If there's one piece to next year's Michigan baseball team that I will miss most, it won't be Ryan LaMarre or Tyler Burgoon. Those guys were likely to be 3-and-done from the time they set foot on campus. What I will miss most is Matt Miller.
Miller was drafted by the Brewers in the 5th round of this year's draft, surprisingly high considering his college career hadn't lived up to his billing, at least not until the last three weeks of the season. On Saturday, he did this:
The 2010 fifth-round pick allowed one hit -- a fifth-inning double by Oliver Santos -- over seven shutout frames as the Brewers edged the Billings Mustangs, 3-2, in 1 hour and 58 minutes. "This is definitely a first for me, throwing 61 pitches in seven innings," Miller said.
"My defense really stepped up for me when I needed them to," Miller said.
The Indiana native retired the final six batters he faced to improve to 5-1 with a 2.51 ERA. In addition to winning with grounders and popouts, Miller has the ability to miss bats. The 6-foot-6 righty has 31 strikeouts in eight starts and fanned eight over five innings in a June 29 win over the Mustangs.
"I go for the strikeout when I have the opportunity," he said.
The article also mentions that one of the 3 batters he hit was Michigan Alum Chris Berset.
Miller was likely poised to be the Friday night starter next season, rounding out the rotation with Sinnery and Brosnahan. Now Michigan is spending this off season finding a third weekend starter.