Full name HOBY TREY MILNER...Single...Graduated from Paschal High School (Fort Worth, TX) in 2009 and played three seasons of baseball at the University of Texas, 2010-12... At Paschal (same HS as former Indians 3B coach Jeff Newman) was named Academic All-State by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) in 2009... Also named co-Most Valuable Player in District 4-5A as well as Second Team Class 5A All-State as a pitcher by the THSBCA and First Team Class 5A All-State as an outfielder and Third Team as a pitcher by the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior...Named to the 2008 Louisville Slugger High School All-America Second Team as selected by Collegiate Baseball...As a junior at Texas in 2012 he went 7-4 w/a 2.64 ERA in 34 games/2 starts and was named All-Big 12 Second Team... Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Second Team as a sophomore..Father, Brian, became the youngest Blue Jays player in club history in 1978 after being selected in the 7th round and going immediately to the Majors...Played in the Minors from 1978-82...He later served as a hitting coach in the New York Yankees organization from 1991-95, and as a scout for the Chicago Cubs from 1996-2007.
Returned to the Phillies on 3/24 after being selected by CLE in the 2016 Rule 5 draft... Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA)... Had a 19.1-inning scoreless streak, 4/8-5/28 (15 G)... Had his contract selected on 6/20 and made his ML debut, 6/24 at ARI (1.0 IP, 2 H, R, ER, BB, HB, SO)... Made 21 straight scoreless appearances, 7/29-9/17 (16.2 IP); was the 4th-longest streak by a Phillies reliever since 1913... Posted a 0.83 ERA (2 ER, 21.2 IP) from 7/29 through the end of the season... Held LHH to a .159 AVG (10-63)... Did not allow a HR in 36 of his 37 ML appearances.
Split the season between AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley, going a combined 5-4 with 6 saves and a 2.49 ERA in 49 games (65.0IP, 57H, 18ER, 15BB, 76SO)...Minor League hitters hit just .233 (57-245) on the year, including a mark of .230 (23-100, 0 HR, .559 OPS) by left-handed hitters...Righties batted .234 (34-145) and on the year batters hit .218 (26-119) off him with runners on base...Combined on the year worked at least 1.0IP in 40 of 49 outings...Worked 2.0-or-more-IP in 13 of 49 games...Did not allow a run over his 2 Eastern League playoff outings (2.2IP)...Was an Eastern League All-Star selection after posting an ERA of 1.85 (8ER/39.0IP) in the first half for the R-Phils... Appeared in 5 games in October for Lara in the Liga Venezuela Beisbol.
Spent majority of season with Reading (AA)… Was on DL with left shoulder impingement syndrome, 4/9-5/2… Of his 27 relief appearances, 17 were 2.0 IP or more… Allowed 8 ER and walked just 5 batters in 27.1 IP after the All-Star break (2.63 ERA).
Spent season with Reading… T-3rd in Eastern League in SHO, T-5th in starts, T-7th in wins and ranked 8th in innings… Led Phillies minor league system in wins… Eastern League midseason All-Star.
Spent season with Clearwater… T-1st in Florida State League in wins, ranked 3rd in SO & starts and T-3rd in innings.