The Cincinnati Reds announced late on Tuesday night, just after the win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, that they had acquired right-handed reliever Justin Miller from the Toronto Blue Jays. Cincinnati sent the Blue Jays international pool cap money in return.
Justin Miller has not pitched in the Major Leagues this season. The now 33-year-old signed with the Blue Jays on a minor league deal before the season began. The right-handed reliever pitched in parts of three sesaons in the Major Leagues from 2014-2016 with the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies. He spent the entirety of the 2017 season in Triple-A before pitching in 2018 and 2019 with the Washington Nationals, making 68 appearances and throwing 68.0 innings – though most of that came in 2018.
Justin Miller Scouting Report
Justin Miller has shown that he can throw four pitches in the Major Leagues during his career, though he rarely throws a change up. For the most part he’s a 4-seam fastball and slider guy, but he will bust out the 2-seamer every so often, too. His fastball will sit in the low-90’s. Since the start of 2018 he’s topped out at 97 MPH, but it’s been rare to see him there throughout his career.
He’s an extreme fly ball pitcher, with a career rate of ground balls of just 33.6%. In the 2019 season it was 19.1% ground balls in his 15.2 innings pitched (it was 26.5% in his time in the minors in 2019). His BABIP has been between .244 and .273 every year except 2016 when it was .364. Read into that what you will.
|2019 Season Data (MLB Only)|
His 4-seam fastball has an above-average spin rate, but it’s not an elite spin rate, averaging 2410 RPM in 2019.
Other Justin Miller Notes Worth Noting
He is not on the 40-man roster. If he were to be added to the 40-man roster at some point in the future he does not have any options remaining. Playoff rules state that a player must be on the roster by September 15th in order to be playoff eligible.
Justin Miller Career Stats