Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: Two Prep Arms to Watch at Pick No. 36
By Noah Wright
Right-hand pitcher Jacob Miller
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo seems pretty confident that Liberty Union right-hander Jacob Miller and the Pirates make a good fit. Mayo has pinned him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in his most recent mock draft, as well as the one he published on June 1st. Miller is a very talented right-hander hailing from Ohio.
Miller brings a four-pitch mix to the table, which includes a fastball, curveball, slider, and change-up. The right-hander is already averaging out around 91-95 MPH as a high school product with his four-seamer. He also has displayed some arm-side movement with his fastball. His best pitch is probably his curveball, which has a high spin rate and comes in the upper-70s/low-80s. His slider is a third plus offering that sits in the mid-80s. His change-up has fading action and sits in the low-80s as well.
His knee-buckling curve is shown off best in this video by Thomas Wilson of the Eagle-Gazette:
Miller can fill the strike zone with his offerings. There are some questions about his mechanics, but he has the athleticism and make-up to where those issues could be fixed in due time. After all, he is a high school pitcher and will turn 19 in August. Miller stands at 6’2″, 180 pounds, so there’s plenty of frame there to fill out.