Wade Miley

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Pitcher Wade Miley was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 20th round of the 2005 amateur draft but opted to attend Southeastern Louisiana University instead. He was then chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the supplemental first round of the 2008 amateur draft with the 43rd overall pick and signed by scout Trip Couch. He made his big league debut on August 20, 2011, starting against the Atlanta Braves and giving up 5 earned runs over 4 innings to take the loss. He was a winner in his second start, on August 25th against the Washington Nationals, giving up one run in 6 innings as the D-Backs prevailed, 8-1.

Miley was named the National League's Rookie of the Month in April, 2012, when he went 3-0, 1.29 with 13 strikeouts; he started the season as a long reliever but then took the injured Daniel Hudson's spot in the starting rotation; the only 3 earned runs he gave up that month came in a single relief outing on April 19th. He made the All-Star team as the D-Backs' sole representative and finished the year with an excellent record of 16-11, 3.33 in 32 games (29 starts), having pitched 194 2/3 innings, during which he allowed 193 hits but only 37 walks, and struck out 144 batters. He finished a close second behind the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper in the voting for the National League Rookie of the Year Award getting 12 first-place votes and 105 points while Harper received 16 and 112 respectively. He was however named the left-handed pitcher on the 2012 Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

Miley was not as dominant in 2013, but still pitched well as he made 33 starts and logged 202 2/3 innings with an ERA of 3.55, good for an ERA+ of 108. He struck out 147 batters, but his walks jumped from 37 to 66 and his record was only 10-10, reflecting the fact the D-Backs finished exactly at .500 as well. Patrick Corbin overtook him as the team's top starter, but he was injured in spring training in 2014, and as a result Miley got the prestigious assignment of facing Cy Young Award-winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball's special opening series played in Sydney, Australia on March 22nd. He pitched pretty well, limiting the Dodgers to 3 hits in 5 innings and striking out 8, but a walk and a wild pitch on third strike to Adrian Gonzalez and a pair of extra-base hits by Scott Van Slyke were enough to lead to three runs in a game the D-Backs and Miley lost, 3-1. It was a prelude to what was to come, as Miley made 33 starts and pitched 201 1/3 innings with an ERA of 4.34, but ended up with record of 8-12 as the D-Backs ended up with the worst record in the majors.

On December 12, 2014, Wade was traded to the Boston Red Sox in return for two young pitchers, Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, making him the third experienced starting pitcher to join the Red Sox in a week, after Justin Masterson and Rick Porcello. He got off to a poor start with his new team in 2015, however, as his ERA stood at 8.62 after four starts, and in two of those he had failed to get out of the 3rd inning. On June 11th, he got into a highly public argument with manager John Farrell in the dugout after he had been taken out of a game against the Baltimore Orioles after only 4 innings. He had given up 9 hits and at least a run in all four innings before being yanked and ended up being charged with a 6-5 loss. A day later, Farrell explained that his pitcher's reaction had been unacceptable and that he had later apologized. He finished the season at 11-11, 4.46 in 32 starts, logging 193 2/3 innings. After the season, he found himself in a logjam of potential starting pitchers after the Sox had signed David Price as a free agent, and on December 27th, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners, along with P Jonathan Aro, in return for relievers Roenis Elias and Carson Smith. The Mariners had a free spot in their starting rotation following the departure of Hisashi Iwakuma via free agency.

Ironically, Iwakuma did sign again with the Mariners in 2016, but Miley still kept his newly-acquired spot in the starting rotation. In 19 starts, he was 7-8, 4.98, middling numbers, but still better than what the Baltimore Orioles had been getting from the back end of their starting rotation behind ace Chris Tillman. Seeing that Miley had pitched well in his last few outings for Seattle, the Mariners acquireed him in a trade on July 31st, in return for P Ariel Miranda.

Pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 2017, Miley had the shortest outing of his career on September 14th, lasting only 19 pitches against the New York Yankees. Six of the seven batters he faced reached base, including a three-run homer by Todd Frazier. He allowed 6 runs in a third of an inning and was charged with a 13-5 loss.

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