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Dodgers: Watch Top Pitching Prospect Strike Out 14 in Triple-A

Bobby Miller is the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect. Wanna know why? Check this out:

That’s some filthy dominance from Miller, who must be looking at the scoreboard and wishing James Outman would hit for the cycle like he did in his last start. In three Triple-A starts, Miller has a 3.38 ERA with 24 strikeouts and just three walks in 18.2 innings.

The Dodgers and their fans are understandably excited about Miller, who started the Futures Game for the National League at Dodger Stadium during this year’s All-Star break. MLB.com rates his fastball as a 70-grade pitch on the 20-80 grading scale, along with 60s on his slider and changeup and 55 on his curve. According to MLB.com:

Miller can sit at 97-98 mph for innings at a time and reach triple digits with his riding four-seam fastball and he also can mix in a heavy 93-96 mph two-seamer. Both his two-plane slider and fading, sinking changeup operate in the mid-80s and grade as well above-average pitches at their best. Los Angeles had him shelve his spike curveball early last season and he developed better shape and command when he brought back a low-80s bender with a more traditional grip later in the year.

Miller’s biggest issue out of college was his walk rate, and he has gotten that under control very well since joining the Dodgers organization.

The Dodgers have helped Miller tone down his delivery and throw more strikes since turning pro. After averaging 3.6 walks per nine innings in three college seasons at Louisville, he cut that rate to 2.1 in his first year in the Minors. Hitters struggle to barrel his quality stuff, he’s locating his pitches better than ever and he has a strong 6-foot-5 frame built to handle innings, so he has all of the ingredients to become a frontline starter.

The future is bright for young Bobby Miller.

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