Andrew Miller – 2009 Upper Deck

March 15, 2011

Is It Too Early For “Where Are They Now”?

Well, you know I want to prove that I scan these cards myself sometimes. So sorry for the less than stellar square-up. You can deal, right?

If you didn’t know, Miller is a non-roster invitee for the Red Sox this season. Other non-roster invitees for the Sox include Brandon Duckworth, Dennys Reyes, Tony Pena, Matt Fox and the immortal Clevelan Santeliz.

He’ll be 26 this year? Isn’t that a bit early for the NRI scramble? Especially for someone who was a uber-hyped #1 draft pick just five years earlier?

Well, for once in MLB, they’re looking at results more than pedigree.

Miller’s been stinkin’.

As you know, Miller signed a major-league contract after he was drafted. And he’s pitched in the majors every year since his signing.

His WAR as a pitcher? -3.8. He’s never had a positive WAR. You know what that means? It means that someone like Brandon Duckworth could have pitched better than Miller in the majors. And at 1/3 to 1/4 of the cost.

At the end of 2007 (5-5, 5.63 in Motown) he was sent along with an entire pu-pu platter o’ pu to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.

Miller struggled in 2008 and 2009 in the majors and spent some brief time in the minors. But 2010 was fish or cut bait for the Marlins.

In the majors, Miller was 1-5, 8.54 and gave up 51 hits and 34 runs in 32 2/3. He had 28 K’s, but 26 walks. His OPS against was 1.054. Holy 1899 Spiders!

He had been decent in the minors, but in Jacksonville (AA) in 2010 he was 1-8 with a 6.01 ERA.

So Florida decided to cut bait for Miller, and traded him for marginal LOOGY Dustin Richardson. Then, Boston took him off the roster, only to sign him to a minor league deal two weeks later.

Will Miller make the team? Will he go down with David Clyde, Brien Taylor and Eddie Bane and others as hugely hyped draft busts?

My guess…yep.

But it’s baseball, so you never know. And that’s why we love it.

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