SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Wade Miley was so sure he was going to fall short of making Arizona's opening day roster last spring that he and his wife Katy packed their car and got prepared to make the five-hour trip to the Diamondbacks' Triple-A team in Reno.
He never made it to Nevada.
Reliever Takashi Saito strained a calf just before opening day and the Diamondbacks said he was going to start the season on the disabled list. Miley, with just eight games of major league experience, stuck with the big league team.
Miley made three relief appearances and joined the rotation on April 23. He went 9-5 with a 3.04 ERA and became an All-Star. He finished 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA, tying for sixth in NL in wins and compiling the 10th-best ERA.
"The way it happened was a big surprise," Miley said. "I had been a starter my whole career, and when I got the opportunity I was thinking here is my chance to take it and run."
A 26-year-old left-hander from Louisiana, Miley set Arizona rookie records for wins (16) starts (29) and innings (194 2-3). He got to pitch in the ninth inning of the NL's 8-0 All-Star win, giving up a single to Joe Mauer and inducting Elvis Andrus to hit into a forceout.
"Last year we came in here and Miley wasn't on the radar. By the end he was," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "With Wade you hope he throws 230 innings, World Series included. We need him to be consistent. He trusts his stuff. He trusts his catcher. You like to see him to continue to develop all aspects of his game, stay healthy and continue to develop as a total player. "