6-3 190 BR TR
Born- August 2, 1987 in Scott City Kansas
Obtained- Selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft
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, although he had an 0.43 ERA for Johnson County.
He pitched in only seven games for the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2007 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 in the GCL playoffs with a mid-90's sinker to win the only playoff victory for the Dodgers in the 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 at that time.
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.
Bumped past Ogden to Class A Great Lakes in 2008, the 20-year-old Miller posted a 3.99 earned run average despite a horrendous 4-11 won-lost record due primarily to the youth of his teammates.
He needed a GSP to find home plate with the Loons. Wildness plagued him over the second half of the season and he finished with a slim, 82-74 strikeouts to walk margin. His walks per nine innings went from 1.02 to 4.76. He walked 27 and struck out 26 over is final 10 appearance.
Working in his first full season, fatigue was probably a major factor. Before the All-Star game he was 3-4 with a 2.69 earned run average and surrendered a .214 average. After the break the numbers went up to 1-7, 5.18 and .259.
He faced a stunning 615 opponents over his 157.2 innings and allowed only 76 of them to score -- 14 of them were recorded under the unearned runs column.
Miller obviously enjoyed pitching at home and crafted a 3.22 ERA and allowed opponents only a .209 average but ballooned to 5.03 (ERA) on the road and .303.
He will probably get another shot at Midwest League batters in 2009 but could move up to Inland Empire if he gets a handle on his pitches.
His two-year record:
Justin Miller year team w-l era gm gs sv in h bb so ave 2007 GCLg 2-1 3.57 7 4 1 17 22 2 12 .306 2008 GLks 4-11 3.99 27 25 0 140 132 74 82 .250 Totals 6-12 3.94 34 29 1 158 154 76 94 .275