Selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (28th overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.
Spent the season at Double-A Mississippi, earning Southern League Mid-Season All-Star honors...Also named the Braves' organizational Pitcher of the Year...Was over five years younger than the average SL pitcher...His 11 wins tied for the fourth most in the SL and were the second most among Atlanta minor leaguers...He finished second in the SL with a 2.75 ERA (47 ER/153.2 IP), fourth with 153.2 innings and third with a 1.09 WHIP...His 153.2 innings were the most by a Braves minor leaguer...Fanned double digits twice, including a season- high 12 over 7.0 innings on 7/18 vs. Biloxi...Had nine starts in which he did not walk a batter...As a reference, only seven MLB pitchers had at least nine starts in 2017 with no walks...Compiled a seven-game winning streak over an eight-start stretch, 5/12-6/24...Pitched to a 1.40 ERA (8 ER/51.1 IP) over his run.
Spent his first full professional season with Single-A Rome...Ended the year in the Top 10 among Atlanta farmhands (min. 75.0 IP) in wins (T3rd, 9), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 3.91), WHIP (T4th, 1.133), innings (5th, 143.0), walks per 9.0 innings (5th, 2.0), ERA (6th, 3.02) and strikeouts (8th, 125)...Went 7-0 over his last eight starts, pitching to a 2.39 ERA (13 ER/49.0 IP) and fanning 44 from 7/20-8/31...Made a pair of postseason starts and allowed just one earned run over 14.2 innings (0.61 ERA), as Rome won the SAL championship...Named a South Atlantic League All-Star and tossed 1.0 perfect inning with one strikeout in the South Division's 2-1 loss in the contest...Earned his first professional win in his seventh start of the season and the 17th outing of his career, tossing 5.2 one-hit innings with zero runs and five strikeouts.
Split his first professional season between the GCL Braves and rookie-level Danville, combining to go 0-2 with a 3.18 ERA (12 ER/34.0), walking just five batters and fanning 37...His rate of 7.40 SO/BB was second best among Braves farmhands (min. 20.0 IP)...Held right-handed batters to a .119 (8-for-67) average.