Brandon Marshall only cares about two stats as his NFL career comes to a close in New York — winning and efficiency.
Marshall signed a two-year contract worth $12 million with the Giants just five days after being cut by the Jets. In doing so, he joined an already impressive Giants receiving corps that features Pro Bowler Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. Marshall knows he’s not Cheap Hats And Jerseys the top dog anymore but as long as New York wins, he couldn’t care less.
Both Miller and Bradley have taken similar paths to become the dominant bullpen arms they are and have more in common than it seems.
Miller was taken in the first round of the MLB Draft in 2006 — No. 6 overall by the Tigers. Bradley was selected with the seventh overall pick in 2011 by the Diamondbacks. Both were selected as starting pitchers and were among the most highly touted arms of their draft class.
Miller and Bradley each showed flashes of their high potential in their minor league years. For his MILB career, Miller pitched to a 10-19 record with a 3.70 ERA and an 8.7 K/9 rate in 311.2 innings. Not great, but certainly not bad.
Bradley’s numbers were a tad better, posting a 35-19 minor league record with a 3.01 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 rate in 443 innings pitched.
Both pitchers established their ability to strike batters out; however, their lack of control was also evident. Miller walked 5.1 batter per nine innings, while Bradley’s minor league BB/9 rate was 4.7.
The duo’s lack of control ultimately played a factor in their transition Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys to the bullpen. Especially when their wildness was exposed at the big league level.