Wade Miley

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Wade Miley
Wade Miley on April 26, 2015.jpg
Miley with the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox – No. 20
Born: (1986-11-13) November 13, 1986 (age 29)
Hammond, Louisiana
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 20, 2011, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 49–46
Earned run average 3.95
Strikeouts 646
Career highlights and awards
Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013

Wade Allen Miley (born November 13, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. He previously pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2011 to 2014. 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]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Miley in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[3]

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 would pitch an immaculate inning in a game facing the Colorado Rockies.

Miley stood out in 2012, winning 16 games for the Diamondbacks in 29 starts. He also made 3 relief appearances. He had an ERA of 3.33 in 194.2 innings.

Miley would be edged out by Bryce Harper for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2012.[6]

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 a 4.34 ERA with 183 strikeouts and a win-loss record of 8-12.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

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.[7] On February 5, 2015, Miley and the Red Sox agreed on a three-year $19.25 million contract extension.[8] On April 21, 2015, Miley won his first game with the Red Sox, throwing 5.2 shutout frames versus the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pitching style[edit]

He throws four main pitches with an occasional fifth. The main four are four-seam fastball and two-seam fastballs (ranging 88 to 92 miles-per-hour [MPH]), a slider (79–82 MPH), and a changeup to right-handed hitters (80–81). The least commonly thrown is a curveball in the mid-upper 70s, mostly against right-handers. His favored off-speed pitch with 2 strikes is the slider.[9]


A fairly capable hitter, Miley hit .169 at the plate and drew 20 walks during his 2012 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks of the National League.

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.[10]


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