The Los Angeles Dodgers always seem to have a couple intriguing pitching prospects. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Pepiot made it onto everyone’s radar in 2021. 2022 could be the year for righty Bobby Miller to start turning heads.
Miller was selected as the Dodgers prospect the MLB.com panel is “excited to see in ’22”. His four pitch mix (fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup) has a lot of people in the Dodgers organization excited. Scouts graded his fastball (65) and slider (60) as “plus” pitches.
However, the panel of three MLB.com writers noted that Miller must improve his command to make it to the majors.
“With a heavy fastball that can park in the upper 90s, a sharp mid-80s slider, a developing low-80s curveball and a lively mid-80s changeup, he’ll help the Dodgers as soon as he tightens his command a bit more.”
The consensus amongst scouts is that the 6’5” Miller projects a starter. Los Angeles Player Development seems to agree. Miller started in 14 of the 17 games he appeared in between High-A and Double-A. The former Louisville Cardinals allowed just 15 earned runs in 56.1 innings pitched (2.40 ERA).
2021 was another reminder that there isn’t such a thing as too much pitching. Miller isn’t likely to be named to the Opening Day roster, but should get at least a few cups of coffee in 2022. Who knows. He might even be a factor in September and October.
The Dodgers 2020 first-round pick could be taking the hill at Chavez Ravine sooner, rather than later.