In 2017 was an International League All-Star and was rated by field managers the IL's best reliever...caught for 2 seasons at Marshall University before he was converted to pitcher in 2010...graduated from Providence (NC) High School.
Spent most of the season at Class AAA Louisville, where he was an International League All-Star...was rated by managers the best reliever in the IL...led the Bats' staff in ERA and saves...among International League leaders ranked third in opponents' BA (.195) and fourth in saves (12)...in his Major League debut made 26 relief apps for the Reds...from 6/27-6/29 was on the roster for 3 days and made 1 appearance, his Major League debut on 6/29 vs Mil...made his last 25 apps after he was recalled on 7/29...5 times threw at least 2.0 innings, with a season/career high of 2.2 innings in his Major League debut on 6/29 vs Mil...in that debut vs the Brewers, started the fourth inning in relief of starter Homer Bailey and allowed a home run to his first batter, Jonathan Villar...struck out his second batter, Domingo Santana...on 8/22 vs the Cubs, in his second career plate appearance singled off John Lackey for his first career hit...retired the first batter in 16 of his 26 relief apps...stranded 4 of his 6 inherited baserunners...did not convert his only save opportunity...the Reds went 10-16 in games in which he pitched...became the first Louisville Bats player to pitch in the Triple-A All-Star Game since Greg Reynolds started in 2013...in the seventh inning of the Pacific Coast League's 6-4 win over the International League at Tacoma, stranded both inherited baserunners by striking out on 6 pitches Daniel Vogelbach and Colin Moran...recorded a strikeout in 32 of his 35 apps with the Bats, including a season-high streak of 21 consecutive apps...from 4/25-5/23 made 11 consecutive scoreless apps, tying his professional high...was a non-roster invitee to 2017 Major League spring training camp.
In 35 relief apps at Class AA Pensacola and Class AAA Louisville combined to finish 2-2, 2.03 while converting 8 saves in 10 chances...began the season on Pensacola's disabled list with a strained right groin...was reinstated on 5/28...on 6/28 was promoted to Louisville, where he spent the rest of the season...became the first Bats pitcher since Zach Duke in 2013 to begin a season with 10 consecutive scoreless apps (16.2ip)...on 6/30 vs Gwinnett made his Class AAA debut...on 11/7 became a free agent but 2 weeks later was re-signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2017 Major League spring training camp.
Combined to go 2-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 8 saves in 44 relief appearances between Class-A Brevard County (24g) and Double-A Huntsville (20g)...Began the season at Brevard County, going 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA and 2 saves in 24 appearances...Was promoted to Huntsville on 6/29 and went 1-1 with a 0.92 ERA and 6 saves in 20 outings...Held Southern League opponents to a .217 batting average...Pitched for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League (11g, 1-1, 3.09era)...Was added to the 40-man roster on 11/20.
Went 3-5 with a 4.06 ERA and 5 saves in 27 games (3 starts) at Class-A Wisconsin...Was 0-2 with an 8.25 ERA as a starter (12ip, 11er) and 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA in relief (52.1ip, 18er).
Went 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 15 games (8 starts) at Rookie Helena...Was 3-4 with a 3.52 ERA as a starter (46ip, 18er) and 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in relief (19ip 12er).
Went 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 13 games (6 starts) with the Rookie Arizona Brewers...Was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA as a starter (30ip, 5er) and 0-1 with a 17.10 ERA in relief (10ip, 19er).