Signed by D-backs as a non-drafted free agent (Nov. 24, 2015) \[signed by: Jose Ortiz/Junior Noboa\]...Fulfilled a lifelong dream by playing his first season in the Dominican Winter League with his favorite team, Licey, and helped lead them to a league title while going 0-0 with a 2.38 ERA (3 ER in 11.1 IP) with 17 strikeouts in 13 games…participated in the championship parade through the streets of Santo Domingo with his teammates that culminated with a stadium rally....Originally signed by Arizona as an infielder in 2015 but does not have a professional plate appearance...Credits now D-backs assistant pitching coach Barry Enright for changing his breaking ball grip to a spike-curveball in 2019 Spring Training.
Appeared in 15 games over four stints with the D-backs, going 1-1 with a 10.59 ERA (20 ER in 17.0 IP)...Recorded his first Major League win on Aug. 29 vs. Phillies (0 ER in 2.1 IP)....From Aug. 21-Sept. 23, eight of his nine appearances were scoreless...Allowed one hit or fewer in 12 of his 15 outings....Surrendered just one homer (90 BF) in all 15 games with Arizona...Went 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA (21 ER in 47.1 IP) and 74 strikeouts in 27 games (three starts) for Triple-A Reno.
Appeared in three games with the D-backs in his first Major League season and posted a 2.70 ERA (1 ER in 3.1 IP)... Made his Major League debut Sept. 19 @ Astros (0.2 IP)... Combined to go 9-7 with a 4.93 ERA (61 ER in 111.1 IP) and 126 strikeouts in 23 starts between High-A Hillsboro, Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno... Earned 2 Pitcher of the Week awards: High-A West (May 10-16) and Double-A Central (July 26-Aug. 1)... Tossed a 7.0-inning no-hitter on Aug. 1 vs. San Antonio (with Amarillo).
FAMILIAR BACKSTOP: Former D-back Miguel Montero serves as his agent and caught a few of his bullpen sessions in Feb. 2021 before Spring Training.
MLB FIRSTS: GAME - Sept. 19, 2021 @ HOU (ND; 0 ER in 0.2 IP)... STRIKEOUT - Sept. 19, 2021 @ HOU.
Spent the entire season at the D-backs’ Alternate Training Site...Entered the season rated by both Baseball America and MLB.com as the D-back's No. 8 prospect…also recognized by Baseball America as having the Best Fastball in Arizona's farm system.
Was 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 101 strikeouts (11.9 SO per 9.0 IP) in 16 starts with Short-Season A Hillsboro (10 GS) and SingleA Kane County (6 GS)...Named to Baseball America's ShortSeason All-Star Team and earned Northwest League midseason AllStar honors after posting a 1.99 ERA with the Hops.