Strikeout specialist who won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award while pitching for the Detroit Tigers and the 2016 and 2017 NL Cy Young Awards with the Washington Nationals. He helped lead the Tigers to the World Series in 2012 and the ALCS in 2013 and he pitched his first career no-hitter with the Nationals on June 20, 2015.
He played college baseball at the University of Missouri and was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006, Missouri's first-ever MLB first-round draftee.
He led the league in strikeouts per nine innings in 2012 with a whopping 11.1 mark.
His only brother Alex committed suicide in 2012, and Max began dedicating every start to his memory.
He won his first 13 decisions in 2013, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Roger Clemens with the Red Sox in 1986.