Kevin Austin Millwood
(born December 24, 1974, in
) is a Major League Baseball
right-handed starting pitcher
for the Texas Rangers
was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in
the 11th round of the Major
League Baseball Draft from Bessemer City High School in .
After a couple of years in the minors
, Millwood made his debut with
the Atlanta Braves
on July 14, . A
year later, he won
17 games. Millwood
formed a part of the Braves' star pitching rotation, which also
consisted of Greg Maddux
, John Smoltz
, which at that time was regarded by many as the best in
the National League
The campaign was one of Millwood's best. He posted career-highs in
wins (18, also achieved in ), ERA
(205) and WHIP
(0.996). He finished
third in the National League Cy Young
(losing to the Arizona
' Randy Johnson
26th on the National League MVP
He was selected an All-Star
, his only
appearance in the Midsummer Classic.
Before the season, Millwood was traded by the Braves to the
, probably in order to cut their payroll in the midst of
economic difficulties. He went 14-12 with his new team, including
throwing a no-hitter
against the San Francisco Giants
on April 27
. This was one of only two no-no's ever thrown
at the now-demolished Veterans Stadium — the other was thrown by Terry Mulholland — coming in the Phillies'
final season at the stadium.
To date, it remains the last
no-hitter thrown by a Phillie. He also led the majors in stolen bases
allowed, with 41.
In , Millwood signed a one-year contract as a free agent
with the Cleveland Indians
. He came back from
injury well, leading the American
in ERA (2.86). However, he managed a record of only
9-11, having horrible run support. During 2005 he again led the
majors in stolen bases
allowed, with 33.
He was tied for 6th in the balloting for the Cy Young Award. On
, 2005, the Texas Rangers
signed Millwood to a five-year, $60 million deal.
In 2006 he and Vincente Padilla
15 games; a total not matched by a Rangers pitcher until Scott Feldman
In 2008, when batters did hit the ball against him, it was with
uncommon success, as his .358 batting-average-against on balls in
play was the highest in the major leagues.
26% of all balls put in play against
him were line drives, the highest percentage in the majors.
Through the end of the season, Millwood had compiled a career
143-111 record with 1,707 strikeouts and a 4.02 ERA in 2,115.2
. He had a 3-3 career playoff
record, with an ERA of 3.92.
- Wilson, Jeff, "Road-warrior Feldman paces Rangers
again," The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9/4/09, accessed