 with a 4.70 ERA (82.1IP, 99H, 49R/43ER, 33BB, 70K) in 24 games (16 starts)…began the season with Hickory, going 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA (65.0IP, 78H, 39R/37ER, 27BB, 55K) in 17 games (16 starts)…was acquired by the Yankees from Texas on 8/1…made seven relief appearances for Charleston, going 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA (17.1IP, 21H, 10R/6ER, 6BB, 15K)…following the season, did not record a decision and posted a 3.86 ERA (9.1IP, 9H, 4ER, 1BB, 11K) in six games for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League…was an AFL Fall Stars Game selection.
In his professional debut, did not record a decision andposted a 1.00 ERA (9.0IP, 3H, 1ER, 3BB, 8K) in six combined starts with short-season Single-A Spokane and Single-A Hickory…started the season with Spokane, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings over two starts (0H, 3BB, 3K)…was promoted to Hickory on 8/14 and posted a 1.29 ERA in four starts (7.0IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 5K)…following the season, was named the No. 5 prospect in the Rangers organization by Baseball America.