Hoby Milner

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Biographical Information[edit]

The son of big leaguer Brian Milner, pitcher Hoby Milner made his minor league debut in 2012 and reached the majors in 2017.

Amateur Career[edit]

Milner had a 6-1, 0.77 record as a high school junior. His senior year, he went 9-2 and hit .559 with 6 home runs. Collegiate Baseball named him a second-team high school All-American. He was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 44th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He did not sign, opting to attend the University of Texas instead. Milner was 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 32 innings as a freshman. He played for the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League, going 4-0 with a save and 2.78 ERA. He was named the Top Professional Prospect in the National Baseball Congress World Series. His sophomore season, he was excellent, going 7-4 with a save, 2.45 ERA and .201 opponent average in 32 games (9 starts). He pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings in the 2011 College World Series. As a junior at Texas, Hoby remained sharp at 7-4, 2.65 with 3 saves, a 2.15 opponent average and 68 K to 19 walks in 71 2/3 innings pitched. He made second-team All-Big 12 Conference.


He was then chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh round of the 2012 amateur draft. He soon signed and made his pro debut on June 20th with the Williamsport Crosscutters. He had a great day, with 3 hitless, scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win over the State College Spikes; he walked one and fanned four.


Milner made his major league debut with the Phillies on June 24, 2017 and went on to have a solid first season in the big leagues, making 37 appearances, all in relief and putting up an excellent ERA of 2.01. In 31 1/3 innings, he struck out 22 batters while walking 16. He had no decisions, being often used as a LOOGY. He was then a busy man in the early days of the 2018 season, as new manager Gabe Kapler used him in each of his team's first three games. In the third of these appearances, on March 31st, against the Atlanta Braves, he came in under less than ideal cicumstances. Kapler had seen enough of starting pitcher Vince Velasquez, as he had given up 5 runs in 2 2/3 innings, and came out of the dugout to make a pitching change. Problem was, Milner had just gotten up to start his warm-up tosses in the bullpen and was nowhere near ready to come into the game. Realizing his mistake, Kapler tried to stall for time, but the umpires reacted by just cutting the number of warm-up pitches Milner was allowed to make on the game mound, following the new instructions issued by Major League Baseball to speed up mid-inning pitching changes. The first two batters reached against Milner, resulting in two more runs, before he got Preston Tucker to ground out to end the inning.

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