Commentary

Marlins' lefty Miller keeps struggling

News and notes from Wednesday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 30, 2009, 4:25 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Things go from bad to worse

Andrew Miller, LHP, Marlins (Triple-A New Orleans)
Wednesday's stats: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K
Miller was seen by many as the best pitcher in the 2006 draft, which included Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw and Joba Chamberlain. To say Miller hasn't lived up to expectations is more than a bit kind. Sent back to the minors after failing to get out of the third inning in back-to-back starts, Miller allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings while walking nine five days ago and retired just three of nine batters he faced on Wednesday before rolling his ankle while fielding a bunt. He's in the deep, deep grass at the point.

How to make the Brewers better right now

Alcides Escobar, SS, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-4, R, BB, SB, CS
Although J.J. Hardy continues to struggles with the Brewers, Escobar keeps cruising along with the Sounds, as he's batting .375 in his past 12 games, .333 in July, and .302/.352/.413 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) on the season with 37 stolen bases. He's a better player than Hardy on both offense and defense, and he deserves a chance to help the big league club.

For news on Chris Carter, Roger Kieschnick, Yorman Rodriguez, Brent Morel, plus daily stats updates on the top prospects, you must be logged in to ESPN Insider. Insider


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

ALSO SEE