When the Milwaukee Brewers signed Wade Miley they added some depth to the starting pitching in the organization.
It was a minor league deal with invite to camp, and Miley is pitching well early on. Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jeff Bandy says that the pitcher is one of the more impressive names to come to mind this spring.
This comes after five strikeouts in the first two innings of todays Spring Training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prior to this outing he threw two innings with two strikeouts. It is encouraging to see the southpaw looking good in the early stages.
Miley’s control is something to watch because of his recent walk history. Last season he walked 93 batters. The 31 year old might become a back end starter if he is throwing well, but it would also more than likely take some injuries to occur.
In an ideal world the Milwaukee Brewers get a solid lefty in the rotation, but that has not been the case for Miley in several years. But a solid spring is very encouraging to say the least. His strikeouts are coming against some guys with MLB experience too.
Jeremy Hazelbaker was the first victim to start the game, then Ketel Marte to end the first inning. He followed it up by sitting down Christian Walker and Alex Avila back to back. Yasmany Tomas broke up the possibility of striking out the side, but the following batter, Rey Fuentes, struck out as well.
The Diamondbacks are the only team to enjoy Miley during his successful years, he came up in their system. In this Spring Training matchup, they are once again seeing success from him. It is early, and it is just Spring Training, but good performances are good performances.
More than likely, there will be a lefty in the rotation. But that is also probably going to be Brent Suter. Miley is a true longshot to crack the roster come Opening Day. After all, he is not on the 40-man, he is a non roster invite.
The game ended early in the third for Miley. He got CJ Cron to ground out, then gave up a hit to the following batter. The hit was it for the lefty, Ernesto Frieri came in relief. But what was nice about this outing is that Miley threw his fastball, curveball, and changeup for strikes.
If a catcher says the pitcher is looking good, it is not something to scoff at. Miley really is doing well this spring and he might just prove he deserves a shot. It will come during the season, but he will get one if he can keep it up.