Former Southeastern La. pitcher given MLB opportunity
BATON ROUGE, La. (WGMB) — Wade Miley’s rise to success in Major League Baseball may be a surprise to many.
The guy who wasn't even supposed to make the Arizona Diamondbacks big league club at the start of the season finds himself as the lone representative of the team at the All-Star game.
“I don't have any expectations I’m just going to go with the flow. I’m just going to enjoy it and see what happens,” Miley said.
At the young age of 25 years old, Wade Miley is on the ride of his life.
An injury to a teammate before the season paved way to a spot on the Diamondback’s big league roster. To say the former Southeastern Lion took advantage of that opportunity is an understatement.
“It's a great group of guys I play with. In the clubhouse its one big family in there and that makes things a little easier to perform each night and just go out and do your job,” Miley said of his teammates.
At the All-Star break Miley has nine wins under his belt and the former Loranger standout holds the Diamondbacks lone spot on the National League roster. All of that in his first full major league season.
“It’s been crazy. It's been a blast. I’m just trying to cherish this moment. Sitting in the room with some of these guys, David Wright, R.A. Dickey, Chipper Jones… it’s amazing to be part of this,” he said just one day before the game.
His support system made up of his family and friends mostly from south Louisiana are holding on for the ride as well
“They are having a good time and they are super proud. They are just going to stay calm and enjoy it as much as possible. It's been a fun ride.”
It’s a ride that is really just beginning for Miley. With his team just four games out of the playoffs, bigger and better accomplishments could be awaiting in the road ahead.
“Who knows what could happen. There is still a lot of baseball left to play,” Miley added.