Alec Mills

Alec Thomas Mills (born November 30, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City Royals.

Alec Mills
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Mills with the Chicago Cubs in 2019
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Pitcher
Born: (1991-11-30) November 30, 1991 (age 28)
Clarksville, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 18, 2016, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through September 24, 2020)
Win–loss record6–6
Earned run average4.14
Strikeouts115
Teams
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit

Mills attended Montgomery Central High School in Cunningham, Tennessee. He played college baseball at the University of Tennessee at Martin as a walk-on.[1] Mills starred at UT Martin from 2010-12. He developed from a freshman walk-on relief pitcher to a lock-down setup reliever as a sophomore and eventually to staff ace during his junior campaign.[citation needed]

In 2011, Mills notched seven victories and three saves while making a school-record 30 appearances for a Skyhawk squad that won an OVC Tournament game for the first time in school history. Fittingly, it was Mills who earned the victory on the mound in that postseason game, just five days after he was tabbed to start in a must-win, tournament-clinching victory in the final game of the regular season. Mills ranks on UT Martin's top-10 career list in appearances (67, sixth), strikeouts (165, seventh) and wins (13, eighth).[citation needed]

Professional careerEdit

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

After his junior year of college, the Kansas City Royals selected Mills in the 22nd round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.[1] He signed with the Royals and made his professional debut with the Idaho Falls Chukars. He spent 2013 with the Lexington Legends, 2014 with Idaho Falls and Lexington and 2015 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.[2] The Royals added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[3]

 
Mills with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2016

Mills began the 2016 season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Class AA Texas League.[4] The Royals promoted Mills to the major leagues on May 18,[5] and he made his major league debut that day. On February 8, 2017, Mills was designated for assignment by the Royals.[6]

Chicago CubsEdit

On February 8, 2017, the Royals traded Mills to the Chicago Cubs for minor leaguer Donnie Dewees.[7] Assigned to the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, he made seven appearances during the 2017 season, spending much of the year on the disabled list with a left ankle contusion and then a strained right forearm.[8]

After returning to Iowa in 2018, the Cubs promoted Mills to start his first MLB game for injured Tyler Chatwood against the Cincinnati Reds on August 24, 2018. He also got his first hit in the same game.[9]

Mills joined the Cubs rotation in the 2020 season after José Quintana began the season on the injured list. To start the season, Mills pitched six innings against the Reds and gave up two runs. He then pitched seven shutout innings against the Royals.[citation needed]

On September 13, 2020, Mills no-hit the Milwaukee Brewers 12–0 at Miller Park. He threw 74 of 114 pitches for strikes while striking out five and walking three. By doing so, it marked the 16th no-hitter in the Cubs franchise history.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Montgomery Central product drafted[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Alec Mills keeps climbing in the Kansas City Royals system - Baseball Essential". October 31, 2015. Archived from the original on November 19, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rockies' John Axford designated for assignment". MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Texas notes: Mills making most of his shot | MiLB.com". Archived from the original on May 18, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Royals summon pitcher Alec Mills as 26th player for doubleheader". Archived from the original on June 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Adams, Steve (February 8, 2017). "Royals Designate Alec Mills For Assignment". mlbtraderumors.com. Archived from the original on February 9, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Royals acquire Dewees in exchange for Mills". MLB.com. February 8, 2017. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "How Iowa pitcher Alec Mills got better in 2017 despite missing most of the season". Desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "Cubs place Tyler Chatwood on DL, select Alec Mills to pitch Friday". chicagotribune.com. August 24, 2018. Archived from the original on August 24, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/alec-mills-throws-chicago-cubs-first-no-hitter-since-2016/

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lucas Giolito
No-hitter pitcher
September 13, 2020
Succeeded by
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