Miles Mikolas

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Miles Mikolas
Miles Mikolas at Minute Maid Park in August 2014.jpg
Mikolas in 2014
Texas Rangers – No. 36
Born: (1988-08-23) August 23, 1988 (age 26)
Jupiter, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 5, 2012 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 2–1
Earned run average 3.44
Strikeouts 24

Miles Tice Mikolas (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He played for the San Diego Padres in 2012 and 2013.

Amateur career[edit]

Mikolas pitched for Jupiter Community High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, where he graduated in 2006.[1] He then pitched for Nova Southeastern University from 2007 to 2009.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Padres[edit]

Mikolas was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the seventh round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

Mikolas pitched as a reliever for the Class-A Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2010 and posted a 2.20 ERA in 60 games. He began 2011 with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm and, after posting a 1.13 ERA in 34 games, was promoted to the Double-A San Antonio Missions on July 4.[2] Mikolas finished out 2011 by compiling a 1.67 ERA as a reliever for the Missions over 28 games. Mikolas was a non-roster invitee to 2012 spring training. He was assigned to the minor league camp later in the spring and started the year with San Antonio.[3]

Mikolas was called up to the majors for the first time directly from Double-A San Antonio on May 5, 2012.[4] He made his debut at Petco Park against the Florida Marlins, whom he grew up rooting for.[1] Mikolas was sent down to the Triple-A Tucson Padres on June 5 after making 13 appearances and allowing 5 earned runs in 1323 innings. He was recalled on July 5[5] and made two more appearances before being optioned back to Triple-A. He was recalled from Tucson again on August 5,[6] and stayed with the big league club through the rest of the year. For the season, Mikolas amassed a 3.62 ERA and 23 strike-outs versus 15 walks over 3213 innings.

Mikolas was designated for assignment by the Padres on November 20, 2013.

Texas Rangers[edit]

The Padres traded Mikolas to the Pittsburgh Pirates, along with Jaff Decker, for Alex Dickerson after the 2013 season.[citation needed] During that offseason, the Pirates traded him to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Chris McGuiness.[7] Mikolas was called up to the Rangers' 25 man roster on July 1, 2014.[8]Mikolas started his first career game against the Baltimore Orioles giving up 3 hits 3 runs in 5.1 innings pitched in a no decision


Mikolas earned the nickname "Lizard King" when, on a bet, he ate a lizard in the bullpen during a 2011 Arizona Fall League game. The video of Mikolas eating the lizard was posted to YouTube.[9]


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