Fiers pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 50
June 15, 1985 |
Pompano Beach, Florida
|September 14, 2011 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.54|
He began his career playing for the Rookie league Helena Brewers, Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and Class A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees in 2009. Fiers played the 2010 season at Brevard and with the Double-A Huntsville Stars. He began the 2011 season with Huntsville, but was promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in late May.
Fiers was called up to the majors for the first time on September 10, 2011. On 7 August 2012, Fiers carried a perfect game into the 7th inning in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. He finished going 8 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits, earning the victory.
On September 11, 2014, Fiers hit Giancarlo Stanton in the face with an 88mph fastball, sending him to the hospital. With his next pitch, Fiers proceeded to hit Reed Johnson on one of his hands when he attempted to paint the inside corner. Both pitches were called strikes, because the batters were in the act of swinging. Casey McGehee started yelling at the umpire, but Fiers thought that McGehee was yelling at him, so he tried to say that he did not do it on purpose, this then caused a bench-clearing shouting match. Fiers expressed his deepest apologies to Stanton, and on September 12, 2014 Fiers was fined an undisclosed amount for causing the benches to clear.
Fiers throws four pitches. He leads with a four-seam fastball at 88–91 mph. He also has a slider (82–85), curveball (70–73), and changeup (79–83). He also experiments with a cutter in the mid 80's for some extra movement to induce ground balls or surprise hitters. His primary off-speed pitch to lefties is the changeup and to righties is the curveball. His changeup is considered by many to be his best pitch, and he has excellent command of the strikezone with all of his pitches. Despite having relatively low velocity, his command, the movement of his pitches (particularly his slow, looping curveball) all make him quite capable of racking up strikeouts. He had a K/9 of 9.6 during his four years in the minors, and so far in Milwaukee, has a K/9 of 9.4 through his first season in the majors.
- NSU Alum, Mike Fiers Called to Milwaukee Brewers
- "Hit by Pitch, the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Is Taken to Hospital". New York Times. September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
- "Fiers, DeSclafani disciplined by MLB". ESPN Go. September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
- "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Michael Fiers". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)