Los Angeles hasn’t and probably won’t make much noise this offseason. It has been a rather dull offseason for the Dodgers, and this is something surprising for their fans.
L.A. hasn’t stood thoroughly pat this offseason; their first signing came the first day of December when they signed right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller.
Miller didn’t make any waves in the MLB world; heck, he barely made waves for Dodger fans. Miller is coming off an unimpressive 2022 season where he spent most of his season in triple-A as a reliever and finished as a member of the San Francisco Giants.
After the season, the 32-year-old became a free agent once again and wound up a Dodger. He will be looking to revitalize his career with the Boys in Blue, and Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes believes Miller can succeed in L.A.
“He had a lot of success in triple-A and has fully transitioned to being a reliever,” Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes said. “It’s an interesting throw — a fastball with a kind of low-slot, rise-and-run, and the slider plays off that. We feel like he’ll have a high strikeout rate with an average walk rate.”
In triple-A last season, Miller had a 2-4 record with a 2.87 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 69 strikeouts in 53.1 IP, and 43 games. Shelby also came in for 14 save opportunities and earned 12 of them in the minors.
L.A. Times writer Mike Digiovanna also mentioned that Miller is working on deepening his bag.
“Miller has begun throwing bullpen sessions with assistant pitching coach Connor McGuiness at the team’s spring training complex in Phoenix and is in constant phone contact with pitching coach Mark Prior.
He’s working on a split-fingered changeup, an 89-mph pitch with good diving action that he thinks “will be really good,” and an upper-80s cut-fastball.”
If anyone is capable of getting the best out of someone, it is Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior.
He’s helped Dodger aces Julio Urias and Walker Buehler become one of the best pitchers in the games and helped guide L.A. to having the best team ERA in the past two seasons.
Miller may not look like a hot signing at the moment, but with the help of Prior, he could be a key contributor for the Dodgers in 2023.