If the Miami Marlins were to target high school arms in the upper rounds of the 2022 MLB Draft, there are few options available more-intriguing than Jacob Miller, a right-hander from Liberty Union High School in Baltimore, OH.
Miami Marlins 2022 MLB Draft Preview: RHP Jacob Miller
One of, if not the, top overall players in the state of Ohio, Miller is a name that you may not be too-familiar with at the moment, but that will certainly change in due time.
MLB Pipeline‘s No. 56 overall prospect available in the 2022 MLB Draft, the 6-foot-2 right-hander is coming off a phenomenal junior season in which Miller posted a 9-1 record with a 0.70 ERA and 143 strikeouts across 60 IP, earning multiple honors that included a MaxPreps Junior All-American Team selection, as well as All-State.
While Miller doesn’t necessarily have the same velocity as some of the other top arms in this draft, the 18-year-old does has excellent movement on each of his four pitches, as well as solid control for each. As for what those four pitches are, Miller’s repertoire is headlined by a plus curveball and slider, as well as a solid fastball and changeup, each of which grade at-least average to above-average on MLB’s 20/80 scale.
Jacob Miller scouting grades (courtesy of MLB Pipeline):
- Fastball: 55
- Curveball: 60
- Slider: 55
- Changeup: 50
- Control: 50
- Overall: 50
While likely not a first round pick at the moment, Miller could easily rise into the first round with a strong senior season this spring, as well as likely being one of the top high school pitchers available on day two.
A Louisville commit, there is always the chance that Miller could choose to attend college. If he decides to turn pro however, the right-hander is an intriguing prospect to watch in rounds 2-3 for the Miami Marlins.