Prep Baseball Report

Then & Now: Bobby Miller

David Seifert & Drew Locascio
Prep Baseball Report

THEN 2015: Miller sat 87-88 from the windup touching 90 mph from a long, loose, ¾ arm slot with heavy arm side run on fastball and late action. Tall/fall delivery, smooth rhythm throughout, up to balance point, lands in line with home plate, slight recoil at finish. Fastball sat 86-88 mph from the stretch. 68-72 mph breaking ball had 10/4 slurvy shape and some late action, thrown for strikes. Down the road due to arm angle could have a lethal sinker/slider combination. Also showed feel for 76-78 mph changeup thrown aggressively with same heavy finish as fastball. Miller is committed to Louisville and shows legitimate two-way potential, although his ceiling on the mound may be higher thanks to his potential for two plus pitches.

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NOW 2020: Tall and strong bodied at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Miller boasts a big fastball, up into the high-90s, and a trio of secondary offerings. He generates arm speed with a full arm swing in back then quickly leverages and slings the ball to the plate. He works down the hill and throws against a firm lower front side. Miller’s fastball can play down with more control than command of the pitch, and with solid run (14-16”), but average spin rates (2150-2350) he can’t get away with catching too much of the plate. He shows two breaking pitches; a fringy 86-88 mph cutter/slider at 2250-2400 rpm and a similar quality 80-82 mph curve ball, spinning in the same range. The most effective of the two is the cutter/slider. His fourth pitch was a below average changeup coming to the plate at 83-86 mph with a 2050-2250 rpm spin rate. He also drops his hand a bit with the pitch, releasing from a height of 5’6” compared to the 5’8”-5’9” of his heater. Intangible-wise, Miller is tough, as we found out when he wore a laser off his lower ribcage and made the play for what the scorebook will say was a 1-3-1 groundout. Overall, Miller has top round arm strength and strong performance in the ACC. He will likely be selected in the top two rounds this summer.

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HOW THE JUMP WAS MADE: "Bobby has excellent work habits and is driven to continuously improve his game. He’s committed to the weight room, arm care and conditioning and it’s reflective in his overall development. His stuff, delivery, and metrics have steadily progressed all while being a proven performer. When you put it all together and throw in the fact that he can carry upper 90’s velo late into a start, for me it’s a first round type talent."





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