Top Prospect Bobby Miller Set for MLB Debut This Week with Dodgers in Atlanta
The Dodgers are turning to their number one pitching prospect, Bobby Miller, to help fill out a beleaguered starting rotation that lost Dustin May and Julio Urias within a few days of one another. Dave Roberts and the team isn’t ready to confirm the move but others including beat writer Fabian Ardaya did.
Miller will make his MLB debut on Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.
The season so far has been a struggle for Miller Time, posting a 5.65 ERA over 14.1 innings across 4 starts. However, he is coming off of his best outing of the season, allowing one run on 2 hits over a season-high 6 innings.
Miller has the pure stuff to be nasty at the big league level but will need to continue to work on his command. His strikeouts are down and his walks are up so far this season, albeit in just those four starts.
Why Are the Dodgers Calling Up Bobby Miller?
The Dodgers are certainly not ready to be calling up Miller but with few other options ready to go, the organization’s proverbial hands are tied. Fellow pitching prospects Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove are injured and working their way back. Grove is expected back sooner, possibly as soon as next week, depending on how many rehab starts the team wants him to make. Pepiot will be out until after the All-Star game in mid July.
The team lost RHP Dylan Covey on waivers to the Phillies on Saturday and other starting pitcher options at AAA like Matt Andreise (5.40 ERA), William Cuevas (5.45 ERA), and Robbie Erlin (7.44 ERA) have all pitched terribly this season.
Where the next wave of quality depth lies for the Dodgers is at Double-A where guys like Landon Knack (1.59 ERA), Nick Nastrini (2.55 ERA), River Ryan (2.55 ERA), and Emmet Sheehan (1.85 ERA) have been exceptional.
Andrew Friedman usually avoids calling players up from the AA level directly to the big leagues, but he’s done it before; as recently as last season with Michael Grove.
Braves Prepare to Get Stoned
While Dave Roberts wasn’t ready to confirm Miller, he did confirm fellow rookie Gavin Stone would pitch in place of Dustin May on Monday in Atlanta. He told reporters on Sunday that Stone is expected to remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
Stone made his MLB debut earlier this month, allowing 4 runs in 4 innings against the Phillies. He’s allowed 3 earned runs over 11 innings at AAA since then.