Q&A With Penn State Harrisburg Commit Brendan Miller

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Brendan MillerRHP/SS Brendan Miller (Williams Valley HS), ranked No. 106 in the PA Class of 2014, took the mound for the final bullpen session of the day at the Unsigned Senior Showcase in October. His solid performance earned him top prospect honors among the pitchers in attendance. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound righty sat 85-86 with late life to his fastball. He pounded the strike zone and showcased a 72 mph curveball to go along with a 77 mph changeup at fastball arm speed. Miller displayed repeatable mechanics and a loose arm.

Miller's performance led to a number of phone calls and emails from schools in attendance as well as from those who saw his video online. In the end, Penn State Harrisburg landed a verbal commitment from the talented senior earlier this week. Miller discussed his decision to attend the Penn State branch campus and the process that led to his decision.

PBR:  Where have you decided to attend college and why did you make this choice?

Miller: I have chosen to attend Penn State Harrisburg. PSUH has a very nice campus with new facilities for academics plus the coaches are very friendly and know their baseball.

PBR:  What other schools were you considering?

Miller: I was also considering Elizabethtown College.

PBR:  Was distance from home a factor in your decision?

Miller: Distance was not a big factor but I’m glad PSUH is closer to home.

PBR:  Where did the coaches first see you?  How did your relationship develop with their coaching staff?

Miller: Coach Brown first saw me during the summer playing American Legion. Coach Brown always stayed in close contact. He has been very friendly and so have the other assistant coaches and you can tell they will get the best out of you and they want to win.

PBR:  What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?

Miller: With hard work they expect me to be a starting pitcher and on occasion a position player.

PBR:  What is your biggest strength as a player and how do you feel that will help your team?

Miller: I will always work hard and hopefully be a leader on the team my freshman year.

PBR:  Who do you play for in the summer and what was your most memorable experience from this past summer?

Miller: I play for Upper Dauphin American Legion. This summer Dauphin County Legion made a 17 year old All-Star team to travel to Diamond Nation for a showcase tournament for a week and it was a lot of fun getting to know all the kids that you normally play against and making new friends.

PBR:  What is your current GPA?

Miller: My current GPA is 3.5.

PBR:  Now that you have your commitment out of the way, what are your goals both individually and for the team going into your senior season?

Miller: My goal is to just stay healthy and worry about leading my team.

PBR: How did Prep Baseball Report aid you in gaining exposure as a potential college baseball recruit?

Miller: I only attended one event, the Unsigned Senior Showcase, but following that event I received two phone calls and many emails from college coaches who attended or saw my video. It also gave PSUH another opportunity to see me throw.

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