Former UAB baseball starting pitcher James Naile helped the Oakland Athletics Double-A affiliate, the Midland Rockhounds, win the 2017 Texas League Championship.
This is the fourth straight year that Midland has won the title, and the second straight year Naile has been a part of the championship game.
Last year Naile pitched six shutout innings in the final game, and this year he also pitched six shutouts innings. He scattered five hits and walked two batters, while striking out six.
Midland scored one run in the first inning, and then that was it in the game. Naile ended up being the winning pitcher in this game, as well as the series clinching game in 2016.
Naile finished the regular season with a 3.21 ERA, but missed significant time during the season with an injury.
His first two outings in the playoffs weren’t great, giving up up nine runs on 20 hits over 9.2 innings in those first two starts. But he bounced back nicely in the championship, giving Midland their fourth straight title.
Naile continues to impress after his first three seasons in the big leagues. Going forward, I think he gets a longer look in spring training for the Oakland Athletics next year. If the organization decides to move him to the bullpen he could be in the majors by next season.
For the full press release from UABSports.com on James Naile outing for Midland, click here