The 2011 first-round draft pick for 3 consecutive years, from 2014-2016, was rated by Baseball America the top prospect in the organization...in 2018 was an MiLB.com Organization All-Star after leading all Reds minor leaguers in ERA while ranking second in wins and third in strikeouts...was International League Pitcher of the Week for 7/23-7/29...in 2015 led the organization in strikeouts, was International League Pitcher of the Week for 7/27-8/2 and following the season was rated the best pitching prospect in the IL...in 2014 was a Southern League All-Star, was on the U.S. roster for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Min's Target Field and following the season was rated by Baseball America the best pitching prospect in the Southern League and the league's pitcher with the best fastball...in 2013 was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, a Midwest League All-Star and the Reds' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May...in 2014 and 2015 attended Major League spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.
Attended Alhambra High School in Martinez, CA, where in 2011 he opened his senior season with consecutive no-hitters...in 13 apps that year went 7-2, 1.33 (64ip, 29h, 23bb, 132k) and was named the San Jose Mercury News' Gatorade California Player of the Year...while at Alhambra High touched 97 miles per hour on the radar gun...held a 4.2 grade point average in high school...follow on Twitter @robsteev44.
Was an MiLB.com Organization All-Star...led all Reds minor leaguers in ERA while ranking second in wins and third in strikeouts...ranked among the International League pitching leaders in opponents' BA (1st, .184), ERA (6th), wins (3rd), strikeouts (2nd), walks (4th), WHIP (3rd, 1.16), highest strikeouts per 9 innings ratio (2nd, 10.75) and fewest baserunners per 9 innings ratio (2nd, 10.75)...made all 20 of his starts for Louisville before he was promoted to the Reds on 8/8, when he started that afternoon's 8-0 loss vs the Mets...filled that day's spot in the rotation vacated by RHP Anthony DeSclafani, whose previous start was pushed back a day following a weather postponement on 8/3 at Wsh...made 3 starts and 1 relief appearance for the Reds before he was disabled on 8/30 with right shoulder tendinitis...didn't pitch again the rest of the season...made his first 3 apps for the Reds as a starter (0-2, 7.59) and his final appearance of the season in relief in the 9-0 loss on 8/26 at Cubs (1ip, 3h, 3er, 0bb, 1k, 1hr)...prior to his promotion on 8/8, in his last 7 starts for the Bats went 6-0, 1.23 (44ip, 6er)...finished his stint there with 5 consecutive quality starts, the longest such streak by a Bats pitcher since he did it from 6/26-7/23, 2016...on 7/30 was named International League Pitcher of the Week (2gs, 1-0, 1.29)...in the 3-0 win on 7/24/g1 vs Buffalo (7ip, 2h, 2bb, 3k, 87pch) became the first Bats righthander to throw a shutout since RHP Homer Bailey did it on 5/2/2009/g1, also vs Buffalo...was his second career IL Pitcher of the Week Award (7/27-8/2, 2015)...on 8/3 at Columbus recorded 13 strikeouts.
Among National League rookies ranked sixth in opponents' batting average (.256), ninth in strikeouts and 10th in ERA...in his second Major League season made 11 starts (5-4, 3.41) and 14 relief apps (0-2-1, 7.43) during 2 stints with the Reds...in his first stint, made all 13 apps in relief (0-2, 8.03)...after 6 weeks in Louisville rejoined the Reds on 7/22 and made 11 of his last 12 apps as a starter (12g, 5-4, 3.30)...during his second stint with the Reds was disabled with a bruised right shoulder (8/6-8/12)...suffered that injury in a start on 8/2 at Pit, when in the sixth inning he dove for a Starling Marte popped up bunt single...came off the disabled list on 8/13...in that afternoon's 7-4 loss at Mil threw 2.0 hitless innings in relief, then beginning 8/19 finished the season with 8 consecutive starts during which he went 5-2, 2.74 with 4 quality starts...overall, after he came off the disabled list on 8/13 finished the season 5-2, 2.62 in the 8 starts and 1 relief appearance...from 8/19-9/5 went 4-0, 2.38 to become the first Reds rookie pitcher to win 4 consecutive starts while allowing 2 runs or fewer in each since Tim Pugh did it in 1992...on 8/25 vs Pit struck out his first 6 batters, a modern club record to begin a game...in that 9-5 win recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts, the second-highest total by a Reds pitcher all season (12, Amir Garrett, 4/19 vs Bal)...was 1 of 7 rookies on the Opening Day roster...made his season debut on 4/8 at StL, the final player on the Reds' Opening Day roster to make an appearance...was optioned to Louisville on 5/30, the day after the Reds' 17-2 loss at Tor... entered that game in the third inning with the bases loaded in relief of starter Lisalverto Bonilla and allowed a grand slam to his first batter, Troy Tulowitzki...an inning later allowed a 3-run HR to Justin Smoak...overall allowed 10 hits, 7 runs and 6 earned runs, all career highs...was optioned to Louisville the next day to make room on the roster for RHP Jackson Stephens...in his first 3 apps for Louisville following his 5/30 option, all starts, allowed just 2 hits total (13ip)...became the first Bats pitcher to allow 1 hit or fewer in 3 consecutive starts since their affiliation with the Reds began in 2000...on 4/21 and 4/22 vs Cubs pitched consecutive days for the first time in his career...in the 14-2 win on 5/6 vs SF threw only 32 pitches in 3.0 hitless innings to earn his first professional save...was the first 3-inning save by a Reds pitcher since Alfredo Simon pitched the final 3 innings of the 5-1 win vs Mil on 6/16/13...recorded his only career hit during a relief appearance on 5/12 at SF, singled off Cory Gearrin in the 17th inning of that 3-2 loss...retired the first batter in 10 of his 14 relief apps...stranded 4 of his 7 inherited baserunners...converted his only save opportunity...the Reds went 9-16 in games in which he pitched...entered the season rated by Baseball America the fourth-best prospect in the organization and by MLBPipeline.com the 87th-best prospect in baseball in its preseason Top 100 list.
Spent most of the season at Louisville but in his Major League debut made 8 starts in 3 stints with the Reds...was 1 of 12 Reds players and 10 pitchers to make his Major League debut and 1 of a club-record 32 pitchers overall...Louisville opposing batters hit just .228, fifth-best in the International League...on 3/18 was optioned to Louisville but as the club's final spring training roster move was promoted on Opening Day, when RHP Homer Bailey was disabled...in the 10-6 win on 4/7 vs Phi became the first Reds starting pitcher to win his Major League debut since RHP Sam LeCure on 5/28/10 vs Hou...his first career strikeout victim was Obudel Herrera...after the game was optioned to Louisville...returned to Cin on 4/19, when scheduled starter Alfredo Simon was scratched with right biceps tendinitis, and earned the 4-3 win vs Col...became the first Reds pitcher to throw 7.0 innings in an appearance...became the first Reds pitcher to win his first 2 Major League starts since Larry Luebbers did it in 1993...didn't start again for the Reds until 9/5, when he suffered the 5-0 loss vs NYM...returned to Louisville following his second start on 4/19 and spent the rest of the season with the Bats until he was promoted again on 9/2...made 6 of his 8 starts in September (0-3, 7.56)...following the season was rated by MLB.com the fifth-best prospect in the organization.
In 25 starts at Class AA Pensacola and Class AAA Louisville combined to finish 8-11, 3.83 with 1 complete game...led the organization in strikeouts (140)...was the International League's Pitcher of the Week for 7/27-8/2 (2gs, 1-0, 0.64, 14ip, 6h, 1er, 3bb, 15k)...from 8/16-8/26 was on Louisville's disabled list with a strained right forearm... entered the season rated the best prospect in the organization, and his fastball and curveball both were rated the best of any Reds minor leaguer...following the season was rated by managers the best pitching prospect in the International League...was rated by Baseball America the 11th-best prospect in the IL and 12th-best prospect in the Southern League...on 11/19 was added to the 40-man roster.
In just his third professional season made all 27 apps at Pensacola in his first extended action at Class AA...was a Southern League All-Star...led the SL in walks and strikeouts, tied for the league lead in home runs allowed and led starting pitchers by averaging 8.82 strikeouts per 9 innings...opponents hit just .224, tied for the best mark in the league...established a franchise record for strikeouts with 140 (136.2ip), third-most among all Reds farmhands...in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis threw a scoreless eighth inning in the U.S. team's 3-2 win (1ip, 1h, 1k)... following the season was rated by Baseball America the best pitching prospect and fourth-best prospect overall in the Southern League and the pitcher with the best fastball in the SL...entered the season rated the best prospect in the organization... attended his first Major League spring training camp in just his third professional season.
Was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, a Midwest League All-Star and the Reds' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May...in 22 starts at Class A Dayton and Bakersfield and Class AA Pensacola went 7-7, 2.99...ranked among the organization's minor league leaders in ERA (2nd) and strikeouts (136, 3rd)...in 6 starts in May went 5-0, 1.96 (36.2ip, 46k)...was scheduled to start the Midwest League All-Star Game but was scratched with a hamstring injury...scoreboard speed guns often clocked his fastball at 100 miles per hour...on 5/30 vs South Bend retired the first 17 batters before allowing an infield single with 2 outs in the sixth inning...Baseball America ranked both his fastball and curveball the best in the organization...in the Midwest League, was rated the best pitching prospect and pitcher with the best fastball...following the season was ranked the Reds' second-best player under age 25 (LHP Tony Cingrani, 1st).
In his first professional season made 15 starts for Rookie Billings and Class A Dayton...combined to finish 3-4, 3.19 (65ip, 72k) while holding opponents to a .222 batting average...following the season was rated by Baseball America the second-best prospect in the organization...also was recognized by that publication as having the system's best fastball and best curveball...named the Reds' No. 3 prospect by MLB.com during the season.