June 6, 2006


Andrew Miller - S - Tigers (Rotoworld.com)

The Tigers selected LHP Andrew Miller with the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft.

Thought to be the No. 1 pick until earlier this week, Miller fell out of favor with the Royals over reported bonus demands. The Tigers are thrilled to grab the consensus best player in the draft with the sixth pick. He could move very quickly through the minors, perhaps debuting next season.

It takes an effort to be as bad as the Royals.

Miller leads the way among top 20 prospects (Keith Law, 6/06/06, Scouts Inc.)

1. Andrew Miller, LHP, University of North Carolina

The consensus No. 1 pick, Miller has been on prospect radar screens since he was a senior in high school in Florida, when he flashed a 94-95 mph fastball but fell out of the first round due to his seven-figure bonus demands. Tampa Bay selected him in the third round in 2003 but failed to sign him -- another parting gift from Chuck LaMar -- which has worked out well for Miller, who finds himself as the top left-handed starter in a draft thin on first-round talents. Miller's fastball sits in the low 90s, but he can run it up to 96-97 as needed, and he complements it with a plus breaking ball that he sweeps to left-handers but throws with more of a two-plane break to right-handers. Because he's 6-foot-6, Miller's delivery also causes trouble for left-handed hitters. And he was easily the best groundball pitcher among college starter prospects this year, with nearly 80 percent of his field outs coming on the ground.

MLB draft's power pitcher (Jeff Passan, 6/06/06, Yahoo! Sports)
At the mall last summer, Andrew Miller bought a three-pack of silicone bracelets. For a 21-year-old, he has a propensity to purchase ridiculous items, like cap guns and Velcro tennis-ball sets, and when he opened the bag and snaked the blue bracelet, he realized this was no different.

Etched into the right-wrist decoration are the words DR. DESTROY. Now, to Miller's knowledge, Dr. Destroy does not exist – not in comic books, not in sci-fi novels, not even in the Secretary of Defense's office. So before Miller's name is called in Tuesday's Major League Baseball amateur draft (1 p.m. Eastern) – likely as the No. 1 overall pick to Kansas City and possibly down further if his signing-bonus demands scare off teams – may we christen a freshly minted millionaire with a fresh nickname.

"It fits," said North Carolina second baseman Bryan Steed, Miller's roommate. "Especially for left-handed batters. It's not exactly like they're giving up. But they're waving the white flag. They don't want anything to do with him. Their swings are pitiful. And you can't blame them."

Well, Dr. Detroit was already taken.....

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2006 2:03 PM

Because there's no surer thing than an MLB draft pick...Heck, the Devil Rays didn't even try--picking Eva Longoria at #3? I didn't know she even played baseball...

Posted by: b at June 6, 2006 2:35 PM

b - Eva would sell more tickets than Andrew Miller, that's for sure.

Posted by: pj at June 6, 2006 2:40 PM

I was happy to see Brad Lincoln go high. I had the pleasure of watching him quite a few Fridays in Houston this season. He was a man among boys.

Posted by: kevin whited at June 6, 2006 5:44 PM

I'm not sure why the Mariners didn't pick him at five. Oh, wait. Yes I am.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at June 6, 2006 6:07 PM

Meanwhile, down in the 12th round, one of my former students was picked by the Dodgers.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at June 7, 2006 1:19 AM