Graduated from Mansfield (TX) Legacy High School, where he was a teammate of Noah Syndergaard...as a freshman attended Texas Christian University, then pitched at Weatherford (TX) College, located near Fort Worth...in his only season at Weatherford, in 2014, went 7-6, 2.88 and led the team with 84.1 innings pitched...his father, Tony, played football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the Sooners’ 1975 national championship football team.
Spent the 2022 season on the 60-day injured list while recovering from his second "Tommy John" surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow (April 2017, August 2021)...Went on the 60-day injured list on 3/26, when the Reds signed to a one-year contract free agent OF Tommy Pham.
Is recovering from 8/27 surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow...was his second "Tommy John" surgery (April 2017)...Posted a 2.14 ERA and three saves in 23 apps around three stints on the Injured List...From 6/11-6/21 missed 11 games with right forearm inflammation...from 6/26-8/23 missed 52 games with a right forearm strain...beginning 8/25 missed the last 35 games of the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament...Posted a 1.41 ERA in 20 apps before he went on the Injured List on 6/11 with right forearm inflammation... came off the IL on 6/22 and made two relief apps before he returned to the IL on 6/26 with a right forearm strain...From 8/7-8/22 made 7 rehab apps for Louisville (1sv, 6.2ip, 4h, 2er, 3bb, 10k, 1hr, .174baa, 1.05whip) before he was activated again on 8/24...pitched in that night's 7-4 loss at Mil but left the game after 5 pitches and didn't appear for the Reds again the rest of the season...In the eighth inning of the 5-3 win on 6/24 vs Atl allowed 2 runs, including a solo HR to Ozzie Albies, that snapped his 12-game scoreless streak (5/5-6/22)...were the longest scoreless streaks of his career by game and by inning (12g, 17.1ip, 7h, 3bb, 20k, .127oba)...Two days later went on the 10-day Injured List for the second time...Did not allow a run in 19 of his 23 apps...In the 10-inning, 13-12 win on 5/2 vs Cubs allowed a career-high four runs (1.1ip), including a 3-run HR to Ian Happ that tied the score at 12-12 in the eighth inning...his ERA in his other 22 apps was 1.11 (32.1ip, 4er)...Threw more than 1.0 inning in 14 of his 23 apps...Seven times threw at least 2.0 innings, including a season-high 3.2 IP on 4/12 at SF...four times pitched on consecutive days (last, 6/5-6/6 at StL)...Retired the first batter in 14 of his 23 apps...stranded 13 of 21 inherited runners...In consecutive apps on 4/26 at LAD and 4/30 vs Cubs earned his first Major League win and then his first career save...is the first Major League pitcher to record his first win and first save in consecutive apps since Pete Fairbanks and Jacob Webb each did it in 2019...In the 10-inning, 5-3 win on 4/26 at LAD threw 3.0 hitless innings for his first Major League victory, snapping the Reds' season-high seven-game losing streak...With two outs in the ninth inning of the 8-6 win on 4/30 vs the Cubs, inherited the bases loaded and induced David Bote to ground out for his first Major League save...In the top of the sixth inning of the 3-0 win on 4/12 at SF entered the game behind starter Wade Miley, who allowed 2 hits in 5.0 innings...threw 3.2 hitless innings, the longest outing by a Reds reliever in 2021...fell out out shy of his first Major League save and the Reds' first 4-inning save since Michael Lorenzen did it in a 7-2 win on 6/1/18 at SD...left the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and a runner on second base, and Lucas Sims struck out Evan Longoria to earn his first career save...On 4/9 at Ari entered the 10-inning, 6-5 win in the fifth inning after starter Tyler Mahle threw 4.0 hitless innings and 92 pitches...threw 2.0 scoreless innings and was in line for his first Major League victory until the Diamondbacks overcame a 5-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and two in the eighth...Was bothered in spring training first by a mild right groin strain and then right hip flexor irritation...didn't pitch in an "A" Game after 3/14...Entered the season rated by Baseball America the sixth-best prospect in the organization.
Led National League rookie pitchers in opponents' batting average (.165) while ranking among the rookie leaders in WHIP (2nd, 1.02), strikeouts (5th) and innings pitched (10th)...Was one of five Reds players to make Major League debuts (OF Shogo Akiyama, C Tyler Stephenson, OF Mark Payton, SS Jose Garcia)...Averaged 11.46 strikeouts per 9 innings (45k, 35.1ip)...Posted ERAs of 3.86 in 4 starts (16.1ip, .237oba) and 1.89 in 9g in relief (19ip, .097oba)..Made three of his four starts over consecutive apps from 8/29-9/12 (0-1, 4.50, 12ip, 12h, 6er, 6bb, 14k, 3hr, .261obp)...after that string of starts made his last four apps of the regular season in relief (7ip, 3h, 2er, 2bb, 9k, .136oba)...Started the 2-0 loss on 8/5 at Cle, the 6-5 walk-off win on 8/29/g2 vs Cubs, the 3-2 walk-off loss on 9/6 at Pit and the 7-1 loss on 9/12 at StL...Threw at least 2.0 innings in six of his nine relief apps, including a season high in relief of 4.1 innings in his Major League debut on 7/27 vs Cubs...Was added to the 28-man roster the day after Opening Day...made a relief appearance on 7/27 vs Cubs and a start on 8/5 at Cle before he was optioned to the alternate training site on 8/6, when rosters decreased from 30 players to 28...returned to the Reds on 8/9, when 2B Mike Moustakas went on the 10-day injured list, and remained with the club the rest of the season (11g, 3gs, 0-2, 3.04, .183oba)...Made his Major League debut in the 8-7 loss on 7/27 to the Cubs and in 4.1 innings allowed just one hit, a solo HR to Anthony Rizzo with two outs in his final frame...entered the game in relief of starter Wade Miley, who allowed six runs in 1.2 innings...Became the first Reds reliever to record at least 4.1 innings while allowing one run or fewer in his Major League debut since 9/3/1940 vs StL, when LHP Lefty Guise allowed just one run in 4.1 innings...Antone's 4.1 innings were the most by a Reds relief pitcher in his Major League debut since Rick Greene threw 5.2 innings out of the bullpen on 6/19/99 in a 10-1 loss vs Mil...was Greene’s only ML appearance...His five strikeouts were the most by a Reds relief pitcher in his Major League debut since Ariel Hernandez had five strikeouts in his debut on 4/24/17 at Mil...First Major League strikeout victim was David Bote, his third batter faced...In the 3-2 walkoff loss on 9/6 at Pit, was in line for his first Major League victory but the Pirates won it with two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Raisel Iglesias...Was on the Reds' Postseason roster but did not appear in the 2-game Wild Card Series sweep loss at Atl...Entered the season rated by MLB.com the 30th-best prospect in the organization.
In 26 starts and 1 relief appearance at Class AA Chattanooga and Class AAA Louisville combined to finish 11-12, 4.00 ... Led all Reds minor leaguers in strikeouts (133) and tied for the organization lead in wins ... Also among Reds farmhands ranked second in innings pitched (146.1) and T4th in starts ... Was a Southern League All-Star and International League Pitcher of the Week for 8/26-9/1 (2gs, 2-0, 1.29, 14ip, 1bb, 19k) ... On 11/20 was added to the 40-man roster.
In spring training suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and missed the season following "Tommy John" surgery in April.
Ranked among Florida State League leaders in wins (1st), starts (T1st), innings pitched (2nd) and ERA (10th)...ranked among Reds minor league leaders in wins (T1st) and ERA (3.45, 4th)...was promoted to Louisville on 9/2...the next day at Indianapolis made his Class AAA debut and suffered the loss despite allowing just 1 run over 5.0 innings (3h, 3bb, 5k).
Was a Midwest League All-Star and the Reds' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May (6gs, 2-2, 1.80)...led all minor league pitchers by inducing 26 GIDPs...his 2.91 ERA ranked seventh among all Reds farmhands and 10th in the MWL...his 158.0 innings pitched were second-most in the Midwest League.