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Adam Miller returns to Indians on minor league deal

Adam Miller returns to Indians on minor league deal
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March 19, 2014
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The Indians announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Adam Miller to a minor league deal on Tuesday.

Miller, 29, was a first round pick by the Indians in 2003 and pitched with them for nine seasons before he left as a free agent after the 2011 season. He signed with the Yankees on a minor league deal and was released, and last season pitched in independent ball for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League.

Miller was the Indians' number one prospect in the system for several seasons but a finger injury which first cropped up in 2008 derailed a once promising career where he was once considered one of the top three or four pitching prospects in all of baseball. He pitched in just six total games over three years from 2008-2010, had four finger surgeries and finally came back in 2011 in a relief role.

Miller's days as a top shelf starting pitching prospect are over, so he is trying to make a comeback in a bullpen role. It remains to be seen whether the Indians will give him the opportunity, but he probably will open the season in extended spring training so the Indians can build him up and get an additional look at him before sending him to Double-A Akron or Triple-A Columbus as a depth arm.

User Comments

Walter
March 19, 2014 - 7:12 PM EDT
@jwahoo

The Red Sox offered Sizemore a major league deal at last minute. He was planning to sign minor league deal with the Reds until the Red Sox offered the major deal. I bet the Reds wish they offered him a major deal. He could have been the starter for the Reds to replace Choo and give Hamilton another year to develop.
nubballguy
March 19, 2014 - 6:39 PM EDT
Thanks for the perspective Tony and thanks for the stats Joe. By the looks of them, I can truly see why he is such a very, very long shot but hey, lets hope for the best for him and see what happens.
I guess last question: based on all he's been through with the finger, the age, stats etc, why do you think the Indians took a flyer on him? Any chance they saw something? Or is it just a feel good story to give a quality guy a shot? I guess I'm hoping that despite the stats they saw some return in velocity or other positive like Kaz displayed while with Sugarland.
Tony
March 19, 2014 - 6:24 PM EDT
Can't compare Miller to Kazmir at all. First off, Miller has never had success in the big leagues much less ever pitched there. Also, he's an even bigger longshot considering the finger has changed his stuff. Extreme long shot.....but one I will be rooting for to somehow find it this year and get a stroke of luck back with the Indians. What a story it would be.
Joe Chengery
March 19, 2014 - 4:53 PM EDT
For the record, Miller is now 29-YO.
Joe Chengery
March 19, 2014 - 4:52 PM EDT
I seen on NBCSports.com - HardballTalk site:

36 G (5 starts, 31 relief outings)/4.79 ERA/1.50 WHIP/62 IP/36 K/26 BB.

Would be nice for him to make the Majors, even if only for a brief period. Good luck to him.
nubballguy
March 19, 2014 - 4:02 PM EDT
Comparing him to Kazmir, how much of a long shot is he? Any word on what kind of season he had with the Skeeters and if in any way can be compared to Kazmir's improbable comeback last year? RP vs. SP I know but in terms of what they showed on the mound, stuff etc. Just curious if we know anything about that.
nubballguy
March 19, 2014 - 3:58 PM EDT
Count me in as one rooting for his success. What a story it would be!
Tony
March 19, 2014 - 3:32 PM EDT
Extreme long shot. Good story. Great guy. Happy he's back.
jwahoo
March 19, 2014 - 2:00 PM EDT
How amazing would it be if he could come back as a decent set up man? Or even closer.

I wish we had made more of these no risk deals this offseason. If you want Santana at 3B Grady Sizemore would have been a perfect DH option. He is going to be the Red Sox starter in CF to open the season. So, pissed we didn't try and sign him.

Imagine Bourn-Sizemore-Kipnis.
Walter
March 19, 2014 - 11:23 AM EDT
This is one guy worth routing for to make it . I hope the Indians give Miller a long look in extended spring. I guess if you want to resurrect your baseball career the Sugar Land Skeeters must be doing something right. Kazmir pitched for them 2 years ago.

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