Right-handed pitching prospect Adam Miller has started putting together some meaningful rehabilitation work in the Caribbean this off season, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
Miller, who was the Indians top-rated prospect for three-consecutive seasons by Baseball America, has battled injuries through out his young career. Last year it was finger problems that ended his season. This passage from Mayo's story was rather intriguing:
The overall numbers while Miller pitched for the Aguilas in the Dominican look OK -- 3-1, 4.34 ERA, 27 strikeouts and six walks in 29 IP -- but it's his stuff that had the Indians buzzing. Miller was up to 97 mph with his fastball and was routinely throwing 89 mph sliders, commanding both pitches well.
"This is the first time he's felt 100 percent healthy with his finger [in a while]," Atkins said.
Miller seemed to get stronger in his later outings in the DR, getting more and more comfortable on the mound. He allowed only three earned runs over his final 18 1/3 innings, fanning 19 and walking four in that span. He also began making a move to the bullpen, with his last three outings coming in relief. He finished off his Dominican stint with three frames of perfect relief, picking up a save and striking out five.
Shin-Soo Choo suiting up for Korean National team
The Cleveland Indians have given Shin-Soo Choo permission to play for the Korean National team in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.
The Indians could have denied Choo the right to participate because he spent more than 45 days on the disabled list last season (Tommy John surgery).