Saturday, February 19, 2005

Adam Miller Report

Adam Miller, RHP, Cleveland Indians
Drafted 31st Overall, 2003 Draft, HS, McKinney, TX
Bats R/Throws R
20 YO, 6'4", 180 lbs

Ordinary name, extraordinary prospect. His stuff lights up scouting reports. He has a great mid 90's fastball that touches 97-98 at times and a lethal slider. He also put up disturbingly good numbers split between the Sally League and the Carolina League.

2004 Lake County: 3.36 ERA, 106 K, 28 BB, 79 H, 7 HR, 91 IP
2004 Kingston: 2.08 ERA, 46 K, 12 BB, 29 H, 1 HR, 43 IP
Career: 3.34 ERA, 179 K, 49 BB, 138 H, 10 HR, 167 IP

That'll get your blood flowing.

Miller is a very advanced pitcher and a smart kid. He mixes his pitches and locations like a 30 year old veteran. He has very good command and he doesn't give up the long ball. I could complain about the lack of slow pitch like a curve or a change, but that would be nitpicking a guy who doesn't deserve it.

You know by now that I don't advocate draft high school arms in the first round, but some teams have had some success with the strategy lately. Pitchers like Zach Greinke, Gavin Floyd, and Adam Miller are good examples. It helps that they were all polished, mature pitchers with good control. They weren't projects. They weren't projection picks. You didn't have to drastically change their deliveries or teach them how to pitch. Just turn them loose and watch them terrorize hitters. Maybe a rethinking of my standard thinking is in order. It isn't about where a pitcher comes from but what kind of pitcher he is. Stay tuned.

ETA: Late 2006
5 Stars

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