Resides in Madison, MS during the offseason...Compiled a 5-7 record with a 2.22 ERA (93.1IP/23ER) in 15 starts as a junior at the University of Alabama in 2014...held opponents to a .192 batting average, allowing only 61 hits in 93.1 innings pitched...Participates in the Autographed Memorabilia Donation Program; attended Keeping Kids in the Game; participated in the annual PLAY Ball Weekend pregame activities, the Tigers Summer Youth Baseball Camps and the Tigers Winter Caravan...Recommended/signed by Bryson Barber for the Tigers.
Was one of the club’s best pitchers in 2020, ranking second on the team with 11 starts…finished with a 4-4 record and 3.97 ERA (56.2IP/25ER), allowing 47 hits and 29 walks, while striking out 51... Allowed just two homers on the season, which was tied for the fewest by a pitcher in the Major Leagues with at least 55.0 innings pitched... Finished the season with a career-high four wins, including the first of his career at Comerica Park on July 31 vs. Cincinnati when he tossed 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walks, while punching out six…went 3-1 on the season at home, bouncing back from an 0-12 mark to start his career... Had one of baseball’s most effective fastballs in 2020, holding opponents to a .198 batting average and posting a 25.3% strikeout rate when using it…those figures ranked seventh and 10th, respectively, among American League pitchers with at least 55.0 innings pitched... Allowed three earned runs-or-fewer in nine of his 11 starts in 2020…has 31 such efforts since the beginning of the 2019 season, which ranked as the highest total among Tigers pitchers over that span... Punched out five-or-more batters in five of his last six starts to finish the season…only five American League pitchers had more such games over that span... Earned his fourth win of the season on Sept. 19 vs. Cleveland, tossing 6.0 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits and no walks, while striking out seven…his seven strikeouts in that contest were the most he had in a game since striking out eight in his first start of the season on July 26 at Cincinnati.
Completed his first full season in the Majors in 2019, starting 30 games...Was one of the most durable rookie pitchers in the Major Leagues this season, ranking fifth in games started and eighth with 148.1 innings pitched…among qualified American League rookie pitchers, he ranked second in strikeouts, fourth in ERA, fifth in opponents batting average (.267) and WHIP (1.44) and seventh in wins...tarted the home opener on April 4 vs. Kansas City and recorded the first double-digit strikeout performance of his career, fanning 10, which were the most strikeouts by a Tigers pitcher in a home opener since 1914, when Jean Dubuc also struck out 10...Didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his first 10 starts of the season, posting a 2-3 record and 2.68 ERA (53.2IP/16ER)…he ranked sixth in ERA among American League pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched during that span...Sidelined from June 28-July 12 with right shoulder inflammation...Sidelined from July 18-August 5 with a back strain.
Made 21 starts between Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo in 2018…also saw the first Major League action of his career, appearing in four outings, including three starts with the Tigers...Earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors twice during the season…his first award came for the week ending May 13 when he had a 2-0 record and threw 11.0 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts, while the other came for the week ending June 10 when he tossed 12.2 innings, striking out 14 and giving up three runs...Threw a shutout for Erie on June 10 vs. Reading, allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high 11 batters…the shutout was the first of his career, while it was his second complete game (other, May 31, 2015 at Fort Wayne as a member of Single A West Michigan)...Sidelined from June 21-July 21 with a right rotator cuff strain... Struck out 11 in his debut for Toledo on August 27 vs. Columbus, allowing three runs in 6.1 innings...Made his Major League debut on September 14 at Cleveland, throwing a perfect inning in relief with one strikeout…struck out Yan Gomes for his first Major League strikeout...Recorded the first quality start of his Major League career on September 25 at Minnesota, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 6.0 innings...became the first Detroit pitcher to throw 6.0-or-more innings and allow one run-or-less in one of his first two Major League starts since Kyle Ryan tossed 6.0 shutout innings in his Major League debut on August 30, 2014 at Chicago (AL).
Combined to make 21 starts between the GCL Tigers West, Single A Lakeland and Double A Erie in 2017 ... Sidelined from May 23-July 9 with right elbow tendinitis ... Allowed three runs-or-less in eight consecutive starts with Lakeland from May 16-August 11...compiled a 5-1 record with a 1.50 ERA (48.0IP/8ER) and 41 strikeouts over the eight-start stretch ... Made six starts with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA (21.2IP/9ER) and 19 strikeouts.
Limited to 12 starts between the GCL Tigers East, GCL Tigers West and Single A Lakeland in 2016 after missing most of the season due to injury ... Sidelined from April 7-August 4 with a right shoulder strain ... Posted a 1-3 record with a 3.60 ERA (20.0IP/8ER) and 20 strikeouts in six starts with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League ... Ranked as the 19th-best prospect in the Tigers organization by Baseball America following the season.
Made a career-high 22 starts and won a career-best 11 games with Single A West Michigan in 2015 ... Named to the Midwest League Midseason All-Star Team and recognized by MiLB.com as an Organization All-Star ... Ranked tied for seventh in the Midwest League with 11 victories...ranked fourth among Midwest League starting pitchers with a .242 (106x438) opponents batting average, while he was fifth with 8.18 strikeouts per nine innings ... Began the season with a streak of 12 consecutive starts of three-or-fewer earned runs allowed from April 11-June 28...went 5-2 with a 2.80 ERA (61.0IP/19ER) and 52 strikeouts during the stretch ... Struck out a season-high 12 batters and threw 6.2 scoreless innings on September 1 at Great Lakes ... Ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the Tigers organization and the 17th-best prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America following the season.
Completed his first season of professional baseball in 2014, starting 12 games between the GCL Tigers and Connecticut Tigers ... Started five games during the month of July with Connecticut, going 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA (11.2IP/5ER) and six strikeouts ... Ranked as the 18th-best prospect in the Tigers organization by Baseball America following the season.