Name- GREG DAVID MILLER. Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence- Phoenix, Ariz.
DOB- Nov. 3, 1984
How Obtained- Drafted in the first round (supplemental ) 2002
2006 Clubs- Jacksonville (Southern ) Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)
Miller's rehabilitation period from shoulder surgery took a year and one half
and when he came back it was with an altered delivery, down from the
over-the-top style he had always used to more of a three-quarters slot to ease
pressure on the injured area. However, finding an angle from which he could
deliver all his pitches and which at the same time he felt comfortable with
hasn't been easy.
He's moved it around a bit to get the feel and while he can deliver with
velocity, he hasn't been able to keep control. In the 37 innings he worked last
year, he walked 33 while striking out 32, an unacceptable ratio. Held back in
relief as a cautionary procedure, he did reach 95 mph with excellent movement
plus throw a curve with a devastating break. But he often groped to get the
pitches to wind up where he aimed them.
So, while others from the 2002 draft have made their way to the big leagues,
he, at onetime the most promising of all, has been confined to the minors to
seek answers. He's had a reported excellent off-season as far as his condition
is concerned and has moved to the Phoenix area to be able to work out on a
regular basis. That's another of his strong points- he's a diligent worker plus
being an intelligent one.
If his arm is truly sound, they'd love to get him back to starting for he was
one of the truly fine prospects in all the minors before getting hurt. As a
starter he uses a cutter and chanegup as well as his two main pitches. He'll no
doubt begin the year at Las Vegas to see just how far he's traveled on the trail