Signed by Thom Dreier...Attended Howard College (TX)...Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft...Acquired by Miami with RHP Cole Sulser from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for LHP Antonio Velez, OF Kevin Guerrero and a 2022 Competitive Balance Round B Pick on 4/3/22.
Pitched in a career-high 62 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2021. He finished the season 5-4 with a 5.17 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 54.0 innings of work... His five wins and 62 appearances were tied for the most among Orioles relievers, while his 16 holds and 11.67 SO/9 led all O’s relievers... His 46 percent whiff percentage with his slider ranked as the third-highest among all MLB pitchers who use the pitch (min. 150 PA).
His 25 appearances were tied for the second-most appearances by a left-hander in the majors...Did not allow an earned run in his final 13 appearances; allowed earned runs in just two of his 25 games on the season...15 of the 50 balls (30.0%) put in play against him were “hard hit” (95+ MPH) according to Fangraphs; the fewest percentage of “hard hit” balls among O’s relievers and second- fewest among all O’s pitchers (LeBlanc - 29.6%)...His 85.1 MPH average exit velocity was tied for the lowest amongst Orioles pitchers (Evan Phillips), according to Statcast...First batters hit .263 (5-for-19) with four walks and two hit by pitches against him...His 22 inherited runners tied for the third-most in the majors...Allowed six of his 22 (27.3%) inherited runners to score; started the season not allowing any of his first 14 inherited runners to score, allowed six of his last eight to score...Opponents hit .065 (2-for-31) with runners in scoring position; the fourth-lowest Opponent BA in the majors (min. 20 RISP at-bats)...Allowed three hits and zero earned runs when pitching on two-or-more days rest (10.1 IP); allowed nine hits and three runs on one-or-less days rest (10.1 IP)...Did not allow an earned run in 12 road appearances (8.1 IP, 7 H, 5 BB, 12 K)...Recorded multiple strikeouts in seven of his 25 appearances; set a season-high with three strikeouts on 8/28 at TOR...Earned his first career save on 8/23 vs. BOS (0.1 IP, 2 H, ER, HR).
Appeared in 28 games for the Orioles around four stints at the Major League level (4/11-30, 6/21-7/1, 7/20-26, 9/1-end of the season)...Limited left-handed hitters to a .188 average (9-for-48), compared to allowing a .358 average (19-for-53) to right-handers... Averaged 12.65 SO/9 in 28 Major League games... Made 13 appearances during the month of September, tied with Paul Fry for most on the team...Held opponents scoreless in nine of the 13 (3.86 ERA, 4 ER/9.1 IP)... Struck out a career-high five batters on 4/20 vs. MIN (G1) (2.0 IP)... Worked a career-high 3.0 innings on 7/20 vs. BOS (H, BB, 3 K, HB)... Earned his first win of the season on 7/25 at LAA (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, K)... Made 30 appearances for Triple-A Norfolk, going 3-4 with a 2.98 ERA (15 ER/45.1 IP), 15 walks, and 57 strikeouts.
Earned his first Major League win on 7/15 vs. TEX (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K)...His 76 strikeouts were the second-most among Orioles relievers (Givens, 79)...Struck out the side in 1.0 inning of work nine times during the season; 4/25 vs. TB, 5/26 at TB, 6/1 vs. NYY, 7/5 at MIN, 7/21 at TOR, 7/31 at NYY, 8/19 at CLE, 9/16 vs. CWS, and 9/23 at NYY; tied for the third-most times in the majors by a reliever (Betances - NYY, Kimbrel - BOS, and Ottavino - COL), trailed only Chapman - NYY (12 times), and Díaz - SEA (15 times)...Posted a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) in 20 day game appearances...Held left-handed hitters to a .218 (19-for-87) batting average and a .639 OPS...Tossed a career-high 2.2 innings on 9/26 at BOS, while also earning the win...Tossed a career-high 41 pitches on 5/23 at CWS...Matched his career-high (third time) with four strikeouts on 8/5 at TEX (also 5/10 vs. KC and 5/23 at CWS)...Had a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP) in 11 September games...Had a 5.11 ERA (7 ER/12.1 IP) in 11 August games...Pitched to a 6.00 ERA (6 ER/9.0 IP) in 10 July games, a 10.29 ERA (8 ER/7.0 IP) in 10 games in June, had a 3.72 ERA (4 ER/9.2 IP) in eight games in May, and a 5.79 ERA (3 ER/4.2 IP) in three April appearances...Made his season debut on 4/8 at NYY (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K); it was the first multi-inning appearance of his career...Made eight scoreless relief appearances for Triple-A Norfolk (10.0 IP, 0 ER, 12 K), allowing a .257 opponents batting average, with left-handers hitting .200 (2-for-10) and right-handers .280 (7-for-25).
Spent most of the season with Double-A Bowie...Had his contract selected by the Orioles on 9/17 and spent the remainder of the season with the Major League club...Entered 2017 as the Orioles No. 11 prospect, according to Baseball America...Went 0-2 with a 2.22 ERA (17 ER/69.0 IP) in 24 starts with the Baysox...Named an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star...Posted a 1.84 ERA (10 ER/49.0 IP) in 17 first-half starts, including a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) in five June starts...While with Bowie, left-handers hit .171 (13-for-76) with 34 strikeouts against him...Selected to the U.S. Team for the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park in Miami...Made five appearances (three starts) for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League...Made his Major League debut on 9/20 vs. BOS...Worked 1.0 inning and allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and one strikeout...Struck out Deven Marrero in the eighth inning for his first career Major League strikeout.
Entered 2017 ranked as the No. 11 Orioles prospect, according to Baseball America and MLB.com ...Began the season with Class A-Advanced Frederick and finished the season with Double-A Bowie...In 13 games from 5/14-6/28, posted a 0.36 ERA (1 ER/24.2 IP), surrendered seven hits, and recorded 38 strikeouts in that span...Recorded a season-high six strikeouts (struck out all six batters he faced) over 2.0 hitless innings on 6/15 at Myrtle Beach...Debuted with Double-A Bowie on 7/22...Following the season, registered 17 strikeouts in seven starts (15.2 IP) for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League.
Rated as having the best fastball in the Orioles organization, according to Baseball America ...Held left-handed hitters to a .192 batting average (5-for-26) with Short-Season A Aberdeen...Made one start with the IronBirds on 7/15 vs. Hudson Valley, surrendering one hit over 3.0 innings while striking out a season-high seven batters...Seven of his nine appearances with Aberdeen were multi-strikeout performances...Posted a 13.1 strikeout/per 9.0 IP ratio with the IronBirds...Started in his debut with Class-A Delmarva in Game 2 of a doubleheader on 7/31 vs. Charleston (ND, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K)...Earned his first professional save on 8/22 vs. Greenville...Posted a 12.4 strikeout/per 9.0 IP ratio with the Shorebirds...Following the season, pitched for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League...Named to the Arizona Fall League's Top Prospects Team after posting a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) with 10 strikeouts over eight appearances in the AFL.
Rated by Baseball America following the season as having the best fastball in the Orioles system...Earned his first professional win (2.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 K) on 7/5...Held the leadoff batters of an inning to a .118 batting average (2-for-17).