The Cleveland Indians selected Jake Miller- Right-handed Starting Pitcher with the 20th round pick (596th overall) in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Jake Miller – Right-handed Starting Pitcher

School: San Diego
Age: 21
Height: 6’2; Weight: 210
Throws: Right

Jake Miller Pre-Draft Rankings:

IBI- rounds 8-10

Perfect Game– 320

Baseball America– 203

Prospects Live- unranked

Willie Hood’s Analysis:

The California native went undrafted in 2018 and honored his commitment to the University of San Diego. Miller began his collegiate career working as a swingman, starting 7 games in 17 appearances striking out 45 (8.15 BB9) over 49 innings, walking 36 (6.52 BB9), last season (2020), the righty no-hit Monmouth, losing a perfect game in the seventh inning. In his covid shortened 2020, he became the Toreros Friday night starter making 5 appearances with 3 in relief. The righty logged 21.2 innings, striking out 29 batters (12.05 K9), walking 10 (4.15 BB9). 

In 2021, Miller made 12 starts recording 60.2 innings, striking out 77 hitters (11.42 K9), walking 17 (2.52 BB9). Showing his advanced feel to pitch, Miller surrendered just 98 hits over 132 innings.

Miller is a young for the draft class third-year arm selected at his twenty-first birthday. He is a former reliever turned starter showing improvements year over year. On the bump, Miller appears to be a medium athlete with a strong build. The righty offers a repeatable three-quarters delivery; he seems to tunnel his pitches well from an extended inverted arm path. Speculatively, Cleveland could tighten that as he develops, adding deception and improving control. Miller has a strong build and throws his fastball in the low-90’s, typically 90-91 mph, but he showed the ability to pop 94-95 mph this spring. His average changeup sits low-80’s and shows fade. The righty rounds out repertoire with a fringey slider that morphs into a cutter at times and has a mid-70’s curveball. He is a pitch-ability righty potential for a solid four-pitch mix with above-average control. The soon-to-be-former Toreros ace is expected to forego his collegiate eligibility and sign with the club in the coming days.

Press Release:

Sophomore-eligible three-year mark of 9-7 with a 3.14 ERA for the Univ. of San Diego (132.0IP, 98H, 46ER, 63BB,
151SO), including a 6-2 record with a 2.52 ERA in 12 starts this spring (60.2IP, 50H, 17ER, 77SO)on his was to
First Team All-West Coast Conference honors…Newbury Park, CA native threw a no-hitter last spring vs.
Monmouth (2/28/20); father, Michael, played football for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders,
grandfather played for the Washington Redskins and his uncle played professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs.

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