Has a twin brother, Alec....Is an avid frisbee golf player....Graduated in 2014 from Milton (Ga.) High School...… was a pre-season First Team All-American entering his senior season after going 9-0 with a 0.81 ERA (69.1 IP) and 100 strikeouts as a junior … required Tommy John surgery during his senior year....Was named a 2013 Under Armour All-American and a 2014 Perfect Game First Team All-American.
Established career bests in virtually every category, including strikeouts (226), IP (165.2), wins (13) and ERA (3.91)....Piling Up Punchouts: His 12.28 SO/9.0 IP led the American League and established a White Sox single-season record … his 226 strikeouts ranked third in the A...and tied for the eighth-highesttota...in Sox history … recorded eight 10-plus strikeout games, tied with Chris Sale (2014) for second-most in club history (Sale13 in 2015)… became the first Sox RHP to finish in the Top 3 of the A...in strikeouts since Esteban Loaiza led with 207 in 2003....200 K Club: Along with Lucas Giolito (201), became just the second Sox teammates to each record 200-plus strikeouts, joining Tom Bradley (206) and Wilbur Wood (210) in 1971....Swing and Miss Stuff: Recorded 478 swing and misses, the fifth-most in baseball...(teammate Lucas Giolito was fourth with 483) … 242 of those came inside the strike zone … recorded10-plus swing/misses in a game 29 times and 20-plus five times....Limited lefties to a .226 (70-310) average, down from .256 in 2020 and .285 in 2019....Went 6-2 with a 3.18 ERA (30 ER/85.0 IP), 115 strikeouts and .205 (64-312) opponents average in 16 starts at home …his 115 strikeouts were the most by a White Sox pitcher since Chris Sale's 116 in 2016....Became fifth starter in franchise history to work less than 5.0IP in each his first four-plus starts of a season (al...ND)....Made his season debut on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball on 4/4 at the Angels (ND, 3 ER/4.2 IP)....Was placed on the IL on 4/14 for precautionary reasons …was reinstated on 4/16 following a series of negative COVID-19 tests and started on...Recorded a career-high scoreless streak of 14.0 IP from4/29-1-5/11....Complete Dominance: Recorded his first career complete game and shutout on 4/29-2 vs. Detroit … struck out nine and surrendered just three hits over a career-high tying 7.0 scoreless IP (third time) … retired the final 17 Tigers of the game …improved to 6-0 with a 2.29 ERA (9 ER/35.1 IP) over six career starts vs. Detroit, the first White Sox pitcher to win each of his first six-plus career starts against a single opponent since LHP Mark Buehrle won seven in row vs. Texas from 2001-05 (Elias)....Cease and Destroy: Surrendered just one hit with three walks and a career-high tying 11 strikeouts (second time) over 6.0 scoreless IP in a win on 5/4 at Cincinnati … held the Reds hitless through the first four innings … walked Mike Moustakas with one out in the second to snap his streak of 21 consecutive hitters retired … went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double in his first professional...plate appearances … became the first Sox pitcher in the DH era (since 1973) to record three hits in a game information...Became the ninth pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow no runs, strike out 10-plus batters and collect three-plus hits, the second Sox pitcher to accomplish the feat (Red Faber on 4/15/1915 at St. Louis) and the first in MLB since St. Louis' Adam Wainwright on 4/13/2013 vs. Milwaukee... Prior to Wainwright, the last MLB pitcher with such a game was Oakland's Jim "Catfish" Hunter in his perfect game on 5/8/68 vs. Minnesota … White Sox manager Tony La Russa was optioned before the game and watched the performance from the Athletics clubhouse Became the first Sox pitcher to start his career 3-3 at the plate, and the first in the A...since Boston's Boo Ferriss in 1945 … became just the third MLB pitcher since 1974 to start his career 3-3, joining Montreal's T.J. Tucker (2000-02) and the Mets’ Steven Matz (2015)... Was the first Sox pitcher with three hits since Tom Bradley on 5/14/72 vs. Baltimore, the first with an extra-base hit since Carlos Rodón (double) on 7/25/17 at Cubs, and the first MLB pitcher with a three-hit game since Washington's Stephen Strasburg on 7/18/19 at Atlanta...Was the first pitcher to outhit an opponent in a game since Vida Blue, who outhit Kansas City (2-1) on 9/11/1970....Allowed one run on four hits 10 strikeouts over 6.0 IP on 5/27vs. Baltimore … recorded 29 swing-and-misses, tied for the fourth-highest tota...in MLB during the season and second-most by a Sox pitcher in the Statcast era (since 2015) behind Lucas Giolito (30) in his no-hitter on 8/25/20 vs. Pittsburgh....Struck out 10 and allowed just five hits (three singles) over7.0 scoreless IP in a victory on 6/6 vs. Detroit....Elite Eight!: Improved to 8-0 in his first eight career starts vs. the Tigers with a win on 6/12 at Comerica Park (2 ER/5.0 IP) …became the first Sox pitcher to win his first eight starts against an opponent, and the first in MLB to accomplish the feat since Jamie Moyer won his first 10 against Florida from 2006-08....Recorded his fourth career double-digit strikeout performance on 7/16 vs. Houston, fanning 10 over 5.2 IP....Dealin' in August: Went 4-0 with a 2.83 ERA (11 ER/35.0 IP),50 strikeouts and a .176 (22-125) opponents average over six starts in August … ranked among the A...leaders in opponents average (1st), SO/9.0 IP (1st, 12.86), strikeouts (2nd), wins(T2nd) and WHIP (4th, 0.97)....Struck out a career-high tying 11 batters (third time) on 8/3vs. Kansas City, tossing 6.0 scoreless IP for his eighth victory....Recorded his second consecutive 10-plus strikeout game in a 9-3 win on 8/8 at Wrigley Field, becoming the 15th pitcher in White Sox history to accomplish the feat....Earned the win in his second start vs. the Cubs on 8/29 …matched his career high with 11 strikeouts (fourth time), allowing one run on four hits over 6.0 IP....Recorded his 12th victory on 9/17 at Texas, tossing 5.0 scoreless IP with 10 strikeouts … it marked his eighth double-digit strikeout performance of the season (ninth career), tied with Chris Sale (2014) for second-most in White Sox history....Earned his 13th and final...win on 9/24 at Cleveland after tossing 5.1 scoreless IP with nine strikeouts … left the game in the sixth inning after being hit in the right triceps with a comebacker off the bat of Bradley Zimmer....Started Game 3 of the ALDS vs. Houston, the Sox first home playoff game since 2008 … posted a ND despite allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 1.2 IP, his shortest start of the season … the White Sox won, 12-6.
Spent his first full season in the major leagues after making his first career Opening Day roster...Lowered his ERA from 5.79 in 2019 to 4.01 and his opponents' batting average from .271 to .234 … limited right-handers to a .202 (18-89) average...Averaged 6.79 strikeouts and 5.25 walks per 9.0 IP (9.99 and 4.32 in 2019) …his 5.25 walks and 1.85 home runs per 9.0 IP (12 homers) both were the highest rates in the American League...Averaged less than 5.0 IP per start …threw 6.0-plus IP four times in 12 starts…received an average of 5.86 runs of support per 9.0 IP, but the Sox scored just one run in his final three starts...Went 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA (14 ER/39.2 IP) vs. the AL Central and 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA (12 ER/18.2 IP) vs. the NL...Made his season debut on 7/28-1 at Cleveland, allowing four runs on seven hits (two homers) over 2.1 IP...Recorded a career-best, four-game winning streak from 8/2-18, posting a 1.93 ERA (5 ER/23.1 IP)... Earned his first win on 8/2 at Kansas City (2 ER/6.0 IP) and his first at home on 8/7 vs. Cleveland (5.0 scoreless IP) … posted back-to-back wins against Detroit on 8/12 at Comerica Park (1 ER/6.0 IP) and 8/17 in Chicago (2 ER/6.1 IP)...His winning streak ended on 8/23 at the Cubs despite allowing two runs on four hits over 6.0 IP against his former team … carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning before allowing a two-run homer to Kyle Schwarber … Cubs held on for 2-1 win...Earned his final win on 9/3 at Kansas City (3 ER/5.0 IP) … went 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA (11 ER/17.1 IP) and 14 walks over his final four starts...Issued a career-high seven walks with zero hits over 3.0 IP on 9/20 at Cincinnati … lost his final start of the season on 9/25 vs. the Cubs, allowing five runs (three homers) over 4.2 IP...Made one relief appearance in the AL Wild Card Series at Oakland, working 1.0 scoreless IP in Game 2.
Began the season with Class AAA Charlotte before making his major-league debut with the White Sox in July ... His average of 9.99 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (81 SO/73.0 IP) was the highest in franchise history by a rookie (min. 10 starts) … his fastball averaged 96.6 mph and topped out at 100.1 mph ... Lowered his ERA to 3.00 (7 ER/21.0 IP) in September (four starts) after recording a 6.86 mark (16 ER/21.0 IP) in July (four) and 6.97 (24 ER/31.0 IP) in August (six) ... Limited opponents to a .176 average (12-for-68) the third time through the order (.314 the first time and .288 the second) ... His contract was purchased from Charlotte on 7/3 … made his major-league debut that afternoon as the starter in Game 1 of a doubleheader vs. Detroit … earned the win after allowing three runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts over 5.0 IP … struck out JaCoby Jones in the second for the first of his career … became the first Sox starter to win his major-league debut since Scott Carroll on 4/27/14 vs. Tampa Bay ... Recorded a four-game losing streak from 7/16-8/1 (6.65 ERA, 17 ER/23.0 IP) … worked 7.0 IP for the first time in a loss on 8/1 vs. the Mets ... Earned his first career road win on 8/6-1 vs. Detroit (2 ER/5.0 IP) … struck out nine in a win on 8/23 vs. Texas (3 ER/6.0 IP) ... Recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts on 9/3 at Cleveland, tied with Carlos Rodón (8/11/15 vs. Angels) and Chris Knapp (9/13/76 vs. Kansas City) for the third-highest total by a Sox rookie since 1964 (STATS) ... Earned his final win on 9/20 at Detroit (1 ER/6.0 IP) … was scratched from his final start on 9/26 vs. Cleveland with a strained left hamstring suffered warming up in the bullpen ... Opened the season with Charlotte and made 15 starts … posted a 3.18 ERA (18 ER/51.0 IP) in April and May (10 GS) ... Preseason Baseball America Rankings: No. 3 prospect and possessing the Best Curveball in the White Sox system; No. 38 prospect in baseball ... Preseason MLB.com Rankings: No. 3 prospect in the Sox system; No. 25 overall and No. 5 RHP in baseball.
Combined to go 12-2 with a 2.40 ERA (33 ER/124.0 IP), 160 strikeouts and a .189 (82-434) opponents average over 23 starts between Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham. Ranked among the minor-league leaders in opponents average (6th), strikeouts (12th) and wins (T14th)... Was named MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year, a two-time White Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month honoree (July and August/September) and a Carolina League midseason All-Star... Averaged 11.6 strikeouts per 9.0 IP … struck out nine-plus batters seven times and 10-plus on three occasions... Limited left-handers to a .202 average (22-109) and righties to a .205 mark (30-146) between the two stops... Opened the season with the Dash and went 9-2 with a 2.89 ERA (23 ER/71.2 IP) and a CL-leading 82 strikeouts in 13 starts … allowed one earned run or less seven times...Was named C Pitcher of the Week for 4/30-5/6 after going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA (1ER/13.0 IP) and 18 strikeouts over two starts … struck out 12 in 7.0 scoreless IP in a win on 5/1 vs. Lynchburg … threw 6.0 scoreless IP on 5/18 at Down East...Was promoted to Birmingham on 6/19, where he went 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA (10 ER/52.1 IP) and 78 strikeouts over 10 starts … allowed one run or less in eight of his 10 outings...Gave up five runs on seven hits over 4.2 IP in his Barons debut on 6/25 at Montgomery before going 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA (5 ER/47.2 IP) and 71 strikeouts over his last nine starts...Was named the White Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month in July and August/September... Went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP), 42 strikeouts and a .165 (17-103) opponents average over five starts in July and 1-0 with a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP), 29 strikeouts and .107 average (6-56) over four August starts... Tossed 24.0 consecutive scoreless IP from 7/20-8/10 … threw 7.0 scoreless IP on 7/25 vs. Tennessee, allowing one hit with
a career-high tying 12 strikeouts … did not allow a hit until two outs in the seventh inning...Threw 6.0 scoreless IP in his next start on 7/30 at Mississippi … allowed just one hit with nine strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless IP on 8/4 vs. Mobile … his scoreless streak ended when he gave up a run in the second inning on 8/19 at Montgomery...Fanned 11 batters over 5.0 scoreless IP in his final start on 8/22 at Jacksonville, his third game of the season with 10-plus...Entered the season rated by MLB.com as the No. 5 prospect in the Sox system and No. 61 overall in baseball.
Split the season between Class A South Bend in the Cubs organization and Class A Kannapolis (White Sox) … was acquired by the Sox on 7/13 as part of a five-player deal...Combined to post a 3.28 ERA (34 ER/93.1 IP) with 126 strikeouts in 22 starts between the two teams... Averaged 12.2 strikeouts per 9.0 IP and held the opposition to a .221 (74-335) average … yielded just three home runs...Was named to the South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star Team with South Bend despite being on the disabled list from 5/19-6/10 with a sprained right ankle...Posted a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) over his first three starts of the season … threw 6.0 hitless IP on 4/19 vs. Great Lakes … struck out 10 batters over 4.2 IP on 4/29 at Fort Wayne...Was winless (0-8) with Kannapolis despite allowing three runs or less in all nine starts … matched his career high with 10 strikeouts over 6.0 IP on 8/25 vs. Lakewood...Was scheduled to start Game 1 of the South Atlantic League playoffs for Kannapolis but was placed on the disabled list on 9/6 with a strained right shoulder...Entered the season ranked by MLB.com as the No. 77 Prospect in baseball and No. 4 Prospect in the Cubs organization...Sox acquisition was recommended by Daraka Shaheed.
Was named to the Northwest League postseason All-Star Team at Class A Eugene … also was tabbed by Baseball America as a Short-Season All-Star... Averaged 13.3 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (66 SO/44.2 IP) and held opponents to a .175 (27-154) average... Posted a 0.43 ERA (1 ER/21.0 IP) over his final five starts, allowing seven hits with 39 strikeouts...Was named NWL Pitcher of the Week for 8/29-9/5 after recording a 0.00 ERA (10.0 IP) with 18 strikeouts over two starts … struck out eight batters over 5.0 IP on 8/30 vs. Tri-City and 10 batters over 5.0 IP on 9/5 at Hillsboro... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 Prospect in the Cubs organization.
Spent the season with the Arizona League Cubs, making 11 appearances (eight starts)... Limited opponents to a .145 (12-83) average … posted a 2.18 ERA (5 ER/20.2 IP) as a starter … five of his eight starts were scoreless, including three of 3.0 IP... Did not make his pro debut until 6/22 at the AZL D'Backs as he continued to recover from Tommy John surgery … made his first start on 6/28 vs. the AZL Giants, throwing 2.0 scoreless IP.
Did not pitch while recovering from Tommy John surgery ... Was recommended/signed by Keith Lockhart (Cubs).