Imagine stepping onto a big-league pitching mound for the first time and facing off against the reigning AL MVP winner. That’s the stuff of nightmares. But that’s exactly what Dodgers prospect Bobby Miller did on Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine.
The Dodgers’ top pitching prospect got the start in the final game of the Freeway Series against the Angels. And his very first batter of the game was none other than the generational talent that is Shohei Ohtani. While other young pitchers might have struggled to even get the confidence to pump in fastballs, Miller stood out.
He started Ohtani with 3 consecutive fastballs, two of them reaching triple digits. Miller would later reach back and fire in a 100 mph fastball on the lower-inside part of the plate to get Shohei looking, and get Dodgers fans jumping to their feet in excitement for the future.
The Dodgers drafted Bobby Miller in the first round of the 2020 draft out of Louisville. He dominated in the alternate site camp during the pandemic year and spent most of the 2021 season mowing down hitters at the High-A level. Miller is expected to debut at Double-A, but he will no doubt make the jump to Triple-A at some point during this season.
Many experts and scouts expect Miller to contribute somewhere in the very near future. With his electric fastball and quickly developing pitch mix, Miller could be a member of the front of the rotation for years to come. Exciting times in Los Angeles.
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