WORLD CUP – Paul Mildren
Paul Mildren was signed by the Florida Marlins on 19 February, 2001. He split 2002 between the Rookie-level GCLMarlins and the Low-A Jamestown Jammers. From 2003-2004 he was with the Single-A Greensboro Bats.
In 2005, he had a stellar year, pitching in the World Cup in Holland for the Australia, and was awarded the Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star on 18 June 2005, while pitching for the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads.
In 2006 he pitched for Australia again in the World Baseball Classic. In that year with the AA Mudcats, he went 10-10 with a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts, led all Florida minor leagues in innings pitched, finished second in K’s(150), and third in wins which led to his winning the “Willie Duke Award” as team MVP for the season.
This led to Paul being assigned to the Florida Marlins 40-man roster in 2007, and being promoted again to the 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 Kansas City for their 40-man roster, off waivers from the Marlins on 17 August 2007.
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 and had his second appearance in the World Baseball Classic. Paul completed his 2009 minor league season as a pitcher in the Class A Advanced Carolina League, and went to Prague as part of the Australian team for the 2009 World Cup.
*Mildren pitched in 10 games for the Adelaide Bite of the 2010 ABL inaugural season, where he had a 2-6 record and a 4.58 ERA. The 2011 Baseball World Cup marks his fourth appearance on the Australia National Baseball Team.