Chris attended Florida Gulf Coast University where his uniform No. 41 was retired by the school on January 31, 2015. He was named First-Team All-American in 2010 after going 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA, 14 walks and 146 strikeouts in17 games (15 starts). Chris was also named the National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and was a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation’s best amateur player.
One of the game’s most-dominant pitchers, Chris finished in the top six in American League Cy Young Award voting in each of his six seasons: 2012-6th, 2013-5th, 2014-3rd, 2015-4th, 2016-5th, 2017-2nd. The only other pitchers ever to finish in the top six in Cy Young Award voting in as many as six consecutive years are Greg Maddux (7, 1992-98), Clayton Kershaw (7, 2011-17) and Roy Halladay (6, 2006-11). Chris was named to his sixth consecutive A.L. All-Star team in ‘17, joining Clayton Kershaw as the only pitchers named to an All-Star team in each of the last six seasons. In ’17, he also became the only pitcher ever to start consecutive All-Star Games for two different organizations (2016-White Sox; 2017-Red Sox). Chris joins Max Scherzer as the only pitchers to record 200-plus strikeouts in each of the last five seasons (2013-17). Entering 2018, he has 1,552 career strikeouts and reached the 1,500 plateau in fewer innings than any pitcher in ML history (1,290.0), breaking the previous record of 1,303.0 (Kerry Wood). Chris was acquired by the Boston Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster five-player trade on December 6, 2016. In 2016, he became the first pitcher in White Sox history to record 200-plus strikeouts in four consecutive seasons (2013-16). In 2015, Chris had an American League-best and franchise-record 274 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 269 set by Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh in 1908. He set the new White Sox record in just 208.2 innings-pitched, compared to 464.0 for Walsh.
In tossing a complete-game four hitter vs. Houston on May 19, 2016, Chris became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues since Arizona’s Brandon Webb in 2008 to win his first nine starts of the season.