Played college baseball at Texas A&M University...finished with a 27-7 career record at Texas A&M with a 2.53 ERA in 348.2 innings and 336 strikeouts, ranking 4th all-time on the Aggies in strikeouts, T6th in wins and 10th in ERA...earned win his sophomore year at #6 Florida State in the Tallahassee Super Regional to send the Aggies to the College World Series...lost his only start in Omaha to #8 California...defeated Miami-FL as a freshman in the Coral Gables Regional...was a two-time All-State selection at Pleasant Grove (TX) High School, leading the team to a state runner-up appearance his junior season while posting a 16-3 record on the mound and first team all-state accolades. Followed it up with a state semi-final appearance his senior year...received first team academic all-state honors in basketball...his brother, Lucas, plays linebacker for the Univ. of Wyoming football team...his uncle, Dusty Rogers, played in the Cincinnati Reds organization...resides in Texarkana, Texas.
Began the season on Opening Day roster for the first time & made a single-season high 19 starts in injury-shortened season...Was placed on the disabled list after 15 starts on June 23 (retroactive to June 18) with right shoulder stress reaction and missed 68 games. Activated from the 60-day D.L. on September 4 and made four more starts...Pitched 6.0+ innings in 12 of his 19 starts, and four of his starts went into extra innings with three lasting 12 innings...At the time he was placed on the D.L., ranked 12th in NL in ERA (2.79) & 6th in opp. BA (.222)...Was 5-0 with a 2.44 ERA in nine starts (55.0 IP) at Busch Stadium in 2014. Eight of the nine starts were quality starts...Was winless on the road, going 0-6, 4.01 in 2014 and has a 2-6, 4.09 ERA career mark on the road...Endured six weather delays totaling 6-hours 30-minutes during his 2014 starts...Made four starts in September after returning from D.L., going 0-1 with a 5.40 over 16.2 innings with 11 strikeouts...Earned the win in St. Louis' home opener on 4/7 vs. CIN. Allowed the Reds one run over 6.0 IP on 7 hits, as STL won 5-3...Struck out a career-high 10 batters at NYM (4/23) including the first nine batters of the game, becoming just the 4th Cardinal (Gibson, Carlton, Vuckovich) to strike out 10 batters in 4.0 IP and the first since Pete Vuckovich (6/3/79 vs. LAD)...Had not allowed more than 3 runs in any of his first 13 starts, prior to his 6/11 start. The last pitcher to allow 3 runs or less in 13 or more consecutive starts to begin a season was Pirates' James McDonald in 2012 (14 straight starts)...Threw 2.0 scoreless innings in a Texas League (AA) rehab start with Springfield vs. Tulsa on 8/31. Pitched to catcher Tony Cruz and allowed one hit, hurling 34 pitches (24 strikes)...Received a no decision in his final start of 2014 at ARI (9/26), tossing 5.0+ innings allowing two runs on five hits and retired 10 straight batters (10-of-last-11), in a game Cardinals won 7-6 in 10 innings...Was on the postseason roster for both the National League Division Series and N.L. Championship Series...did not make an appearance in the Division Series...was used once out of the bullpen in the NLCS and surrendered the series-ending three-run home run to Travis Ishikawa in the bottom of the 9th inning in Game 5 at SF (10/16)...it was his first game action since Sept. 26 at ARI (20 days).
The rookie pitcher made nine starts for St. Louis and appeared in 15 games in his 2nd season in pro ball... Was purchased on 5/30 and made his Major League debut that night vs. KC. Did not get a decision in a game that featured 5:32 in rain delays. Allowed just one run on two hits in 7.0 IP with six strikeouts... In his final regular season start vs. WSH (9/24), threw 8.2 innings of no-hit ball, before allowing an infield single to Ryan Zimmerman. Walked two and struck out a season high nine batters in the win (2-0)... Went 2-1, 2.15 ERA in 10 appearances at home (6 starts) and 2-0, 4.34 in five road games (3 starts)... Record was 2-1, 2.65 ERA in six home starts and 1-0, 3.24 ERA in three road starts... Had a 23.2 IP scoreless streak from 8/22-9/14, spanning six outings (3 starts, 3 relief apps.), 2nd longest on team in 2013... Recorded 65 strikeouts in 64.1 Major League innings... Became the third Cardinals pitcher to make his Major League debut in a start during 2013 season, joining left-handed pitchers John Gast and Tyler Lyons... Became the fastest Cardinal pitcher to debut following his draft since Chris Carpenter (drafted in 1987 and debuted 5/14/88)... After purchase on 5/30 stayed with the big league club until an option to Memphis on 6/13. Was then recalled twice more (8/10-29 and 9/3-end of season)... Earned his 1st MLB win 6/11 at NYM, 9-2; allowed two runs in 6.0 IP... Struck out seven batters over 4.0 innings of relief vs. CIN (8/28)... Posted a 9-2 win vs. PIT on 9/8, working 7.0 scoreless innings to extend his shutout streak to 19.2 IP...had a two-RBI single in 5th inning of that win... Began the season at Memphis (AAA) and was 5-3, 2.65 ERA in 15 starts. Walked just 19 and had 73 K's (3.8 K/BB ratio)... Threw seven quality starts and yielded three runs or less in 14 of 15 starts at Memphis... Earned first professional win at Oklahoma City (4/13), tossing 5.0 IP allowing two runs... Was 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five April starts covering 29.0 innings... Struck out a season-high nine batters over 5.1 innings in a loss at Iowa (7/2)... Made five postseason starts posting a 4-1 record with a 2.64 ERA, not losing until Game 6 of the World Series...became the 11th rookie pitcher to start a postseason game for the Cardinals...set the MLB rookie postseason record with 33 strikeouts...the 33 strikeouts in a single postseason ranks 3rd in Cardinals history behind Bob Gibson (35, 1968) and Adam Wainwright (34, 2013)...became the first American-born rookie pitcher to win four games in a single postseason...his four wins in a single postseason makes him one of 18 instances in MLB history, tying teammate Chris Carpenter (2011) as the only two Cardinals pitchers to win four games in a single postseason...his 30.2 innings ranks him second all-time for innings by a rookie pitcher in the postseason (Valenzuela, 40.2, 1981)...threw 7.1 no-hit innings in his postseason debut at PIT (10/7) before Pedro Alvarez hit a solo home run to break up the no-hitter and shutout, but earned the critical Game 4 NLDS win while striking out a career-high nine...struck out eight in Game 2 of NLCS vs. LA (10/12), scattering five hits over 6.2 innings for the win...threw 7.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball in NLCS Game 6 vs. LA (10/18) to clinch N.L. pennant...earned his first World Series win in Game 2 at BOS (10/24), tossing 6.0 innings and allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts...his loss in Game 6 of World Series was his shortest start of the season (3.2 IP), regular or postseason.