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Introducing: Ryan Miller

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With the 189th pick, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Ryan Miller, a right-handed reliever from Clemson.

Miller was the first of two college seniors selected in the bonus pool portion of the draft.

What Baseball America has to say:

Drafted in the 31st round of the 2017 draft by the Braves, Miller has been a reliable reliever in Clemson’s bullpen the last two seasons after spending a year at Florida Atlantic as a hitter in 2015. This spring Miller posted a 2.40 ERa with 58 strikeouts and 15 walks. His fastball jumped up from the upper-80s with sink to the low to mid-90s late this spring. If that stuff is a real jump forward, he could be a valuable senior sign.

A maximum effort pitcher, Miller’s advancement through the system will be defined by his ability to locate the ball within the strike zone. When he is throwing strikes, he he gets plenty of uncomfortable swings and ground balls. His violent delivery mechanics can cause him to lose the zone at times though, resulting in extra base runners. He is likely to see a somewhat aggressive placement, as he is clearly going to develop as a reliever and is already pitching with the mileage and experience of a college senior.

Miller’s slot value was set at $243,700. As a senior draftee, the leverage belonged to Arizona. He has already signed for $25,000, a savings of $218,700 which has been allocated to other, overslot bonuses.