Photo credit: Tennessee Smokies
Photo credit: Tennessee Smokies

Cubs call up starting pitcher to start for his MLB debut


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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Tyson Miller from the club’s South Bend Alternate Site. He will serve as the “29th man” today for the club’s doubleheader today vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Miller, who will wear uniform number 72, joins the first major league roster of his professional career and will be the starting pitcher for the second game today against St. Louis at Wrigley Field.

Miller, 25, combined to go 7-8 with a 4.35 ERA (66 ER/136.2 IP) in 26 starts last season between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He began the season with Tennessee, his first-career stop at the Double-A level, and went 4-3 with a 2.56 ERA (25 ER/88.0 IP) in 15 starts to earn a spot on the Southern League All-Star team and a promotion to Iowa on July 4. Miller went 3-5 with a 7.58 ERA (41 ER/48.2 IP) in 11 starts in Triple-A. Between the stops, he combined to limit foes to a .252 batting average against, including a .230 mark by right-handed hitters.

The 6-foot-4 Miller was originally selected by the Cubs in the fourth round of the 2016 Draft out of California Baptist University. He has combined to 24-25 with a 4.05 ERA (186 ER/413.0 IP) in 85 career appearances, 74 as a starter, covering the last four seasons in the Cubs organization. Miller is a native of Fairfield, California.

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