Mikolas: Last year's success only made me hungrier to improve

If last season was any indication, he should plan for another appearance in the midsummer classic in 2019

Chris Hrabe
February 21, 2019 - 7:25 pm
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JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - Miles Mikolas was a bit of an unknown commodity in St. Louis Cardinals camp in 2018, despite being a Jupiter native, hailing from just down the road from the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex.

He's no longer unknown for Cardinals fans, posting an 18-4 record in 2018 with a 2.83 ERA over 200.2 innings, and finishing sixth in National League Cy Young Award voting.

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Mikolas spent the majority of his 2018 in the strike zone, walking just 29 batters over the course of his 200 innings pitched.

His 1.30 BB/9IP was best in MLB, and his 36.6 percent swing rate from batters on pitches outside of the strike zone was third best in the big leagues.

Mikolas was an All-Star in 2018, but left the festivities early to return home to Jupiter to welcome the birth of twins. If last season was any indication, he should plan for another appearance in the midsummer classic in 2019.

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