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Looking for bargains: Andrew Miller LHP Red Sox


So the Red Sox signed former top UNC pitcher, Andrew Miller this offseason.  Miller was the big (6'7" 225) left hander with the mid-90's fastball and wipeout slider who woulda/coulda/shoulda went first overall in the '06 draft, but didn't and fell to the Tigers. He's kicked around in the majors since with the Tigers and Marlins, and last offseason the Red Sox traded for him.

Since then people have been writings things like this:

http://www.nesn.com/2011/06/andrew-miller-beginning-to-dominate-in-pawtucket-remains-intriguing-option-for-red-sox-1.html

http://www.nesn.com/2011/02/andrew-miller-impresses-in-red-sox-debut-against-twins.html

http://www.masslive.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/03/boston_red_sox_left-hander_and.html

I saw Miller in his ST debut too, and he had a brand new windup. Before he was all arms and legs, but with the new delivery he really showed the athleticism you'd want out of a baseball player/pitcher. He simply looked like a better, more developed pitcher.

The Red Sox lost Matsuzaka so I'm probably both too late and too early, but I think they're looking to make Miller into a waaaaaaaay better version of Gorzerlany, another strikeout lefty who was traded for while their career was in limbo. I think this is a player to keep an eye on on the trade market.

2011 stats aren't so impressive and I'm too lazy to post them but they're in the first link up there anyway probably. That said, keep in mind that he's working on rebuilding his mechanics right now in the minors, so some bumps should have been expected. This is still someone who's career might be on the up. Unlike Gorz he's been healthy throughout his young career, and it's a matter of harnessing TOR type stuff.

 

Just figured I'd do something like this since there was a mention of the Cubs looking for bargains as well as an obvious top 1B this offseason. Miller or Wilson, one of these lefties would be nice.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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