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Height/Weight: 6'3", 195
DOB: 10/10/1990 (Age: 21)
Drafted/Signed: 2009, first round (HS: Brownwood, Texas)
Preseason Rank: 4; Midseason Rank: 19
2012 Stats (AAA): 11-10, 136.2 IP, 4.74 ERA, 1.376 WHIP, 1.6 HR/9, 10.5 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 (27 GS)
MLB Stats: 13.2 IP, 1.32 ERA, 0.951 WHIP, 16/4 K/BB (6 G; 1 GS)
Miller has an excellent pitcher’s frame at 6'3" and 195 pounds; however, concern arose after he arrived at spring training out of shape. Typically, the right-hander’s been more of an upper-body pitcher, relying on his pure arm strength and stuff as opposed to utilizing his lower half.
The 21-year-old features a heavy 93-97 mph fastball with arm-side run, and induces a healthy blend of swing-and-misses and weak contact. Relative to his age and experience, Miller’s always exhibited above-average control of the pitch to both sides of the plate.
His heater is complemented by two above-average off-speed pitches: a sharp, downer curve and a fading changeup.
Less than two months ago, it was highly doubtful that Miller would be a September call-up, as he owned a 6.17 ERA with 90 strikeouts, 43 walks and 17 home runs allowed in 77.1 innings at Triple-A Memphis.
However, Miller’s second half has been an entirely different story, as he went 7-2 with a 2.88 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .217 batting average in 10 starts after the All-Star break. More importantly, Miller recorded 70 strikeouts while issuing only seven walks in 59.1 innings.
Miller ultimately reached the major leagues as a September call-up, and after multiple appearances out of the team’s bullpen, was excellent in his first career start in game 162 for the Cardinals.