- Full name John Barton Miadich
- Born 02/03/1976 in Torrance, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School San Diego
- Debut 09/02/2001
- Drafted in the 49th round (1,326th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 1994.
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Miadich was undrafted out of the University of San Diego and had little success in the minors with the Red Sox, who traded him, and the Diamondbacks, who released him. Anaheim ignored his track record and signed him in May 2000 based on the recommendation of roving instructor Don Wakamatsu, who managed Miadich at Double-A El Paso the year before. Miadich worked his way onto the 40-man by the end of 2000 and reached the majors last season. His stuff has improved across the board and he now attacks hitters with a 92-94 mph fastball and an 83-85 mph slider with late, tight break. After making strides with his command, he regressed in the majors. Nevertheless, the Angels are counting on Miadich as a bridge to Troy Percival.
The hiring of Don Wakamatsu to manage Erie last season produced an unexpected benefit for the Angels. Wakamatsu had managed at Double-A El Paso in the Diamondbacks chain the year before, where Miadich posted an 8.10 ERA in 12 appearances. When Arizona released him in spring training, Anaheim signed him on Wakamatsu's recommendation. By the end of the season, Miadich had pitched his way onto the 40-man roster and into contention for a major league bullpen job in 2001. He has two plus pitches: a 90-95 mph fastball and a slider with a late, sharp break. After getting rocked for most of his first two pro seasons, Miadich blossomed after the Angels refined his mechanics and taught him a changeup. His command still needs work, but his future looks much more promising than it did a year ago.