- August 4, 1975
- 6' 3"
- 200 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-05-1998 with MIN
Major league career
Milton was selected by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. He played one season in the Yankees minor league system and was then traded to the Minnesota Twins on February 6, 1998 in exchange for Chuck Knoblauch along with P Danny Mota‚ OF Brian Buchanan‚ SS Cristian Guzman‚ and $3 million.
He made his Major League debut on April 5, 1998 for the Twins against the Kansas City Royals, working six scoreless innings to pick up the victory. He was 8-14 in his debut season with a 5.64 ERA in 32 starts.
On September 11, 1999, he struck out 13 batters in pitching a 7-0 no-hitter against the Anaheim Angels, the fifth no-hitter in Twins history. The young lefthander fans 13 and allows just 2 walks in his masterpiece. There are just 11‚222 fans to see the game‚ the third smallest crowd to witness a no-hitter in the majors since 1986. The 11:05 a.m. start time is to accommodate a University of Minnesota football game at the Metrodome and the Twins offer free admission to anyone attending the game in their pajamas.
With Minnesota, Milton had a record of 57-51, with 715 strikeouts and a 4.76 ERA, and was selected to the 2001 AL All-Star team. On April 15th he strikes out 10‚ including the first 4 hitters on called 3rd strikes‚ in 7 innings. The surprising Twins edge the visiting White Sox‚ 4-3‚ to complete a 3-game sweep. Corey Koskie is 4-for-4 for the Twins.
He went 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA with the Twins in the 2002 and 2003 playoffs. In October 2002, Milton pitches the Twins even their series with the A's behind Milton‚ winning by a score of 11-2. Doug Mientkiewicz homers for Minnesota and Miguel Tejada for Oakland.
He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher Carlos Silva and infielder Nick Punto following the 2003 season.
Milton led the Phillies in wins, starts and strikeouts in 2004, going 14-6 with a 4.75 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 34 starts. He took a no-hitter into the 9th inning on July 25 against the Cubs but lost it before recording an out.
At the end of the 2004 season, he signed a three-year, $25 million contract as a free agent with Cincinnati. His record in 2005 with Cincinnati was 8-15 with a 6.47 ERA, one of the worst ERA's for a full-time starter in NL history. He struggled with injuries during his time with the Reds, missing most of the 2007 season with an elbow injury suffered in May.
Due to his poor performance and high contract, NPR of Minnesota called him a bust, ESPN named him to their all-overpaid team, and Sports Illustrated named him as the only pitcher on their all bust team, noting he gave up one home run per 11.9 batters.
New York Yankees
He left the Reds as a free agent after the 2007 season and went unsigned due to his injury history until signing a minor league deal with the New York Yankees on July 11, 2008. He never pitched for any of the Yankees minor league teams during 2008 however and was shortly released.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Milton signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on February 10, 2009 with an invitation to spring training. He did not make the Major League team and was assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes to open the season. In 7 starts with the Isotopes, Milton was 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA. His contract was purchased by the Dodgers on May 14 and on May 16, Milton made his first appearance in the Major leagues since 2007 when he started for the Dodgers against the Florida Marlins.
On May 26, Milton made his second start of the season for the Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He worked five innings in the Dodgers 7-1 victory, recording his first Major League win since September 12, 2006. He made a total of five starts for the Dodgers, with a 2-1 record and a 3.80 ERA.
His season ended when he underwent surgery to remove a herniated disk on July 14.
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