You have to be pretty good when you haven’t even officially thrown a professional pitch and you have the experts talking about you. Still, that’s been the case for Dodgers’ pitching prospect Bobby Miller.
Miller, the number 5 prospect in LA’s system, was drafted with the 29th overall pick in last year’s draft. He made his way to the alternate site at USC and even spent some time at Dodger Stadium this winter as he looked to get acclimated to life as a professional.
Now with the minor league season back in action, Miller made his official pro debut with High-A Great Lakes on Tuesday, tossing 3 scoreless innings. MLB Pipeline prospects evaluators Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo, and Sam Dykstra dropped some not-so-hot predictions on top prospects around the league this week where they focused in on Miller for LA.
A first-rounder out of Louisville last June, Miller is making his pro debut in High-A but will rocket to Triple-A by season’s end and make people wonder why he lasted 29 picks a year ago. His fastball and slider are power pitches that miss bats and he continues to improve his feel for his changeup and for throwing strikes.
Bobby Miller with 5 strikeouts tonight in his High A Central debut pic.twitter.com/jNB6fzeY3v
— James Weisser (@JWeisser88) May 5, 2021
Miller displayed his poise and his arsenal with the Dodgers during this past spring training where he allowed just one hit while striking out 5 over 5.1 innings with the big club. Armed with a fastball that can touch 98 miles-per-hour and quality offspeed offerings, the 22-year-old could be on the fast track to Los Angeles. Possibly even in the bullpen as soon as this September, if the team is desperately in need. More likely, however, we’ll see him getting regular big league action as soon as mid-2022.