Miles Mikolas

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Miles Mikolas
Yomiuri Giants – No. 39
Born: (1988-08-23) August 23, 1988 (age 26)
Jupiter, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: May 5, 2012 for the San Diego Padres
NPB: April 8, 2015 for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 4-6
Earned run average 5.32
Strikeouts 62
WHIP 1.42
NPB statistics
(through July 3, 2015)
Win–loss record 4-3
Earned run average 2.25
Strikeouts 57
WHIP 0.94

Miles Tice Mikolas (born August 23, 1988), nicknamed "Lizard King",[1] is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently with Yomiuri Giants. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers.

Amateur career[edit]

Mikolas pitched for Jupiter Community High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, where he graduated in 2006.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Mikolas was called up to the majors for the first time directly from Double-A San Antonio on May 5, 2012.[5] He made his debut at Petco Park against the Florida Marlins, whom he grew up rooting for.[2] 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[6] and made two more appearances before being optioned back to Triple-A. He was recalled from Tucson again on August 5,[7] 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.[8] Mikolas was called up to the Rangers' 25 man roster on July 1, 2014.[9] 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.

The Rangers released Mikolas on November 20, 2014.

Yomiuri Giants[edit]

On November 25, 2014, Mikolas signed a one-year, $700,000 (USD) deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball for the 2015 season.


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.[10] Mikolas is married to Lauren Mikolas, who has become famous in Japan.[1]


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