>>> Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week (March 16)
>>> MLB Draft Pick – 9th Rd – Rockies
Served as the traditional No. 1 starter for the Razorbacks during the 2015 season, posting a 3-5 record and 4.76 earned run average with 62 strikeouts in 87.0 innings of work … Named the Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week after tossing 7.0 perfect innings at Vanderbilt, setting down all 21 batters he faced and adding six strikeouts … Recorded a team-best seven quality starts … Allowed three earned runs or less in nine of his 15 starts, including one earned run or less six times … Worked a season-long 7.2 innings against Tennessee (May 19) in the SEC Tournament, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out five … Picked up the victory in game one of the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional … Tossed 7.1 innings against Virginia in game one of the College World Series … Tallied a season-best nine strikeouts at Alabama (April 30) in just 6.1 innings of work … Selected by the Colorado Rockies in the ninth round with the 257th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.
Made 14 starts and recorded a 2.30 earned run average in 94.0 innings of work … Held opponents to a .222 batting average against and finished with a 0.98 WHIP to finish 32nd nationally … Tallied an SEC-leading four complete games and pitched into the seventh inning in nine of his 14 starts … Allowed two earned runs or less in 10 starts … Recorded all four of his complete games against SEC teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament … Notched a season-high nine strikeouts in his final start of the regular season in just 6.0 innings of work at Missouri (May 15) … Tossed a complete-game four-hitter with seven strikeouts against Alabama (March 22) to earn SEC Pitcher of the Week honors … Allowed a season-best two hits against No. 20 Texas A&M (May 9), lasting 8.0 innings and recording seven strikeouts … Did not make an error in the field, recording seven putouts and adding 11 assists.
Pitched in 16 games, including five starts, and had a 3-3 record with a 3.19 ERA … Held opponents to a .164 batting average, allowing 21 hits in 36.2 innings … Named the 47th-best prospect in the freshman class by Baseball America … Made his collegiate debut in the season opener against Western Illinois (Feb. 15) and retired all nine batters he faced with one strikeout … Started the series finale against Evansville (Feb. 24) and earned his first collegiate win, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings … Retired the first 12 batters he faced in his start against the Purple Aces … Combining his first two appearances, retired the first 21 batters he faced in his collegiate career … Turned in a quality start against Arizona State (March 2), but took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits and striking out nine in 6.1 innings … Retired 16 straight batters during his start against the Sun Devils … Improved record to 2-0 with a win in game three against San Diego State (March 9), throwing seven no-hit innings with seven strikeouts … Retired the first 17 Aztec batters he faced and carried a perfect game until two outs in the sixth inning … Only allowed two batters to reach during his outing … Named SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance against the Aztecs … Picked up third win of the season in series finale at South Carolina (March 24), striking out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the 10th inning … Worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen with one strikeout in series opener against Mississippi Valley State (March 26) … Tossed 2.1 innings in game one of the doubleheader against New Mexico (April 9), allowing an unearned run on no hits and striking out two … Struck out one and retired both batters he faced in series opener against No. 2 LSU (April 12) … Tossed 1.2 shutout innings against Missouri State (April 30), striking out two and giving up one hit … Threw 0.2 scoreless innings in SEC Tournament game against LSU (May 25) and had one strikeout.
Mountain Home High School
Ranked as the top prospect in the state of Arkansas and the 117th-best prospect in the country in the class of 2012 by Perfect Game … Named a 2012 third-team Rawlings high school preseason All-American … Selected as the 2012 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year … Named to the All-Arkansas team by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette … Three-time all-state and all-conference selection … Named to the all-state tournament team as a senior … Went 8-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 138 strikeouts as a senior … Played in the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field … Helped his team to the state quarterfinals as a sophomore and a senior and the state semifinals as a junior … Also was a four-year starter for the Mountain Home basketball team.
In the Draft
2015: Colorado Rockies, 9th round (257 overall)
Son of Robin and Barbara Killian … Has three sisters, Alyssa, Kayla and Tyra McGowen and one brother, Preston O’Brien … Majoring in recreation and sport management.