The Los Angeles Dodgers are rejoicing in the arrival of another big name youngster.
It’s right-hander Bobby Miller, 24, the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 draft.
Miller got the start against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 11 at Citizens Bank Park and threw a dazzling six innings of three-hit, three-walk, seven-strikeout ball to lead the Dodgers to a 9-0 victory and their third win of the season.
In four games this season, he is 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA, 23 strikeouts, a 0.826 WHIP and a .150 batting average (12-for-80) in 23 innings pitched.
Miller is the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to record three or more wins, a sub-1.00 ERA, 23 or more strikeouts, and fewer than 15 walks in his first four starts.
He is also the fourth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to go at least five innings and allow one run or less in each of his first four career starts. The others were Cliff Markle of the New York Yankees in 1915 and 1916, Cody Anderson of the Cleveland Indians in 2015, and Genta Maeda of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016.
Miller made his debut on May 24 against the Atlanta Braves. His five innings of four-hit, one-run ball earned him the win against Spencer Strider, aka “Dr. K,” the best pitcher in baseball. Strider took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in six innings.
The Dodgers called up Miller from the minors after back-to-back injuries to starters Dustin May and Julio Urias sidelined them.
Miller had started the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 1-1 with a 5.65 ERA in four games and 14⅓ innings pitched. Last year, he went 7-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 24 games between Double-A and Triple-A.
Miller is the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect. Rated as the No. 2 prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system and No. 19 overall in MLBPipeline’s 2023 prospect rankings, he is a classic four-pitch starter with a fastball (four-seam plus sinker) that tops 100 mph and a mix of slider, changeup, and curveball.
Against the Phillies, he threw 10 four-seamers, 메이저사이트 45 sinkers, 25 sliders, and 12 each of his curveball and changeup. His fastball and sinker topped out at 100.4 mph (161.6 km/h) and averaged 98.4 mph.
Because he has pitched above expectations for four straight games, Miller should be able to keep his spot in the rotation when the established starters return, barring an upset. The Dodgers recently lost Noah Syndergaard to the disabled list, leaving Tony Gonsolos, Clayton Kershaw, Michael Grove, and Miller as their starters. It’s still unclear who the fifth starter will be.
After the game, Dodgers catcher Will Smith said, “He’s been working on his slider for a while. He’s made two or three adjustments to it since he’s been here and it’s a great pitch. The changeup is a great weapon, too. The curve confuses hitters and makes it easier to work the count. He has a good mix of all four pitches.”
Manager Dave Roberts said, “From what I’ve seen so far, Miller reminds me a lot of Walker Buehler. He has the ability to throw the pitches he needs,” said manager Dave Roberts. “When you play in the big leagues, it’s not about development. It’s about winning. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much service time you have. You go out there and you do what you’re supposed to do and you take your chances.” It’s a strong commitment to Miller.