Married, wife's name is Natalie...Graduated from Calallen (TX) HS...Attended the University of Missouri...Became the first Cubs pitcher drafted under Theo Epstein to make the majors...Signed by Ty Nichols.
Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a minor league free agent on 3/26...Split the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, making a combined 19 starts (23 appearances) and posting a 5.58 ERA (70 ER/113.0 IP) with 104 strikeouts...His 19 starts were his most in a season since he made 23 starts in 2016 (Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa)...Struck out a season-high 10 batters on 5/4 at New Orleans...Elected free agency on 11/4 and signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent on 11/18.
Spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Iowa, pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, making 33 appearances (one start) going 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA (24 ER/56.0 IP)...Had three different stints with the Cubs...Went 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA (3 ER/5.2 IP) in six outings for Chicago-NL...Placed on the disabled list on 6/24 with back spasms and was reinstated on 7/5.
Rob spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, going 2-3 with a 5.94 ERA (31 ER/47.0 IP) ... appeared in four games with the Cubs, allowing 12 earned runs in 13.0 innings of work... Twice pitched a career-high 4.0 innings: May 6 vs. the Yankees (3 H, 3 ER) and September 9 vs. Milwaukee (6 H, 5 ER)... Allowed at least two runs in all four of his outings with Chicago... Appeared in 14 games with Iowa, starting half of those games ... tossed a season-high 6.0 innings, July 25 at El Paso, allowing just one run... Was placed on the minor league disabled list from May 16-July 25 with a back injury ... made three rehab appearances with rookie league Mesa.
Rob made his major league debut with the Cubs and went 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP) in eight games, including one start, over the final two months with the club ... Was selected to his first major league roster, August 19, and made his debut that night at Colorado in the 10th inning ... allowed two hits and one walk but tossed a scoreless inning of relief to send the game to the 11th inning ... Was a member of the NLCS roster against the Los Angeles Dodgers but did not appear in a game ... Struck out a career-high five batters in 2.2-scoreless frames, August 21 at Colorado ... Made his longest relief outing of the season, August 27 at the Dodgers, allowing just one hit and walking none in 3.2 innings pitched ... Made his first-career start, September 29 at Pittsburgh, going 3.2 innings in the 1-1 tie game ... allowed just one run, which was unearned, and struck out four batters ... Held opponents to a .207 average (12-for-58), including a .138 mark by lefties (4-for-29) ... Went 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA (65 ER/135.2 IP) in 24 minor league games (23 starts) between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa ... Began the season with the Smokies, going 3-2 with a 4.28 ERA (26 ER/54.2 IP) in nine starts ... was promoted to Triple-A, May 24, and went 7-3 with a 4.33 ERA (39 ER/81.0 IP) in 15 appearances with the I-Cubs ... Went 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP) in his final four outings with Iowa prior to being promoted ... Earned Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors, August 1-7, after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/11.0 IP) in two starts ... struck out 13 batters and walked just one.
Rob spent his first season at the Double-A level, going 2-5 with a 6.23 ERA (42 ER/60.2 IP) in 14 starts with the Smokies ... Had three stints on the disabled list, missing time from April 13-24, May 1-June 27 and August 21 through the end of the season with a left ankle injury ... Went 2-3 with a 4.58 ERA (28 ER/55.0 IP) in his first 12 starts of the season ... allowed 14 earned runs in 5.2 innings in his final two outings ... Best month came in July as he posted a 4.02 ERA (14 ER/31.1 IP) in six starts ... Made one rehab appearance with Rookie League Mesa, allowing one run on three hits in 4.0 innings, June 22.
In his second season in the Cubs organization, Rob went 4-6 with a 4.66 ERA (57 ER/110.0 IP) in 23 starts with Single-A Daytona ... struck out 110 batters, the fourth-highest total in the Cubs system ... Went 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA (23 ER/62.1 IP) in 12 starts after the All-Star Break, compared to 1-5 with a 6.42 ERA (34 ER/47.2 IP) in 11 starts prior to the Break ... allowed seven fewer hits in the second half despite pitching 14.2 more innings ... Posted a 9.39 ERA (24 ER/23.0 IP) in the first inning and a 3.41 ERA (33 ER/87.0 IP) after the first inning ... Struck out a season-high nine batters twice: June 9 at Clearwater and August 26 at Dunedin.
Rob went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (6 ER/24.0 IP) in 11 games (seven starts) with Single-A Boise and Single-A Kane County ... Began his pro career with Boise, posting no record and a 3.14 ERA (5 ER/14.1 IP) in eight games, including seven starts ... Was promoted to Single-A Kane County August 7 and appeared in three games as a reliever, going 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA (1 ER/9.2 IP) ... his season was cut short after being placed on the disabled list August 22 with a right knee injury.