Cubs- Down On The Farm: Tyson Miller

Player: Tyson Miller

Position: Right-Handed Pitcher

Height: 6’4 Weight: 215 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa

MLB.com Rank: 22nd in Cubs System

Drafted: 2016 (4th Round,134th Overall by Cubs)

College: California Baptist

Hometown: Fairfield, CA

Miller was one of many college pitchers selected by the Cubs in the 2016 draft and the highest pick ever to come out of California Baptist. His first full-season in South Bend was mediocre (6-7 4.48 ERA). But in 2018, Miller led the Carolina League in strikeouts, opponent batting average and WHIP for High-A Myrtle Beach. 2019 started well in Double-A Tennessee, but after getting promoted to Triple-A Iowa, Miller ran into troubles. In 48.2 innings in Iowa, he had an ERA of 7.58 and surrendered 13 home runs.

Scouting Grades

Scouting grades are based on a 20-80 scale where 50 is league average. Every 10 points away from there represents 1 standard deviation away. First number is current grade, second number after the slash is a potential future grade. FV means Future Value overall

Miller’s four-seam fastball ranges from 90-95 mph, has a high spin-rate and a bit of cutting action. His slider pairs well with the fastball; with velocity in the mid-80s, it’s more of a cutter/slider combination. His changeup shows some promise, but to be a successful big-league pitcher he’ll need to be able to use it to get lefties out. He was unable to locate the changeup in Triple-A Iowa last season and it got hit hard.

Miller has been a starter throughout his minor-league career, but he’ll need to improve his location to be a back-end starter in the MLB. With an average fastball velocity in the low 90s, he won’t be able to make many mistakes in the zone and it will be difficult for him to get many strikeouts on pitches in the strike zone. We could see Tyson Miller in Chicago as soon as 2020 if we have a season.

Tyson Miller Stats

Published by Will McClaughry

Sports fan, data enthusiast and former division 3 college basketball player

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