Played college baseball at Elon College where he still holds the Phoenix single-season Division I record for ERA (1.76) and opponent BA (.171) in 2011...led Elon College in wins (7) and appearances (27) in 2011 helping Elon to a Southern Conference championship...named First Team All-Southern Conference by the media in 2011...graduated from Wellington (FL) High School...resides in Smyrna, Georgia with his wife Amanda.
Began the season in Memphis (AAA) but was recalled on 4/8 when Ryan Sherriff went on the disabled list...Was recalled to St. Louis six times during the season with his final move on Sept. 3...Led all Cardinals qualifying relievers in ERA (3.20) and WHIP (1.16)...Led Cardinals relievers with a 10.66 strikeouts/9 IP rate (60 K, 50.2 IP)...Set a single-season high with 60 strikeouts...Struck out career-best 4 batters twice (4/25 vs. NYM & 5/12 at SD), tied for the most by a Cardinals reliever in 2018...Led Cardinals relievers in September with 15 strikeouts (T-11th N.L.) and 12 appearances (tied with Tyler Webb)...Recorded his first Major League save vs. NYM (4/25) and added another (6/8 at CIN)...Did not blow one situational save opportunity...Allowed runs in only 2-of-18 appearances after the All-Star Break and only one after Aug. 1...Made seven relief appearances of 2.0 innings or more, tied for the most on the Cardinals (Jordan Hicks), with a seasonhigh 3.0 IP in a save vs. NYM (4/25)...From Aug. 1 through the end of the season, was 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA (1 ER/13.2 IP), 19 strikeouts, and .152 OPP AVG (7-46) in 14 games...Suffered the loss in back-to-back appearances (7/6 & 7/8) vs. the Giants in San Francisco...Struck out at least one batter in 34-of-45 appearances...Stranded 11-of-14 inherited runners...All three of his wins in 2018 came at home...Struck out all three batters faced in a 1.0 IP appearances on 9/21 vs. SF and 9/3 at WSH...Pitched on consecutive days nine times in 2018...Earned his first Major League win (in 70th career app) vs. CHI (6/17) throwing a scoreless inning...Was unscored upon in first 7.0 IP of 2018...Made 11 relief appearances for Memphis (AAA) and was 2-0 with a 4.61 ERA and two saves...Struck out 24 batters in 13.2 innings averaging 15.8 strikeouts/9 IP...Pitched in three games during the Japan All-Star Series striking out three batters in 2.2 innings allowing five hits and three runs (two earned).
Rookie made 50 relief appearances, ranking T4th on the club, 7th among National League rookies and the 8th Cardinals rookie with 50+ appearances since 2000…Contract was purchased from Memphis (AAA) on 5/27 after not appearing at Major League Spring Training…Made his Major League debut on 5/28 at COL and retired the lone batter he faced (T. Story)…Led all Major League rookie relief pitchers in ERA (2.44) and WHIP (0.93); ranked 6th among all N.L. relievers in WHIP and 10th in ERA. (min. 50 IP)…Ranked among N.L. relief leaders in opponent BA (.193, 9th), opp. OBP (.255, 7th), BB/9 IP (1.92, 6th), baserunners/9 IP (9.23, 8th) and hits/9 IP (6.45, 13th)…Held opposing right-handed batters to a .183 BA (21-115) with a 31:6 strikeout to walk ratio, and left-handed batters to a .208 BA (16-77) with a 4:1 K:BB ratio…Did not allow an earned run at Busch Stadium in his first 16 appearances (5/30-8/11)….Pitched a season-high 3.0 scoreless innings at NYM (7/19)…Made nine appearances of four outs or more…Pitched on consecutive days nine times and both games of a doubleheader vs. MIL (6/13)…Struck out a season-high three batters on three different occasions…Did not allow an earned run in the month of July (10 app., 11.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K)…Blew his lone save opportunity at BOS (8/16) in relief of injured closer Trevor Rosenthal as Mookie Betts hit a walk-off two-run double…Was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA and three saves in 15 appearances (1 start) at Memphis, including nine straight scoreless appearances (4/25-5/25) before his call-up. Struck out 29 in 26.2 innings and had an 0.79 WHIP…Made his first and only professional start for Memphis (AAA) in the second game of a doubleheader at Colorado Springs (4/21) allowing two runs on six hits over 3.0 innings taking the loss.