Dodgers former first-round pick Bobby Miller is officially on the radar as a bonafide major league pitching prospect. The right-handed power pitcher has turned a few heads since the Dodgers drafted him in the 2020 draft out of the University of Louisville.
That being said, experts appear to be split on where Miller should rank on their respective top 100 prospect lists.
FanGraphs – Ranked #94
The folks at FanGraphs are unsure if Miller will be able to stick in a starting rotation due to his unique delivery and inconsistent command.
“He has an un-athletic, non-fluid delivery with a long arm action and a violent finish…”
Still, FanGraphs did not short-change Miller’s “power arsenal”.
“His fastball sits in the 96-98 mph range…his mid-80s slider is a plus sweeper with big spin rates.”
ESPN – Ranked #61
Kiley McDaniel of ESPN also characterizes Miller as a “power-over-feel” hurler, but unlike FanGraphs, is more trusting of the Dodgers evaluation due to the organization’s recent history in drafting quality pitchers.
“My opinion [about Miller] started shifting when I dug deeper right before the draft and heard the teams most interested in him were the best pitching orgs [organizations] in the game.”
Although McDaniels notes it’s “unfair” to do, he compares Miller to two starting pitchers Dodgers fans know very well.
“There’s effort and aggression to his operation like Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer to give you an idea of what he looks like. When pitchers have plus stuff, aggression and aptitude, along with enough command and health…I’ll just get on board for whatever it ends up being.”
The Athletic – Ranked #50
The Athletic’s Keith Law characterized Miller as a draft pick that “already looks like a steal”. It’s important to note that Law is overall, a big believer in the LA farm system – he ranked the Dodgers are the best system in baseball earlier this year.
Similar to FanGraphs, Law does believe there’s “reliever risk” with Miller, but is a bit more impressed with Miller as a prospect.
“He has the weapons, the control, the history of getting lefties out, the size, just about every other box you’d want a potential front-line starter to check.”
Time will tell whether or not Miller becomes a starter or reliever longterm, but either way, he’s worthy of excitement.
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