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A 6’3”, 195-pound right-hander, Miller was regarded as the organization’s top prospect for a majority of the last three years. The 21-year-old’s fastball typically sits in the 92-95 mph range and draws an inordinate amount of swing-and-misses.
He has a tendency to get too fastball-happy and neglect his secondary pitches; but, in his defense, Miller does command the pitch well to both sides of the plate. He complements his fastball with a late-breaking curveball that will flatten out at times, as well as an above-average changeup with nice fade.
Opening the 2012 season at Triple-A Memphis, Miller owned a 6.17 ERA with 90/43 K/BB—and 17 home runs allowed—at the All-Star break, as his chances of a late-season call-up seemed highly unlikely.
However, the right-hander registered a 2.88 ERA with 70/7 K/BB in 59.1 innings over the second half of the season. Miller ultimately reached the major leagues in September, and held the Reds to one hit over six innings in his first big league start.
With an opening in the 2013 starting rotation, Miller will presumably battle for the spot during spring training, but faces stiff competition in Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal. However, I’d put my money on Miller to win that final spot.