When Jared Miller, his socks pulled up near his knees, uncorks his 6-foot-7 frame toward home plate, he lets loose low-to-mid-90s fastballs along with sliders he began throwing on advice from Red Sox ace David Price.
Miller, a left-handed relief prospect, has not allowed a run in three outings in spring training, a start that follows an 18 1/3-inning scoreless streak last year in the Arizona Fall League.
He qualifies as one of the more interesting contenders for a spot in the Diamondbacks’ bullpen, an area that appears just as unsettled as it was when camp began three weeks ago – and perhaps even more so.
With a little less than four weeks to go until Opening Day, the Diamondbacks have the luxury of taking their time before making any decisions. They intend to do just that.
“That’s probably the toughest place to evaluate right now, as relievers are working into their velocity and things like that,” General Manager Mike Hazen said. “We have a lot of candidates and the competition in a lot of cases is still pretty wide open in terms of opportunity that’s to be had with guys obviously competing on and off the roster. And we have opportunities for anyone, really.”
Miller, along with right-hander Jimmie Sherfy and Rule 5 right-hander Tyler Jones, represent what might be the club’s next wave of reliever options. They all have arms that can generate mid-90s fastballs and have shown the ability to dominate in the minors.
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