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McHenry West (HS) • IL
6' 5" • 225LBS
R/R • 25yr
Travel Team: Elite Training


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6.14.17 -  Drafted in the 38th round by the Baltimore Orioles. 

4.11.17 - Louisville commit. Currently ranked No. 4 in Illinois and No. 50 overall.  6-foot-5, 190-pound right-handed pitcher, durable, strong, athletic build. Threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts, allowed one run and got the win. Long arm action, length on the backside and comes out of ¾ slot. Repeats delivery, rhythm, coiled some at balance point with some effort throughout. Fastball sat 90-92 mph early on in the outing and held the velocity for much of the outing; was still 89-91 mph in the fifth and 88-89 mph in the seventh. Fastball gets arm-side action, occasional boaring action in on right-handed hitters. Straightens out to his glove side. Steadily mixed in a curveball throughout his start; sweeping, slurve action, varied sharpness, went to it with two strikes but comfortable throwing it in any count, 72-77 mph. Only saw one changeup at 84 mph. High-level 2017 arm.

3.20.17 - Louisville commit. 6-foot-5, 190-pound right-handed pitcher with a strong, athletic frame. First start of the season with a number of scouts in attendance. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a long draw on the backside. Tall and fall delivery with good tempo, get rotational on top with uphill shoulders. Fastball worked 88-90 mph in the first, settled in at 87-88 mph. Curveball had soft sweeping action at 69-70 mph. Used the curveball early in counts. Did not throw a changeup up in game but warmed up with it at 77-79 mph between innings. Worked four innings, striking out nine.

Super 60 2017 - Louisville recruit. 6-foot-5, 190-pound right-handed pitcher, long, athletic build, high level of projection in frame. Athletic, extremely quick arm, long uninterrupted arm path. Simple, controlled drop and drive delivery, explosive hand acceleration at foot strike. Fastball sat 91-92 with arm-side life; likely significantly more in the tank. Changeup flashed arm-side sink, ranging between 79-82 mph. Breaking ball had inconsistent shape, more slurve action at 75-76, but threw one at 79 with sharper bite. With his frame, athleticism and arm speed, Miller looks to have one of the highest ceilings in the Midwest.

10.22.16 - Impressed in his outing for the Chicago Scouts Association. The athletically built 6-foot-5, 190-pound Louisville recruit consistently worked in the 90-93 mph range with the ball coming out of the hand extremely well from a 3/4 slot. The slider has a tight, sweeping action that worked from 75-76 mph. He also showed a changeup at 84 mph.

5.27.16 - Louisville commit. Currently ranked No. 7 in the Illinois Class of 2017 and No. 70 in the PBR Overall Ranks. Had a big day for McHenry in the Regional semifinal, Threw a complete game 2 hit shutout and hit a two run homer. Really impressed on the mound after a tough outing I saw earlier this year. Noticeably better mechanically, Stayed taller thru delivery and kept the front side closed longer to allow for more explosion in the core. Pitches had more life to them as well. Went with a three pitch mix of a Fastball, slider, and changeup. Fastball came out hot in the first inning working 90-92 and topping out at 93 mph. After the first game had a 45 minute rain delay. Came back from the delay and still showed good velocity. Up to 92 mph in the third and hit 90 mph in the seventh inning. Fastball had running action in on right handed hitters. Slider was thrown with conviction, sweeping action at 76-79 mph. Flashed a few wipeout sliders for Ks. Changeup has sinking action at 78 mph. Starting to heat up heading into the summer season.

2.14.16 - Louisville commit. 6-foot-5, 190-pound two-way prospect, long projectable build. Left-handed hitter, open setup, short stride, lower half works. Aggressive swing, shows pop to pull side, pull side lift approach, uphill path, loose hands. 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively shows a big arm across the diamond, 88 mph across, moves well around the bag, 7.58 runner. On the mound delivery works with some effort, drop and drive style delivery. Arm action is long and loose, ¾ slot, long path to release point. Fastball has run, showed some feel, sat 86-69 mph. Showed two breaking balls, both with similar action and velocity. Curveball worked 70-73 mph, sweeping action. Slider is slightly flatter, 72-73 mph. Changeup had sink, fades to arm side, had feel for the zone, 78-80 mph.

5.29.15 - 6-foot-5, 190-pound, right-handed pitcher, with a lanky athletic frame. Room to fill, especially in the lower half. Currently ranked No. 1 in the Illinois Class of 2017. Louisville commit. Works from a ¾ to low ¾ arm angle with a long, loose arm action. Tall and fall online delivery with good tempo throughout, toe down at balance point. Fastball sat 87-88 topping out at 89 mph in the first inning. Settled in at 85-86, still hitting 87 mph in the 7th inning. Changeup flashes plus potential at 78 mph with hard armside action while maintaining fastball arm speed. Features both a curveball and a slider. CB and SL blend into same pitch, occasionally gets on the side of his slider to create horizontal break. Slows tempo on breaking pitches. Arm speed and angle project for slider in the future. Throws strikes with all his pitches. Complete game allowing just three hits and striking out eight.

1.18.15 - 6-foot-4, 185-pound lanky, athletic, extremely projectable RHP/1B ranked No. 7 in Illinois, Louisville commit. Hits from a tall, open setup, short stride, slight leg kick trigger, hands load back smoothly, fluid rhythm, plus bat speed, short, level bat path, feel for barrel, gets extension, hit line drives from gap-to-gap during batting practice, 90 mph exit velocity off the tee. Defensively, a plus defender at first base, athleticism to play third as well. Threw 86 mph across the diamond from long, high ¾ arm slot, soft hands, could improve feel of feet around the bag. Ran a 7.46 60. On the mound, Miller sat 87-88 from the windup touching 90 mph from a long, loose, ¾ arm slot, heavy arm side run on fastball, late action. Tall/fall delivery, smooth rhythm throughout, to up at balance point, lands in line with home plate, slight recoil at finish. Fastball sat 86-88 mph from the stretch. 68-72 mph breaking ball is called a curve, has 10/4 slurvy shape, sharp, late action, thrown for strikes, down the road due to arm angle could have a lethal sinker/slider combination. Also showed feel for 76-78 mph changeup thrown aggressively with same heavy finish as fastball. Miller is committed to Louisville and shows legitimate two-way potential, although is ceiling on the mound may be higher thanks to his potential for two plus pitches.

11/14/14 - Verbally committed to Louisville.

9.19.14 - 6-foot-4, 180-pound right-handed pitcher/outfielder, left-handed hitter, impressed in September sitting 85-87 mph on the mound from long, loose, high ¾ arm slot. Breaking ball is a work in progress at 66-68 mph and he gets around it at times, but 76-77 mph sinking changeup flashed plus movement. Miller has a plus frame: high-waisted, long levers. Also showed athleticism at the plate, with power potential from the left side

4/30/14 Freshman starting on varsity as two-way player. Athletic 6-foot-3 frame with long legs and arms. Played third base in game, but was told he’s already low-80s on the mound.

2020 DRAFT:Tall and strong bodied at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Miller boasts a big fastball, into the upper-90s, and a trio of secondary offerings. He generates arm speed with a full arm swing in back then quickly leverages and slings the ball to the plate. He works down the hill and throws against a firm lower front side, although he leads with an open foot instead of the heel of his landing leg. He also bends and tucks his glove arm early instead of keeping it extended, subtracting some potential energy/rotational power from his delivery. Despite sitting 94-96 mph, Miller's fastball can play down with more control than command of the pitch. With solid run (14-16"), but average spin rates (2150-2350 rpm), he can't get away with catching too much of the plate. He showed two breaking pitches; an average 86-88 mph cutter/slider at 2250-2400 rpm and a lesser quality 80-82 mph curve ball, spinning in the same range. His fourth pitch is a below average changeup coming to the plate at 83-86 mph with a 2050-2250 rpm spin rate. He also drops his hand a bit with the pitch, releasing from a height of 5'6" instead of the 5'8"-5'9" of his heater. Intangible-wise, Miller is tough, as we found out when he wore a Bobby Seymour laser off his lower ribcage and made the play for what the scorebook will say was just a 1-3-1 groundout. Overall, Miller has top round arm strength and strong performance in the ACC. He's likely to be selected in the top two-to-three rounds. For more on Miller, please see a recent profile; Then & Now.

2/15/20:A 6-foot-5, 220-pound fireballer, Miller’s plus fastball velocity and strong pitcher’s frame make him a potential early Day Two pick this June. Miller came out of the chute pumping 95-96 and touching 97 mph last Saturday at Ole Miss, but his heater was up in the zone and it was straight, and the Rebels squared it up. After that, Miller seemed to rely more on a lively two-seamer at 93-95, and that was clearly his most effective pitch. He threw a sweeping slurve at 79-81 and a slider/cutter at 84-87, but neither one of them was great on this day, and he lacked feel for his changeup. The firmer slider/cutter is his most promising secondary pitch, and it occasionally flashed above-average, while the slower sweeper with 10-4 break was mostly below-average to fringy on this look, though he still got a couple of strikeouts with it. Overall, Miller has the pure arm strength to out-stuff people, but he worked a lot of deep counts and simply didn’t show a lot of ability to put hitters away on this day. It will be interesting to see how his pitchability and repertoire develops as the season unfolds.

7/1/19:Standing 6-foot-5, 220 pounds Miller has a physical presence on the bump. He’s a strong armed righty who throws with effort from a three-quarter release point. He gets off-line in back with a long arm circle and held together his delivery early, but began flying open and finishing more towards the first base on-deck circle as his pitch count grew. More thrower than pitcher, Miller showed a complete arsenal of five pitches he used during his CNT trial debut as he allowed four runs on four hits, walking three and striking out a pair. He attacked with a 93-96 mph fastball early in the count, then finished with a variety of secondary offerings: Changeup with split action at 87-89, conventional 84 mph changeup, curveball at 81-82, slider/cutter at 86-87. The cutter was especially effective when thrown to the front door of RHHs and the split/CH gave the look of a potential future out pitch. Overall, Miller has a reliever look for the next level, but will likely be given every opportunity to remain a starter in pro ball considering his durability, performance (13-2, 3.45 ERA with 141 SO in 146.2 career IP) and feel for multiple pitches. At this point he’s likely to be considered early during Day Two (3rd to 5th round) next June. (Seifert)

3/14/18:Freshman RHPBobby Millershowed leveraged velocity from a three-quarter slot running his fastball up to 95 mph on one pitch, while mostly pitching at 92-93. Also flashed an average curveball at 78 mph. He is one to watch for the 2020 draft. (Seifert)

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