The Atlanta Braves faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night with star pitcher Spencer Strider on the bump. However, it was actually Dodgers prospect Bobby Miller who stole the show in his MLB debut.
The Dodgers have recently dealt with a number of rough injuries at the pitcher position. The latest of those is a significant injury to Dustin May, which led to Miller being called up.
He came into the game as the No. 2 prospect in the Dodgers organization and the No. 19 prospect in all of baseball. The 24-year-old rookie did not disappoint, limiting the Braves to just one run in five innings with five strikeouts.
Perhaps the most impressive part of his outing was his consistent ability to throw very hard. He threw 28 of his 95 total pitches at 99 MPH or higher.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 24, 2023
Meanwhile Strider, who came into the game as the MLB leader in strikeouts, did not fare so well. He went through some adversity early on as the Dodgers scored four runs in the first two innings. Strider battled through this and got through six innings, but it wasn’t enough to outduel Bobby Miller.
The 8-1 victory for the Dodgers marked Miller’s first MLB win in his first MLB game. Many around the baseball world praised him for his extremely impressive debut.
Okay Bobby Miller 🔥🔥🔥
What a debut
5 IP | 1 ER | 5 K | 1 BB | 10 whiffs pic.twitter.com/RT2JKNecbA
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHHarris) May 24, 2023
Bobby Miller, 100mph Fastball and 87mph Slider, Overlay pic.twitter.com/TKHpolIS5o
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 24, 2023
— Gabriel Morency (@sportsrage) May 24, 2023
BOBBY MILLER IS HERE
His debut: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
— Bruce Kuntz (@Bnicklaus7) May 24, 2023
Outstanding debut for Bobby Miller.
So impressive against one of the best lineups in baseball on the road.
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) May 24, 2023
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was also very complimentary of the young pitcher, offering his thoughts on the debut in a postgame interview.
“I thought he showed a lot of poise tonight. Did a great job of managing his emotions and his adrenaline. He showed just enough attitude and a little edginess. And he just competed.”
Dave Roberts on Bobby Miller’s outing and his takeaways from tonight’s win. pic.twitter.com/Z3yDKYxd34
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) May 24, 2023
It may be hard for Miller to completely replace injured star pitchers like Dustin May and Walker Buehler. Regardless, you can ask for a better debut for Bobby Miller if you are a Dodgers fan.