Justin was added to the Cubs 40-man roster, November 20, 2018...is in his eighth season in the organization...has gone 16-23 with a 3.62 ERA (129 ER/320.2 IP) in 80-career minor league outings, all but five as a starter...reached the Double-A level for the first time in 2018...Named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star in 2017...Selected by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of George County High School in Lucedale, Miss...Named 5A Player of the Year in Mississippi by state coaches in 2014...won the 2014 Mississippi Hall of Fame Award for High School Baseball...went 5-1 with a 0.98 ERA in eight games, striking out 92 batters in 43.0 innings...had committed to University of Southern Mississippi.
Justin spent a majority of the season at the South Bend alternate site...was recalled by the Cubs, August 2, but did not appear in game prior to his option back to the alternate site, August 5.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Tennessee, going 0-6 with a 5.59 ERA (24 ER/38.2 IP) in 11 starts...was placed on the injured list, June 22, with a right abdomen strain and missed the rest of the season.
Made his season debut, July 3, and went a combined 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP) in 11 starts between rookie league Mesa, Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee ... Began the season on the disabled list as he continued recovery from Tommy John Surgery in August of 2017 ... In five outings with Mesa, he posted a 1.47 ERA (3 ER/18.1 IP) and fanned 27 batters, while walking just four ... Went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA (5 ER/18.1 IP) in four starts with Myrtle Beach ... earned his first promotion to Double-A Tennessee and posted a 3.60 ERA (4 ER/10.0 IP) in two starts ... pitched a season-high 6.0 innings in his final start of the season, August 31 vs. Pensacola (3 H, 1 R).
Justin earned Carolina League mid-season All-Star honors as he posted a 2.92 ERA (32 ER/98.2 IP) in 20 starts with Single-A Myrtle Beach ... Season was cut short in early August as he was placed on the disabled list, August 2, and underwent Tommy John Surgery ... Allowed two or fewer earned runs in 12-straight starts from May 5-July 16 ... Held lefties to a .229 average against, while righties batted .278 ... Struck out 82 batters, while walking 36 ... pitched a season-high 7.0 innings, May 24 vs. Winston-Salem.
Justin went 5-7 with a 5.00 ERA (43 ER/77.1 IP) in 19 starts with Single-A South Bend ... Struck out a season-high 10 batters in 6.0 innings, May 18 at Great Lakes ... Had three starts of at least 5.0-scoreless innings.
Spent the entire season with Single-A Eugene, going 3-1 with a 2.66 ERA (12 ER/40.2 IP) in 10 starts ... Began the season going 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA (3 ER/25.0 IP) in his first five starts, including wins in three-consecutive outings.
Made his professional debut with the Mesa Cubs, posting no record and a 2.89 ERA (6 ER/18.2 IP) in nine games, including four starts.