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 was acquired by the Boston Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster five-player trade on December 6, 2016. In 2016, Chris became the first pitcher in White Sox history to record 200-plus strikeouts in four consecutive seasons (2013-16). He joined Washington’s Max Scherzer as the only pitchers to strike out 200-plus batters in each of the last four seasons (2013-16). Chris was named to his fifth consecutive All-Star team in ‘16, joining Billy Pierce (1955-59) as the only pitchers in franchise history to accomplish the feat. He also became the fifth pitcher in Sox history to start the Midsummer Classic, joining Pierce (1953, ‘55-56), Early Wynn (1959), Esteban Loaiza (2003) and Mark Buehrle (2005).
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 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.