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Mills strikes out two in debut with Cubs

By Jimmy Trodglen


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Since he was traded by the Royals to the Cubs, Alec Mills has waited for his opportunity to make his pitching debut.

The moment occurred Friday when Mills threw two scoreless innings and struck out two in the Cubs’ 5-2 loss to the Cardinals.

Mills had been recalled by the Cubs  earlier Friday.

Mills had spent this season with Iowa, the Cubs’ AAA affiliate, where he was 4-10 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 starts. But Mills had struck out 86 in 103 innings while walking only 36.

The 26-year-old right-hander made his MLB debut with the Royals during the 2016 season appearing in three games while throwing in 3.1 innings.

Mills was traded by the Royals to the Cubs on Feb. 8, 2017 for center fielder Donald Dewees Jr. Mills spent most of spring training with the Cubs before he was optioned to AAA Iowa. He was limited by a series of injuries and appeared in only seven games with rehab appearances in Rookie, A League and the Iowa Cubs.

In seven seasons since he was drafted, Mills has appeared in 120 games where he was 25-33 with a 3.35 ERA. Mills had 483 strikeouts in 523 innings.

Mills played at Montgomery Central and pitched at UT Martin where he was drafted by the Royals in the 22nd round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360