Wade Miley was so bad last year that the Orioles didn’t even bring him back. While I may be hyperbolizing the situation (the Orioles may have offered him a contract that he rejected; we don’t know all the details), it could very well be the truth.
Miley was one of the Orioles’ main starting pitchers last season, more or less serving as the number-three on a team that won 75 games. His numbers were actually so bad — 5.61 ERA, 5.27 FIP, 7.02 DRA — that he couldn’t warrant a major-league contract as a free agent over the offseason. In February, Miley signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Brewers that promised him $2.5 million if his contract was selected to the Majors. On May 2nd, the Brewers did just that, promoting him to the big league club after he pitched 25 1⁄3 decent innings in Double-A.
You read that correctly. Wade Miley was pitching in Double-A earlier this year. In his seven starts there, Miley posted a 3.55 ERA with a 28.6 K% and a 4.1 BB% against the 98 batters he faced. Clearly, the Brewers liked Miley’s peripherals, prompting them to bring him to the big league club, where he made 16 starts for the rest of the season.
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