Miles Tice Mikolas, born on August 23, 1988, and nicknamed “Lizard King,” is a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB).
He has played for the Major League Baseball teams of the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers, as well as the Nippon Professional Baseball team of the Yomiuri Giants (NPB). In 2018, he was an All-Star, led the National League in wins, and finished sixth in voting for the NL Cy Young Award.
Mikolas attended Jupiter Community High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, and graduated in 2006. He subsequently went on to play collegiate baseball with the Nova Southeastern Sharks at Nova Southeastern University. In his junior year of 2009, he went 7–2 with a 2.06 ERA in 11 starts.
The San Diego Padres selected Mikolas in the seventh round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. Mikolas pitched in 60 games with the Class-A Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2010, going 6–3 with 13 saves (tied for second in the Midwest League) and a 2.20 ERA.
On December 5, 2017, Mikolas agreed to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals on a two-year, $15.5 million contract. On April 2, 2018, he made his Cardinals debut, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 8–4 at Miller Park.
While batting, he hit his first major league hit, a two-run home run against Zach Davies. He pitched 5+23 innings, allowing three home runs and four runs total, striking out five and walking none.
How Much Does Miles Mikolas Make?
Miles Mikolas currently earns a salary of $15,750,000 per year.