Who’s Alec Mills? Quick details concerning the Cubs’ first no-hit pitcher since 2016

Now each Chicago MLB groups have a no-hitter to their credit score this season. The Cubs’ Alec Mills joined the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito on Sunday by no-hitting the Brewers 12-Zero in Milwaukee. Mills wanted 114 pitches to realize the feat; No. 114 resulted in a floor ball to a shifted shortstop Javy Baez, who threw out Jace Peterson.

The no-no additionally was the Cubs’ first since Jake Arrieta blanked the Reds in 2016.

Whereas Giolito was a extremely regarded prospect within the minors, the 28-year-old Mills was the alternative. That makes his achievement a bit extra compelling. A fast profile of the North Aspect no-hit pitcher:

Mills may not have gotten an opportunity beneath at this time’s draft guidelines  

The proper-hander started his professional profession as a 22nd-round collection of the Royals in 2012 out of Tennessee-Martin. MLB’s annual draft has been 40 rounds for plenty of years, however monetary constraints introduced on by COVID-19 slashed the variety of picks to 5 rounds this yr and the 2021 draft could also be as few as 20 rounds. Mills is likely to be in undrafted free-agent territory these days. 

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He was a university walk-on

Then once more, Mills might need been advantageous working his manner by professional ball with no draft pedigree. As TBS’s Wealthy Waltz famous on the sport broadcast, Mills walked onto the squad at Tennessee-Martin, the place he wound up pitching three seasons (2010-12). He totaled 192 innings, 165 strikeouts and 13 wins for the Skyhawks of the Ohio Valley Convention.

He was traded for a man the Cubs reacquired

Kansas Metropolis despatched Mills to Chicago on Feb. eight, 2017, for minor league outfielder Donnie Dewees, who was the Cubs’ second-round choose (47th general) in 2015 out of the College of North Florida. Dewees lasted two seasons within the Royals’ chain earlier than being traded again to the Cubs for minor league pitcher Stephen Ridings in March 2019. Dewees spent final season with Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. He posted 16 dwelling runs and a .793 OPS, each profession highs.

The Cubs known as up Mills for the primary time in 2018 and he has spent elements of the previous three seasons with the mother or father membership. Now he has a no-hitter to his identify and a rotation spot for a workforce that is near clinching a playoff berth. The shutout Sunday, his first profession full recreation, lowered his ERA to three.93 over 52 2/three innings in 2020.

That is fairly good work by the Chicago entrance workplace: Flip a excessive choose into an enormous leaguer who throws no-hitters, after which get again that prime choose.

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