After crashing out of the playoffs in the NLCS, the Los Angeles Dodgers figure to be extremely aggressive in free agency. Such is life when you essentially have an unlimited budget and perennial World Series aspirations.
However, let’s put the free agency talk on ice for now.
After all, the Arizona Fall League is back in full swing after it was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In regard to the Dodgers, they had seven minor leaguers in uniform for the Glendale Desert Dogs for this year’s event. Three of those players — Bobby Miller, James Outman and Landon Knack — were named to the Fall Stars Game.
Speaking strictly in terms of Miller, one of the team’s most highly regarded pitching prospects, he utterly dominated in his lone inning of work in the game.
Dodgers prospect Bobby Miller owned the AFL Fall Stars Game
Miller’s fastball is absolutely devastating already, folks. 98 MPH is incredibly impressive for a 22-year-old who hasn’t pitched higher than Double-A Tulsa. Imagine what the pitch will look like three years from now? There’s a reason Keith Law of The Athletic views Miller as a future top-of-the-rotation starter.
Miller, the Dodgers’ first-round pick (No. 29 overall) in the 2020 draft, didn’t get a ton of opportunities in the AFL, but he made the most of them. After two appearances out of the bullpen, the young right-hander made his first start a few weeks back and allowed one run on two hits and a walk over three innings.
He got dinged up in the first inning, but was lights out thereafter, retiring the last seven batters he faced, three of which came via strikeout.
Here’s another clip of Miller mowing hitters down in the AFL:
It might be another season or two before Dodgers fans get to see Miller in action in the big leagues, but it’ll be well worth the wait.
The Louisville product was virtually untouchable at High-A this past season before he got promoted to Double-A Tulsa. In 14 games (11 starts) for Great Lakes, he posted a 1.91 ERA, or 10 earned runs in 47 innings. More impressive than that, though, is that he fanned 56 of the 188 batters he faced (29.7%).
Miller didn’t find as much success for Tulsa, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits over 9.1 innings (4.82 ERA). With more experience at that level, though, he shouldn’t have much trouble adapting to facing a higher caliber of hitter, because he still compiled 14 strikeouts in those 9.1 innings.
Get excited, Dodgers fans, because it looks like the club has found another pitching gem in the former Cardinal.