Acquired: Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (KCR).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in seven starts at Northwest Arkansas (Double-A), striking out 44 while walking six and allowing 35 hits in 42 innings.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Northwest Arkansas (Double-A) on May 18 as the 26th man for a doubleheader against the Red Sox.
MLB Debut Date: 5/18/2016
|May 18, in a 5-2 loss to the Red Sox in Game 2 of a doubleheader. The fourth of five pitchers, he tossed two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run on one hit and two walks. Coming on in the top of the eighth inning for reliever Scott Alexander, he gave up a leadoff walk to Josh Rutledge and Jackie Bradley, Jr. followed with a single to right field. Rutledge scored on a groundout by Christian Vasquez and Brock Holt followed with a pop out. After hitting Mookie Betts with a pitch and walking Xander Bogaerts, Mills was relieved by RHP Chien-Ming Wang, who got David Ortiz to ground out to end the threat.|
|Mills was sent back to the minors after the game, as is generally the norm (though not required) with the 26th-man call-ups, but that is not a reflection on his performance or what his future is with the organization. He was a not-totally-unexpected selection for an emergency arm and can now return to his steady climb through the system that has been interrupted only by 2013 Tommy John surgery. He has spent his baseball career surprising people since making the Tennessee-Martin team in college as a walk-on. Throwing a mix of four pitches including a fastball that has gained several MPH since college, he knows how to mix those pitches and couples that knowledge with remarkable control and command: He’s combined to throw 308.2 IP in the minors, striking out 299 and walking only 60 coming into his big league debut. That is not a typo. In 2015 at Wilmington (High A), he went 7-7 with a 3.02 ERA in 21 starts, striking out 11 and walking 14 in 113.1 IP, with similarly eye-opening ratios every season before that.|