Wyatt Mills
Seattle Mariners – No. 40
Pitcher
Born: (1995-01-25) January 25, 1995 (age 26)
Spokane, Washington
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 1, 2021, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through August 20, 2021)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average10.03
Strikeouts11
Teams

Gregory Wyatt Mills (born January 25, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2021.

Amateur career

Mills attended Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington.[1] Undrafted out of high school in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, he enrolled at Gonzaga University where he played college baseball for the Bulldogs.

In 2014, as a freshman at Gonzaga, Mills pitched 12+13 innings, compiling a 3.65 ERA, and in 2015, as a sophomore, he went 1–0 with a 2.79 ERA in 19 innings. Mills broke out as a junior in 2016, going 3–2 with a 2.65 ERA and seven saves in 37 innings pitched in relief. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 17th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign.[2] That summer, he played in the Alaska Baseball League.[3] During his senior year, he went 2–2 with a 1.79 ERA and 12 saves in 22 relief appearances.[4]

Professional career

After his senior year, Mills was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[5]

Mills signed with Seattle and made his professional debut with the Everett AquaSox before earning a promotion to the Clinton LumberKings. In 20+13 innings pitched between the two club, he went 0–2 with six saves and a 1.77 ERA, striking out 29.[6] In 2018, he began the year with the Modesto Nuts, with whom he went 6–0 with 11 saves and a 1.91 ERA in 42+13 innings pitched and was named a California League All-Star.[7] At the end of the season, he was promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, pitching to a 10.13 ERA in 10+23 innings.[8] After the season, he was assigned to play for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League where he was 1–0 with a 1.93 ERA in eight appearances.[9] In 2019, he returned to Arkansas, going 4–2 with eight saves and a 4.27 ERA over 52+23 relief innings, striking out 66.[10] After the season, on October 10, he was selected for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12 tournament in November 2019.[11]

On November 20, 2020, Mills was added to the 40-man roster.[12] On May 1, 2021, Mills was promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[13] He made his MLB debut that night, pitching a scoreless inning of relief against the Los Angeles Angels.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Bullpups armed and ready". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Bios on all 40 of Rays draft picks". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Alaska League top prospects". Perfect Game. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Mills excited to stay in Northwest, join Mariners". MLB.com. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Mariners stocking up on arms in 2017 Draft". MLB.com. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Out of Right Field: Former Gonzaga standouts Marco Gonzales, Wyatt Mills making strides for M's". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Former Gonzaga pitcher makes all-star team". KXLY.com. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Wyatt Mills Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ex-Zag Wyatt Mills making progress for Mariners". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "Wyatt Mills College, Minor & Fall Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  11. ^ "USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster". USA Baseball. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Mariners Add 4 Players To 40-Man Roster". MLB Trade Rumors.
  13. ^ "Mariners Designate Jacob Nottingham". MLB Trade Rumors.
  14. ^ "Wyatt Mills' first day as a Mariner reliever begins with a fine, ends with a perfect inning". The Seattle Times. May 2, 2021.