Bryce Miller - May 2nd vs. OAK (6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)
Game Score: 74
Bryce Miller burst onto the scene with an electric debut. After starting the year with the Arkansas Travelers in Double A and posting a lackluster 6.86 ERA across 19 ⅔ innings, he made the jump to the big leagues and immediately made his presence known.
In a classic Miller matchup, Bryce Miller and Mason Miller went toe to toe, trading blows until the Mariners finally came out on top 2-1. Bryce struck out 10 Athletics and earned 13 swings and misses over six innings. His four-seam fastball started at 97 mph before slowing down to 94 mph as he went deeper into the game while his slider/sweeper combo were a nice change of pace.
Sure, the Athletics were far from a playoff team or even a major league team (depending on who you ask) but it was an outstanding performance that he would double down on two starts later against the Tigers, where he pitched to another game score of 74 and kept Detroit scoreless over seven innings.
Miller, like Kirby and Gilbert, depends mostly on his exceptional control to stand out above the rest. His walk rate of 4.8% was in the 95th percentile and allowed him to make up for below-average hard contact figures. He's been adding a splitter in the offseason so the sky's the limit for this young arm.