The Dodgers had six picks in the shortened five-round first-year player draft this week. While the club has been generally applauded for their selections on Wednesday and Thursday, their number one pick stands out above the rest.
With the 29th overall selection in draft, Los Angeles chose right-handed pitcher Bobby Miller out of Louisville, the same university as catcher Will Smith. On Thursday night, Miller joined John Hartung and Orel Hershiser on SportsNet LA in an exclusive chat.
Right away, the 21-year-old opened the interview saying just the right words.
I’ve always loved the Dodgers.
Good job, kid.
Of course, more important things were said on this chat with Hartung and the Bulldog. Moreover, a focus on Miller’s pitch mix — 98mph fastball included — and building into a 6’5″ frame are discussed.
Pitching repertoire — what I’m working with right now — 4-seam [fastball], 2-seam [fastball], changeup, slider, and curveball. I still got lots to work on with some of those, especially the slider and curveball and getting those two different shapes. I can get the velocity difference, but I’m still working on getting those two different shapes right now.
The right-hander also talks about his favorite pitcher right now, Walker Buehler, and why he gravitates toward the 2015 Vanderbilt draftee.
Obviously his stuff is unreal, but just how electric he is on the mound — I see a true competitor when I watch him pitch. He’s got that nice attitude on the mound … it’s kinda what I think I do. I like to be the most competitve guy on the field and when he’s on the mound, there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s the most competitve man on the field.
MLB insiders and prospect experts are excited to see what the Dodgers player development team can do with Bobby Miller. Early reports show concerns with his delivery that can likely be worked on. The 6’5″ frame gives the fireballer plenty of lever system, as Hershiser calls it, to be an impressive arm in Los Angeles as early as 2022-2023.