Wade Miley has plenty of tools at his disposal. Now it’s time to build.
The left-handed pitcher will make his first start as a member of the Boston Red Sox when he takes the hill against the New York Yankees on Friday night. Miley currently is the fourth man in Boston’s pitching rotation, but he still comes with high expectations.
In just his second year as a pro, Miley won 16 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks and posted a 3.33 ERA to earn a spot in the 2012 All-Star Game. Miley’s effectiveness has dipped since then, but as NESN’s Steve Lyons points out, the 28-year-old has the ability to re-create those numbers if he can execute with success.
“I think he has the weapons to get away with doing anything he wants to do,” Lyons said before Friday’s game. “It’s all about elevation for him. When he starts getting up in the zone, it’s not like he throws hard enough to just blow guys away, that’s where he gets into trouble.”
Hear more from Lyons and NESN’s Dennis Eckersley on Miley in the video above.
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