Having Mikolas as an additional rotation option frees the Cardinals to go in a number of directions with their pitching plans.
After posting a 5.32 ERA over three unsuccessful years in the majors, Mikolas went to Japan and thrived as a starting pitcher. He allowed 64 hits and fanned 38 hitters in 57.1 frames, recording a WHIP of 1.430 and a 4.77 FIP.Mikolas, who played his collegiate baseball at Nova Southeastern University, was originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.He made his major-league debut in 2012, appearing in 25 games out of the Padres' bullpen and logging a 3.62 ERA over 32.1 innings.
The Cardinals have made a compelling offer to Miami, according to sources, and in addition to taking on more of the $295 million remaining on Stanton's contract they have been willing to trade the better package of players, including an elite pitching prospect. In those 37 games, Mikolas has 10 starts.
We'll note here that the video could be considered disturbing. Sports initially reported that a deal was close on Tuesday morning. In 62 starts, Mikolas posted a 2.18 ERA.
From a team perspective, Mikolas' arrival is probably the worst news for Reyes since, in his first season back following Tommy John surgery in February, he might be most wisely used in a swingman/multi-inning-relief role in 2018 in order to keep his innings total in check.
The Cardinals added to their depth with Mikolas. He gave up just 10 home runs and handed out only 23 walks, the latter of which helped him achieve a sparkling WHIP of 0.984.
He is best known stateside for dousing a gecko in Mountain Dew and eating it, which led to the nickname "The Lizard King".
Assuming Mikolas does make the starting five - the odds are greater that he will than won't - he could provide back-of-a-mixed-staff value for a dirt-cheap price.
He's even moved closer to the ballpark and lives there with his wife and their baby daughter. Since being released from the Rangers in 2014, Mikolas has spent 2015 through 2017 in Japan playing for the Yomiuri Giants.