Photography: Rick Scuteri
By Greg Salvatore
D-backs left-handed pitcher Wade Miley is in big league camp after having a terrific season in the minors last year.
Miley started at Class-A Advanced Visalia, where he posted a 3.25 ERA in 80 1/3 innings, allowing just one home run in a very homer-friendly league, before being promoted to Double-A Mobile. There, he was fantastic. Miley was 5-2 with a 1.98 ERA in 72 2/3 innings for the BayBears.
We caught up with Miley to chat about how things are going.
GS: How has the first week in big league camp been?
WM: Good so far. It’s been fun being around guys that are out here, the team, the big leaguers. The new complex is amazing. It’s been a great time.
GS: Do you have the chance to talk to big league catchers and pitching staff, to get views from different guys on what you have to work on?
WM: I try to pick their brains as much as I get an opportunity to. I don’t want to bug them too much. But when I get an opportunity, I talk to them. I actually live with Barry (Enright). So that’s good. I get to communicate a lot with him about things.
GS: That Mobile pitching staff last year was pretty impressive. Do you think there’s a chance that almost everybody in that rotation (Miley, Barry Enright, Josh Collmenter, Bryan Shaw, Tom Layne, etc.) is in the Major Leagues in the next few years?
WM: Who knows, there’s a chance for anything I guess. That would be great. It was a good staff, a lot of fun. Tom Layne, Collmenter and all those guys, it was fun pitching with those guys.
GS: You took a big step forward last year (153 innings, 2.65 ERA), what do you think were the biggest things that progressed for you?
WM: I just tried to start focusing on getting ahead in counts. I worked out in the offseason harder than I had prior to Spring Training the last year. The pitching part of it, I felt more into it. I could get ahead, and (decide) what pitch to throw here, what pitch to throw there. I talked with a lot of staff members in minor league camp and they helped me out tremendously.
GS: Is there a matter of physically adapting to getting older? This is the body you’ve got, this is the stuff you’ve got, and you can kind of perfect things?
WM: When you’re younger, you’re still getting better and better and your stuff gets better. Now I’m 24 years old and I’m at that age where I’ve got to perfect it. Guys who are in here, that’s what they talk about, your stuff is what it is now. Just use it and be the best they can be with what they’ve got.
GS: What are your goals for this year?
WM: I just want to go out and compete and have a good season. Whatever is in store is in store, I guess.