Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Bobby Miller entered the 2023 MLB season as one of the highest-touted prospects in recent Los Angeles Dodgers history. It wasn’t exactly clear when Miller would get his shot in the Majors, but it was made known that his debut was likely to come at some point this year.
Miller’s MLB debut happened earlier than most expected, as injuries and other factors led to an early need for starting pitching. L.A. gave the ball to Miller for his first career start on May 23 against the Atlanta Braves. And right away, it was clear exactly what was so special about the hard-throwing right-hander out of Louisville.
Miller made history with a 0.78 ERA through his first four starts, and any time he ran into trouble for a start or two, he always managed to find his way back. Eventually, he was tasked with being the Game 2 starter for the Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series.
That outing did not go according to plan — three earned runs in 1.2 innings — but it’s all a learning experience for a young hurler that showed Major League-level stuff at age 24. And Miller clearly isn’t down about how his season ended, as he took to Instagram to share his quick thoughts on 2023 and beyond.
Miller was not meant to be a foundational piece for the Dodgers rotation this season. But perhaps his experience of being thrust into that role unexpectedly could be a game-changer for him. He is now not only an obvious franchise pillar moving forward, but has shown the potential to be one of the better starters in all of baseball.
Miller finished his rookie season with an 11-4 record and 3.76 ERA in 22 starts. He had an impressive 1.102 WHIP and struck out 119 batters in 124.2 innings. Miller’s 116 ERA+ further demonstrated that he was an above-average Major League pitcher despite being one of the league’s youngest full-time starters.
Bobby Miller among Dodgers rookies in postseason
Michael Grove, Miller, James Outman, Ryan Pepiot and Emmet Sheehan were Dodgers rookies to make the postseason roster for the NLDS. All but Pepiot appeared in at least one of the three games.
“It’s awesome. We’ve been talking a lot every single day how much of a blessing it is to be here and a chance for some of us young guys to win a World Series,” Miller said before Game 2. “I’ve kind of talked to Emmet a little bit about it, and now it’s time to make it reality.”
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