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Paul Mildren

Paul Mildren 25 P

Adelaide Bite

  • Status: Inactive
  • Full Name:
  • Age: 34 (3 May, 1984)
  • Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
  • Bats/Throws: R/L Ht: 185 cm Wt: 89 kg
  • School: Glenunga International School, Glenuga, South Australia
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Paul Mildren Career Stats

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Paul Mildren  25 P

  • Full Name: Paul Frank Mildren
  • Born: 3 May, 1984
  • Age: 34
  • Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: L
  • Height: 185 cm
  • Weight: 89 kg
  • School: Glenunga International School, Glenuga, South Australia

Paul Mildren is a left-handed pitcher for the Adelaide Bite. Signed by the Florida Marlins as a non-drafted free agent on February 19, 2001, he split 2002 between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Marlins and the New York Penn League Low-A Jamestown Jammers. From 2003 through 2004 he was with the South Atlantic League Single-A Greensboro Bats.

In 2005 he had a stellar year, pitching in the Baseball World Cup in Holland for the Australia national baseball team, and was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star on June 18, 2005, while pitching for the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads. In 2006, Mildren continued his move up the Florida Marlins system to the Double-A Carolina Mudcats, and pitching for Australia again in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. With the Mudcats, he went 10-10 with a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts, led all Florida minor leagues in innings pitched, finished second in strikeouts (150) and third in wins, which led to his winning the "Willie Duke Award" as team MVP for the season.

This led to Mildren being assigned to the Florida Marlins' 40-man roster in 2007, and being promoted again to the Pacific Coast League Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes at the beginning of the year. He split the season between the Isotopes and the Omaha Royals when he was claimed by the Kansas City Royals for their 40-man roster, off waivers from the Marlins on August 17, 2007.

Mildren split his season three ways in 2008 pitching relief: first for the Omaha Royals, then the inaugural season of the Texas League Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals, and the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks, ending the 2008 season with a combined ERA of 6.62 over 32 games. He became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season and signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in January 2009. 2009 also noted his second appearance in the World Baseball Classic. Paul completed his 2009 minor league season as a pitcher to the Lynchburg Hillcats in the Class A Advanced Carolina League, and went to Prague as part of the Australian team for the 2009 Baseball World Cup.

After a lengthy year in the US; book-ended by both World Baseball Classic and World Cup duties with the National team, Mildren turned his focus to his native South Australian side in their storied return to Norwood Oval. High amongst the League leaders in innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA and wins, Mildren was the staff ace on a club that turned a miserable 2009 campaign into the near storybook worst-to-first finish this year. Always the consummate professional, his tenacity on the mound was second to none, highlighted by a complete-game effort against eventual champions Victoria in his "must-win" final start of the regular season.