December 21, 2004

Berks native Wade Miller cut by Astros

Topton, Pa. native Wade Miller was not offered a contract by the Astros yesterday, for fear they might have to pay him more than $3.4 million in arbitration.

Miller, a graduate of J. Michael Weitzel’s own Brandywine Heights High School in Topton, went 7-7 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts last season, but missed the last half of the season due to a frayed rotator cuff.

In five seasons, Miller is 58-39 with a 3.87 ERA.

BPF Take
Berks County has been following Wade’s progress since the beginning, through his days at Alvernia College in Reading, his days with Kutztown Legion, and finally when he was selected in mid rounds of the draft by the Astros.

He worked his way quickly through the minor leagues and became a fixture in the rotation about the same time as Roy Oswalt. Two seasons ago, before the signings of Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, Oswalt and Miller represented the young future of a promising pitching staff. Often dominant against NL Central foes, he had all-star caliber seasons in 2001 and 2002.

It’s an unfortunate chapter in his young career. A frayed rotator cuff is a serious injury and it has everyone scared.

“There’s a chance somebody could come out of it with a very productive pitcher and probably an equal chance that somebody could come out of it with an injured pitcher,” said Astros GM Tim Purpura in the Houston Chronicle.

For Wade, and his fans, maybe there will be a happy ending. Maybe the Phillies will sign him.


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