Played college baseball at Gonzaga University where he was West Coast Conference Co-Player of the year his freshman (2011) and junior (2013) seasons...Shared the 2013 WCC Player of the Year honors with Chicago Cubs 2013 first round pick Kris Bryant from the University of San Diego...earned WCC Pitcher of the Year honors in 2012...All-West Region First Team and Player of the Year in 2012...Named the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year for College Baseball in 2013 and a finalist in 2012...West Coast Conference Co-Freshman of the Year in 2011...Was a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2012 and earned theBronze medal...threw 8.0 innings, allowing one run and struck out nine against the Netherlands for the medal clinching win...Was 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA in 22.1 IP with 29 K for Team USA and also batted .250 with 4 RBI...Won four Colorado 5A State Championships while at Rocky Mountain High School...Named the Gatorade Player of theYear for Colorado his senior season as well as first team All-State posting an 11-0 record with 87 strikeouts in 54 innings, while batting .436 with 7 home runs and 36 RBI in 26 games played...Was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 29th round of the 2010 draft, but did not sign...His father, Frank, played collegiately and was a 16th round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 1989 and he is currently the manager of the Boise Hawks, the Rockies Northwest League minor league affiliate...Resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Played at four different levels in his first full professional season, starting at Palm Beach (A), then moving on to Springfield (AA), before making his Major League debut with St. Louis and also pitching for Memphis (AAA)...Appeared in 31 games, making 26 starts, to post a 13-7 record with a 2.81 ERA in 156.2 innings with 148 strikeouts, combining his Major League and minor league time...Was purchased by St. Louis and made his Major League debut in front of home state crowd at Coors Field in Colorado on June 25 pitching 5.0 innings for a no decision, in a game the Cardinals eventually won. Doubled in his first MLB at bat...Ranked T7th among National League rookies with four wins...Earned his first Major League win and his first quality start, pitching 6.0 innings and allowing only one run in a start vs. CHI on 8/30 in Game 2 of a DH, after having been recalled as the 26th man on the roster...Finished the season winning his last four decisions, ranking T7th among National League pitchers. Won six straight decisions from 8/30 through Game 4 of the National League Division Series...Struck out a career-high nine batters vs. COL (9/14) in 5.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits in 97 pitches en route to a win...Did not allow more than two runs in any MLB start or relief appearance after his July 1 start at San Francisco...Batted .300 (3-10) with two doubles, T9th among MLB pitchers in doubles...Was T1st with Jacob deGrom (NYM) for most doubles (2) among rookie pitchers and T3rd among rookie pitchers with three hits...Ranked among Cardinals minor league pitching leader in wins (9, T5th), strikeouts (117, T4th), ERA (2.43, 3rd) and opponent BA (.238, 3rd). Collectively was 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA over 21 starts in the minors in 2014 (Palm Beach, Springfield, Memphis)...Named Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.67 ERA in five starts (30.1 IP)...Named Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 9-16, striking out a career-high 10 over 6.0 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits vs. Northwest Arkansas (6/13)...Selected to the Texas League All-Star North Squad, but did not play due to promotion to St. Louis...Made 12 quality starts in the minors, registering a quality start in each of the 12 outings he pitched 6.0 innings or more...Struck out seven or more batters nine times, recording a 10.7 strikeouts/9 IP while in Springfield (46 K/38.2 IP)...Rated as the No. 1 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America. Listed as having the "Best Changeup" in the Cardinals organization in Baseball America's "Best Tools" survery...Appeared in six postseason games, all in relief...Won two games in the National League Division Series, becoming the 23rd pitcher in Major League history to win two games in a Division Series and the fourth Cardinals pitcher - joining Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Jeff Fassero...Earned a win in his first postseason appearance coming on in relief in Game 1 of the NLDS at LA (10/3)...Also earned a win in relief in Game 4 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium to clinch the series win...Appeared in three games in the NLCS vs. SF, taking the loss in Game 4, surrendering three runs in 0.2 innings...had made five straight scoreless postseason appearances going into Game 4...led all 2014 rookie pitchers with two wins in the postseason...Became the 4th rookie pitcher in postseason history to win two games in a Division Series joining Dave Righetti (1981, NYY), Jaret Wright (1997, CLE) and Francisco Rodriguez (2002, ANA)...His six postseason appearances were 3rd most by a rookie in the 2014 postseason trailing only Hunter Strickland (8, SF) and Brandon Finnegan (7, KC).