Tommy Milone is one of several candidates for the Twins' final rotation spot, and he's not an especially appealing one. He wasn't so bad for a back-end starter, compiling a 3.74 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over the final four months, but he's not much of a bat misser and doesn't pitch especially deep into games either, making him pretty much useless to mixed-league owners. His fly-ball tendencies also put him at risk for implosion. If he does secure a rotation spot this spring, he's better than nothing in AL-only leagues, but he probably has a short self life.
Milone agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Milone posted a promising season for the Twins in 2015, finishing with a 3.92 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, that leaves him in contention for a starting spot in the rotation again in 2016. While the 28-year-old can't consistently touch the 90's with his fastball, he still managed to strike out 91 batters over 129.2 innings and did up his average fastball velocity approximately 1.2 MPH over the previous season. While he may not have the best stuff on the staff, the 28-year-old does have the distinct advantage of being the only southpaw among those contending for a spot in the back end of the rotation, giving him a legitimate shot at staying on the big league roster once again.
Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone took a no-decision Saturday despite a quality start, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks over six innings while striking out five. He ends the season on a high note, and Milone will finish 2015 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, numbers right in line with his career prior to last year's stumble.
Twins pitcher Tommy Milone won his ninth game Monday against Cleveland as he allowed two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Milone threw 82 pitches, and that was probably his limit considering he hadn't pitched since September 17th. An illness for Phil Hughes forced Milone into action, and it's unclear if he'll pitch again this season, but he showed why he's a fine backup to have around. His ERA is down to 4.04 to go with an 86:34 K:BB in 122 2/3 innings.
Twins pitcher Tommy Milone (shoulder) will start Monday's contest against the Indians. With Phil Hughes a late scratch with an illness, manager Paul Molitor tabbed Milone to take over in his place. Milone missed his last start due to shoulder fatigue, but was able to throw a bullpen session over the weekend and is apparently healthy enough to get the start Monday.
Twins pitcher Tommy Milone threw a 35-pitch bullpen session without any issues on Saturday and could return in a relief role as soon as Monday, MLB.com reports. Milone will not return to the rotation unless needed, manager Paul Molitor said. It sounds like he'll make a few appearances in relief the rest of the season.