Cleveland Indians: Adam Miller Watch, May 4
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Miller's fastball was being clocked at 93 mph in spring training, which is excellent for a pitcher who missed a great deal of the 2007 season.
Miller recently rejoined Class AAA Buffalo after spending much of April in extended spring training in Winter Haven, Fla.
He still hasn't recovered all his arm strength from last year, when he tore a ligament in his right middle finger and injured his right elbow. A blister on the same finger caused him to miss a great deal of spring training this year.
At full strength, Miller throws between 94 mph and 100 mph. He could help the Tribe in the pen or rotation if he can stay healthy.
While it is possible that Miller returns to the mid/high 90s form of his pre-injury days, Torey Lovullo, however, asserted that it is probably unreasonable to think that Miller will be the pitcher of old.
Hoynes does, however, bring up an interesting comment regarding Miller to the bullpen or rotation if healthy.
From what I have seen and recorded to date, Miller looks as though his confidence is rising. However, his stamina and stuff is still slightly lacking.
He has made hitters look foolish on occasion, but he is still lacking that killer instinct that a pitcher with his ability needs.
Think Jake Peavy over Daniel (or closer to home, Fernando) Cabrera. That, I'm going to throw strikes and you can't hit 'em mentality.
With Miller's start having been rained out yesterday, he will take the bump in the first of a double header.
With Miller's arm strength building and the game being shortened due to IL rules that limit doubleheader games to seven innings, Miller is looking for his first victory of 2008 that will hopefully not be spoiled by the bullpen.
One thing that I would really like to see in Miller's start this afternoon is more control of the plate. Having walked 10 percent of the batters he has faced, Miller has not done himself any favors, although this is not a terrible figure.
Consider that in 2007, Fausto Carmona sat just inside the top 30 with a 6.9 percent.
I will be keeping my eye on the game and giving some more feedback as Miller pitches. It is currently cool sitting in the low 50s. The sun is shining, and the forecast is calling for a bright afternoon with some winds blowing from the west.
Right-handed hitters may see some of the balls off their bats fly a little bit longer because of that, and we'll keep it in mind for when Miller is on the mound.
Flip on over to my blog for live updates of Miller's start. Pitch by pitch analysis will be provided.
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