With the 26th selection in the FanSided MLB mock draft, the Oakland A’s came away with Bobby Miller, a right handed pitcher from Louisville.
On Tuesday night, several sites in the FanSided MLB network came together and did their own mock draft. There were some surprises as players slid down the board, but when it came to the Oakland A’s selection, the choice was clear.
As such, with the 26th overall selection in the FSMLB mock draft, the A’s came away with Bobby Miller, a right handed pitcher from Louisville.
Miller fits the mold of what the A’s have looked for in recent drafts. In five of the six drafts prior to this season, they have selected a college player in the first round. Likewise, they tend to look for players with a solid floor, something that Miller possesses.
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Miller has been somewhat overlooked, even on his own college team due to the presence of Reid Detmers. However, he is still a strong prospect in his own right, with a strong three pitch arsenal. His fastball sits in the mid 90s as a starter, and has crept into the upper 90s in relief. His slider and changeup both show the potential to be plus pitches, and with his three quarters delivery, Miller can be an uncomfortable pitcher to face.
The biggest question with Miller is his command. His unorthodox delivery can make hitters uncomfortable, but it can also cause him to lose his command. The stuff is there, and if Miller can harness it, he is another potential top of the rotation arm.
Miller did show signs of improved command in his abbreviated junior year. He continued to rack up impressive strikeout numbers, with 34 strikeouts in 23.1 innings, but walked only nine batters. If those gains with his command are real, then Miller could rise through the A’s system quickly.
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