Alec Mills
Alec Mills
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Mills made four starts and five relief appearances in the second half of the season for the Cubs, looking big-league ready with a 2.75 ERA in 36 innings. It did take a 90.5% strand rate to get him to that number, but his peripherals were nevertheless strong. His 27.6 K%, 7.2 BB% and 48.9 GB% were all better than average. If Mills were a high-pedigree pitching prospect with a 3.77 ERA and a 28.5% strikeout rate in the first 57.1 innings of his big-league career, there would be far more hype about his future. However, as a former fringe prospect entering his age-28 season, he has flown under the radar to this point. Still, he showed enough last season that he looks capable of being a quality back-end rotation option. Whether or not he fills that role right away depends on the Cubs' offseason moves, but at worst he'll be an injury or two away from starting. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Could serve as sixth starter
PChicago Cubs
May 23, 2020
Mills could work as the Cubs' sixth starter when the regular season is able to begin, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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Before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, it looked like Tyler Chatwood would get the fifth spot in the rotation, with Mills serving as a long reliever. However, a shortened season with expanded rosters is now the likely route for MLB, and that could mean teams like the Cubs turn to six-man rotations, at least until their top five pitchers stretch out their arms more. Mills started four times for Chicago in 2019 and would make sense as a sixth starter if the team goes in that direction.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
61
Last 10 Games
61
Last 5 Games
50
How many pitches does Alec Mills generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Alec Mills generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-40%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-48%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .277 96 19 8 23 7 1 2
Since 2017vs Right .165 127 46 10 19 3 0 4
2019vs Left .321 67 13 6 18 4 1 2
2019vs Right .167 85 29 5 13 1 0 3
2018vs Left .185 29 6 2 5 3 0 0
2018vs Right .162 42 17 5 6 2 0 1
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.64 1.04 29.2 1 1 1 11.2 3.0 0.6
Since 2017Away 2.59 1.19 24.1 0 0 0 10.4 3.0 1.5
2019Home 2.30 0.83 15.2 1 0 1 10.9 1.7 0.6
2019Away 3.10 1.43 20.1 0 0 0 10.2 3.5 1.8
2018Home 5.14 1.29 14.0 0 1 0 11.6 4.5 0.6
2018Away 0.00 0.00 4.0 0 0 0 11.3 0.0 0.0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Alec Mills compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.82
 
K/9
10.5
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
89.7 mph
 
ERA
2.75
 
WHIP
1.17
 
BABIP
.304
 
GB/FB
1.77
 
Left On Base
88.6%
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.6%
 
Spin Rate
2201 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.9%
 
Swinging Strike
12.7%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
After starting the season in Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Mills pitched well enough to earn himself a spot as a Texas league midseason All-Star along with a promotion to Triple-A Omaha. While in Omaha, Mills continued to post numbers similar to his Double-A numbers and earned himself a callup to Kansas City. After earning a spot with the Royals, Mills struggled in the limited time that he saw, walking 5.0 batters and giving up 5.0 runs in just 3.1 major league innings. Despite his struggles in the majors, Mills is still just 25-years-old and his inflated numbers shouldn't be overanalyzed due to the small sample size. It was the first time the righty was deployed in the bullpen, pitching as a starter throughout the minors. After being traded to the Cubs, a bullpen assignment or more time in the minors seems to be in the cards for Mills.
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Figures to serve as long reliever
PChicago Cubs
April 7, 2020
Mills will likely serve as the Cubs' long reliever when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Finding success with curveball
PChicago Cubs
March 8, 2020
Mills added a slow curveball to his pitch mix last season and opposing batters hit just .143 against it, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Tabbed for spring opener
PChicago Cubs
February 20, 2020
Mills will start Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Athletics, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Fans nine in no-decision
PChicago Cubs
September 27, 2019
Mills allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out nine over five innings in a no-decision versus the Cardinals on Friday.
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Starting Friday
PChicago Cubs
September 26, 2019
Mills is set to start Friday against the Cardinals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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