The minor leagues kicked off their 2021 season on Tuesday evening, and the Dodgers saw a great performance from one of their top prospects.
Bobby Miller, the team’s 5th overall prospect, made his professional debut on Tuesday nights for the High-A Great Lakes Loons. The outing wasn’t very long, but the Louisville product didn’t take long to make an impression.
Pro debut for #Dodgers 2020 1st rounder Bobby Miller…
5 strikeouts (3 swinging on FB)
Both his 4-seam and 2-seam were as advertised. Both working 97/98 mph. Struck out the side in his first pro inning.
— Brad Tunney (@brad_tunney) May 4, 2021
Bobby Miller was a member of the alternate training site last season, be Tuesday’s season opener marked the first time he pitched in a professional game. The time spent facing major league-caliber bats must have helped because he looked absolutely dominant in his three innings of work.
Bobby Miller with 5 strikeouts tonight in his High A Central debut pic.twitter.com/jNB6fzeY3v
— James Weisser (@JWeisser88) May 5, 2021
Miller did his part to get the season started the right way, but not much went right for the Loons after he left the game as they went on to lose 9-4. Still, just having a full season of minor league baseball is a welcome sight. For an organization that prides itself on player development, the minor league season is a great opportunity to help prospects grow and for teams to catch a glimpse of what the future holds.
Although Miller is starting the season with High A Great Lakes, he has the potential to move up the organization rather quickly if he pitches to his potential. While he currently ranks as the organization’s 5th best prospect, Bobby is still waiting to crack the top 100 list for all of major league baseball. Don’t be surprised if that changes by the time the mid-season rankings are announced.