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Snake Pit Appraisals: Wade Miley

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How did the Snake Pit grade Wade Miley for 2014?

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


"Positive: Wade Miley had the highest percent quality starts (58%) of the Diamondback starting pitchers. He was the most efficient with 3.71 pitches per plate appearance except for Brandon McCarthy. He had the lowest run support (3.55) except for Brandon McCarthy." (Makakilo)

"He battled for the team when the relievers were taxed from the other starters’ incompetence, probably affected his numbers more than we realize. Pitched 201.1 innings and always battled regardless of his stuff."(rapdawg)

"Ate innings as an inexpensive lefty. Team asked a lot of him last year." (desertice)


"He was supposed to be our ace this year after corbin went down, and was far from an ace with 8 wins and a 4.34 ERA" (azbaseballfan)

" A career worst 1.401 WHIP and pitched poorly (or had bad luck) in high lev situations." (diamondhacks)

Towards 2015:

Probably a #4 guy on a contending team. Hopefully a better staff around him in 2015 will take off some of the pressure to carry the team and allow him to rebound. (TucsonTim)

Comment of the thread:

"Somewhat satisfied he held together a rotation that was reeling from the losses of Corbin and Arroyo, while performing at a solidly average level. Yes, his performance took a step back, but at the same time he established himself as the lone consistent part of the rotation over the course of the entire season. That has to count for something, right?

He wasn’t awful. That may be damning with faint praise, but given the state of the rotation, the fact that he was able to go out every fifth day and perform to a level where you knew you at least had a chance to win was good, especially since only three starters made over 20 starts, and no one else made over 30." (preston.salisbury)

The tally:

  • 5 - Highly satisfied: 4%
  • 4 - Fairly satisfied: 25%
  • 3 - Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied: 35%
  • 2 - Somewhat dissatisfied: 31%
  • 1 - Very dissatisfied: 4%

The Scoreboard

  1. Evan Marshall: 4.76 (119 votes)
  2. Josh Collmenter: 4.71 (151)
  3. Paul Goldschmidt: 4.64 (168)
  4. Ender Inciarte: 4.51 (111)
  5. Chase Anderson: 4.18 (161)
  6. Eury de la Rosa: 3.63 (91)
  7. Tuffy Gosewisch: 3.50 (113)
  8. Brandon McCarthy 3.43 (542)***
  9. Jake Lamb 3.31 (115)
  10. Wade Miley 2.94 (122)
  11. Didi Gregorius: 2.75 (106)
  12. Mike Bolsinger: 2.67 (117)
  13. Bronson Arroyo: 2.63 (125)
  14. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  15. Randall Delgado: 2.25 (122)
  16. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  17. Trevor Cahill: 1.07 (147)

The largest representation fell right in the middle for Wade Miley, with the opinions deviating almost evenly in both directions. This is probably quite appropriate since Miley has been both good and bad while eating up innings and remaining cheap. The biggest knock on Miley seems to be more that he did not sufficiently fill Corbin's shoes in 2014, but while the team needed him to, few if any actually expected that he could. Unlike the majority of his rotation mates, he took the ball every fifth day, stayed healthy, and did not completely embarrass himself.