Starting pitching has been one of the biggest questions for the Dodgers all offseason, and those questions have only intensified over the past several days as Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, Andrew Heaney, Taijuan Walker, and others have come off the board. Los Angeles officially got Clayton Kershaw back, but beyond that, most of their questions remain.
In his media scrum at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts was asked about his options from within the organization, specifically top pitching prospect Bobby Miller, who finished the 2022 season in Triple-A.
“I think Bobby Miller, as far as stuff, we’ve all heard about it. Love the compete. Love the body, the head. We’re going to see him this year. We’re going to see Bobby this year. How much? That’s up to him.”
Miller posted just a 4.25 ERA in 2022 between Double-A and Triple-A, but he struck out 145 batters in 112.1 innings and he actually pitched better in Triple-A than in Double-A. Stuff-wise, he’s ready for the big leagues, and his walk rate with Oklahoma City looks very good, too.
The Dodgers might have an opening or two in their rotation, so it could be a great opportunity for Miller to shine. Everyone agrees his stuff is special, and a runway in the big leagues could have him ready to contribute in a big way in October.
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