Justin Miller
Justin Miller
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
10-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 5/31/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After not appearing in the majors in 2017, Miller spent the offseason working on conditioning and mechanics. He was signed to a minor-league deal by the Nationals, ostensibly for organizational depth. Miller began with Triple-A Syracuse. With the help of a newfound 95-mph fastball, Miller didn't allow a run in 13 innings, surrendering just three hits and three walks while fanning 23, prompting a late-May promotion. Miller picked up where he left off, tossing 10.2 more scoreless frames before giving up his first run June 15. That outing was the first of five straight in which Miller allowed a run. Through the break, Miller posted a 36.9 K%, but after, it was chopped in half at 18.3% even as he maintained his velocity throughout the entire campaign. The Nationals have fortified their bullpen, perhaps pushing Miller into seventh-inning duty. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals in January of 2018.
Lands on injured list
PWashington Nationals
May 18, 2019
Miller landed on the 10-day injured list with a right rotator cuff strain Saturday.
Miller exited with the injury Friday against the Cubs, and it was evidently serious enough to require a trip to the injured list. It's not clear how long he's expected to be out. Tanner Rainey was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .237 107 23 10 22 4 0 7
Since 2017vs Right .228 173 48 11 36 3 1 8
2019vs Left .250 21 4 1 5 0 0 2
2019vs Right .289 44 7 3 11 0 0 3
2018vs Left .233 86 19 9 17 4 0 5
2018vs Right .208 129 41 8 25 3 1 5
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2017Home 4.60 1.40 31.1 4 0 1 9.5 3.4 2.3
Since 2017Away 2.95 0.95 36.2 4 1 1 9.3 2.2 1.7
2019Home 4.15 1.04 8.2 1 0 0 9.3 2.1 2.1
2019Away 3.86 1.57 7.0 0 0 0 2.6 2.6 3.9
2018Home 4.76 1.54 22.2 3 0 1 9.5 4.0 2.4
2018Away 2.73 0.81 29.2 4 1 1 10.9 2.1 1.2
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Justin Miller compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
92.2 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
88.2 mph
Spin Rate
2450 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Miller's 2016 was somewhat of a letdown after a surprisingly solid 2015 campaign. His momentum from the year prior landed him a full-time spot in the major league bullpen, although the success didn't carry over as his 5.35 ERA and 1.3 HR/9 in the first half of the season show. The 29-year-old then dealt with an oblique injury that sidelined him for two months, but once he was able to return, his numbers actually got worse. Similar to 2015, the right-hander displayed a strong strikeout ability (9.5 K/9), but his control was horrendous (4.2 BB/9). Miller's ability to consistently strike batters out is intriguing, but his flyball tendencies and lack of control got him sent off the 40-man roster in October, and he became a free agent. He'll compete for a bullpen spot with the Angels this spring after signing a minor league deal.
Signed on a minor league contract by the Rockies before the season, Miller was arguably the most pleasant surprise for Colorado in 2015. He bounced between Triple-A and the majors all season, yet produced a 1.38 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 14:2 K:BB prior to a few rough appearances in August. The 28-year-old finished the season with a 4.05 ERA, but his 0.96 WHIP and 3.45 K-to-walk ratio definitely opened some eyes in the Rockies organization. As long as Miller can replicate his strong 2015 campaign, he should be a major part of the Rockies' bullpen in 2016.
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Likely headed to IL
PWashington Nationals
May 17, 2019
Miller has been diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain and is expected to be placed on the 10-day injured list, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
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Exits due to injury
PWashington Nationals
May 17, 2019
Miller was lifted from Friday's game against the Cubs due to an apparent injury, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
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Picks up fourth hold
PWashington Nationals
May 17, 2019
Miller struck out one in a perfect sixth inning Thursday to record his fourth hold of the season in a win over the Mets.
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Rejoins Nationals
PWashington Nationals
April 26, 2019
Miller (back) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
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Ready for rehab assignment
PWashington Nationals
April 24, 2019
Miller (back) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday with High-A Potomac, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
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