Wade Miley

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Wade Miley
Wade Miley on August 4, 2016.jpg
Free agent
Born: (1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 31)
Hammond, Louisiana
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 20, 2011, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record 66–74
Earned run average 4.38
Strikeouts 925
Career highlights and awards

Wade Allen Miley (born November 13, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, and Baltimore Orioles. He played college baseball at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Early life and career[edit]

Miley was born in Hammond, Louisiana, but grew up in Loranger, Louisiana, a town of only 6,100 residents and only 1,924 households. His father, Wendell, was a mechanic for 18 wheelers.[1] Miley attended Loranger High School and Southeastern Louisiana University, where he played college baseball for the Southeastern Louisiana Lions baseball team.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Miley in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.[3] He made his debut professionally with the Yakima Bears of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League. Miley was called up to the majors for the first time on August 15, 2011,[4] and would finish the season with a 4–2 record in eight games (seven starts).

Miley was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Month for April 2012, pitching 3–0 with a 1.29 earned-run average (ERA), striking out 15 in 21 innings in two starts. Miley took a no-hitter into the 6th inning against Miami. He was also named a NL All-Star in his rookie season after beginning the 2012 season with a 9–5 record with a 3.04 ERA.[5] Later that season on October 1, 2012, Miley pitched an immaculate inning in a game facing the Colorado Rockies. Miley won 16 games for the Diamondbacks in 29 starts in 2012. He also made 3 relief appearances. He had an ERA of 3.33 in 194 23 innings.[citation needed][6]

Miley lost to Bryce Harper for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2012.[7]

On April 22, 2013, Miley hit his first career home run. Miley took a step back from his strong rookie season, managing just 10 wins despite pitching over 200 innings. In 2014, Miley would pitch to a 4.34 ERA with 183 strikeouts and a win-loss record of 8–12.[citation needed][8]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Miley pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2015

On December 12, 2014, the Diamondbacks traded Miley to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and infielder Raymel Flores.[9] On February 5, 2015, Miley and the Red Sox agreed on a three-year $19.25 million contract extension.[10] On April 21, 2015, Miley won his first game with the Red Sox, throwing 5 23 shutout innings versus the Tampa Bay Rays.[citation needed][11] For the season, Miley pitched to a 4.46 ERA in 32 starts, compiling an 11-11 record.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On December 7, 2015, the Red Sox traded Miley and Jonathan Aro to the Seattle Mariners for Roenis Elías and Carson Smith.[12] Miley struggled during his stint with Seattle, pitching to a 4.98 and a 7-8 record. In his last start for the team, he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Cubs.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On July 31, 2016, the Mariners traded Miley to the Baltimore Orioles for Ariel Miranda.[13]

Miley struggled mightily in his first month with the Orioles. In August, he made six starts, pitching to a 7.14 ERA in 29 innings and had a 1-3 record. The Orioles went 2-4 in his starts. On September 18, Miley pitched four scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, before being pulled with a back injury. He returned his next start, taking a shutout into the 9th inning against his former team the Diamondbacks. He ended pitching 823 innings before allowing an RBI double. He struck out a career-high 11 batters in his best start in an Orioles uniform. Overall, Miley finished 2-5 in 11 starts with an ERA of 6.17 for Baltimore. The following season, Miley was tabbed as the #4 starter in the rotation. He endured his worst season of his career, setting career worsts in ERA for a full season (5.61), losses (15), home runs allowed (25) and walks (93). He also pitched in a career low 157.1 innings pitched. On November 3, the Orioles declined Miley's 2018 option.[14]

Pitching style[edit]

He throws four main pitches with an occasional fifth. The main four are four-seam fastball and two-seam fastballs (ranging from 88–92 miles per hour (142–148 km/h)), a slider (79–82 miles per hour (127–132 km/h)), and a changeup to right-handed hitters (80–81 miles per hour (129–130 km/h)). The least commonly thrown is a curveball in the mid-upper 70s, mostly against right-handers. His favored off-speed pitch with two strikes is the slider.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Miley has been an avid hunter since the age of three. Growing up in Louisiana, Miley was a fan of the Atlanta Braves.[1] He currently spends his off-season on his ranch near Austin, Texas, where he raises sheep.[16]


  1. ^ a b "D'backs All-Star Miley goes from small town to big time". USATODAY.COM. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Wade Miley ties future to Red Sox". Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana's Miley Drafted No. 43 Overall By Arizona Diamondbacks". Southland.org. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Olney, Buster. "Waiver targets among pitchers". Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana Athletics- Former Lion Miley Selected to MLB All-Star Team". Lionsports.net. January 7, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "2012 Arizona Diamondbacks Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  7. ^ "Bryce Harper lives up to the hype, earns NL ROY honors in extremely close vote". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wade Miley Statistics and History | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Boston Red Sox acquire LHP Wade Miley from Arizona Diamondbacks". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Red Sox, Wade Miley agree to three-year, $19.25 million contract extension". Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ "April 21, 2015 Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Box Score and Play by Play | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  12. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/report--mariners-get-starter-wade-miley-in-trade-with-red-sox-200557371.html
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 3, 2017). "Orioles Decline Options Over J.J. Hardy & Wade Miley". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Wade Miley". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Baseball Star Miley Has Special Fondness for Sheep". Austin American-Statesman. 13 October 2016. 

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Preceded by
Dee Gordon
NL Rookie of the Month
April 2012
Succeeded by
Bryce Harper