Los Angeles Dodgers fans might get an early look at 2020 MLB Draft pick Bobby Miller this season.
Normally, when a player is drafted in MLB’s June Amateur Draft, it takes some time before you see them on a major league diamond. But with the coronavirus pandemic changing just about every facet of life, this season could prove to be an exception. In fact, it’s not impossible for Los Angeles Dodgers first round pick Bobby Miller to find his way to the mound this season.
The 29th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft was signed in June to a $2.2 million signing bonus, just a bit under his slot value. The Dodgers used their draft bonus pool prudently to sign all six of their draft picks, with right-handers Landon Knack (60th overall) and Clayton Beeter (66th overall) set to be added to the team’s player pool, along with Miller.
MLB teams are allowed to carry up to 60 players in their player pool, which gives clubs twenty extra players beyond those on the 40-man roster. These players will workout at alternative sites – USC for the Dodgers – both to keep sharp without a minor league season and to provide a “pool” of extra bodies in case of injury.
Bobby Miller has officially arrived at Dodger Stadium
Miller posted a picture of himself arriving at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.
The Dodgers are set to play a televised intra-squad game later this evening, but there’s no word on whether Miller would see some action.
The 21-year-old went 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA over four starts during the shortened college season. He struck out an impressive 34 batters over just 23.1 innings of work. The Dodgers seemed to place value on college arms with high strikeout-to-walk ratios.
It would be exciting if Dodger fans get a glimpse of Miller as soon as this summer.