Miles Mikolas
Miles Mikolas
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension with the Cardinals in February of 2019.
Named Game 5 starter
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 15, 2019
Mikolas will start Game 5 of the NLCS against the Nationals on Wednesday if necessary, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Mikolas gave up just one earned run over six innings pitched during the first game of the series against the Nationals, and manager Mike Shildt confirmed that the right-hander will get the chance to start again if the Cardinals win Game 4 on Tuesday. In 12 innings pitched this postseason, the 31-year-old has allowed two earned runs off 10 hits and four walks while recording nine strikeouts.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
87
Last 10 Games
85
Last 5 Games
75
How many pitches does Miles Mikolas generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
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 2017
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .283 822 148 38 217 35 4 23
Since 2017vs Right .230 750 142 23 162 22 6 20
2019vs Left .284 369 72 23 95 20 1 11
2019vs Right .261 395 72 9 98 13 5 16
2018vs Left .283 453 76 15 122 15 3 12
2018vs Right .195 355 70 14 64 9 1 4
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.57 1.01 199.1 13 10 0 6.5 1.1 0.7
Since 2017Away 4.42 1.29 185.1 14 8 0 7.1 1.8 1.3
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
2018Home 2.17 0.97 103.2 8 4 0 6.8 1.0 0.5
2018Away 3.53 1.18 97.0 10 0 0 6.3 1.6 0.9
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
4.50
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
1.6
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
93.6 mph
 
ERA
4.16
 
WHIP
1.22
 
BABIP
.307
 
GB/FB
1.68
 
Left On Base
72.1%
 
Exit Velocity
88.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.8%
 
Spin Rate
2315 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
36.9%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Tabbed as Game 1 starter
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 10, 2019
Mikolas will start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Nationals on Friday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
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Goes five innings in Game 1
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 4, 2019
Mikolas allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two over five innings in a no-decision against the Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday.
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Will start NLDS Game 1
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 1, 2019
Mikolas will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday against the Braves, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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No longer starting Saturday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 26, 2019
Mikolas is no longer listed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Cubs, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
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Yields two runs in no-decision
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 22, 2019
Mikolas allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk over 7.2 innings Sunday, striking out four in the win over the Cubs. He did not factor in the decision.
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