Graduated from Damien High School in La Verne, CA, the same school attended by Mark McGwire, rock guitarist Buckethead and former Reds pitcher Frank Pastore...as a junior at Texas Christian University in 2019 was named second team All-American and first team All-Big 12...in 16 starts for the Horned Frogs that year produced a 2.36 ERA with 131 strikeouts over 103 innings, held opponents to a .203 batting average and posted a WHIP of just 0.98...at TCU was a teammate of LHP Brandon Williamson, who also was drafted in June 2019 and was acquired by the Reds in the six-player trade in March 2022 that sent 3B Eugenio Suárez and OF Jesse Winker to the Mariners.
In his Major League debut season received two third-place votes in the BBWAA's Jackie Robinson Award voting for National League Rookie of the Year...Ranked among the National League rookie pitching leaders in ERA (4th, 3.66), wins (T5th, 4), strikeouts (3rd, 131), starts (T3rd, 19), innings pitched (5th, 103.1), opponents’ BA (4th, .235) and WHIP (3rd, 1.25)...Led all Major League pitchers in hit batters (19), four shy of Jake Weimer’s 1907 single-season franchise record...Went 1-2, 5.52 in his first three career starts, but then from 4/28-7/4 missed 69 days and 61 games while on the injured list with a lower right back strain...was transferred from the 15- to the 60-day injured list on 6/21, when IF Donovan Solano came off the 60-day IL...Following four rehabilitation starts from 6/13-6/29 at ACL Reds (1gs) and Louisville (3gs), came off the injured list on 7/5 and finished the season 3-5, 3.35 over 16 starts...In his last nine starts of the season beginning 8/17 went 1-3, 2.75 (55.2ip, 35h, 17er, 15bb, 67k, 6hr, .182baa, 0.90whip)...the Reds went 3-6 in those nine starts...Beginning 8/17, finished the season ranked among the National League leaders in that span in starts (T3rd), innings pitched (T5th), ERA (8th), strikeouts (7th), opponents’ BA (4th) and WHIP (5th)...On 9/9 at Mil (8ip, 0bb, 11k) and 9/14 vs Pit (6.1ip, 0bb, 11k) became only the second rookie since 1893, the year the pitching mound was moved to its current distance, to record in consecutive appearances zero walks and at least 11 strikeouts, joining Dwight Gooden (9/12 & 9/17, 1984, 16k vs Pit, 16k at Phi)...Is only the third Reds rookie since 1900 to record in consecutive appearances at least 11 strikeouts, joining Gary Nolan (6/1 & 6/7, 1967, 12k vs Cubs, 15k vs SF) and Bruce Berenyi (8/24 & 8/29, 1981, 12k vs NYM, 11k at NYM)...Became the first Reds pitcher with at least 11 strikeouts in consecutive appearances since Jose Rijo did it 8/6 & 8/11, 1994 (12k vs Atl, 12k vs LAD)...On 8/11 started the 4-2 loss vs Cubs at the Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa...As one of the Reds' final roster moves of the spring, was reassigned to minor league camp the morning of Opening Day, when 28-man rosters were due, and was added to the Taxi Squad on the road trip to Atlanta...Was promoted on 4/13 to make his Major League debut in that afternoon’s start vs the Guardians at Great American Ball Park...In the 7-3 loss on 4/13 vs Cle made his Major League debut at age 24 years, 67 days...Became the third Reds rookie pitcher to start in the team’s first six games, joining LHP Reiver Sanmartin and RHP Hunter Greene...the starts by Greene and Lodolo also were Major League debuts...The Reds used as many as three rookie starting pitchers in the first six games of a season for only the second time in their history...the 1902 Reds staff used three rookie starting pitchers in their first five games, and four of their first six games that season were started by rookies (Bob Ewing two starts, Len Swormstedt, Martin Glendon)...The 2022 Reds became the fourth team since 2000 to use three different starting rookie pitchers in the first six games of a season, joining the 2020 Royals (Brady Singer, Ronald Bolanos, Kyle Zimmer), 2018 Marlins (Caleb Smith, Dillon Peters, Trevor Richards) and 2009 Athletics (Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Josh Outman)...courtesy @EliasSports...In the 4-1 win on 4/24 vs the Cardinals earned his first career victory in his third Major League start...beat Adam Wainwright, whose lifetime record in 429 career appearances on that date fell to 186-107...Lodolo was caught by Mark Kolozsvary, who also made his first career start...In the 4-1 loss on 4/18 at SD, became the first Reds pitcher to record at least eight strikeouts in his first or second career start since Luis Castillo had nine strikeouts in his second career start (6/28/17 vs Mil)...Was a non-roster invitee to Major League spring training camp...Entered the season rated #36 on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects List...Reds farmhands IF/OF Jose Barrero was #33, RHP Hunter Greene was #35 and IF Elly De La Cruz was #77.
In 13 starts at Class AA Chattanooga and Class AAA Louisville combined to finish 2-2, 2.31 (50.2ip, 38h, 11bb, 78k, 3hr, 0.97whip, .207baa)...While with the Lookouts was AA South Pitcher of the Month for May and Pitcher of the Week for 5/16-5/22...Pitched in Major League Baseball's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field...threw a scoreless inning, including a strikeout of Top 10 prospect Julio Rodríguez...Following the season was rated #23 on Baseball America's prestigious Top 100 Prospects List...SS/OF Jose Barrero was at #21 and RHP Hunter Greene at #41...Spent time on the seven-day Injured Lists at Chattanooga in June and July (blister, left index finger) and at Louisville in August andSeptember (left shoulder strain)...made his final appearance of the season on 8/22...Began the season at Chattanooga...on 8/3 was promoted to Louisville...Was one of 18 players invited to early minor league Spring Training camp.
Spent the season at the alternate training site in nearby Mason as part of the Reds' 60-player pool roster...Entered the season rated by both MiLB.com and Baseball America the third-best prospect in the organization...Also entered the season rated No. 77 on Baseball America's prestigious Top 100 prospects list...RHP Hunter Greene (No. 76) was the only other Reds minor leaguer on that Top 100 list.
In his first professional season went 0-1, 2.45 in 8 starts for Rookie Billings and Class A Dayton....In 18.1 innings recorded 30 strikeouts without issuing a walk... Made his first 6 apps for Billings before he was promoted to the Dragons on 7/22...Didn't pitch after 7/30, when his 121.1 innings total for the summer included his collegiate season at Texas Christian University.