I think Andrew Miller is the best relief pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). He started his career, playing for the Detroit Tigers, which later lead to a contract with the New York Yankees. The breakout really occurred when Miller was traded to the Cleveland Indians during the 2016 baseball season because he helped take his team to the World Series.
Andrew Miller was born in Gainesville, Florida. He was a pitcher in high school and during his college years at North Carolina University he was a starter.
His Amateur Career highlights are listed below:
* 2004- 2005
He became the starting pitcher during his freshman year. In 2005, he was selected as the ACC Pitcher of the Year with 16 starts, 96 innings, 2.98 ERA, and 104 strikeouts. He also earned a second team ACC honor that same year.
He won many awards in 2006 including College Player of the Year, and there were many other awards that he received. He had a great college year.
He started with Major League Baseball in 2006 with the Detroit Tigers. He went on to start pitching with the Florida Marlins in 2007. While playing for the Marlins had to stop playing, because of an injury. He finished the season with 7 innings. In 2010, he was assigned to a Triple A- Minor League until 2011.
In 2011, the Florida Marlins traded him to the Boston Red Sox. Miller’s 2012 totals were 3.35 ERA, 1.9 Whip, 9.0 innings, and k/9 (11.38) career. He was named the Red Sox Fireman of the Year.
In 2013, he suffered a foot injury, where he missed time towards the end of the season.
In 2014, he had a great year where his totals were 2.34 ERA, 13 walks, 1.05 WHIP and 69 strikeouts. Also, the Boston Red Sox traded him to the Baltimore Orioles where his totals were 1.35 ERA and 103 strikeouts, but at the end of the year, he would be signing with another MLB team.
On December 5, 2014, Andrew Miller made an agreement with the New York Yankees.
In 2015, he won the American League Relief Pitcher of the Year Award, where he finished with 2.04 ERA, 100 Strikeouts, 61 innings, and 36 saves. He was also honored at the Thurman Munson Awards.
The New York Yankees traded Miller to the Cleveland Indians in 2016. With Cleveland his totals only improved to a 1.55 ERA over 29 innings, allowing two walks, and striking out 46. He became the first person in the MLB to record 120 or more strikeouts. He played an awesome game in the American League Championship vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. In game 5, he Miller completed 2 2/3 innings as the Indians won the ALCS. In game 3 of the World Series he helped contribute to the 1-0 win. In game 4, he struck out two players bringing the playoff total to 29. His pitching skills were phenomenal!
The reason why Andrew Miller is considered the best relief pitcher in baseball, is because he helped take the Cleveland Indians to the World Series, and he’s a fantastic pitcher.