Bobby Miller could be the next achievement for a Dodgers organization making the most of pitching prospects – The Athletic


Ten innings isn’t much, a total small enough to be vulnerable to all sorts of random trickery. But it was big enough this fall to piss off Dodgers prospect Bobby Miller.

Miller had just finished a month-long season in the Arizona Fall League, and things had not turned out to his liking. After having largely gone through his first full professional season, the 29th pick in the 2020 draft has seen some turbulence. He left Arizona with a 9.90 ERA and 6.3 walks per nine innings, and he wasn’t happy with it. Yes, he knows his 10-round sample size made his ERA pretty much meaningless. He also knows he hasn’t played.

“I’m definitely my own worst enemy,” Miller said in late November as he walked to the bus after the Glendale Desert Dogs’ final regular season game of the fall. “It’s definitely something I have to work on, just so I don’t fight over some things that aren’t too bad.”

It’s certainly true that the sky isn’t falling around Miller, 22, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander who MLB Pipeline ranks as the No.4 prospect in the Los Angeles system. It throws 99 mph, maintaining speed late in starts, and has three off-speed slots. Cumulative against his 10 bad innings this fall, there are 56 1/3 between High A and Double A in which he recorded a 2.40 ERA and struck out 70 batters. He’s likely to hit the big leagues next season, and the Dodgers have rotation slots open right now.

If Miller does end up completing any of them, whether it’s starting the season or more likely halfway through, it will be thanks to a variety of factors.


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