Hoby Milner

Position: LHP
Born: 01/13/91
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 165
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PHI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
1-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 22 games in relief at Lehigh Valley (Triple-A), striking out 27 and walking just four in 27 2/3 innings, allowing 24 hits for a .235 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Lehigh Valley on June 20 when RHP Jeanmar Gomez was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 06/24/17

Debut Details
June 24, in a 9-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. The second of four pitchers, he allowed one run on two hits in one inning, walking one, striking out one and hitting a batter. He inherited one runner who scored. Of 24 pitches, 14 were for strikes. Coming on for right-handed starter Ben Lively with one out and Chris Owings on second base in the bottom of the sixth, he gave up a single to right by Daniel Descalso which advanced Owings to third and then a single to left by Chris Herrmann, scoring Owings. He then walked opposing pitcher Robbie Ray to load the bases before getting an out when Gregor Blanco lined out to first. However, he then hit David Peralta with a pitch to score Descalso and reload the bases before Paul Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop. In the seventh, he struck out Jake Lamb on a foul tip before right-handed reliever Edubray Ramos came on to relieve him.

Player Notes
The son of former big leaguer and current coach Brian Milner was selected by the Indians in the most recent MLB Rule 5 Draft, but did not stick with the club and was returned to the Phillies at the end of 2017 spring training. Both Milners are former seventh-round draft picks, with his dad being a "debut-not" with quite a story of his own: brought to the majors by Toronto immediately upon signing, he was up for three days without getting into a game, suffered a series of injuries and retire without ever getting into an MLB game but has stayed in the game as a scout and a coach. Hoby, happily, made up for that with his debut in his sixth season. Drafted out of the University of Texas, he has plus makeup and brings a fastball around 90mph and a curveball to his specialty bullpen role. Shifted from a starter to a reliever in 2015, his strikeout total went up and his ERA went down. In 2016, between Reading (Double-A) and Lehigh Valley, he combined for a 2.49 ERA in 49 games, striking out 76 while walking just 15 in 65 innings, allowing 57 hits for a .233 BAA.

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