Dodgers: Bobby Miller Is Trying to Take the Clayton Kershaw Approach

Bobby Miller is one of the Dodgers top pitching prospects. The hard-throwing righty was the Dodgers first-round pick in 2020 out of University of Louisville.

Last month, Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes labeled Miller as “highly competitive”. In an interview on AM570’s Dodger Talk with David Vassegh this week, Miller admitted that he’s working on staying a little more calm on the mound this spring.

Vassegh asked Miller to self-characterize how he displays his emotions on the Clayton Kershaw (calm)-to-Rich Hill(not so calm) scale.

“I’d say like a Kershaw. I say stuff to myself. I try not to make a big scene or anything. Not throw anything around, stuff like that. I can kind of bark at myself here and there under my glove, that’s about it.”

Miller explained that he’s not just fine tuning his physical skills ahead of his second full minor league season.

“Sometimes, I get ahead of myself here and there. I guess it comes with the competitiveness that I have out there on the mound. It’s something I’ve been working on. Trying to clam myself down a little bit and seeing where the game takes me.”

Last year, Miller posted a 3.36 ERA in 17 appearances between High-A and Double-A. Scouts have raved about his “power arsenal”, but also mention that Miller will need to improve his command in order to remain a starter for years to come.

Miller won’t turn into Clayton Kershaw, but he should continue to borrow a few pages from Kershaw’s book. 

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