Diagnosed with Keratoconus (ker-UH-toe-KOH-nus) in college, a condition where the clear tissue on the front of the eye bulges outward, leading to blurry vision and making it difficult to comfortably wear contacts...After the cancellation of the Minor League season in May, he had Corneal Cross-Linking surgery on both of his eyes, a procedure where doctors use eye drop medication and ultraviolet (UV) light from a special machine to make the tissues in the cornea stronger and keep it from bulging more...Returned for rehab in Arizona three weeks after the procedure...Is a 2016 graduate of Basic High School in Henderson, Nev...Named First-Team All-State as a utility player (shortstop and pitcher) as a senior…hit .415 while going 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA and 57 strikeouts to help the team to a state championship win...Attended the University of Oregon from 2017-19...Was a 2019 First-Team All-Pac-12 selection after going 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA (31 ER in 65.0 IP) in 23 games (4 starts) with a conference-high 104 strikeouts…finished fourth in the nation with a 14.40 K/9.0 IP...Was a two-way player as a freshman and sophomore before transitioning to just pitching his junior year, primarily as a reliever.
Made three starts with Arizona and went 1-1 with a 1.47 ERA (3 ER in 18.1 IP)...Selected from Triple-A Reno and won his Major League debut on Sept. 5 @ Padres (0 ER in 7.0 IP)....Did not pitch after Sept. 21 after he was placed on the 15-day injured list (right scapula inflammation)....At the time of his selection, ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in wins (1st), starts (1st), strikeouts (2nd, 128), innings (2nd), opponent average (7th, .264), WHIP (7th, 1.39) and ERA (7th)...Rated by Baseball America as the D-backs' No. 6 prospect (No. 8 by MLB Pipeline) at the time of his promotion....Went 10-5 with a 5.43 ERA (82 ER in 136.0 IP) in 26 starts with the Aces…was 6-0 over his final 13 Triple-A outings....Graded as having the Best Fastball among D-backs farmhands by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America entering the season...Tied the D-backs record for most scoreless innings (7.0) in a Major League debut (also: Drey Jameson) and tied for the most strikeouts (sevn) on Sept. 5 @ Padres (also: Zack Godley on July 23, 2015 @ Brewers and Max Scherzer on April 29, 2008 vs. Astros)....His 7.0 innings also tied for the second most in a debut (also: Drey Jameson), behind Geraldo Guzmán on July 6, 2000 @ Astros (8.0).
Named D-backs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 7-4 with a 3.17 ERA (41 ER in 116.1IP) with 163 strikeouts and a .206 opponent average over 22 starts between High-A Hillsboro and Double-A Amarillo…tied for fourth among all Minor Leaguers in strikeouts....Started the season with Hillsboro, going 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA (11 ER in 39.1 IP) with 59 strikeouts over eight starts...Promoted to Amarillo on June 24 and went 3-3 with a 3.51 ERA (30 ER in 77.0 IP) with 104 strikeouts in 14 starts…finished among Texas League leaders in strikeouts (1st), innings (2nd), opponent average (3rd, .232), WHIP (3rd, 1.19) and ERA (4th)....Began the year rated by Baseball America as the D-backs' No. 16 prospect (No. 20 by MLB Pipeline).
Went 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 10 games (7 starts) in his fi rst professional season with Short-Season A Hillsboro.