Today’s entry to the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft Scouting Report series (you can read all of the reports here) is for Bobby Miller, a right-handed pitcher from Louisville. He’s currently rated as the #28 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, the #28 prospect by Fangraphs, and #26 by MLB Pipeline.
The 2018 Season
Passing up on signing with the Baltimore Orioles who selected him in the 38th round of the 2017 draft, Bobby Miller headed off to join Louisville’s pitching staff in 2018. He split his time between the rotation where he made 9 starts, and the bullpen where he had another 8 appearances. In his 66.2 innings he posted a 6-1 record with a 2.97 ERA, 21 walks, and he struck out 55 batters.
Following the season he headed out to pitch for Brewster in the Cape Cod League. He made 1 start and 3 relief appearances there, throwing 16.0 innings with a 5.06 ERA, 7 walks, and 10 strikeouts.
The 2019 Season
As a sophomore, Bobby Miller was once again splitting his time between the rotation and bullpen. He made 12 starts and 8 relief appearances during 2019 for the Cardinals. In his 80 innings he posted a 3.83 ERA with 38 walks, 8 hit batters, and he struck out 86 of the 340 hitters that he faced. He also picked up 2 saves while coming out of the bullpen.
The 2020 Season
Now getting the full-time gig in the rotation, Bobby Miller made 4 starts on the year before the season was shut down. The right-handed pitcher posted a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings with 9 walks and 34 strikeouts while giving up just two home runs.
Bobby Miller College Stats
(stats while at Louisville)
Bobby Miller Video
Bobby Miller Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 220 lbs
Bats: Left | Throws: Right
Position(s): Right-handed pitcher
Bobby Miller begins things with a mid-90’s fastball that can reach 98 as a starter. He’ll pair that with plus slider that works in the mid-to-upper 80’s. He will also throw a change up in the mid 80’s that’s a fringe-average pitch. There’s enough quality pitches there for him to be a starting pitcher. But there’s some concern about his mechanics, and some believe he’s going to wind up in the bullpen because of them. If the mechanics are less of a concern for a team, he’s a potential mid-rotation starter.
Where the concern could be
There are a few things that could be concerning with Bobby Miller beyond just the mechanics that could push him to the bullpen. His track record as a starting pitcher is short, so there are some questions about how the stuff holds up over the long haul of even a college season as a starter because he’s never shown it. In his time at Louisville his control wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t exactly good, either. There’s some real “future reliever” risk here.