Married, wife's name is Caroline; she is a former professional soccer player...Signed by Adrian Dorsey...Originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 46th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft (did not sign)...Attended West Virginia University, Fort Scott Community College (KS), and Gardner-Edgerton (KS) HS...His younger brother, Jake, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 22nd round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft.
Named to his first career American League All-Star team, the lone Orioles representative... Finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting; first Orioles runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting since 2002 (RHP Rodrigo Lopez)... According to STATS, LLC., he was the fifth rookie in Orioles history (since 1954), and first since 1966, to be named to the All-Star team, joining RHP Chuck Estrada (1960), 1B Jim Gentile (1960), INF Ron Hansen (1960) and C Andy Etchebarren (1966)... Became the first homegrown Orioles starter to make the All-Star team since Hall of Famer RHP Mike Mussina, who made five All-Star appearances with the O's (1992-94, 97, 99)... His 2.50 first half ERA (23 ER/82.2 IP) was the best amongst Orioles rookies since 1954 (min. 80.0 IP)... Led all Orioles pitchers in wins (12), ERA (3.60), Quality Starts (11), and WHIP (1.14)... According to Baseball-Reference.com, Means led the O's, and all AL rookies, with a 4.5 WAR... Led all rookie pitchers (min. 155.0 IP) in opponent batting average (.234), and ranked in the top 10 among rookie pitchers in: opponent OPS (2nd - .702), WHIP (2nd - 1.14), K/BB, (2nd - 3.18), ERA (3rd - 3.60), K/9 (3rd - 7.03), winning percentage (3rd - .522), wins (4th - 12), opponent SLG (4th - .417), HR/9 (4th, 1.34), strikeouts (5th - 121), and Quality Starts (6th - 11)... Made his first Opening Day roster... Earned his first Major League win in his first appearance of the season on 3/31 at NYY, pitching in relief (3.1 IP, 5 H, ER, HR, BB, 5 K)... Made his first career start on 4/9 vs. OAK (3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, ER, HR, BB, K - L)... Recorded his 100th strikeout of the season on 9/5 vs. TEX when he struck out Nick Solak, becoming the sixth left-handed rookie pitcher in Orioles history (since 1954) to reach the 100-strikeout plateau (last: 2012 - Wei-Yin Chen)... His 121 strikeouts were tied with Erik Bedard for the seventh-most by a rookie pitcher in Orioles history... His 12 wins were tied with LHP Wei-Yin Chen as the most by an Orioles left-handed rookie in team history (since 1954)... Held left-handed hitters to a .184 (26-for-141) clip, which ranked eighth-lowest in the AL and 13th-lowest in the majors... According to Baseball Savant, his four-seam fastball had 13.3 inches of vertical movement, 2.8 inches more rise than an average MLB fastball; the 2.8 inches of rise against the average ranked second in the majors (min. 1,000 pitches) behind Houston's RHP Justin Verlander... Pitched to a 7-4 record with a 2.50 ERA (23 ER/82.2 IP) in 18 games (14 starts) in the first half... Made 18 appearances (16 starts) at Oriole Park, pitching to a record of 8-5 with a 2.74 ERA (28 ER/92.0 IP); his home ERA was the fifth-lowest at Oriole Park in a season (min. 90.0 IP)... His 2.74 home ERA was the best by a first-or-second-year Orioles pitcher since Mussina in 1992 (2.65)... In 19 games (16 starts) following a loss, Means went 7-5 with a 3.23 ERA (34 ER/94.2 IP) and a 1.07 WHIP... Finished the month of June with the sixth-lowest ERA in the majors and third-lowest in the AL with a 1.71 ERA (4 ER/21.0 IP) (min. 20.0 IP).
Had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk on 9/24 and made his Major League debut on 9/26 at BOS (G1) (3.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 1 HR, 4 K); struck out the first batter he faced (Mitch Moreland)...Went a combined 7-9 with a 3.72 ERA (65 ER/157.1 IP), 32 walks, and 130 strikeouts in 26 starts (28 games) for Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk...Started the season with Double-A Bowie, going 1-4 with a 4.30 ERA (22 ER/46.0 IP), 13 walks, and 41 strikeouts in seven starts (eight games) for the Baysox...Promoted to Triple-A Norfolk on 5/18 and went 6-5 with a 3.48 ERA (43 ER/111.1 IP), 19 walks, and 89 strikeouts in 19 starts (20 games) for the Tides... Opponents hit .268 (166-for-619) against him, with left-handers hitting .206 (39-for-189) and right-handers hitting .295 (127-for-430)...15 of his 26 minor league starts were Quality Starts... Struck out a season-high 10 batters on 6/6 at Columbus in 5.0 innings of work.