Cubs recall righty from Triple-A Iowa
|Friday, July 27, 2018, 4:12 PM-|
ST. LOUIS – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Alec Mills from Triple-A Iowa. Mills, who will wear uniform number 24, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Mills, 26, has gone 4-10 with a 4.79 ERA (55 ER/103.1 IP) in 19 starts with Iowa this season. He returns to the big leagues for the first time since 2016, when he made three relief appearances for the Kansas City Royals, posting no record and a 13.50 ERA (5 ER/3.1 IP). Mills was acquired by the Cubs on February 8, 2017 from the Royals for minor league outfielder Donnie Dewees.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Mills was originally selected by the Royals in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft out of the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was limited to seven minor league starts due to injury last year across three levels of the Cubs system, going 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA (8 ER/28.0 IP).
In 2016, his last full campaign, Mills combined to go 5-5 with a 3.22 ERA (45 ER/125.2 IP) in 24 appearances, all but one as a starter, between Kansas City’s Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha affiliates. He went 1-2 with a 2.39 ERA (18 ER/67.2 IP) in 12 starts in Double-A to earn Texas League mid-season All-Star honors and a promotion to Triple-A, where he went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA (27 ER/58.0 IP) in 12 appearances, 11 as a starter.
The Clarksville, Tenn., native is 25-33 with nine saves and a 3.35 ERA (195 ER/523.2 IP) in seven minor league campaigns in the Royals and Cubs organizations.
Travel update: New #Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels will be traveling on Saturday and not expected to arrive in time to be added to roster (which explains why Mills is here)— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) July 27, 2018