Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners is a daily series in which we’ll examine one player every day, 30 total, in the lead-up to Opening Day. We’ll explain their role on the field, what they’re like off of it and provide highlights and photos. On deck tomorrow: Charlie Furbush.
Jerry Dipoto moves quickly. That’s been evident at every step in the offseason, whether it was making the Majors’ first trade of the winter or moving rapidly from there to overhaul the roster. But never was that on display more than with the trade for Wade Miley.
News broke on the evening of Sunday, December 6th that the Dodgers had reached a deal, pending physical, with Hisashi Iwakuma and by around noon on Monday he’d swung a deal with Boston for Miley. Reliever Jonathan Aro was also acquired in the trade, as the Mariners sent Carson Smith and Roenis Elias to the Red Sox.
“We knew we had to address starting pitching, and this was plan 1A,” Dipoto said at the Winter Meetings immediately following the acquisition. “Wade provides stability to our rotation, he takes his starts.”
Miley has actually never missed a start since he debuted with the Arizona Diamondbacks in August of 2011. He pitched with them through the 2014 season, before being acquired by Boston in advance of their 2015 campaign.
“One way or another, you’re going to have to throw roughly 1,450 innings [as a team], and they have to come from somewhere,” Dipoto said.
Based on his track record, Miley stands to eat up a lot of those. Here’s a look at his totals in his first four full seasons as a Major Leaguer:
- 2012: 29 starts (32 appearances), 194.2 innings pitched
- 2013: 33 starts, 202.2 innings pitched
- 2014: 33 starts, 201.1 innings pitched
- 2015: 32 starts, 193.2 innings pitched
While that’s nice to have from a performance standpoint, there’s another aspect to Miley’s game that stands out—but it is mostly aesthetic. Miley is a very fast worker.
Last year, according to Fangraphs, Miley was the second-fastest worker among starting pitchers, taking an average of only 17.5 seconds between pitches—behind only the famously efficient Mark Buerhle.
Off the Field
Wade Miley shared a bit about where he’s from earlier this spring in an episode of MarinersVision Unedited.
Miley is an avid outdoorsman, a hunter of white-tailed deer, squirrels and rabbits. He’s also a big-time bass fisherman as well.
He grew up on a dairy farm and, while he doesn’t live on one now, he does own more than 100 cows. Last year, he squared off against then-Texas Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf in a cow-milking contest.
More in the Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners series
- Norichika Aoki
- Luis Sardinas
- Chris Taylor
- Boog Powell
- Nathan Karns
- Vidal Nuno
- Justin De Fratus
- Mike Zunino
- Steve Clevenger
- Adam Lind
- On deck: Charlie Furbush
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