Played baseball and soccer at St. Albans High School in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Chevy Chase, Md.…led his baseball team to three Interstate Athletic Conference championships and was an all-conference sweeper in soccer…majored in economics at Princeton University, where he pitched and played SS…as a junior in 2012 was All-Ivy League honorable mention at both positions and academic All-Ivy League…as a sophomore in 2011 was Princeton’s starting pitcher on Opening Day at LSU and earned All-Ivy League second team honors as a shortstop.
Missed the entire season recovering from “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow.
Made 27 relief apps during four stints with the Reds...was on the roster for games on 5/1 and 5/2 at NYM but did not pitch...from 5/24-7/19 posted a 4.58 ERA in 18 relief apps...made one appearance while on the roster from 8/15-8/17...following a 9/1 promotion did not allow an earned run in 8 apps (10.2ip, 3h, 1r, 4bb, 8k) ... three times allowed a season-high thre earned runs...season ERA in his other 24 apps was 1.26 (28.2ip, 4er) ... Nine times threw more than 1.0 inning, five times threw 2.0 innings and on 9/28 at Pit, in his final appearance of the year, threw a season-high 3.0 innings (0h, 0r, 0bb, 1k) ... Retired the first batter in 22 of his 27 apps and stranded 7-11 inherited runners ... On 5/27 vs Pit became the first Reds pitcher to appear in both games of a doubleheader since Bill Bray did it on 6/22/2011 vs NYY...retired his only batter in the first game of that DH, stranding an inherited base runner, and threw a perfect ninth inning in the nightcap.
For the third straight season earned a spot on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster...on 8/27 had season-ending surgery to alleviate Raynaud's Phenomenon, which caused blockages in arteries that were inhibiting blood flow to his right hand and led to 3 stints on the disabled list...the surgery was performed in New York by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss...missed 40 games during 2 stints on the Cardinals' disabled list with blisters on the fingers of his right hand (5/17-6/14, 6/19-7/4)...were his first Major League apps on the disabled list...beginning 8/14 finished the season on Memphis' disabled list with blisters on the fingers of his right hand, followed by the surgery...7 times threw more than 1.0 inning, with a season high of 2.0 IP on 4/1 at NYM in his second appearance...stranded 12 of 14 inherited base runners (86%), the best percentage of any Cardinals reliever.
Led the Cardinals with a career-high 75 appearances, ranking T3rd in the National League…Became the 7th Cardinals pitcher (9th instance) to appear in 70 games at age 26 or younger…Pitched on consecutive days 16 times with two instances pitching 3 straight days (7/20-22 & 8/9-11)…Did not surrender a home run from 7/27 through the end of the season (25 app./77 TBF)…Induced 7 GIDP to lead Cardinals relievers and led STL relievers with a 56.3 ground ball pct…Did not allow a run in his first 10 appearances (4/4-23) of the season, extending a streak from the 2016 season to a career-high 19.2 innings…Struck out a season-high three batters twice (5/23 at LAD & 6/9 vs. PHI)…Earned his first MLB save vs. WSH (7/1) striking out rookie Adrian Sanchez in his first MLB at-bat, coming with the bases loaded in the 9th inning…Earned two saves on the season (also 8/11 vs. ATL)…Led the Cardinals with 23 Holds and ranked T5th in the National League…Inherited 51 runners, ranking 2nd in the N.L. and had a 29.4% inherited runners scored pct…Pitched a season-high 1.2 innings twice (5/23 at LAD & 6/2 at CHI)...Made four appearances of four outs or more and had 19 appearances of one out or less…Earned relief wins vs. TOR (4/27-G1), at CHI (7/21) and vs. KC (8/9)…Made 12 appearances vs. CHI, the most by any pitcher vs. the Cubs in 2017, and the most since Randy Choate (STL) appeared in 12 vs. CHI in 2013 (and by a RHP since Kent Tekulve appeared in a record 15 in 1987 w/PHI).
Rule 5 pick spent his first full season in the Majors and appeared in a professional season high 59 games (28 games in 2015 with Triple-A Las Vegas (NYM)...His 59 appearances were the 2nd-most by a 2015 MLB Rule 5 Draft Pick (Joe Biagini, TOR, 60) and the most by a Cardinals Rule 5 Draft Pick in the season immediately following his selection...Ranked 6th among National League relievers with a 62.1 ground ball pct. His 4.00 ground ball/fly ball ratio ranked 4th among N.L. relievers...Recorded a team-high 17 multi-inning appearances...Ranked T6th among MLB rookie relievers in innings (67.2) and T11th in appearances (59)...Induced 8 double plays, T10th-most among N.L. relievers...Pitched a season-high 3.2 innings on 5/22 vs. ARI. Recorded 13 appearances of 2.0 innings or more, 10 of those allowing zero runs...Picked up his 1st Major League win on 6/8 at CIN, pitching just 0.1 inning and striking out lone batter in the 5th with tying run at second base...Had an outstanding July making 13 appearances covering 15.1 IP, a 1.76 ERA and did not allow a home run...Struck out a season-high three batters twice (7/29 at MIA & 9/29 vs. CIN)...Stranded the bases loaded on three occasions (7/24 vs. LAD, 8/17 at HOU & 9/2 at CIN)...Posted a positive reverse split holding left-handed batters to a .178 average (16-90) with only 1 HR.
Made 28 appearances, starting 26 games for Las Vegas (AAA)…Led the Pacific Coast League with 16 losses among his 23 decisions (7-16)…Threw a career-high 140.0 innings, leading the 51s in that category…Led the team and ranked T4th in the PCL with 19 double plays induced, eight more than his previous single-season high…Threw a two-hit shutout vs. Fresno (7/21), striking out six and throwing 114 pitches over the 9.0 innings with three double plays induced…Posted a ground-ball percentage of 63%, and the second-best ground-out/fly-out ratio in Triple-A (2.23)…Made 10 starts of 6.0 or more innings, including five quality starts.
Spent the majority of the year with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League…made seven appearances, six starts for Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League in July and August...for the two teams he was 10-8 in 24 games, 23 starts with a 3.21 ERA...in 134.2 innings, he walked 36 batters and struck out 124...made one relief appearance and tossed onethird of an inning in his final outing of the season at Albuquerque (8/31)...was 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in three April starts; gave up two earned runs on 12 hits with five walks and 17 strikeouts in 17.1 innings...had three double figure strikeout games...fanned 11 vs. New Hampshire (4/17), before striking out 12 at New Hampshire (5/16) and New Britain (5/31)...went a season-high 7.1 innings at Iowa (8/15)...on the year, he went 7.0 innings eight other times...Eastern League opponents hit .179 (7-39) with two extra-base hits with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Was a combined 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 starts with Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...ranked 4th among Mets minor leaguers in wins...in 127.0 IP allowed just 111 hits while fanning 116.
Appeared in 12 games making one start for Brookyln (SS-A)...was 2-2 with three saves and a 2.84 ERA as a reliever...threw 4.0 scoreless innings in his lone start at Tri-City (8/16)... struck out five over 2.0 scoreless innings in his professional debut, earning a save...walked only two batters over 29.1 innings and struck out over a batter an inning with 30...allowed only four extra base hits among his 26 hits allowed...made one appearance in the New York-Penn League playoffs, tossing two scoreless innings, walking three, and striking out three.