Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:
2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
Health and other mitigating factors
How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.
Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.
Additional bonus! Going forward. we'll also have a "Comment of the Thread" for the appraisal, so please rec the comments you find insightful, funny, or whatever.
Wade Miley was clearly not on top of his game in 2014. Pitching to an ERA+ 86, Miley was well below league average. Both his hits and walks per nine innings were at full-season career highs, but so too were his strikeout. Like many other pitchers in the Diamondback rotation, Miley seemed to have difficulty with the "one big inning" in 2014. Despite this though, Miley was the only pitcher to eclipse 200 IP in a staff that at one time featured Arroyo, Corbin, and Collmenter as well. His 2014 was a down year for him, but he pitches left-handed, was cheap in 2014, and managed to stay healthy and effective enough to log substantial innings. If ever there was a pitching performance that might lend credence to the notion that rotation meltdowns are contagious, it might just be Miley's 2014.