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.
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.
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