Selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft... Signed by Greg Morhardt.
Split the season between two levels of the Braves minor league system, beginning with Double-A Mississippi before finishing the year with Triple-A Gwinnett…Combined to go 8-7 with a 3.38 ERA (51 ER/135.2 IP) in 26 starts…His 172 strikeouts ranked fourth most in the minors...Named a Southern League All-Star and also appeared in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland during All-Star weekend…Tossed a perfect inning in the Futures Game, striking out one and throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes… Did not appear in the SL All-Star Game...Went 7-5 with a 2.68 ERA (33 ER/111.0 IP) in 21 games, all starts, for the M-Braves, fanning 147 and walking 47...Combined with RHP Jeremy Walker to no-hit Jackson on 6/28…Tossed 7.0 innings with two walks and 14 strikeouts in the 2-0 road win… His career-high 14 strikeouts tied the M-Braves' single-game record set by Tommy Hanson on 6/25/08 vs. Birmingham…The no-hitter was Mississippi's first since 8/2/10 vs. Mobile...Moved to Gwinnett on 8/5, and at the time of his promotion, led the Southern League with 147 strikeouts (T-3rd in MiLB) and ranked among the league's top 10 pitchers in BAA (2nd), starts (T-3rd), ERA (4th), WHIP (6th), wins (T-7th),..Made his Triple-A debut on 8/6, allowing five runs, earned, over 3.0 innings to take an 8-3 loss at Rochester...Collected his only win for the Stripers on 8/11, beating Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 3-1 on the road… Went 6.0 innings and allowed one run, earned, with six strikeouts.
Split the season between High-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi and combined to go 4-7 with a 2.49 ERA (33 ER/119.1 IP) across 24 starts...Ranked in the Top 10 among Atlanta's starting farmhands (min. 75.0 IP) in hits per 9.0 innings (1st, 6.6), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (2nd, 10.7), strikeouts (3rd, 142), ERA (4th, 2.49), and innings (9th, 119.1)...Named by the organization as Florida's Pitcher of the Year after going 2-6 with a 2.52 ERA in 20 starts for the Fire Frogs, and earned Florida's Pitcher of the Month honors for July after going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA (2 ER/22.0 IP) over four starts...Was twice named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, first from 7/2-8 (11.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 18 SO) and again from 7/30- 8/5 (7.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 SO).
Played his first full professional season with Single-A Rome, and went 4-5 with a 3.14 ERA (29 ER/83.0 IP) and 101 strikeouts over 20 starts...Led all Atlanta farmhands (min. 75.0 IP) by averaging 11.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched...Pitched to a 6.15 ERA over six starts in May, but logged a 1.75 ERA (11 ER/56.2 IP) over 14 starts in the other five months of the season, including an 0.83 ERA (2 ER/21.2 IP) in seven starts after the All-Star break...Named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week (5/22-28) after tossing 6.0 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts on 5/25 vs. Augusta...Entered 2017 named by Baseball America as Atlanta's No. 5 prospect, and as the No. 66 prospect in the minor leagues.
Split his first pro season between the GCL Braves and Rookie-Advanced Danville, combining to go 1-2 with a 2.04 ERA (9 ER/39.2 IP) over 10 starts...Allowed five earned runs over 4.0 innings on 8/22 vs. Bluefield, but pitched to a 0.99 ERA (4 ER/35.2 IP) in his other nine appearances.