When watching Miller pitch, you notice how he uses both sides of the plate and how he throws up and down. He explained his pitching philosophy.
"Some kids get on the mound and throw 89-90 but they get rocked because they have nothing but a fastball," said Miller. "I don't just get on the mound and throw it as hard as I can. I can take speed off of my pitches if I need to. I love jamming hitters. That's why I love the wood bat tournaments. I can live inside, then hit them with a changeup away. And I like changing eye level, going up, throwing soft away, hard in, spinning one in."
He credits his high school pitching coach for helping him develop that philosophy.
"I have one of the best pitching coaches in the state of Georgia, Coach (Brandon) Anglin," said Miller. "I have been with him since the 7th grade. He also coached my brother. Both he and my brother have helped me."
Another outstanding pitching coach was impressed with Miller's style of pitching.
"(Mississippi State pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson told me that he likes that I know how to pitch," said Miller. "He came to the top 100 (prospects in Georgia tournament) and I called him later that day and he told me that of all the pitchers that were there, I was the only one that he would want to take back to Starkville, Mississippi because I know how to pitch. That made me feel good."
In addition to knowing how to pitch, Miller has a big-time arm for a 17-year-old.
"Last year, I was topping out at 85-86 as a freshman. This year, I was sitting 85-86, then in the state tournament I was sitting 86-87 and topping out at 88-89," said Miller. "Against Whitewater High School, when we got put out of the tournament, I hit 89 something like seven times."
Thompson saw him both years. and then became very interested in the improvement that he saw from the young lefty.
"The first time Coach Thompson saw me pitch was last summer," said Miller. "And he started getting interested after that. He talked to my head coach, who he coached in college."
The interest was mutual on MIller's end as well. He had originally planned on waiting until this fall to commit to a college but Mississippi State's coaches invited him for an unofficial visit to the Mississippi State campus and that commitment plan changed.
"They asked me to come for a visit, which I did, then I committed two days later," said Miller, who also had offers from Georgia and Georgia Tech and strong interest from Clemson, Virginia and Alabama.
"When I got to Mississippi State I just knew it was where I wanted to go," said Miller. "It was just different than all of the other places that I had been to. They were nice at the other places but they didn't feel like home."
Everything about Mississippi State felt like home to Miller.
"It was the coaches, the campus, the facilities," said Miller. "And I like playing in front of a big crowd, and that is something that Mississippi State has."
Miller continued to see that crowd support during the recent regional that Mississippi State played in.
"After watching the regionals and seeing the support that they had, it let me know that they actually do care about baseball there," he said. "Some of these other big-time SEC schools all it is is football. The thing about Mississippi State is it is baseball."
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