Was selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player draft but did not sign… he and his wife, Jennifer, have a daughter, Savannah… played four years at Oklahoma State, where he went 22-14 in 65 career games (41 starts)… attended Frenship High School in Wolfforth, Texas… was also an All-State quarterback as a high school senior.
Combined with the Yankees and Pirates to go 1-2 with a 6.39 ERA (12.2IP, 13H, 9ER, 5BB, 17K, 4HR) in 14 relief appearances… began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, going 4-3 with a 3.35 ERA (45.2IP, 17ER) in 35 relief appearances… also made three relief outings with Pittsburgh (1-1, 11.25 ERA, 4.0IP, 5ER)… was released by the Pirates on 8/11… was signed by the Yankees to a minor league contract on 8/15… in three games with Triple-A Scranton/WilkesBarre, posted a 1.93 ERA (4.2IP, 1ER)… was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' active roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 9/1… went 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA (8.2IP, 7H, 4ER, 2BB, 12K, 3HR) in 11 relief appearances in his only stint with the Yankees (9/1-29)… made his Yankees debut in the ninth inning on 9/2 vs. Texas, allowing 1ER in 1.0IP (2H, 1K, 1HR)… allowed a "walk-off" HR to Bo Bichette in the 12th inning on 9/13 at Toronto… was on both the Yankees' ALDS and ALCS rosters… tossed a perfect eighth inning in ALDS Game 2 vs. Minnesota (1.0IP, 2K)… struck out both batters faced in ALCS Game 4 vs. Houston.
Began season with St. Louis; his second year on a big league Opening Day roster (also in 2016)... Was scored upon just once in his first seven appearances thru 4/11...Picked up his lone win on 5/5 vs. Chicago (NL)... Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on 5/11 with a midback strain...Made two rehab appearances with Double-A Springfield...Earned his second career minor league save - first since 4/30/11 - on 5/19... Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from the D.L. on 5/26...Made four outings (2.0ip/1er) with St. Louis before being placed on the 10- day D.L. on 6/8 due to a sprained left elbow...Made a total of three rehab appearances with Triple-A Memphis and Springfield between 7/6-11 before being reinstated from the D.L. on 7/12...Was scored upon in three of his five outings with St. Louis between 7/13-24 (3.0ip/7er)...Was designated for assignment on 7/27...Cleared waivers and was outrighted to Memphis on 8/3...Picked up a save in his last game on 9/1...Was granted free agency on 10/1.
Made a career-high 50 appearances, 10 of four outs or more and three of 3.0 IP or more ... Led all Cardinals pitchers with a career-high 18.2 inning scoreless streak 7/7-9/1, T11th longest by a National League pitcher in 2017 ... Earned four wins from 8/10 through the end of the season, tied for the most by a National League relief pitcher (J. Nicasio) and T11th among all N.L. pitchers ... Ranked among N.L. left-handed relief leaders in ERA (2.83, 7th) and WHIP (1.09, 4th). His 11.33 strikeouts/9 IP ranked 4th among N.L. LH relievers and 14th among all N.L. relievers overall ... Pitched a season-high 3.1 innings in relief 6/17 at BAL, tied for the longest relief outing by a Cardinals pitcher in 2017. Struck out 7 batters in the game, his 2017 season high and his 2nd-highest total in a career relief appearance (8, 8/30/14 vs. CHI) ... Was one of 13 MLB pitchers to strike out seven or more batters in relief in 2017, and one of six to accomplish the feat in 3.1 innings or less ... Earned first career MLB save 6/13  vs. MIL with 3.0 scoreless innings ... Did not allow a home run from 6/21-9/14, a span of 33 appearances (32.0 IP) ... Held LH batters to a .178 BA (13-73, HR) and RH batters to .224 BA (26-116, 2 HR) striking out 34.1% of all RH batters faced ... Did not allow a run in the month of August (11 app., 11.1 IP, 1 H, 6 BB, 14 K) ... Pitched on consecutive days 11 times and over three straight days once (8/31-9/2) ... Tied for the team lead with seven relief appearances of 2.0 IP or more, led the Cardinals with 10 appearances of four outs or more ... Was 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA (33.1 IP, 41 K) in 33 night games.
Appeared in a career high 30 games in the Majors, spending his first full season with the Major League club. It was also the first season in which he did not make a start...Had his season end early with a right knee stress reaction. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 8/3 (retroactive to 7/31) and missed the remainder of the season. His Injury required surgery in November, performed by Dr. George Paletta...Led the Cardinals with the longest relief outing of the season with 4.2 IP on two separate occasions (6/25 at SEA & 7/22 vs. LAD), both scoreless. Since 2014, has four scoreless relief appearances of 4.0 IP or more, the most in MLB...Posted a WHIP of 1.02, the 6th-lowest among left-handed relievers (min. 30 IP)...Worked 3.0 or more innings in relief five times, leading the Cardinals and ranking T3rd in the N.L. behind Chris Rusin (COL, 8) and Ross Stripling (LAD, 6)...Struck out 7 batters in 3.2 relief innings 5/6 vs. PIT, tied for the most strikeouts among National League relief pitchers in 2016 (J. Musgrove, HOU, 8). Was the first reliever to pitch 3.2 innings with 7 or more K's since Roberto Hernandez (TB, 9/3/2013)...Became one of two pitchers in MLB (Scott Baker) to strike out 7 or more batters in a relief role twice over the last three seasons (8 vs. CHI 8/30/14, Game 1 DH and 7 vs. PIT 5/6/16)...Earned his 1st career relief win 5/19 vs. COL (3.0 IP, 1 R, in 13-7 win).
For the third consecutive season, split time between Triple-A Memphis and St. Louis…Made eight starts and nine relief appearances with St. Louis; went 3-1 with a 4.10 ERA as a starter and 0-0 with a 2.95 ERA as a reliever with St. Louis…Made 16 starts at Memphis allowing 3 runs or less in all but four, and had four scoreless starts…Pitched a complete game win 5/21 at Sacramento in which he struck out 12 in a 4-2 Memphis win, a career high in K's. Had a second complete game, a 2-0, 7.0-inning shutout on 6/1 vs. Salt Lake (3H, 0BB, 5K)…Ranked T12th in the PCL in wins and T11th in strikeouts. Named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week June 1-7 after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (13.0 IP) in two starts…Earned wins in back-to-back Major League starts 6/13 vs. KC and 6/19 at PHI, his first MLB wins since 2013 when he won his 1st two career starts 5/22 at SD and 5/28 at KC…Scored three runs in his start at PHI (6/19), tying the Cardinals franchise record for runs scored in a game by a pitcher. Last done by Matt Morris on 4/16/2003 at MIL. Also was 2-for-2 with a walk and earned the win with 5.0 IP…Threw a career-high in relief innings on 8/13 vs. PIT, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings, the most innings by a Cardinals reliever since Kyle McClellan threw 6.0 vs. CIN (4/22/11). Has posted the most relief innings in a single appearance each of the last two seasons (4.2 IP, 8/30/14 vs. CHI, Game 1)…Was a starting pitcher in two, and pitched in all three, doubleheaders the Cardinals played in 2015 (7/7 at CHI - Game 1 SP; 9/30 at PIT - Game 2 SP; 10/4 at ATL - Game 1 RP)…Threw 7.0 scoreless innings of four-hit ball at PIT on 9/30 in the second game of a doubleheader to earn the win and clinch the N.L. Central for the Cardinals in their 100th win of the season..Tied Carlos Villanueva for the Cardinals season-high for strikeouts by a reliever with six on the final day of the season, 10/4- Game 1. Struck out five or more batters in nine appearances (7 GS).
Began the season at Memphis (AAA), but received recall to St. Louis four times during the season...First MLB action came when recalled from Memphis on April 21 to make a start at NYM...Pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts in a quality start loss (2-0)...Made six starts in St. Louis before suffering a left shoulder strain injury and was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 13 through June 18, with injury rehabilitation assignments to Springfield (AA) and Memphis...Was optioned back to Memphis on June 18 upon activation from disabled list...Made 11 appearances in St. Louis with four starts. Was 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA in his four starts and 0-1 with a 1.23 ERA in seven relief appearances, averaging over a strikeout per inning (9.82 K/9 IP)...Was 0-3 with a 5.46 ERA (7 app/4 GS) pre All-Star Break and 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA (4 app.) post All-Star Break...Threw 6.0 innings in three of his four Major League starts with two quality starts. Struck out seven batters twice (4/21 at NYM, 5/6 at ATL)...Hurled a career-best 9.1 scoreless inning streak from July 10 to September 10 covering four relief appearances...Posted an 8-2 record with a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts at Memphis with two complete games and a shutout...Ranked 2nd among Pacific Coast League pitchers in complete games (2) and T1st in shutouts (1)...His eight wins ranked T9th among Cardinals minor league pitchers...Recalled on Sept. 2, making three relief appearances (0-1, 2.25 ERA, 4.0 IP) through the end of the regular season. Traveled with team during postseason but did not appear on the Cardinals active roster in the NLDS or NLCS.
Began season with Memphis (AAA) making eight starts before being purchased by the Cardinals on 5/22... Threw a career-high 153.1 innings between Memphis (AAA) and St. Louis... Made his MLB debut at SD (5/22), earning the win while tossing 7.0 IP and allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and was 1-for-3 with a single... Was 2-4 with a 5.56 ERA as a starter (43.2 IP, eight starts) and 0-1 with an 0.96 ERA in relief (9.1 IP, 4 appearances)... Made four relief appearances, all of 2.0 innings or more, with scoreless performances in three of them... Joined teammate John Gast as the first pair of rookie LH starters in same year for STL since 1980 (John Martin, Al Olmsted)... Was 7-2 with a 3.32 ERA at Memphis covering 17 appearances, 16 starts. Struck out a team leading 86 batters in 100.1 IP... Recorded the second lowest WHIP (1.04) on the Memphis team among starting pitchers, trailing only Michael Wacha (0.99)... Named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week (July 1-8) going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA covering two starts and 15.0 IP, while striking out 18 total with back-to-back outings of a season-high nine strikeouts... Threw back-to-back scoreless starts vs. Iowa (6/25) and at Iowa (7/1) allowing one run and two hits over 7.0 IP in each start... Struck out a season-high nine batters in three different starts... Honored as Cardinals organization Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July with a 3-0 record, 1.60 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 33.2 IP covering five starts... Had 10 starts in Memphis of 6.0 or more innings, with nine of those quality starts and five starts of 7.0 IP or more... Threw a season-high 8.0 innings vs. Nashville (7/7) allowing two runs on three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts... Traveled with the team throughout the playoffs but was not on the active roster during any round.
Began season in Springfield (AA) starting 12 games before promotion sent him to Memphis (AAA), finishing the season making 15 more starts for a total of 27 on the season...his 27 starts were the 2nd most by a Cardinals minor leaguer behind John Gast (28)...led the Pacific Coast League with three complete games...struck out a career-high 11 batters in a seven-inning CG loss vs. Round Rock (7/29)...made 13 quality starts (Memphis-7, Springfield-6) and tallied seven or more strikeouts in 10 starts...ranked among Cardinals minor league leaders in wins (9, T6th), IP (152.2, 3rd), strikeouts (143, 2nd) & GS (27, T2nd).
Began the season as a reliever, with 21 relief appearances before making his first start at Jupiter (6/27) in the second game of a doubleheader...was 7-2 with a 4.41 ERA as a starter and 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA as a reliever...threw the first no-hitter in Palm Beach (A) history in his seventh professional start in the second game of a doubleheader on 8/8 vs Fort Myers in a seven-inning 10-0 win...held opponents to two runs or less in 7-of-12 starts...stranded all 15 of his inherited runners, including three bases loaded situations...T3rd among Cardinals minor leaguers in wins (9)...played for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League & went 3-2 with a 4.85 ERA in seven appearances (all starts).
Signed late following June draft selection and did not appear in any games.