The City of Angels might as well be the City of Cardinals. After fellow ace Reid Detmers was drafted by Los Angeles Angels, righty Bobby Miller joins former Card Will Smith on the Dodgers.
Miller was a 2018 Freshman All-American and a member of both the 2018 All-ACC Third Team and ACC All-Freshman Team. The IL native went 15-2 in his career with the Cards sporting a 3.28 ERA. He struck out 175 batters in his three seasons and opposing batters only hit .199 against him. He worked out of the pen, especially in his freshman year, but has primarily been a starter. In 4 starts in the pandemic shortened season, Miller was 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched.
With a blistering fastball that sits in the mid to upper 90s, Miller is a flame thrower. He also employs a pretty nasty slider that sits in the mid to upper 80s. It has a sharp downward break that goes away from lefties and towards the heels of righties. He can throw it in the zone for strikes as well. He will occasionally throw a curve or slurve; seemingly taking a little of his slider. He also uses a change up that sits in the low end 80s. Miller has good stuff that he has improved upon each year he’s been at Louisville. His fastball is live and his breaking pitch can be nasty, but he has to improve his control. It will be interesting to see if he makes his MLB debut in the bull pen or if the Dodgers will continue to develop his secondary pitches and make him a rotation piece.
Congrats to Bobby Miller as he is the second first rounder of the night for the Cardinal 9. Now, Louisville fans will likely get a chance to watch him pitch for a storied franchise and his battery mate will likely be another Cardinal Forever and Louisville native Will Smith. There will be a lot of late nights watching baseball in Louisville.