Graduated from South Broward High School (Fla.) in 2011...was a three-year letter winner in baseball...hit .370 with 21 RBI during his senior season, while posting a 2.13 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 45.0 innings pitched...Attended Division II Barry University in 2012, appearing in four games and throwing 5.0 innings pitched...transferred to Division II Western Oklahoma State College and had a redshirt season in 2013... In 2014, Made 16 appearances (10 starts) at Western Oklahoma State, going 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 61.2 innings pitched... Was selected by the Astros in the 34th round of the 2014 MLB Draft...was signed by Astros scout Jim Stevenson... As a 34th round pick, became the lowest-drafted pitcher in franchise history to make a start for the Astros in the Major Leagues...surpassed the previous club-record holder, Darryl Kile, who was a 30th round selection in the 1987 MLB Draft...Was selected to the Astros Major League roster on Sept. 1, 2018...is signed to a one-year contract through the 2020 season.
26-year-old pitched in his first full season in the Majors....set a single-season Astros rookie record for strikeouts by a reliever (99), which was previously set by Brad Lidge in 2003 (97)...became the first pitcher in franchise history to begin career with a seven-game winning streak...the previous record was a five-game winning streak, last reached by Chad Qualls from 2004-05...posted a 14.77 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio, the fifth-best mark by a rookie reliever in MLB history, behind Kenley Jansen (16.10 in 2011), Edwin Diaz (15.33 in 2016), Nick Anderson (15.23 in 2019) and Craig Kimbrel (14.84 in 2011)...among AL relievers, ranked second in strikeouts per nine innings (14.77) and fourth in strikeouts (100)...had three games with at least five strikeouts...was one of 10 AL relievers to have at least three five-strikeout games in 2019...posted a 2.73 ERA (9ER/29.2IP) and a .121 opponent batting average on the road...made his first-career Opening Day roster after is first invitation to Major League Spring Training camp...placed on the 10-day Injured List with right arm fatigue on July 22... activated from the 10-day IL on Sept.1...earned his first win of 2019 on May 18 vs. BOS after firing 3.0 hitless relief innings...stranded both of his inherited runners, walking one with two strikeouts on 48 pitches...threw his fastest pitch of the season (100.4) mph on June 2 vs. OAK...suffered his first career loss on Sept. 11 vs. OAK, his 49th career game...tossed 1.0 scoreless inning with a strikeout on Sept. 22 vs. LAA...marked his 97th strikeout of the season as a reliever, tying the single-season rookie record for a reliever...set the new record on Sept. 26. at LAA with two strikoeuts, surpassing the record held by Brad Lidge in 2003...finished the year on a six-game scoreless streak with
10 strikeouts and two walks...made nine appearances in the postseason, going 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA (4ER/6.2IP) and 14 strikeouts...pitched in Games 3-4 of the ALDS, Games 1, 2, 4 and 6 of the ALCS, and Games 2-4 of the World Series...stranded all 10 of his inherited runners in the postseason...tied Jesse Orosco (1996) for the Major League postseason record for most inherited runners without allowing an inherited runner to score...became the first rookie in club history to record multiple wins in a single postseason...earned the win in Game 3 of the World Series at WSH, becoming the first rookie in franchise history to record a win in a World Series Game...tossed 3.1 innings in three minor league games with Triple A Round Rock as part of a rehab assignment...recorded a 10.80 ERA (4ER/10.1IP) with 5 strikeouts.
Was named the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year and exploded onto the Major League scene with a fastball that topped out at 101.1 miles per hour...was dominant in six games (3 starts) in September, striking out 29 batters and walking seven in 23.0 innings pitched...held opponents to a .183 batting average (15x82)...fired six pitches that clocked in at 100+ miles per hour, per Statcast... began the season at Double A Corpus Christi...was promoted to Triple A on May 6...selected to the Major League roster on Sept. 1...made his MLB debut on Sept. 1 in a start vs. LAA...the 34th-round pick surpassed Darryl Kile (30th round, 1987 MLB Draft) as the lowest-drafted pitcher in franchise history to make a start in Major Leagues for Houston...went 5.0 innings in his Major League debut, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits...struck out nine batters to tie the second-most strikeouts by an Astros pitcher in a Major League debut...also Scott Elarton (June 20, 1998 vs. CIN) and Dan Larson (July 18, 1976 at MON)...made his first-career relief appearance on Sept. 8 at BOS, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings in Houston's 5-3 win...struck out four and allowed just one hit...on Sept. 18 vs. SEA, earned his first-career Major League win in what was his fourth-career game (2nd start) in the Major Leagues...threw 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out seven batters with two walks and four hits allowed...was the second consecutive game that an Astros rookie starting pitcher went at least 5.0 scoreless innings, as Framber Valdez fired 5.0 scoreless innings the night before...marked the first time in Astros franchise history that rookie starting pitchers threw 5.0+ scoreless innings in consecutive games...made two appearances during the postseason, with both games coming during the ALCS vs. the Red Sox (Games 2 and 4)...was on the Astros ALDS roster but did not pitch in the series....posted a 7.71 ERA (4ER/4.2IP) with two walks and seven strikeouts in the ALCS...struck out five batters over 3.2 relief innings in Game 4 of the ALCS vs. BOS...marked the second-most strikeouts by a rookie reliever in the postseason in franchise history, behind Jose Cabrera and his six strikeouts in Game 3 of the 1999 NLDS vs. ATL ...combined to go 6-4 with a 3.23 ERA (41ER/114.1IP) and 171 strikeouts in 23 games (21 starts) at Triple A Fresno (17g) and Double A Corpus Christi (6g)...led the minors in strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (13.46) and strikeout rate (36.3%)...his 171 strikeouts were tied for the fourth-most in the minor leagues and were the most by an Astros minor league pitcher in over a decade...named the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April after posting a 1.80 ERA (4ER/20IP) with six walks, 34 strikeouts and a .208 opponent batting average at Double A Corpus Christi...the 34 strikeouts were tied for the most in the Texas League during the month, while his ERA ranked second.