Tommy Milone

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Tommy Milone
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Milone with the Nationals in 2018
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1987-02-16) February 16, 1987 (age 32)
Saugus, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 3, 2011, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record50–47
Earned run average4.47
Strikeouts648
Teams

Tomaso Anthony Milone (born February 16, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets and Seattle Mariners.

Amateur career[edit]

Born and raised in Saugus, California, Milone attended Saugus High School, where he was a standout as a pitcher and hitter. Milone won All-State honors twice, and was the Foothill Player of the Year his senior season, in which he hit .474 and threw a perfect game, finishing the year with a 9-2 record and a 1.04 ERA. Milone then attended the University of Southern California, playing for the USC Trojans baseball team. As a freshman, Milone was named the number two starter in the rotation and went 7-4 with a 4.94 ERA in 16 starts. In his sophomore season, Milone struggled, going 3-7 with a 6.17 ERA. His junior season would prove to be his best, Milone went 6-6 with a 3.51 ERA and was the number one starter in the rotation. In the summer, Milone competed for the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Chatham A's, and won the B.F.C. Whitehouse Award, given to the best pitcher in the league. Milone finished the summer 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Milone was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 10th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Milone made his major league debut on September 3, 2011, against the New York Mets.[2] Milone struck out Angel Pagan of the New York Mets for his first career strikeout, and later hit a three-run home run on the first pitch of his first Major League at bat, becoming the 27th player in major league history to do so. He left the game after pitching four and one-third innings.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On December 23, 2011, Milone was traded with A. J. Cole, Derek Norris and Brad Peacock to the Oakland Athletics for Gio González and Robert Gilliam.[3]

warming up for the Oakland Athletics in 2012

Milone started the regular season in the #3 starting rotation spot behind Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colón. Milone was the only starting pitcher in the A's rotation to last all season without getting injured and had started the most games for the A's during the 2012 season. He pitched his first complete game of his career on June 20 defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Milone had started game 2 of the ALDS, but the A's had lost to a no decision in the bottom of the 9th inning. Milone finished the season with a 13–10 record and with 137 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.74

Milone was optioned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on August 3, 2013.[4] Milone finished the season with 12 wins in 28 games, 26 of them starts.

Milone started the 2014 season in the A's rotation as the fifth starter. Despite owning a record of 6-3 and a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts, Milone was sent down to AAA. After his demotion he demanded a trade.[5]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

with the Twins in 2015

On July 31, 2014, the Athletics traded Milone to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld.[6] Milone started in five games for the Twins before being shut down with a neck injury.[7]

Milone had a bounce back season in 2015 going 9-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 128.2 innings. Milone struggled in 2016 going 3–5 with a 5.12 ERA and after the season he declined being outrighted to Triple-A Rochester by electing free agency.[8]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On December 14, 2016, Milone signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[9] He was designated for assignment on May 1, 2017, when the team purchased the contract of Rob Scahill.[10] With the Brewers he was 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA.

New York Mets[edit]

Tommy Milone on May 21, 2017 (cropped).jpg

On May 7, 2017, the New York Mets claimed Milone off waivers.[11] With the Mets, he was 0-3 with a 8.56 ERA. In 2017 between the two teams, right-handed batters had a higher batting average against him, .348, than against all other MLB pitchers in 30 or more innings.[12]

Second stint in Washington[edit]

On December 20, 2017, the Washington Nationals signed Milone to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training. On July 26, 2018, he was called up in place of Stephen Strasburg in the rotation.[13] Milone was reassigned to the bullpen on August 18.[14] On September 4, Milone was outrighted off the roster. For the season he was 1-1 with a 5.81 ERA. He declared free agency on October 2, 2018.[15]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On December 6, 2018, Milone signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners.[16] He opened the 2019 season with the Tacoma Rainiers. On May 21, his contract was selected by the Mariners.[17]

Pitching style[edit]

Milone's four-seam fastball ranges from 87–89 mph, and he complements it with a cutter (84–86), curveball (75–79), and changeup (79–82), as well as a rare two-seam fastball. Milone's repertoire against left-handed hitters tends to be fastball-cutter-curveball, while against right-handers it is fastball-changeup-cutter. He uses his changeup heavily in 2-strike counts against righties. His curve is his best swing-and-miss pitch with a whiff rate of about 33%.[18] Milone has shown good control early in his career, with a walk rate under 2 per 9 innings.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Milone married Tina Sarnecki.[20] They welcomed their first child, daughter Mia, in July 2016.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tommy Milone - Baseball - USC Athletics
  2. ^ Lefty Milone scheduled to pitch first big league game Saturday
  3. ^ Nationals Press Release (December 23, 2011). "Nationals acquire All-Star lefthander Gio González from Athletics as part of six-player trade". Nationals.com.
  4. ^ Schlegel, John (August 3, 2013). "Milone optioned to Triple-A, Scribner called up". MLB.com. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  5. ^ Oakland A’s pitcher Tommy Milone not softening trade request – The Mercury News
  6. ^ Cotillo, Chris (July 31, 2014). "Athletics, Twins swap Sam Fuld for Tommy Milone". bleacherreport.com.
  7. ^ Neck injury might end Milone's season - StarTribune.com
  8. ^ "Tommy Milone: Becomes free agent Monday". www.cbssports.com. CBS Sports. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  9. ^ Adams, Steve (December 14, 2016). "Brewers Sign Tommy Milone". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  10. ^ Brewers replace Tommy Milone with Rob Scahill
  11. ^ Mets claim lefty Tommy Milone from Brewers | MLB.com
  12. ^ Splits Leaderboards | FanGraphs
  13. ^ Kerr, Byron (July 26, 2018). "Strasburg to DL, Milone called up to start tonight in Miami". MASN Sports. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Dougherty, Jesse (August 18, 2018). "Jefry Rodriguez rejoins Nationals' rotation, sending Tommy Milone to bullpen". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 8, 2018). "Players Electing Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Zencka, TC (December 8, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/8/18". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  17. ^ Ryan Divish (May 21, 2019). "Mariners make slew of roster moves including placing Dee Gordon and Ryon Healy on injured list". Seattle Times. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Tom Milone". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  19. ^ "Tommy Milone Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  20. ^ Pratt, Casey (August 16, 2013). "See the A's wives and girlfriends run miles for smiles". CSN Bay Area. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  21. ^ "Midweek Stock Report: Milone becomes a dad, dominates Detroit". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 22, 2017.

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