Justin Ryan Miller … played at both Bakersfield College and Fresno State … pitched for the 2008 College World Series champion Fresno State Bulldogs in 2008 … was 6-4 with a 5.46 ERA (53 ER, 87.1) in 28 games, 17 starts, for the eventual NCAA champions … played both football and baseball at Ridgefield High School in Bakersfield, Calif.
Had four separate stints in the big leagues in his first season with Colorado, going 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA (33.1 IP, 15 ER) in 34 games. Began the season at Double-A New Britain, but would pitch for Colorado or Triple-A Albuquerque for most of the season. Was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque Sept. 2 for his fourth stint with the Rockies in '15 ... sent down on Aug. 23 after being recalled from Albuquerque July 28 … selected from Triple-A June 17, optioned June 26 … returned June 30, optioned July 4. Scored on eight times in 34 Major League appearances over the four stints. Struck out 38 batters, while walking 11, fanning 10.26 per nine innings. Sept. 7 at San Diego, became the first Rockies reliever ever to fan all four batters faced in a relief appearance … fanned eight consecutive batters Sept. 7-11, a Rockies reliever record and the longest streak in MLB by a reliever since David Robertson struck out eight in a row April 29-May 4, 2012. Held opponents to a .178 (21-for-118) batting average. Did not allow a run in July (5.2 IP) … gave up jut one in June (4.1) … posted an 0.75 ERA (12.0 IP, 1 ER) over 13 September games, going 2-0 with a save. First win of season June 25 vs. Arizona … seven-inning scoreless streak snapped Aug. 4. First Major League loss Aug. 10 at New York Mets … lost Aug. 18 vs. Washington. Career-high 2.1 innings August 22 vs. Mets, allowing a career-high tying three runs. Notched his first Major League save Sept. 2 vs. Arizona. Began campaign at Double-A New Britain, where he allowed one earned run in 10.2 innings from April-May 2. Transferred to Triple-A May 6 … posted a 2.30 ERA (27.1 IP, 7 ER) with seven saves at Triple-Albuquerque in 25 games, striking out 33 and walking eight. Overall in his 31 Minor League appearances, went 1-3 with a 1.89 ERA (38.0 IP, 8 ER) with seven saves … fanned 43, walking only 12 … allowed two homers.
Made his Major League debut with Detroit April 18 vs. Los Angeles-A but spent a majority of the season with Triple-A Toledo. Made his Major League debut April 18 vs. Los Angeles-AL, pitching two scoreless innings with one hit and one strikeout. Over the course of multiple stints with Detroit, went 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA (12.1 IP, 7 ER) in eight relief appearances. Made 38 appearances with Toledo, going 2-1 with a 1.81 ERA (44.2 IP, 9 ER), five saves, 12 walks and 39 strikeouts. In a 13-game stretch from June 28-Aug. 4 for Toledo went 1-1 with a save and a 1.50 ERA (18.0 IP, 3 ER).
Limited to 27 games for Double A Frisco and Triple A Round Rock in the Texas Rangers organization during an injury-plagued 2013 season...Opened up the season on the disabled list, as he was still recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in 2012...Assigned to Frisco on an injury rehabilitation assignment from May 17-June 12 -- appeared in eight games with the RoughRiders, compiling a 8.71 ERA (6.2IP/6ER) and seven strikeouts...Reinstated from the disabled list and assigned to Frisco on June 12...Did not allow a run in his final six appearances with Frisco June 21-July 7 (6.0IP/0ER)...Had his contract transferred to Round Rock on July 10 -- compiled an 0-1 record and a 9.82 ERA (11.0IP/12ER) in 11 games before landing on the disabled list for the remainder of the season on August 20 with a left oblique muscle strain.
Did not pitch in 2012 after having successful surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on April 18...the surgery was performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister at the Medical Center of Arlington...Miller could begin throwing off a mound in February, in which case he could pitch in games before midseason...the Rangers placed Miller on unconditional release waivers on April 23 and re-signed him to a minor league contract on April 30...club purchased his contract and added him to the 40-man roster on October 30...tossed 2.0 scoreless innings over 3 spring outings for Texas, last on March 14 vs. Colorado in Surprise (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO).
Named Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Year aftergoing 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA (14 ER/69.2 IP) and 13 saves over 48relief appearances with Frisco (AA), his first games ever above Aball...was 13-for-17 in save chances, as opponents hit .185 (46-248) with 2 HR, 24 walks, and 77 strikeouts...ranked amongqualifying Texas League relief leaders in opponents average (1st,.185), baserunners per 9 (2nd, 9.56), SO/9 ratio (3rd, 9.95), BB/9ratio (3rd, 2.71)...his 13 saves ranked 2nd in the Texas organization and 3rd in the TL, while 29 games finished also ranked 3rd inTL...lefties hit .187 (17-91), right-handers batted .185 (29-157)...allowed just 4 of 22 (18.2%) inherited runners to score...established career highs for innings, strikeouts, wins, and appearances...was 6-0, 0.96 (4 ER/37.1 IP) in 24 home outings at DrPepper Ballpark in Frisco, going 4-for-4 in save chances...wasalso 8-0, 0.94 (6 ER/57.1 IP) in his 39 night outings, going 10-for-11 in save opportunities...opposition hit .145 (10-69) with RISP...allowed runs in 3 straight outings May 18-21-23 to raise seasonERA to 4.01, but over final 31 outings beginning May 29, had a0.60 ERA (3 ER/45.0 IP) and converted all 11 save chances inthat span...began that stretch with 18.1 scoreless innings over 11games from May 29-July 4...tossed 10.1 scoreless innings to endthe year and was named Rangers Minor League Reliever of theMonth for August.
Spent entire campaign with Bakersfield...held opposingright-handed batters to a .182 (20-108), while opponents hit .205(35-171)...posted a 1.33 ERA (3 ER/20.1 IP) over first 16 appearances...posted a 14.54 ERA (7 ER/4.1 IP) over next 3 appearances from June 7-15 to raise season ERA from 1.33 to 3.65...placed on DL June 17 with right elbow inflammation...activatedfrom DL July 30...posted a 2.42 (6 ER/22.1 IP) over 13 appearances after return from DL to lower ERA from 3.65 to 3.06.
Split the season between AZL Rangers, Spokane, and Bakersfield...combined to go 1-2, 3.34 (11 ER/29.2 IP) with 4 saves and37 strikeouts in 24 appearances...opposing right-handers combined to bat .105 (6-57), while opponents hit .178 (18-101) overall...began the campaign with AZL Rangers, promoted to Spokaneon July 16...promoted to Bakersfield on Aug. 2...went 1-0, 1.29(2 ER/14.0 IP) with 2 saves in first 10 outings for Bakersfield...gave up 6 ER in 2.1 IP over 3 appearances in Cal League playoffs.
Spent first professional season with Spokane...heldopposition to a .067 average (2-30) with RISP...recorded first prosave July 22 against Salem-Keizer...made pro debut July 15 vs.Yakima...allowed 2 runs in 0.2 innings of work during one appearance in NWL playoffs.