Selected in the 29th round of the 2016 first-year player draft…Got his professional career off to a great start in 2016 with 3-1 mark, 2.01 ERA at Surprise (AZL); earned Surprise Royals Pitcher of the Year honors, ranking among Arizona League leaders in WHIP (0.93, second), ERA (fourth) and opponents' average (.217, fourth)…was named AZL postseason All-Star…ranked first among Royals farmhands (min. 25.0 IP) with a 9.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Graduated from St. Pius X High School (Mo.) in 2013…was an All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State honoree, helping his team to district and sectional championships ... was an all-conference and all-district quarterback for the football team ...earned second team all-state honors as a punter his senior season ... also lettered in basketball. Played baseball in college at Central Missouri, where he recorded a school-record 13 saves as a junior.