Saturday, March 26, 2005

Jeff Miller Report

Jeff Miller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 444th Overall (15th Rd), 2001 Draft, University of New Orleans
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'4", 230 lbs

Miller is a reliever prospect who had a breakout 2004 season in the Eastern League. He's another fastball/slider power reliever who pounds the strikezone. The velocity on his heater is only in the low 90's, but he has good control over it and mixes it well with his breaking ball. The command and approach is a bit surprising since he was primarily an outfielder in college, and may I add, a pretty decent one as he hit .338/.427/.502 in 2001 for the alma mater or the OTHER Ervin Johnson.

2004 Altoona: 2.91 ERA, 79 K, 28 BB, 48 H, 8 HR, 68 IP
mL Career: 3.62 ERA, 241 K, 86 BB, 254 H, 23 HR, 271 IP

He's currently on the 40 man roster, though he'll spend a considerable amount of time here in Indy this season. If he can repeat the success of 2004, he stands a great chance of ending the season in Western Pennsylvania. He missed the start of the 2003 season with a shoulder problem, but there haven't been any reports of further problems. All in all, he's an overlooked prospect, but a good one. He also is in an organization that is likely to produce an opportunity if he continues to perform.

ETA: Late 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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