Wade Miley
Wade Miley on August 4, 2016.jpg
Miley with the Baltimore Orioles in 2016
Chicago Cubs – No. 20
Pitcher
Born: (1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 35)
Hammond, Louisiana
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 20, 2011, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through June 10, 2022)
Win–loss record98–92
Earned run average4.13
Strikeouts1,264
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Wade Allen Miley (born November 13, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Miley in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2011, and has also played for the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, and Cincinnati Reds. He played college baseball at Southeastern Louisiana University. On May 7, 2021, he threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.

Early life and career

Miley was born in Hammond, Louisiana, but grew up in Loranger, a town of 6,100 residents and 1,924 households. His father, Wendell, was a mechanic for 18 wheelers.[1] Miley attended Loranger High School and Southeastern Louisiana University, where he played college baseball for the Southeastern Louisiana Lions baseball team.[2] In 2007, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League and was named a league all-star.[3][4][5]

Professional career

Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013
Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Miley in the first round, 43rd overall, of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.[6] He made his debut professionally with the Yakima Bears of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League. Miley was called up to the majors for the first time on August 15, 2011,[7] and would finish the season with a 4–2 record in eight games (seven starts).

Miley was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Month for April 2012, pitching 3–0 with a 1.29 earned-run average (ERA), striking out 15 in 21 innings in two starts. Miley took a no-hitter into the 6th inning against Miami. He was also named a NL All-Star in his rookie season after beginning the 2012 season with a 9–5 record with a 3.04 ERA.[8] Later that season on October 1, 2012, Miley pitched an immaculate inning in a game facing the Colorado Rockies. Miley won 16 games for the Diamondbacks in 29 starts in 2012. He also made 3 relief appearances. He had an ERA of 3.33 in 194+23 innings.[9]

Miley lost to Bryce Harper for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2012.[10]

On April 22, 2013, Miley hit his first career home run. Miley took a step back from his strong rookie season, managing just 10 wins despite pitching over 200 innings. In 2014, Miley would pitch to a 4.34 ERA with 183 strikeouts and a win–loss record of 8–12.[11]

Boston Red Sox

Miley pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2015
Miley pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2015

On December 12, 2014, the Diamondbacks traded Miley to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and infielder Raymel Flores.[12] On February 5, 2015, Miley and the Red Sox agreed on a three-year $19.25 million contract extension.[13] On April 21, 2015, Miley won his first game with the Red Sox, throwing 5+23 shutout innings versus the Tampa Bay Rays.[citation needed][14] For the season, Miley pitched to a 4.46 ERA in 32 starts, compiling an 11–11 record.

Seattle Mariners

On December 7, 2015, the Red Sox traded Miley and Jonathan Aro to the Seattle Mariners for Roenis Elías and Carson Smith.[15] Miley struggled during his stint with Seattle, pitching to a 4.98 ERA and a 7–8 record. In his last start for the team, he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Cubs.

Baltimore Orioles

On July 31, 2016, the Mariners traded Miley to the Baltimore Orioles for Ariel Miranda.[16] In August, he made six starts, pitching to a 7.14 ERA in 29 innings and had a 1–3 record. The Orioles went 2–4 in his starts. On September 18, Miley pitched four scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, before being pulled with a back injury. He returned his next start, taking a shutout into the 9th inning against his former team the Diamondbacks. He ended pitching 823 innings before allowing an RBI double. He struck out a career-high 11 batters in his best start in an Orioles uniform. Overall, Miley finished 2–5 in 11 starts with an ERA of 6.17 for Baltimore. The following season, Miley was tabbed as the #4 starter in the rotation. He endured his worst season of his career, setting career worsts in ERA for a full season (5.61), losses (15), home runs allowed (25) and walks (93). He also pitched in a career low 157+13 innings pitched. On July 30, 2017, Miley gave up Adrián Beltré's 3,000th career hit. On November 3, 2017, the Orioles declined Miley's 2018 option.[17]

Milwaukee Brewers

On February 14, 2018, Miley signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.[18] He began the season in the Minors but was called up a couple of weeks later. He pitched in two starts before landing on the 60 day disabled list with an oblique injury. He was activated off the disabled list on July 12, going 5–2 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts. He also started Game 3 of the Division Series, along with Games 2, 5 and 6 of the NLCS. In Game 5 he faced only one hitter before being replaced with a right-handed pitcher. This made Miley only the second starter in postseason history to face a single batter and the first to do so without getting the batter out.[19] By starting Game 6 he became the first pitcher in 88 years to start back-to-back postseason games.[20]

Houston Astros

Miley signed a one-year contract worth $4.5 million with the Houston Astros on February 1, 2019.[21] In 2019 he was 14–6 with a 3.98 ERA in 167+13 innings over 33 starts.[22]

Cincinnati Reds

On December 18, 2019, Miley signed a two-year contract, with a club option, worth $15 million with the Cincinnati Reds.[23] In a COVID-19 shortened season, Miley was 0–3 with a 5.65 ERA in 14+13 over 6 games (4 starts).[22]

On May 7, 2021, Miley threw the 17th no-hitter in Reds history, striking out eight batters while allowing only two baserunners in the 3–0 win against the Cleveland Indians. It was the fourth no-hitter of the season and the second in three days after John Means of the Baltimore Orioles threw his against the Seattle Mariners.[24] Miley finished the 2021 season with a 12–7 record and 3.37 ERA in 28 starts.

Chicago Cubs

On November 5, 2021, the Reds placed Miley on waivers and he was claimed by the Chicago Cubs.[25]

Pitching style

He throws four main pitches with an occasional fifth. The main four are four-seam fastball and two-seam fastballs (ranging from 88–92 miles per hour (142–148 km/h)), a slider (79–82 miles per hour (127–132 km/h)), and a changeup to right-handed hitters (80–81 miles per hour (129–130 km/h)). The least commonly thrown is a curveball in the mid-upper 70s, mostly against right-handers. His favored off-speed pitch with two strikes is the slider.[26]

Personal life

Miley has been an avid hunter since the age of three. Growing up in Louisiana, Miley was a fan of the Atlanta Braves.[1] He currently spends his off-season on his ranch near Austin, Texas.[27]

Miley and his wife, Katy, have one child, a son who was born in September 2016.[28]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Wade Miley ties future to Red Sox". February 6, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "2007 Wareham Gatemen". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "West All-Star Roster: All-Star Game 2007". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana's Miley Drafted No. 43 Overall By Arizona Diamondbacks". Southland.org. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  7. ^ Olney, Buster. "Waiver targets among pitchers". Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana Athletics- Former Lion Miley Selected to MLB All-Star Team". Lionsports.net. January 7, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "2012 Arizona Diamondbacks Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Bryce Harper lives up to the hype, earns NL ROY honors in extremely close vote". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "Wade Miley Statistics and History | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Boston Red Sox acquire LHP Wade Miley from Arizona Diamondbacks". ESPN.com. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  13. ^ "Red Sox, Wade Miley agree to three-year, $19.25 million contract extension". Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  14. ^ "April 21, 2015 Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Box Score and Play by Play | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Yahoo Sports MLB". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  16. ^ Johns, Greg (September 3, 2019). "Mariners deal Wade Miley to Orioles | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  17. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 3, 2017). "Orioles Decline Options Over J.J. Hardy & Wade Miley". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  18. ^ Karraker, Patrick (February 14, 2018). "Brewers sign Wade Miley to minor-league deal". MLBDailyDish.com. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: In the Postseason, From 1903 to 2018, as Starter, (requiring BF=1), sorted by smallest IP". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  20. ^ Townsend, Mark (October 18, 2018). "Brewers' Wade Miley is first pitcher in 88 years to face this postseason challenge". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  21. ^ McTaggart, Brian (January 31, 2019). "Wade Miley signs one-year deal with Astros". MLB.com. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Wade Miley Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  23. ^ Mark Sheldon (December 18, 2019). "Reds sign Wade Miley to 2-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  24. ^ "Miley pitches MLB's 2nd no-no THIS WEEK!".
  25. ^ "Wade Miley claimed off waivers by Cubs".
  26. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Wade Miley". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  27. ^ "Red Sox LHP Wade Miley: 10 fast facts you need to know". June 5, 2015.
  28. ^ "Wade Miley leaves Orioles for birth of son; could pitch vs. Yankees". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
Awards and achievements Preceded byJohn Means No-hitter pitcher May 7, 2021 Succeeded bySpencer Turnbull Preceded byDee Gordon NL Rookie of the Month April 2012 Succeeded byBryce Harper