Dodger Prospect #29 -RHP Justin Miller

Righthander Justin Miller was drafted out of a small community college in Kansas, selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round (seventh L.A. pick) but was damaged goods when he arrived in Dodgertown.

Miller was one of the top-rated junior college pitchers available in the draft but a sore arm he developed while pitching for Johnson County Community College limited his rookie season.

A relief pitcher, his fast ball has been clocked as high as 94 mph and generally sits in the low 90's. He played right field when he didn't pitch and while is very raw on the mound without much of a breaking ball, he had an 0.43 ERA for Johnson County.

He pitched in only seven games for the Gulf Coast Dodgers during the regular season, starting four of them, then threw a superb seven shutout innings in the playoffs. He finished the regular season 2-1, 3.57.

Miller dominated the Yankees with a mid-90's sinker to win the only playoff victory for the Dodgers in the championship series.

Facing elimination after losing the first game of the GCL playoffs, the Dodgers called upon a collection of 2007 draftees and with help from their Dominican teammates, came through splendidly to carve out a 5-0 triumph over the Yankees in the second game.

Chris Withrow, the Dodgers' first selection in June's draft, started and worked two innings, striking out four. Miller took it from there.

The young righthander put his remarkable sinker on display, pitching the remaining seven innings, while allowing only three hits in his longest outing of his brief professional career.

He struck out only one -- the final batter of the game -- but didn't walk a man as the frustrated Yankees beat the ball into the ground all afternoon. Of the 21 outs Miller recorded, 17 were on grounders.

Andrew Lambo, the fourth-round pick in the draft, provided some big hitting along with Alfredo Silverio, the GCL league batting champ. The fact that the Yankees won the third, and final game, as well as the playoffs didn't diminish Miller's performance.

The 20-year-old will probably open the season in the Gulf Coast League again but could well start at Ogden in 2008.

His record:
Justin Miller     br  tr  6-3  190
Born- August 2, 1987
Obtained- Selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft

year	team   w-l   era   gm   gs   in   h   bb   so
2007	GCL    2-1   3.57   7   4   17.1  22   2   12
	

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