Fiers pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers.
|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 64|
June 15, 1985 |
Pompano Beach, Florida
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 14, 2011 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.20|
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.
In 2012, he has become the spot starter in the Brewers rotation after a series of injuries, and so far has performed much better than expectations. Up through August 9, Fiers has an ERA of 1.80 and a WHIP of 1.01 in twelve starts and one relief appearance. He has acquired 80 strikeouts to go along with 80 innings, and has a record of 6-4. His best game came on June 30 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, in which he struck out ten batters and allowed two hits and zero earned runs in 6 innings on his way to earning the win. Fiers performances have been praised by teammates and outside observers for his ability to pound the strikezone, and his ability to strikeout batters without having high-velocity pitches. He was also considered an old prospect, as he is already 27 years old.
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
- "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)