Miles Mikolas

Miles Mikolas

33-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Mikolas ended 2019 with a sore flexor tendon which lingered into the spring. An MRI revealed no ligament damage, so he ramped up slowly and would not have been ready for the original Opening Day. After continuing to throw bullpens over the summer and into camp, Mikolas was expected to return for the delayed start to the season. However, the injury recurred, requiring season-ending surgery. Mikolas' calling card is control as his 18.4 K% and 3.9 BB% since returning from overseas suggests. The 32-year old relies on a high groundball rate to minimize homers, though it didn't help in 2019. Mikolas could be relied upon for close to six innings, a rarity in today's game. This is all now a big question after surgery, plus such a long time since he last took the hill in an MLB game. If healthy, Mikolas should be in the Cardinals' rotation, but without a high strikeout rate, his margin for error is thin. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension with the Cardinals in February of 2019.
Strikes out seven in loss
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 29, 2021
Mikolas (2-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts through 5.2 innings, taking the loss in Wednesday's 4-0 defeat to the Brewers.
ANALYSIS
Well, all good things must come to an end. One night after clinching a playoff berth with a franchise-record 17th consecutive win, the Cardinals suffered their first loss since Sept. 10. Mikolas was beyond solid for the majority of the night, allowing a run in the first before holding the Brewers scoreless through his next five innings pitched. But, with two outs in the sixth, Daniel Vogelbach took the right-hander yard for a two-run shot. After Lorenzo Cain followed that up with a base hit, manager Mike Shildt made a call to the bullpen. Even though it will be Mikolas' name affixed with an "L" in the box score of the game that ended the Redbirds' historic streak, he recorded season highs in strikeouts (seven) and pitches thrown (96). As the Cardinals look to make a run into October, look for Mikolas to pick up some work. He is the proud owner of a 1.50 ERA over 12 postseason innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
79
Last 10 Games
79
Last 5 Games
87
How many pitches does Miles Mikolas generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Miles Mikolas generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2020
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2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .281 469 86 32 119 24 1 13
Since 2019vs Right .256 481 89 11 117 17 5 20
2021vs Left .273 100 14 9 24 4 0 2
2021vs Right .232 86 17 2 19 4 0 4
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .284 369 72 23 95 20 1 11
2019vs Right .261 395 72 9 98 13 5 16
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2020
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2019
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.14 1.07 126.0 6 9 0 6.2 1.5 1.0
Since 2019Away 5.44 1.40 102.2 5 8 0 7.7 1.9 1.7
2021Home 3.56 1.15 30.1 1 3 0 6.5 2.7 1.2
2021Away 5.65 1.33 14.1 1 0 0 5.7 1.3 1.3
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 3.01 1.05 95.2 5 6 0 6.1 1.1 0.9
2019Away 5.40 1.42 88.1 4 8 0 8.0 2.0 1.7
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Stat Review
How does Miles Mikolas compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.82
 
K/9
6.2
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
4.23
 
WHIP
1.21
 
BABIP
.280
 
GB/FB
1.83
 
Left On Base
65.8%
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.4%
 
Spin Rate
2283 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.7%
 
Swinging Strike
7.9%
 
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Not much changed with Mikolas from his first season back stateside in 2018 to 2019, except the home runs. His K% and BB% were near carbon copies of his 2018 marks and his swinging-strike rate was identical at 9.6%. It wasn't a sizable dip, but Mikolas' groundball rate dropped to 47.4%, and the balls that got up did more damage thanks in no small part to the reduced drag on the big-league baseball. His win total was cut in half and his fantasy value took a good hit as a result of these factors. Now 31, Mikolas has a pretty clear fantasy ceiling given his limited strikeout ability, and while excellent command and control have kept his floor high, that floor has been jeopardized by a sore flexor tendon in spring training. If he gets healthy and the ball is deadened some this year, Mikolas could settle into a mid-to-high 3.00s ERA with a WHIP in the teens and double-digit wins on a competitive team.
Mikolas' 2018 campaign was better than even the most optimistic league-equivalency estimators could have predicted after he made the jump from Japan. He was supposed to be pretty good, but he certainly wasn't expected to be this good, finishing with a 2.83 ERA, 18 wins (tied for most in the NL) and a sixth-place finish in the NL Cy Young race. He looks to be a legitimately good starter, with his primary skill being his impeccable control, which allows him to offset a modest 18.1% strikeout rate with an excellent 3.6% walk rate, the best among qualified starters. Mikolas was also good at limiting the long ball, with a near-50% groundball rate leading to a 0.72 HR/9. None of his peripherals suggest that major regression is coming, though the variability of wins means he's unlikely to repeat such a high number in that category, taking away some of his fantasy value. Still, Mikolas is for real and should be treated as a high-floor option this draft season.
Mikolas returns stateside in 2018, having signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals after three highly successful seasons in Japan. But will that success translate? The right-hander flopped in his first pass through the majors from 2012-14, posting a 5.32 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 91.1 innings between San Diego and Texas. He found his way with the Yomiuri Giants, with his K/9 ticking up from 6.6 to 8.2 to 9.0. Mikolas was also much sharper with his control, issuing a total of 69 free passes in 424.2 innings. The curveball passes the eye test, but for Mikolas it's more about getting that pitch over for strikes than it is the swing and miss. Maintaining the confidence that he gained in his slider and cutter will be crucial to his success in a starting role with St. Louis, and to his chances of exceeding 7.0 K/9, a number he failed to reach in any of his first three big-league seasons.
The Rangers couldn’t have envisioned using Mikolas for 10 starts in 2014, but that is just how severely injuries ripped through their rotation. He closed in Triple-A in 2013 and that was his fourth straight year as a full-time reliever. He wasn’t as bad as his 6.44 ERA would suggest, but three shellackings of seven, nine, and 10 earned runs destroyed him. There was a measure of bad luck involved (namely an impossibly-low 58% LOB rate), but he deserves plenty of the blame for the poor performance. He allowed way too much contact with a 15 percent strikeout rate and was probably fortunate to yield just a .299 BABIP. There were some things to like here, but you are going to have a hard time finding any real fantasy value in him unless your league’s player pool includes the Yomiuri Giants. The rights to Mikolas were sold to the Japanese Central League team back in November.
Mikolas acted as Triple-A Tucson's closer in 2013 but was nothing special, posting 26 saves with a 3.25 ERA and 5.9 K/9 in 61 innings (54 outings). As he climbed the minor league ranks, his strikeout rate tailed off, likely spurring the Padres to cut ties with the 25-year-old right-hander. Following his arrival in the Texas organization, he'll provide depth to the bullpen and likely take up residence at Triple-A Tucson after spring training.
Mikolas finally made his MLB debut in 2012 as he pitched 32.1 innings out of the bullpen with results (3.62 ERA) that really don't reflect how poorly he performed (4.52 xFIP). In the minors his control became less and less sharp as he moved up in levels. His strikeout rate stayed fairly consistent throughout these stops, but has never been anything special. Overall, he's got fringe command and should not be expected to factor into late-game situations in 2013 for the Padres.
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Picks up quality start
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 22, 2021
Mikolas (2-2) allowed two runs on four hits and no walks with three strikeouts through seven innings, picking up the win in Wednesday's 10-2 victory over the Brewers.
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Earns first win of campaign
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 18, 2021
Mikolas (1-2) picked up the win over San Diego on Friday, pitching 5.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed three hits and two walks while striking out three.
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Hurls five innings Saturday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 11, 2021
Mikolas did not factor in the decision against Cincinnati on Saturday, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out one over five innings.
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Struggles early in loss
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 6, 2021
Mikolas (0-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings as he took the loss Monday versus the Dodgers.
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Chased early in matinee
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 1, 2021
Mikolas didn't factor into the decision in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three.
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