Drafted by Cleveland in the 35th round in 2020: did not sign...Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB June Amateur Draft...On Atlanta’s injured list (left oblique strain), from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2022...Signed by the Atlanta Braves to a six-year Major League contract through the 2028 season, with a club option for 2029, on Oct. 10, 2022.
Pitched his first full Major League season and went 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA (39 ER/131.2 IP) and 202 strikeouts...Led rookie pitchers in the majors with 4.9 fWAR and 3.7 bWAR, and finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting to teammate Michael Harris II...He is the quickest pitcher in baseball history to ever reach 200 strikeouts in a single season, doing so in his 130.0th inning...Hall-of-Famer LHP Randy Johnson held the previous record, reaching 200 strikeouts in 130.2 innings in 2001...Became the third rookie in franchise history to strike out 200 in a season, and the first in the modern era...The other rookies to reach 200 strikeouts were RHP Kid Nichols, who struck out 222 in 1890, and Bill Stemmyer, who fanned 239 in 1886. ..Just 16 rookies have done so in history, with Yu Darvish being the last to do so (221 strikeouts in 2012)...His 13.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings is the highest by a rookie pitcher in MLB history (min. 12 starts)...Chicago’s Kerry Wood held the previous mark with 12.6 K/9.0 IP...No pitcher in Braves franchise history has pitched at least 100 innings in a season and fanned even 11.0 batters per 9.0 innings...In fact, just two pitchers, Brandon Beachy with 10.7 in 2011 and Charlie Morton with 10.5 in 2021, have been above 10.0...Opened the season pitching out of the bullpen, and moved into the rotation on May 30 at Arizona...Made 11 appearances out of the bullpen and went 1-1 with a 2.22 ERA (6 ER/24.1 IP)...In 20 starts, went 10-4 with a 2.77 ERA (33 ER/107.1 IP)...Prior to his move into the rotation, Atlanta was 23-25 and its starters had pitched to a 4.38 ERA... From the date of Strider’s first start, May 30, to the end of the season, the Braves went 78-36 and the starters pitched to a 3.46 ERA...Ranked 11th in the majors with 202 strikeouts... However, did so in just 131.2 innings...Each of the 10 pitchers with more threw at least 166.0 innings on the season...Among pitchers to throw at least 100.0 innings on the season, Strider’s 13.81 K/9.0 IP were easily most in the Majors, over 1.5 strikeouts more than the closest pitcher...Blake Snell fanned 12.02 batters per 9.0 innings to rank second...Fanned 202 and allowed just 86 hits on the season...Is the only pitcher in baseball history to record at least 200 strikeouts and allow fewer than 100 hits in a year...Together with teammate Charlie Morton, Became the first pair of Braves teammates to reach 200 strikeouts in a season since 1886, when Old Hoss Radbourn (218) and Bill Stemmyer (239) both reached the mark...Radbourn tossed 509.1 innings that year, while Stemmyer totaled 348.2 innings...Was named NL Rookie of the Month for July after going 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA (8 ER/26.2 IP) over five starts in the month...Five of the eight runs came in one start, July 17 at Washington...In his other four turns, he went 2-0 and pitched to a 1.19 ERA (3 ER/22.2 IP) with 37 strikeouts...Strider and Harris II teamed to win each of the final four Rookie of the Month awards for the National League... The Braves’ 12.4 total fWAR from their rookie class was the most in baseball...Started on Sept. 1 vs. Colorado and pitched a career-most 8.0 innings, holding the Rockies to just two hits and no runs in the effort...The Braves beat the Rockies, 3-0, to give Strider his ninth win of the season...Set the single-game, Atlanta-era record with 16 strikeouts in the game, which also ranks second in all-time franchise history…John Smoltz previously held the Atlanta-era record, punching out 15 on two occasions: May 24, 1992, at Montreal and April 10, 2005 versus the New York Mets…Warren Spahn holds the all-time Braves record with 18 punchouts on June 14, 1952 versus the Chicago Cubs...Strider’s 16 strikeouts are the most in a single game by a Braves rookie in franchise history...He became the fourth different rookie in the modern era to strike out at least 16 batters in a game without issuing a walk...Dwight Gooden had exactly 16 K’s in two consecutive starts in 1984 (9/12 vs. PIT, 9/17 @ PHI)...Kerry Wood struck out 20 against Houston on May 6, 1998, and Jon Gray fanned 16 Padres on Sept. 17, 2016...Research courtesy Elias...On July 7 vs. St. Louis, struck out a then career-most 12 batters...Recorded his first nine outs via strikeout...Since at least 1961, Strider is the only Braves pitcher with nine strikeouts through the first three innings of a game… Only two other pitchers have done it since the start of the 2020 season: Pablo López (MIA; July 11, 2021) and Aaron Nola (PHI; June 25, 2021)…He became the only pitcher in Braves history to have three games of at least 10 strikeouts within his first eight starts… League-wide, the last pitcher with at least three double-digit strikeout performances in his first eight career starts was Masahiro Tanaka, who did it for New York (AL) in 2014...Research via the Elias Sports Bureau...He allowed one hit and fanned 11 in his previous start at Cincinnati, and became the first rookie in MLB’s modern era (since 1900) with 11+ strikeouts and two-or-fewer hits in consecutive starts...Earned his 10th win of the season in his start, Sept. 7 at Oakland, and earned his 11th on Sept. 18 in his final turn of the season...Was the first Atlanta rookie to win 10 games in a season since Julio Teheran went 14-8 in 2013...Was one of just two rookie pitchers in baseball with 10 wins, and the only one in the National League...Minnesota’s Joe Ryan went 13-8 with a 3.55 ERA. 2022 Postseason....Started Game 3 of the NLDS at Philadelphia, and allowed three hits and five runs over 2.1 innings to take the loss…Walked two and fanned four...The start was his first since Sept. 18, as he missed the final 16 games of the season with a left oblique strain.
Made his Major League debut Oct. 1, 2021, allowed two hits and a solo home run...Pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief Oct. 3...Appeared for Low-A Augusta, High-A Rome, Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett, going a combined 3-7 with a 3.64 ERA (38 ER/94.0 IP), and 153 strikeouts over 21 starts...His 94 strikeouts ranked seventh in the Double-A South and he held opponents to a .211 batting average.
In his first professional season, was added to Atlanta's 60-man player pool on August 17....Spent the rest of the season at the club's alternate training site