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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Excited to Watch Bobby Miller Develop

Spring Training is a great time for fans to get to see a lot of unknown talent. Dodgers fans have had the opportunity this year to see a few guys that they might not otherwise see outside of the Cactus League. A few of these guys are even a couple of years away from making a big league impact. 

One guy that might end up being closer than people think is Bobby Miller. The Dodgers picked up Miller in the first round of the 2020 draft out of the University of Louisville. Now the number 7 prospect in the system, there’s a lot to be excited about for Miller. 

He got his first taste of big-league action this week by making an appearance in a Cactus League game. The Dodgers prospect came out firing gas and pitched a scoreless outing despite hitting a batter. Manager Dave Roberts had rave reviews following his outing, 

Yeah, I thought the same thing as far as Landon[Knack]. Getting into a big-league game, the adrenaline pumping. Really good fastball, the breaking ball got a nice double-play. Really good. Im excited to watch him continue to develop. 

Miller is projected to be Major League-ready by 2023, according to the MLB prospect pipeline. But with his velocity and developed slider, there are not many hurdles to get to the Dodgers big league squad. 

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Scouts do worry about the effort in his delivery and what that means for his control long-term. But the Dodgers working on building his strength could help get his control in order. Slotting Miller behind guys like Walker Buehler and Dustin May could make for a crazy good starting rotation in the near future. 

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  1. “But with his velocity and developed slider, there are not many hurdles to get to the Dodgers big league squad.”

    The hurdles he has to jump over are May, Gonsolin, and Gray.

    1. Exactly! Price has 2 years, Bauer 3 years. Kershaw initially sounded like he was retiring but has now re-stated his goal of pitching for a few more years.
      May, Gonsolin, Gray, & possibly Santana, Pepiot, Jackson, Uceta and others! Long queue for the young starting pitcher to fight through!
      There has to be a trade to shed pitching prospects and re-stock the Farm eventually this year or next.

      1. Pepiot is an interesting prospect that could be a fast riser. I was surprised they didn’t bring Beeter to spring training, he’s a top 10 prospect in their system. Not sure the story behind that. Miller might be better than Gray, but Gray has done nothing but win everywhere he has pitched. They say you can’t have too much pitching, but Dodgers are testing that theory. I don’t even know why they are bothering with Jimmy Nelson, other than one half decent year he had been mostly average at best even before blowing out his rotator cuff. Poor Gonsolin, any other team would be excited about him, with Dodgers he’s an after-thought in danger of not making the team.

    Miller has all the quality pitches and all the physical attributes needed to be a superstar at the major league level. Plus what I have read about Miller it appears that he has a good head on his shoulders. He has a good work ethic and is dedicated to his craft. He’s always looking to learn more and improve his game which shows his dedication and commitment to the sport. Plus he’s a Dodger fan. To top everything off, he’s in the best organization for player development. He’s learning the Dodger way. Go Dodgers!!!

    Philip Irwin

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