I'm not as bullish on Miller as others here. Yeah, he's 6-7 and looks like a stud, but he hasn't pitched like a stud since his college days.
He's big, but does he have mechanics that can be tamed as easily in relief situations? The change in Miller has been not to his stuff or his approach, but to his routine -- the mock inning in the bullpen before each start. Control has always been a problem for Miller.
Don't know a ton about him, but did see him pitch a few times with FLA the past three seasons. [One of those fluky "every time I catch the Marlins on television, this guy's pitching" circumstances.]
It sounds like the Sox have tried to help him either return to his college delivery or find/learn mechanics that are repeatable. I hope that Miller and the Sox pitching coaches have been successful and we find that his results over his last four starts are attributable to mastering a repeatable delivery. I wish there was some sort of buzz that Miller has worked our the kinks in his mechanics and he is demonstrating a nice repeatable delivery. I am a little concerned that I haven't read any "performance reviews" about his delivery. So like most here I am hoping that the control he has demonstrated over these last four starts are indicative of sound pitching mechanics. The SSS data is there, but no one is talking about why Miller has been getting these fabulous results.
If Miller has locked in a repeatable delivery, he will shine as a starter. If he hasn't, he won't be a starter or reliever in the major leagues IMO.
This, this, this.
He's never been able to repeat his mechanics for long stretches. I'm reminded of Daniel Cabrera in reverse - tall starter with glimmers of filthy, but unable to repeat or sustain that success in his windup. If there is no change in Miller's mechanics, then his control was and still can be a bugaboo. So his run of dominance in Pawtucket isn't a light-switch flipping, but a hot streak.
That said, keeping him with the organization by calling him up to start while the team is playing well, and providing a reason to give 2/5 of their rotation an extra day's rest while they see what they have, is win/win.
Edited by Trlicek's Whip, 15 June 2011 - 08:28 AM.