Q & A with Loon's Pitcher Justin Miller

Great Lakes Loon's pitcher Justin Miller has been nearly dominant against Midwest League hitters thus far in 2008. The 6 foot 3 right hander was selected in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2007 out of Johnson Community College in Kansas.

I had the opportunity to meet with Justin the other day where we discussed his college career, Dodger tradition, and his success so far this season.

Cory Hillman: Were you aware that you were going to get drafted last year? How did that affect you?

Justin Miller: I had a pretty good idea, you know, I had a lot of scouts talk to me and stuff like that and I felt I had a good chance of getting drafted. Did it affect me? Probably not. In college, I played more outfield than pitch anyway. I guess it was more luck than skill because I didn't throw very many innings. I got seen at the right time I guess.

CH: What is it like playing for the Dodgers, a team with a long tradition?

JM: This year it really got brought to our attention last year in Vero Beach, a lot of focal point on [tradition]. It was really cool. I learned some of the tradition and we had a lot of guys, like [Tommy] Lasorda around you everyday. Stuff like that was pretty cool.

CH: What do you think has been the key to your success this season? What's really been working for you?

JM: Um, shoot I would just say trying to stay low in the strike zone has been really big. My fastball has been pretty good this year and I've just been trying to stay low in the zone.

CH: And what other things are you trying to work on aside from pitch location?

JM: The main thing right now is trying to be consistent with everything. I still feel I'm not where I need to be yet with my consistency and mechanics, things like that. But it's starting to get better.

CH: Your pitching record does not reflect how well you've thrown this year. What are your thoughts on the lack of offense so far behind you?

JM: Our hitters are going to come around so I'm not too worried about it. I just have to go out there and do my job. I don't look at [stats] really. As long as we win the game, I could care less if I got the win.

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