Miller goes on, like a blister in the sun…
Top prospect Adam Miller made his long-awaited 2008 debut for Buffalo on Wednesday night, giving up three unearned runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts over five innings.
"He was good, strong," farm director Ross Atkins said. "It was just early season form for him, not midseason form. His velocity isn't quite back to where it will be. The depth of his slider is there, but the tighness is not where it will be. Even having said that, he competed, controlled his pitches, and we all feel very good about his outing."
Miller didn't make any appearances with the Tribe in Spring Training this year because of a nasty blister that formed on the middle finger of his pitching hand. He was in extended camp to build up his pitch count.
Miller, 23, is obviously still being developed as a starter, though it's conceivable he could be promoted at some point this season to help the Indians in the 'pen.
"People think about creatively what's best for the organization and him and the Cleveland Indians and the different scenarios," Atkins said. "At this point it's best to develop him as a starter."