Played college baseball at Northeastern State (OK) University...Struck out 95 batters over 63.2 innings including four double-digit strikeout games in just 12 starts his sophomore year...Named Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association Freshman of the Year in 2014...Graduated from Sequoyah (OK) High School where he was an All-State performer in both baseball and basketball...Resides in Cookson, Oklahoma..Is a member of the Cherokee tribe.
High velocity rookie appeared in 24 games out of the bullpen in debut season...Was recalled (Memphis-AAA) and made his MLB debut on 4/16 at MIL with 2.1 innings in relief. Collected his 1st ML hit with single in the 7th inning off Chase Anderson in first career plate appearance...Was recalled six times during the 2019 season. Went 2-3 with a 4.58 ERA in 17 app. (7 starts) for Memphis...Of his 24 appearances, 11 were 2.0 innings or more with a season-high 3.0 at LAD (8/5)...Eight of his 2.0+ inning appearance were scoreless, ranking as the most appearances of 2.0 innings or more by a Cardinal in his first 15 MLB games since 1936 (Mike Ryba, 13)...Earned his first Major League win vs. COL (8/25) tossing 2.1 innings in relief with a season-high four strikeouts..He threw 18 pitches of 100+ mph (9th most in MLB), topping out at 101.5 twice (9/20 & 4/16 in MLB debut)...He and Jordan Hicks (206 pitches) were the only Cardinals to reach at least 100 mph...Threw 27.0% of his pitches at a velocity of 98 MPH or higher (156-of-577).
Combined to go 5-3 with a 3.97 ERA over 13 starts between Springfield (AA), Memphis (AAA) and the Gulf Coast League (R), in a season halted due to right shoulder tendinitis...Opened the season on the Springfield roster and made his final appearance in the Gulf Coast League (2.2 IP, 0 R) on 8/6 before being shut down for the season...Struck out 40 batters over 33.1 innings during the month of May in the Texas and Pacific Coast Leagues...Was one of three Cardinals pitchers to strike out 40 or more batters in the month (Alex Reyes 44, Daniel Ponce de Leon 42)...Led all Cardinals minor league pitchers holding the opposition to a .194 batting average...Posted two double-digit strikeout games, both a seasonhigh 10 batters, with one coming each in Springfield (AA) vs. Tulsa (5/5) and one in Memphis (AAA) vs. Colorado Springs (5/28)...Struck out nine or more batters in each of his first three starts while pitching for Memphis (4/29-5/28)...Scorched left-handed batters in Memphis to a .108 clip (4-37) with one extra base hit (double) and 13 strikeouts...Threw over 100 pitches in five of his 13 starts with a seasonhigh 111 over 6.0 innings at Arkansas (5/11).
Combined to post an 11-3 record with a 2.72 ERA over 23 starts (24 app.) between Palm Beach (A), Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA)... Named Florida State League Most Valuable Pitcher, making 16 starts (17 app.) for Palm Beach (A)... Ranked among Cardinals minor league leaders in wins (11, 4th), ERA (2.72, 6th), innings pitched (132.1, 7th), strikeouts (137, 3rd), opponent BA (.215, 2nd) and games started (23, T6th)... Threw a four-hit shutout over 7.0 innings with a season-high 11 strikeouts at Lakeland (5/25) in the second game of a doubleheader. Was one of eight pitchers in the Florida State League to record a shutout... Fired 6.0 no-hit innings of scoreless baseball while walking five batters at Corpus Christi (8/11)... Held his opposition to four hits or less in 11-of-16 starts in the Florida State League... Won his final six decisions in the Florida State League (5/19-7/16)... Made two starts in the Pacific Coast League playoffs and was 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA over 10.0 innings... Rated as the No. 10 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America. Also rated by the same publication as the No. 10 prospect in the Florida State League following the season.