What do you make of Andrew Miller?-potential to be overpowering top of the rotation or mediocre back of the rotation starter?

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    Re: What do you make of Andrew Miller?-potential to be overpowering top of the rotation or mediocre back of the rotation star...

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    [QUOTE]The most important facts to consider are his age (just turned 26) his height and that he's left-handed. The last fact has undoubtably accounted for teams always being willing to give him "one more chance". But players develop differently and long, gangly pitchers take longer to nail down consistency in their deliveries. The Sox should definitely take advantage of the holes in their current rotation to trot him out there every five days to see what he can do. By season's end, or by next season, they may be very happy they did. On our staff, when everyone's healthy, he's at best a number five, but a very solid one at that. But if Dice never comes back, and Wake finally hangs 'em up, he and Lackey are our 4/5 for the next few seasons. He's probably a kid who didn't get quality coaching as a high school pitcher because he was so effective as just a flamethrower that he got the results the high school coaches were looking for, wins. High school hitters don't have the plate discipline to lay off pitches outside the zone. Considering how high he was drafted, he probably got similar results in college. But professional hitters will make him throw strikes, and they will mash strikes that get too much of the plate. If it was easy, anyone could do it, but it's very difficult to consistently hit the outer three or four inches of the strike zone, with speed and movement, with grown men ready to let the ones outside stay outside and mash the ones in the middle down your throat.
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    Great post Jid. I agree 100%.
     
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    Re: What do you make of Andrew Miller?-potential to be overpowering top of the rotation or mediocre back of the rotation star...

    This season... he's the back of the rotation/mediocre starter.  If he can develop over the course of his career and improve his control then he can potentially make a push at being a front end guy.
     
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    Re: What do you make of Andrew Miller?-potential to be overpowering top of the rotation or mediocre back of the rotation star...

    If Miller can stabilize as a guy who can stay healthy, usually give you 6 innings and pitch to an ERA of 4.50 or less, then he can absolutely be a serviceable back of the rotation starter for the Sox.  And guys like that can be very valuable over the long haul.   
     
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    Re: What do you make of Andrew Miller?-potential to be overpowering top of the rotation or mediocre back of the rotation star...

    Several very good posts.   Potsntial is there.  Sox need to be patient with him and he needs to be able to take it easy on hi...  I was gonna say the wrong thing.  Be willing to focus and overcome the tough situations that the umps might get get him into, the tough situations that his fielders get him into and the tough situations he walks into .... then he'll become the great - or at least very good - pitcher he has the potential to be.

    And Theo will have the pleasure of watching a nugget turn golden ... especially if he signs with Scott Boras ....

    Personally, I think he's gonna be a huge asset ... and has already helped make the difference between 1st place and 2nd ....

     
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    Re: What do you make of Andrew Miller?-potential to be overpowering top of the rotation or mediocre back of the rotation star...

    I think that if Miller were averaging only 3 walks per game, the tone of this discussion would be a lot more positive.  We'd be a lot more upset today if he'd given up 6 runs, 10 hits, and no walks.

    Honestly, I'd rather have a guy whose biggest weakness is walks, not earned runs or a lot of hits.  So if Miller can trim down the walks, he's going to have a legit career.  But definitely still a work in progress.
     
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    Re: What do you make of Andrew Miller?-potential to be overpowering top of the rotation or mediocre back of the rotation star...

      HE IS A KEEPER !!!!  WILL GET BETTER & BETTER...... JUST WILD ENOUGH TO KEEP THE HITTERS ON THEIR TOES !!!
     
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    Re: What do you make of Andrew Miller?-potential to be overpowering top of the rotation or mediocre back of the rotation star...

    at UNC he walked just under 5 per 9 in his 1st 2 years and 3 per 9 in his dominant 3rd year.

    in 319 MLB innings it's 5.35/9
    in 300 minor league innings its a touch under 5 per 9.

    he's gonna walk 5 per 9 is my take unless Curt Young can find the mechanical flaw that has been causing this for the last 8 years.  but he's pretty hard to hit.
     

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