Signed by D-backs as a first-round compensation selection (34th overall) in First-Year Player Draft (June 15, 2019) \[signed by: Jeremy Kehrt\]...Attended Ball State University from 2018-19...Named 2019 MAC Pitcher of the Year and Second-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball after going 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA (33 ER in 91.2 IP) and a single-season MAC record 146 strikeouts in 16 starts...Was the second Cardinal to earn MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors in 2018 (also: Zach Plesac in 2014)...Began his collegiate career as a two-way player (also: outfield and DH) and clocked a 6.28 60-yard dash time as a freshman...Told his head coach, Rich Maloney, he wanted to focus on just pitching early in his first season after hitting his first and only collegiate home run @ Western Carolina...Has custom pairs of cleats promoting his favorite cartoon shows: "Rick and Morty" and "SpongeBob SquarePants"...Became an avid shoe collector beginning in seventh grade and now has a collection of 70+ pairs of
shoes…first pair were LeBron 9s.
Went 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA (4 ER in 24.1 IP) and 24 strikeouts in four starts in his first Major League season....Won his Major League debut on Sept. 15 vs. Padres (0 ER in 7.0 IP)…became the third D-backs pitcher to make their MLB debut as a starter during the season (also: Tommy Henry on Aug. 3 @ Guardians and Ryne Nelson on Sept. 5 @ Padres)....Went 5-12 with a 6.95 ERA (88 ER in 114.0 IP) in 22 games (21 starts) with Triple-A Reno...Entered the year rated by MLB Pipeline as the D-backs' No. 6 prospect and No. 7 by Baseball America.....Rated by MLB Pipeline as having the Best Changeup among D-backs' farmhands and Baseball America as the Best Athlete and owning the Best Slider.
Combined to go 5-6 with a 3.98 ERA (49 ER in 110.2 IP) and 145 strikeouts in 21 starts with High-A Hillsboro and Double-A Amarillo...Named High-A West Pitcher of the Month for July after going 2-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 35 strikeouts over five starts...Following his promotion to Amarillo on Aug. 5, led the Double-A Central in strikeouts (68) and tied for the most in Minor League Baseball in that span....Finished the year rated by MLB Pipeline as the D-backs' No. 17 prospect and No. 19 by Baseball America....Won the 2021 Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award® while splitting time with High-A Hillsboro and Double-A Amarillo.
Made eight starts in his first pro season with ShortSeason Hillsboro, going 0-0 with a 6.17 ERA (8 ER in 11.2 IP) and 12 strikeouts.