Many MLB fans believed that Arizona Diamonbacks’ rookie SP Wade Miley was the most deserving of NL Rookie of the Year. While Bryce Harper may have gone home with the hardware, Miley’s efforts in Arizona did not go unnoticed as he turned in quite the season. The 43rd overall pick in 2008, he has made a swift jump in the Major Leagues to a team that has a starting rotation that would be the envy of most any team. The naysayers will predict Miley to go through the dreaded sophomore slump in 2013, however this powerful lefty will make a difference in the NL West yet again.
While Ian Kennedy anchored the Diamondbacks pitching staff, Miley was most effective in terms of wins and ERA. In my mind, Miley’s ability to keep men off base with an impressive 3.89 K/BB ratio puts him above teammates Trevor Cahill and Joe Saunders. Furtermore, Miley will be asked to take a larger role as he threw in 194.2 innings last season, putting him 23rd in the National League alone. This will naturally mean that Miley will be exposed to more right handed hitters, who have had the moderate success against him. Righties hit .270 off Miley with 13 homeruns in 597 at-bats.
Miley had a 3.64 ERA in the second half countered by a 3.04 ERA in the first half, hopefully those numbers do not spell a slow start to 2013.
Now, the innings will not be the only thing that will increase for Miley in 2013. Arizona hopes to see an increase in Miley’s strikeout total as he was 32nd in the National League with 144. Miley is arbitration eligible in 2015, but does not hit the free agent market until 2018. Not setting anything in stone, however the Diamondbacks have to be over-joyed that this 26 year old will be on the hill for years to come.