When Mike Fiers pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, he was one of the most consistent pitchers on the roster. In 22 starts, Fiers built a solid 3.74 ERA with a 9-10 record. He kept the Brewers in every game he pitched and even recorded nine consecutive quality starts in the middle of the season. But instead of starting 2013 in the Brewers rotation, Fiers was hammered through spring, lost his starting job and finished his tumultuous 2013 season on the disabled list in AAA after breaking his arm. Now back in the AAA rotation, Fiers looks poised to prove that he still has what it takes to compete and pitch on a major league roster.
Although he is pitching in a rotation in Nashville that features top Brewers prospects Jimmy Nelson and Ariel Pena, Fiers has started the year as the best pitcher on the loaded AAA staff. Through his first four starts, Fiers looks better than ever. Not only has he kept his ERA down, but he is among league leaders in every major category. He leads the league with four wins, is second in the league with a 1.01 ERA, and leagues the league a stunning 36 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched. Rarely does he need to work from the stretch as hitters are batting just .187 off him to start the year, and he has posted a miniscule 0.75 WHIP (walks/hits per innings pitched) this season. With these great numbers, he is pitching better than he ever has before.
His last two starts may be the most impressive. In 14 innings of work, Fiers has allowed only two runs, while striking out 22 hitters. He has also kept people off base in these games by showing stellar command. In these two starts he walked just two batters and he has walked only three all season.
Although Milwaukee is currently loaded at the major league level, there is an old adage that says “teams can never have too much pitching.” After a very difficult 2013, Fiers has proven to the Brewers that he needs to remain on their radar for a future call-up. If he continues his dominance, he will be pitching on the big stage again very soon.
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